Computer law

  1. What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)

    March 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The content giant has spent millions of dollars to shape copyright law. In a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, an attorney for one of the nation's biggest copyright holders delivered closing arguments in a trial meant to determine whether one In ...

  2. House Judiciary Committee to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Copyright Law

    April 24, 2013 6:53 PM EDT Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday the committee will conduct a comprehensive review of US copyright law in the coming months. “The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws ar ...

  3. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, J ...

  4. Twitter Adds Transparency to DMCA Takedown Procedure

    November 05, 2012 12:28 PM EST Twitter has added some new elements to its DMCA takedown procedure that add more transparency to the process. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco with the top minds in investment, technology and mus ...

  5. Business Matters: Can Copyright Alerts Work in U.S.? Hadopi Report Brings Promising Signs

    October 29, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The long-awaited Copyright Alert System, or CAS, is coming to the U.S. in the coming weeks through five major broadband providers and their partnership with the RIAA, MPAA and the Center for Copyright Information. The impact the alerts will have i ...

  6. Copyright Alert System Coming Within Weeks

    October 19, 2012 12:17 PM EDT American Internet users can expect to start seeing notifications from their Internet service providers if they trade files on peer-to-peer networks. A blog post by Jill Lesser, executive director of the Center for Copyright Information, revealed t ...

  7. Warner-Owned Artist Arena Fined $1 Million By FTC

    October 04, 2012 5:21 PM EDT A Warner Music Group-owned company has settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $1 million over charges that it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act related to websites it operates for Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Demi Lovato ...

  8. Negative Drake Review Mistakenly Removed From Google At BPI's Behest -- Not Universal's

    August 17, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Yesterday, a number of news outlets mistakenly reported that a negative review of Drake's "Take Care" album, written by Henry Adaso, had been removed from Google after Universal Music Group filed a DMCA takedown request -- allegedly ...

  9. Elton John, Pete Townshend, Simon Cowell, Others Call on British Prime Minister, Google to Act Against Music Piracy

    July 25, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Elton John, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell were among 11 prominent music figures who signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron asking Google and other search engines, Internet service providers, and online ad ...

  10. Romney Ad Featuring Obama Singing is Back Online Despite Objections From Music Publisher

    July 18, 2012 9:17 PM EDT A couple of days after BMG Rights Management forced YouTube to take down a Mitt Romney ad because it f eatures President Barack Obama singing one of its songs, several versions of the ads have resurfaced on the Google-owned site. The 35-second ad ...

  11. Business Matters: Millions and Millions of Take Down Notices Served, But To What Effect?

    July 18, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Business Matters: Are Takedown Requests More Hobby Than Solution? -- The numbers behind infringement takedown notices are staggering yet piracy continues unabated. Putting in a lot of work for little payoff is something a hobbyist does on weekends ...

  12. Business Matters: Site-Blocking Shows No Signs of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy

    July 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Site-Blocking Shows No Sign of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy -- Ordering Internet service providers to block access to file-sharing websites doesn't appear to be a quick fix for piracy. But that's hardly a surprise. Campaigns against pira ...

  13. ACTA Shot Down By EU; German, Austrian Music Industries Disappointed

    July 05, 2012 10:29 AM EDT The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in Strasbourg by a majority of 478-39 (with 146 abstentions) against ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. ACTA was signed by the European Commission along with ten nations including the U.S., Ca ...

  14. BPI AGM Touts Global Success of UK Artists, Demands Gov't End 'Love Affair With Big Technology'

    July 03, 2012 3:44 PM EDT The success of British artists on the global stage and the need for stronger Government action to combat piracy - and help ensure the U.K.'s continued status as a major exporter of musical talent - were the two dominant themes at the BPI' ...

  15. UK ISPs Called Upon To Police Copyright Infringement

    June 27, 2012 6:17 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. media regulator Ofcom said Tuesday that it expects key legislation against piracy to reach parliament around the end of 2012. New draft measures against illegal downloads outlined in an Ofcom post that are now open for comment " ...

  16. European Union to Reject ACTA Treaty

    June 22, 2012 10:59 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - European lawmakers put another nail in ACTA's coffin Thursday, insuring that the controversial anti-counterfeiting treaty will most likely be fail to pass the European Parliament. The Parliament's powerful Internationa ...

  17. ACTA, European Copyright Legislation, Is Dead, Says Politician

    June 19, 2012 12:59 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe. That's the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament who has been active in defending civil liberties in the European debate over the controversial pan- ...

