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By Sharona Hakimi WTO Finds China’s Media Laws Violate International Trade Laws On August 12, Ars Technica and the New York Times reported that the World Trade Organization ruled against China in a complaint by the United States regarding China’s limitation on imports of songs, movies, and books. The Chinese laws constituting trade violations require that many forms of imported media must be distributed by a single, state-owned company. The laws also limit foreign ownership of Chinese media companies and ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 15 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Class Action Seeks Compensation for Use of Likeness of Former NCAA Players By Ian B. Brooks – Edited by Sarah Sorscher Class Action Complaint, O’Bannon v. NCAA, No. CV 09-3329 (N.D. Cal. July 21, 2009) Complaint Former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) player Edward C. O’Bannon, Jr. filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of former NCAA student-athletes in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against the NCAA, the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), and multiple alleged ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 26 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
RIAA wins overwhelming copyright and sanctions victory against Usenet.com By Sharona Hakimi – Edited by Anthony Kammer Arista Records LLC v. Usenet.com, Inc., June 30, 2009, No. 07 Civ. 8822 Opinion On June 30, 2009, a New York District Court granted summary judgment for the Recording Artist Association of America (RIAA) in its case against Usenet.com.  Judge Harold Baer of the Southern District of New York held the website liable for direct, contributory, and vicarious copyright infringement.  Additionally, Judge Baer ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 9 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Minnesota Jury Awards Nearly $2 Million in RIAA File-Sharing Suit By Anthony Kammer-Edited by Amanda Rice RIAA/Capitol v. Thomas-Rasset On Thursday, June 18, 2009, a federal jury in Minneapolis, MN returned a $1.92 million verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for willfully infringing the copyrights of twenty four songs she had made available for download on Kazaa, a file-sharing program. The suit, brought by the Recording Industry Artists of America (“RIAA”), involved copyrights owned by subsidiaries of four major recording companies, Warner ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 22 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Fame Helps Sales Director Survive Bon Jovi’s Motion to Dismiss By Jad Mills – Edited by Caitlyn Ross AFL Philadelphia LLCl v. Krause, June 4, 2009, No. 09-614. Slip Opinion hosted by Exclusive Rights. On June 4, 2009, Judge Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Philadelphia Soul’s motion to dismiss defendant Joe Krause’s counterclaims for trademark infringement and misappropriation of name in AFL Philadelphia LLC v. Krause. The judge allowed both counterclaims to go forward because Krause had sufficiently alleged ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 14 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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