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By June Nam – Edited by Ding Ding

The heirs of William Abbott and Lou Costello filed suit against the creators of a Broadway play, Hand to God for using—verbatim—a portion of the iconic comedy routine, Who’s on First?. The Second Circuit affirmed the judgment but rejected the reasoning of the district court, which dismissed allegations of copyright infringement. The Circuit Judge, Reena Raggi, held that the use of the routine in the play was not a fair use under the Copyright Act of 1976. However, the heirs did not have a valid copyright to allege any copyright infringement.

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Library of Congress Publishes Official DMCA Section 1201 Exemptions

By Mila Owen – Edited by Henry Thomas

The current wave of Digital Millennium Copyright Act rulemaking proceeding and § 1201 of the Act in general have drawn harsh criticism and concern that § 1201 favors the property rights of content creators over those of end users. The exemptions, which are the product of a rulemaking process which has been called ‘insane’, are also said to raise concerns regarding fairness and sustainability.

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District Court Holds that Internet-Based Television Provider, FilmOn X is Entitled to a Compulsory License

By Anne Woodworth – Edited by Henry Thomas

The U.S. District court for the Central District of California ruled that an online streaming service that rebroadcasted network television fit the definition of a cable company, and was entitled to compulsory licensing under § 111 of the Copyright Act.  The order relied on the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision, which held that internet streaming was fundamentally the same as cable. The ruling conflicts with a Second Circuit case decided on similar facts, and is immediately appealable.

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Posted On Jul - 27 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Radio Company Violates Common Law Copyright by Publicly Performing Pre-1972 Recordings

By Lan Du – Edited by Asher Lowenstein

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Sirius XM violated NY common law copyright in reproducing and publicly performing pre-1972 sound recordings by The Turtles.

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Posted On Nov - 30 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

District Court Grants a Preliminary Injunction Against Aereo’s Live TV Features 

By: Olga Slobodyanyuk, Edited by: Saukshmya Trichi

On October 23, the District Court for the Southern District of New York granting a preliminary injunction rejected Aereo’s claim that it is a cable system, thus being entitled to a compulsory license. The injunction restrains Aereo from retransmitting live TV retransmission features and copyrighted programs.

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Posted On Nov - 4 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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