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U.S. appeals court affirms district court decision that a download is not a performance under the Copyright Act By Greg Tang – Edited by Ian C. Wildgoose Brown United States v. Am. Soc’y of Composers, Authors & Publishers, No. 09-0539 (2d Cir. September 28, 2010) Opinion On September 28, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the ruling of the Southern District of New York that a digital download of a song does not constitute a public performance under section 106(4) of ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 10 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Chinh Vo Google, Verizon Offer Proposal for Regulating Internet, Face Criticism CNET reports that Google and Verizon have announced a joint proposal for regulating Internet service that offers a legislative framework for net neutrality. The proposal states that Internet service providers should not be allowed to discriminate against lawful online content producers and gives the FCC authority to deal with violators. The proposal, however, contains exceptions for Internet access over mobile networks and new services distinguishable from traditional broadband ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 14 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Andrew Segna Edited by Joey Seiler Editorial Policy In December, my JOLT Digest comment discussed the state of independent video game developers on the iPhone and the Xbox 360. This article discussed how a collective action problem plagued independent developers on these platforms. As the platform holders, Apple and Microsoft were able to foster environments that benefited their needs but often were potentially hazardous to independent developers. These hazards became realized when independent developers pursued short-term individual gains, which ... Read More...
Posted On May - 19 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Declares Animal Cruelty Statute Violates First Amendment By Debbie Rosenbaum – Edited by Chinh Vo United States v. Stevens, No. 08–769 (U.S., April 20, 2010) Slip Opinion The Supreme Court affirmed the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which had held that 18 U.S.C. § 48, a federal statute criminalizing the commercial production, sale, or possession of depictions of cruelty to animals, was an unconstitutional abridgment of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and did not serve a compelling governmental interest. In an 8-1 ruling, ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 23 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Chinh Vo Moviemakers Sue Tens of Thousands of BitTorrent Users A coalition of independent filmmakers has sued more than 20,000 individual movie torrent downloaders for copyright infringement in federal court in Washington D.C., the Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog reports. The series of lawsuits marks the first major move in the U.S. by the movie industry to target individual torrent downloaders, rather than the torrent sites themselves, and is preceded by similar actions in Germany and the U.K. According to ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 3 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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