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By Harry Zhou Harvard Law Professor Criticizes Google Book Settlement On January 26, TechCrunch reported that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and “free-culture advocate,” criticized Google’s settlement with the Authors Guild as a “path to insanity.” Lessig writes that the settlement extended the copyright law’s regulation on physical copies into the digital world, resulting in “a world in which every bit, every published word, could be licensed.” According to Lessig, providing copyright protection at the level of pages ... Read More...
Posted On Jan - 30 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Eric Engle Prosecutors Drop Controversial “Cyberbullying” Case: Possible Appeal? On November 20, Wired reported that the federal prosecutors in the Lori Drew cyberbullying case did not plan to appeal Drew’s acquittal. The trial judge reversed Drew’s criminal conviction by a jury, holding that criminal penalties for violating a website’s terms of service would be unconstitutional. Although Drew won’t have to further defend against criminal charges for her alleged harassment of a teenage girl who later committed suicide, she might ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 29 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sharona Hakimi EU Court Advisor Supports Google Keyword Searches in Trademark Suit On September 22, Reuters reported that an advocate general to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, stated that Google did not infringe trademark rights of luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Google sells keywords that use the company’s trademarks, but Advocate General Poiares Maduro concluded that trademark protections do not extend to search advertising keywords because they are not considered a product sold to ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 5 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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
By Sarah Sorscher European Court of Justice Cracks Down on International News Search Engine Slashdot reports that on July 16, Europe’s high court held in Infopaq International v. Danske Dagblades Forening that newspapers have a claim against a media monitoring service providing 11-word excerpts from newspaper articles. DDF, a group representing newspaper interests, has sued Infopaq, a service that searches newspaper articles for key words and then shares snippets with clients. The court ruled that the news articles were covered ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 2 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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