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Expelled Lawsuit Dropped Lennon v. Premise Media Corp. (S.D.N.Y.) The suit filed by Yoko Ono and the children of John Lennon against the producers of Expelled, a motion picture that used a clip of the song “Imagine” without permission, was withdrawn and dismissed last month.  However, Anthony Falzone, Executive Director of Stanford’s Fair Use Project and counsel for defendants, notes: [T]he right result came far too late. The mere pendency of these cases caused the film’s DVD distributor to shy ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 7 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District Court Vacates Verdict and Damages in File-Sharing Copyright Infringement Case, Grants New Trial By Dmitriy Tishyevich - Edited by Bradley Hamburger Capitol Records Inc. v. Thomas D. Minn., September 24, 2008, No. 06‐1497 Order (provided by EFF) On September 24, 2008, Chief Judge Michael Davis of the United States. District Court, District of Minnesota, issued an order in Capitol Records Inc. v. Thomas (formerly Virgin Records America, Inc. v. Thomas) vacating a jury’s October 2007 copyright infringement verdict and award of $222,000 in ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 1 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Harry Potter Lexicon Found to Infringe J.K. Rowling’s Copyright By Miriam Weiler – Edited by Evie Breithaupt Warner Bros. Entertainment v. RDR Books S.D.N.Y, September 8th 2008, No. 07 Civ. 09667  Slip Opinion (hosted by Justia.com)   This week, Judge Robert P.  Patterson of Southern District of New York, granted a permanent injunction against Defendant RDR Books (“RDR”) and awarded statutory damages to Plaintiffs Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc.  and J.K.  Rowling (“Warner Bros.” and “J.K.  Rowling”) for the infringement of ... Read More...
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Website Finds Safe Harbor from Copyright Infringement Damages for User-Provided Videos By Debbie Rosenbaum – Edited by Andrew Ungberg Io Group, Inc. v. Veoh Networks, Inc. N.D. Cal., August 27, 2008, No. C06-03926 HRL Slip Opinion (hosted by Electronic Frontier Foundation) Last week, a federal judge in San Jose, U.S. District Judge Howard Lloyd, ruled that Veoh Networks, Inc. (“Veoh”), is not liable for copyright infringement for material that was uploaded to its site. Veho provides software and a website ... Read More...
Posted On Sep - 3 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District Court Rules Virginia Law Protecting Social Security Numbers Unconstitutional As Applied to Watchdog Website By Jon Choate — Edited by Daniel Ray Ostergren v. McDonnell E.D. Va. No. 3:08cv362 Slip Opinion (hosted by the ACLU) On August 22, 2008, Judge Robert E. Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found § 59.1-443.2 of the Virginia Code to violate the First Amendment as applied to Betty J. Ostergren’s website The Virginia Watchdog. The court granted ... Read More...
Posted On Sep - 2 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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