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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
By Tyler Lacey Wiki Operator Seeks Right to Host Discussions About Circumvention of iPhone’s DRM System Wired reports that on April 27, BluWiki operator OdioWorks filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit against Apple in order to “clarify the rights of the parties.” Last November, Apple threatened OdioWorks with legal action over a thread discussing how to use unapproved software on both the iPod and iPhone. Apple claimed that the content was “designed to circumvent Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management system” in ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 30 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Caity Ross British Web Tracking Tool Violates European Union Privacy Laws This Tuesday, the European Union issued a legal warning against Britain for not applying EU data privacy rules to Phorm, a new advertising technology that tracks the Web movements of internet users. BT, Britain’s largest service provider, used Phorm without its customers’ consent during 2006 and 2007. As reported in the New York Times, the European telecommunications commissioner stated that the “European privacy rules are crystal clear: a ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 17 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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