Copyright law of the United States

  1. New Zealand Govt Revives Anti-Piracy Law

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Serial copyright offenders in New Zealand could still have their accounts terminated under revised legislation - but only after a lengthy process involving both mediation and an independent tribunal. The government today (July 14) unveiled its rev ...

  2. Google, YouTube Win Dismissal Of Some Damages Claims

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. judge dismissed some damages claims in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Google Inc and its video-sharing Web site YouTube.com but left open the possibility that non-U.S. based rights owners could seek damages for live broadcasts, if ...

  3. U.K. Govt Plans $82,000 Fines For Online IP Offenses

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has outlined proposals to improve copyright licensing and increase financial penalties for online infringers. The proposals, which were part of the Digital Britain report, include legislative changes to ...

  4. Japan Strengthens Copyright Law

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese parliament has passed an amendment to the existing Copyright Law that extends further protections to copyright holders and, for the first time, makes it illegal for private users to download copyrighted material that has been uploaded ...

  5. Web Piracy Law Back On NZ Agenda

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The first draft of New Zealand's revised copyright legislation will be ready for analysis next month. In March, the government ordered a rewrite of a contentious new clause in the Copyright Act, which would have required Internet service prov ...

  6. French 'Three-Strikes' Scheme Curtailed

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT France's Creation and Internet law has been watered down after the country's Constitutional Council ruled against a key element that would have allowed an independent administrative authority to cut off copyright infringers' broadba ...

  7. Pirate Jailed Down Under

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Sydney magistrate has sentenced a man to nine months jail for piracy offenses, the longest custodial sentence ever handed down for copyright infringement in Australia. Magistrate Pearce in the Burwood Local Court today sentenced 45-year-old Qing ...

  8. Taiwan Passes Three-Strikes Piracy Law

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed an amendment to the island's copyright act aimed at discouraging digital copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks and increasing the responsibility of ISPs. Based on the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court de ...

  9. Copyright Term Extension Stalls

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. biz is facing up to a lengthy delay before making any progress on the issue of term extension for copyright in sound recordings. Following an earlier setback in March, when the term directive was initially rejected in a vote of the Counci ...

  10. Federal Appeals Court Considers Motion Against CRB Judges

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Royalty Logic motion filed almost a year ago questioning whether the Copyright Royalty Board Judges are constitutionally appointed had its day in court yesterday, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit considered the issue as part o ...

  11. Judge Rules Against P2P IsoHunt

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A British Columbia Supreme Court Judge ruled yesterday against a motion brought forward by Torrent site isoHunt seeking to clarify whether it was infringing on copyright material. The motion for declaratory relief was brought forward by isoHunt fo ...

  12. Labels' Legal Counsel Sums Up In Pirate Bay Case

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Peter Danowsky, counsel for the record company plaintiffs in the Pirate Bay case, has made his summing up during the trial at Stockholm district court. The four men on trial are accused of breaking Swedish copyright law by enabling users to downlo ...

  13. Pirate Bay Supporters Hack IFPI Site

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The fourth day of the Pirate Bay trial in Stockholm coincided with an attack on international trade body the IFPI's Web operation. The IFPI's Swedish arm is coordinating the music companies' damages claim for €2.2 million compensati ...

  14. U.K. Govt Proposes Anti-Piracy 'Rights Agency'

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The British government has delivered a series of proposals aimed at tackling peer-to-peer file-sharing, as part of its Digital Britain interim report. Following the memorandum of understanding last summer between labels, the film industry, six ISP ...

  15. Copyright Royalty Judges Publishes Rates And Terms For DPD

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Judges final determination of rates and terms for mechanical and digital phonorecord delivery (DPD) was published yesterday (Jan. 26) in the Federal Register, which means that interested parties now have only 30 days from tha ...

  16. German Biz Welcomes Bob Dylan Ruling

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) in Berlin has welcomed a ruling issued by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which confirmed that older recordings are also protected by copyright law throughout Europe if protection i ...

  17. Kraftwerk Copyright Case Overturned In Germany

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Germany's highest civil court has dealt electronic band Kraftwerk a blow in ruling that sampling music does not in principle violate copyright. Thursday's decision overturns a Hamburg state court ruling in Kraftwerk's favor that sai ...

  18. Law Professor Fires Back At Song-Swapping Suits

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST The music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack. A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry ...

  19. RIAA Wants Second Look At Mechanical Late Fees

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a move to change issues related to the timing of late fees on mechanical payments - established by the U.S. Copyright Board in its Oct. 2 determination on royalty payments - the RIAA has filed a motion for the court to reconsider its decision t ...

  20. Judge Declines To Toss Claim Against UMG

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group suffered a setback in its defense of a lawsuit over a YouTube takedown notice, when the presiding judge declined to dismiss the case. The ruling opens the door to how "fair use" may be taken into account before dema ...

  21. Black Crowes Accuse Wilson Of Infringement

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers for the Black Crowes have served copyright infringement notices to Gretchen Wilson, TNT, Sony BMG and publishing company J Money Music over the band's 1991 hit "Jealous Again." The Crowes claim Wilson exploited the track for ...

  22. Copyright Office To Debut Online Registration System

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress will debut a new online registration system on July 1, according to the organization. The move is part of its multi-year effort to move from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment, ...

  23. Court Allows Promo CD Sales

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal court has permitted an eBay trader to continue selling promotional CDs he bought from music shops and online auctions. The federal District Court in Los Angeles on June 10 denied Universal Music Group's motion for summary judgment, ...

  24. Chinese Search Engine Zhongsou Fined

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Zhongsou, one of China's top five Internet search engines, has been found guilty of infringing record companies' copyrights by the Heibei provincial government's Copyright Bureau and the city of Cangzhou. The authorities have ordere ...