  18. Universal-Veoh Lawsuit May Be Revisited, Define New Copyright Infringement Standards

    June 08, 2012 10:34 AM EDT In a surprising twist of events, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might re-examine the standards by which Internet Service Providers qualify for "safe harbor" from copyright infringement liability by directly addressing what happened two ...

  19. Dutch Lawmakers Reject ACTA Online Piracy Treaty

    May 30, 2012 6:20 AM EDT THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch lawmakers adopted a motion Tuesday urging the government not to sign a controversial international treaty aimed at reining in online piracy. The motion was another setback for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agre ...

  20. Business Matters: Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Fight Piracy at Google Search

    May 25, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Tackle Piracy at Google Search -- Google has lifted the veil on its anti-piracy efforts by launching an online Transparency Report that offers details on the issuers and targets of removal requests for Googl ...

  21. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  22. Anonymous Hacker Group Launches Seemingly-Legit Anontune Music Site

    April 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT A screen shot of the Anontune site recently launched by the Anonymous hacker group. A group of programmers from Anonymous, the infamous and rather amorphous hacker organization who in the past have claimed responsibility for hacking major governme ...

  23. YouTube Copyright Infringement Suit Reinstated By Appeals Court

    April 05, 2012 1:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated a copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular ...

  24. ISPs to Roll Out Copyright Alert Systems This Year, CCI's New Executive Director Says

    April 02, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Expect U.S. Internet service providers to roll out their "copyright alert systems" later this year, says Jill Lesser, the newly appointed executive director of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The July 2011 memorandum of under ...

  25. RIAA CEO/Chairman Says ISPs Ready To Police Copyright This Summer: Report

    March 15, 2012 9:16 AM EDT The country's largest Internet service providers, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon and Time Warnerm, may begin policing U.S. copyright infringement as soon July, according to a report on CNET. The news came from Cary Sherman, CEO/chair ...

  26. British ISPs BT, TalkTalk Lose Challenge To U.K. Digital Economy Act

    March 06, 2012 9:15 AM EST BT and TalkTalk, two of the United Kingdom's biggest ISPs, have lost their long-running challenge to the U.K. Digital Economy Act, removing one of the main obstacles to the Act finally coming into effect. The court judgment was announced toda ...

  27. Business Matters: Without SOPA, Are There Other Tools in Copyright Holders' Toolkits?

    March 02, 2012 5:12 PM EST Without SOPA, Are There Other Tools Are There in Copyright Holders' Toolkit -- Even without an anti-piracy law like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the U.S. government has gone after a foreign-based Internet company. Rather than block acce ...

  28. Grooveshark Files for Dismissal of Copyright-Infringement Case, Blasts Major Labels' Lawsuit

    March 01, 2012 2:56 PM EST Music streaming service Grooveshark has reacted strongly to the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by three major labels. In an 18-page motion to dismiss, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Groovesha ...

  29. EU Suspends ACTA Copyright Treaty Ratification

    February 22, 2012 8:40 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Commission, facing steep opposition, is suspending efforts to ratify an international anti-counterfeiting agreement and instead referring it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates EU rights. EU Trade ...

  30. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  31. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

  32. 60,000 Germans Protest ACTA Anti-Piracy Legislation

    February 14, 2012 7:16 AM EST BERLIN - An estimated 60,000 people demonstrated over the weekend in more than 50 German cities against the international anti-piracy treaty ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). In Berlin alone there were more than 10,000 protestors and an6 ...

  33. Business Matters: Vevo Opens Up on Super Bowl Piracy Blunder, RIAA Chief Slams Google

    February 10, 2012 5:07 PM EST Vevo In Hot Water Over Super Bowl Gaffe On Friday the International Intellectual Property Alliance released a report - its annual "Special 301" review -- that documents global copyright piracy. The IIPA calls for "swift action" ...

  34. Business Matters: Megaupload Aftershocks Continue as BTJunkie Voluntarily Shuts Down

    February 06, 2012 5:55 PM EST BT Junkie Shuts Down, Cites Megaupload, Pirate Bay Legal Action BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down, becoming the latest file-sharing site to shutter in the wake of the US Department of Justice's arrest of Megaupload's founder and leaders ...

  35. U2 Manager Paul McGuiness Calls Google a 'Monopoly,' Spotify 'Ultimately a Good Thing' @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:17 PM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness picked up the copyright cudgel once again at MIDEM, this time directing his energies at Google. It was the Irishman who in 2008 used the platform of MIDEM to demand ISPs counter illegal file movements on their networks, ...

