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Federal District Court Rules Ringtones Not Public Performance By Debbie Rosenbaum – Edited by Eric Engle In re: In the Matter of the Application of Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, Case Nos. 09-cv-07074 & 41 Civ. 1395 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 14, 2009) Opinion (Hosted by EFF) The Southern District of New York has ruled that cell phone ringtones do not constitute a public performance, and thus mobile phone carriers do not need to pay performance royalties under the Section 110(4) of ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 20 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Delaware District Court Distinguishes Posting and Publication for Purposes of the Copyright Act. By Ian C. Wildgoose Brown – Edited by Stephanie Weiner Moberg v. 33T LLC, Civil No. 08-625(NLH)(JS) (D. Del. Oct. 6, 2009). Opinion On October 6, the United States Court for the District of Delaware ruled in a case of first impression that a photograph posted to the Internet from a foreign server is not a “United States work” within the meaning of section 411 of the ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 18 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Davis Doherty Freedom of Speech Prevails in UK Thanks to Twitter On October 12, the UK-based newspaper The Guardian reported it was unable to report on a question asked of a minister during Parliamentary proceedings due to “legal obstacles, which cannot be identified.” Political bloggers and tweeters quickly responded, reporting the question was related to the oil-trading company Trafigura, which is under investigation for allegedly dumping toxic waste in the Ivory Coast. Within hours, Trafigura rose to the top ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 17 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Court Rules That Software License Transfers Ownership By Kate Wevers – Edited by Anthony Kammer Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc., No. C07-1189RAJ (W.D. Wash., Sept. 30, 2009) Opinion On September 30, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington granted, in part, Vernor’s motion for summary judgment against Autodesk.After Autodesk became aware of Vernor’s attempts to sell copies of its copyrighted software, AutoCAD, on eBay, it invoked the takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, causing Vernor ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 12 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Stanford University Patent Infringement Case Is Dismissed and University Learns Lesson in Drafting Assignment Agreements By Adrienne Baker – Edited by Anthony Kammer Bd. of Trs. v. Roche Molecular Sys., Inc., 2008-1509, -1510 (CAFC Sept. 30, 2009) Opinion On September 30, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded with instructions the District Court for the Northern District of California decision. The lower court’s decision held several Stanford University patents invalid ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 12 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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