  25. New Trial In File-Sharing Suit?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal court judge in Minnesota who presided over the first file-sharer trial to reach a jury verdict is now having second thoughts. In an order issued late yesterday, Judge Michael Davis asked the parties to submit additional legal briefs. H ...

  26. Orphan Works Bills On The Move

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Senate and House versions of orphan works bills, which would make copyrighted works available for licensing even if the owners cannot be located, moved forward today. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to report the bill to the Senate floor for ...

  27. Movie Studios Win $110 Million Judgment

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major motion picture studios have been awarded $110 million judgment against TorrentSpy operator Valence Media today in Los Angeles for infringing rights in movies and television programs. The federal District Court late last year entered a defaul ...

  28. House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed, under suspension of House rules, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. An official quorum vote is expected on the House floor this evening. Introduced ...

  29. Labels Lose File-Sharing Argument

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major labels have been hit with a setback in Arizona today, where a federal District Court judge denied their motion for a summary judgment filed against alleged Kazaa file sharers Pamela and Jeffrey Howell. Contrary to some other court decisions, ...

  30. Orphan Works Hits Congress

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees today introduced legislation that would make more copyrighted works available for licensing even if the copyright owners cannot be found. Under the bills, potential users of these so-cal ...

  31. Baidu Responds To Lawsuit

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Popular Beijing-based search engine Baidu has responded to a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against it on Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People ...

  32. NZ Biz Keen To Engage With ISPs

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand recorded music industry intends to work closely with Internet service providers to ensure new copyright legislation works against online pirates. The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill, the bigg ...

  33. NZ Approves Long-Awaited Copyright Legislation

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The biggest overhaul of New Zealand copyright legislation in almost two decades has finally been passed. The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill -- which dates back to 2003 -- had its third and final reading in ...

  34. Baidu Challenged With $9M Copyright Lawsuit

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has agreed to hear a copyright-infringement suit against web portal Baidu. The suit was filed Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong, the IFPI ...

  35. Court Backs Majors On File-Sharing Question

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major labels today prevailed in a federal District Court in New York on a controversial legal question over unauthorized sharing of music files. In denying a motion to dismiss the labels' complaint, the court provided specific language for th ...

  36. Sony/ATV Targets Karaoke Companies

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is suing karaoke companies and individuals based in California, Korea and the Cayman Islands for copyright infringement and unfair business practices. The publisher claims that more than 200 songs are being used without p ...

  37. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  38. Chaitovitz Named FMC Executive Director

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ann Chaitovitz has been named executive director of the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). Chaitovitz, based in Washington, D.C., will report to FMC's board of directors and will assume her new role February 4. Chaitovitz most recently worked a ...

  39. China Court Rejects Yahoo China's 'Deep Linking' Appeal

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on Dec. 20 rejected an appeal by Yahoo China against an April ruling that found it guilty of copyright violation due to its practice of providing "deep links" to Web sites offering unaut ...

  40. Infringement Suit Against Keith Dismissed

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST A copyright infringement lawsuit brought against country star Toby Keith by singer/songwriter Michael McCloud has been dismissed. In a 2006 suit filed in federal court in Miami, the Key West, Fla.-based McCloud, whose real name is Michael Snyder, ...

  41. Senators Introduce Enforcement Bill

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Tex., introduced a bill this week to strengthen federal government efforts to combat copyright infringement and counterfeiting. The Intellectual Property Enforcement Act would give civil copyright enf ...

  42. YouTube Served India Court Order

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mumbai-based Super Cassettes Industries Ltd. (SCIL), one of India's biggest record and video labels, said yesterday it has obtained a court order that prohibits YouTube's Indian Web site from disseminating SCIL copyrighted content. The D ...

  43. FMC Summit Puts Spotlight On 'Orphan Works'

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A panel at yesterday's Future of Music Coalition summit addressed the growing issue of "orphan works," defined as "unlocateable copyright works." These recordings are often old folk ballads whose copyright was always uncle ...

  44. UMG Hits Veoh With Suit

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group filed suit against online video site Veoh, claiming copyright infringement. The company first threatened the suit last month, to which Veoh responded with a preemptive suit, asking a federal court to block any potential legal ...

  45. Veoh Issues Pre-emptive UMG Lawsuit

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Web video sharing service Veoh Networks has filed what it calls a pre-emptive lawsuit against Universal Music Group in the hope of blocking any potential copyright infringement claims by the major label. Veoh, which syndicates video content from B ...

  46. NMPA, Journalist Join YouTube Suit

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several copyright holders are joining a class action infringement suit against YouTube, including the National Music Publishers' Assn., investigative journalist Robert Tur and the U.K.'s Rugby Football League. Following a suit filed by V ...

  47. More Delays For YouTube Filtering Technology?

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The content filtering technology that YouTube has promised media partners for almost a year now may finally see the light of day this fall. Or maybe not. A lawyer for Google (which owns YouTube) told the judge presiding over Viacom's copyrigh ...

  48. EFF Sues UMG Over Prince Video

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed suit against Universal Music Group over the label's request that a YouTube video featuring "Let's Get Crazy" by Prince be removed. The video depicts an 18-month old child and a sibli ...

  49. Senate Passes Higher Ed Piracy Amendment

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate today passed an amendment to a higher education bill that requires all universities, for the first time, to provide information to the Department of Education regarding their efforts to stem digital piracy on their computer network ...

  50. RIAA Sends Sixth Wave Of Letters To Colleges

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today sent a new wave of 408 pre-litigation settlement letters to 23 universities nationwide. This new round of pre-litigation letters is the latest installment of a broad education and deterrence campaign that the RIAA launched earlier t ...

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