  36. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  37. RIAA Comments On Megaupload Shutdown

    January 24, 2012 4:14 PM EST Last week, after years of effort, the Justice Department led the shutdown of the controversial file-sharing site Megaupload and the arrest of founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz and several others . While the site had long been a point of conte ...

  38. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: The Effectiveness of Anti-Piracy Strategies

    January 23, 2012 7:01 PM EST The main news to come out of IFPI's Digital Music Report 2012 is that digital sales and services grew by 8% in 2011 to $5.2 billion, combined with a slowing decline in the overall recorded music market, which fell 3% from a total trade value ...

  39. SOPA, PIPA Postponed Indefinitely

    January 20, 2012 10:53 AM EST WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he will postpone a vote on online piracy legislation he had scheduled for next week after a storm of protest. Reid, a Democrat, said he was putting off a procedural vote set for Tuesday &quo ...

  40. EU Internet Czar Comes Out Against SOPA

    January 20, 2012 7:35 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's Internet czar has added her voice to resistance of the Stop Online Piracy Act, in an unusually open comment on U.S. legislation. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, Others Sign Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter Neelie K ...

  41. Anonymous Hacks RIAA, Universal Music, BMI, DOJ Sites in Retaliation for Megaupload Bust

    January 19, 2012 6:04 PM EST Apparently in retaliation for U.S. prosecutors shutting down the controversial Megaupload file-sharing site and arresting its leader s, hacktivists Anonymous claimed credit for disabling the websites of the Department of Justice, the RIAA, Univers ...

  42. SOPA Anti-Piracy Controversy Exposes Hollywood-Silicon Valley Divide

    January 19, 2012 9:05 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted mo ...

  43. Web Trends: Azealia Banks Signs to Universal

    January 18, 2012 5:17 PM EST Google Trends: 1. sopa and pipa bills - People are researching the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) as many sites like Wikipedia and Google are protesting the bills today. 2. piracy - Both SOPA and PIPA are designed to c ...

  44. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, OK Go Among Artists Cosigning Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter

    January 18, 2012 4:05 PM EST Entertainment industry players including Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, and OK Go have written and published an open letter to Washington expressing their concerns about SOPA/PIPA, the pending Congressional bills that would give the government and c ...

  45. UPDATE: SOPA Imploding, Facebook's Zuckerberg, House Speaker Boehner Add To Backlash

    January 18, 2012 2:30 PM EST UPDATE (3:43 p.m.): House Speaker John Boehner said the SOPA and PIPA bills were not ready to go to a vote in Congress, according to the Wall Street Journal , while the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch (Utah), released ...

  46. SOPA Web Protests: Wikipedia Editors Question Site's Blackout

    January 18, 2012 7:48 AM EST The blackout notice on Wikipedia's site as a protest against the controversial anti-piracy SOPA bill currently before Congress. Some of the site's editors, howevder oppose the site's entry into politics. NEW YORK (AP) - Can the worl ...

  47. MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd Speaks Out Against SOPA Blackout

    January 18, 2012 6:19 AM EST MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd came out swinging Tuesday in the fight over pending Internet anti-piracy legislation calling online web sites and tech companies supporting Wednesday's "Blackout Day" protest "irresponsible" and ca ...

  48. Web Trends: Jay-Z Discontinues Using an Expletive and More

    January 17, 2012 6:50 PM EST Google Trends: 17. PIPA 20. SOPA Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. The Golden Age of MTV: Twenty Amazing Animated Logos NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. The Ultimate NPR Workout Mix 2. Premieres From Leonard Cohen, Lower Dens, Lambchop, And More 3. Firs ...

  49. Business Matters: Will SOPA Turn Into a Bill Even Google Can Support?

    January 17, 2012 5:03 PM EST Obama Administration Reacts to SOPA and PIPA, Hoping For Revisions The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't dead, but expect revisions. On Saturday officials in the Obama Administration outlined their reservations with the controversial Stop O ...

  50. Google, White House Respond to Rupert Murdoch's Anti-Piracy Twitter Rant

    January 16, 2012 10:28 AM EST Google is fighting back against Rupert Murdoch's claims that the company leads the pack of online pirates. When Murdoch took to Twitter -- his new favorite medium -- on Saturday night, he launched 140-character verbal grenades at Google and P ...

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