Copyright law of the United States

  1. 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 ...

  2. Revamped Ricall Licence Site Adds Free Features

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online music marketplace Ricall has re-launched its Web site, saying it will use customized patent pending technology to connect professional buyers of music directly with copyright holders, free of charge. The system also eliminates the commissio ...

  3. Cherry Lane Joins YouTube Suit

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has joined the class action suit filed last month against YouTube and its parent company, Google. Indie publisher Bourne Co. and the Football Assn. Premier League are the lead plaintiffs in the proposed class action su ...

  4. Publisher, Soccer League Sue YouTube, Google

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Football Assn. Premier League and independent music publisher Bourne Co. filed a class action lawsuit for copyright infringement today against YouTube and its parent company, Google. The complaint, filed in federal court in New York, seeks to ...

  5. Yahoo! Defeats Sony BMG Infringement Suit

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury in New York decided late today that Yahoo!'s Launchcast is not liable to Sony BMG Music Entertainment for copyright infringement. After a six-year litigation, the jury decided that Launchcast was not required to negotiate licen ...

  6. Source: Japan To File IPR Complaint Against China

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government will soon file a complaint with the World Trade Organization concerning China's allegedly insufficient protection of copyright and intellectual-property rights, a well-placed Japanese entertainment-industry source tell ...

  7. Google Closes In On Filtering System

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Google chief Eric Schmidt told attendees at the NAB conference that the company is close to implementing a content filtering system that would block copyrighted content from being uploaded to the popular video sharing site. CNET News reports that ...

  8. EFF Takes On Viacom Over YouTube

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Electronic Frontier Foundation has jumped into the legal fray between Viacom and YouTube. The group filed a complaint today (March 22) for MoveOn.org Civic Action and Brave New Films against Viacom for "misrepresentation of copyright infr ...

  9. U.K. Court Blow For CDWOW

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London's High Court today found that popular cut-price online music store CDWOW was in contempt of court and ordered the service to pay damages for breach of copyright. Mr Justice Evans-Lombe ruled that CDWOW had "no tenable ground of de ...

  10. Labels, Publishers Hit Setback In Bertelsmann, Napster Suit

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann won a partial victory yesterday (March 14) in its ongoing battle with labels and publishers over the German company's financial contribution to the original Napster. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal held that Bertelsmann does not ...

  11. UMG, Bolt Settle Out Of Court

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has settled its copyright infringement lawsuit against teen social networking site Bolt out of court. Under the agreement, Bolt will pay UMG damages in the "multi-million dollar" range for past infringement, against ...

  12. Boucher Re-Introduces Fair Use Bill

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the third time in as many Congressional sessions, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would expand the protection of fair use under copyright law. Like the other bills he introduced over the last four years, the new bill could ...

  13. Nagasaki Ringtones Sentencing

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST A 45-year-old man in the Southwestern Japanese city of Nagasaki was sentenced yesterday (Feb. 22) by the Nagasaki District Court to two years in prison, suspended for three years. He was found guilty of violating the Copyright Law by illegally off ...

  14. Bridgeport Wins Verdict Against UMG

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal court jury in Nashville today (Feb. 13) found UMG Recordings and Universal Music Group liable for copyright infringement, awarding $88,980 in damages to music publishers Bridgeport Music and Southfield Music. The jury found that Public A ...

  15. RIAA Ordered To Pay

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has been ordered by a judge Feb. 7 to pay the attorney fees of a defendant targeted in the association's file-sharing lawsuit campaign. The case against the defendant, single mother Debbie Foster, was dropped last year when it was de ...

  16. JASRAC, YouTube Execs To Meet

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese authors society JASRAC says key YouTube executives will visit Japan to discuss the ongoing problem of Japanese copyrighted content being uploaded to the popular video-sharing website without rights-holders' permission. According to J ...

  17. Winny's Kaneko Fined For Copyright Violation

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Kyoto District Court on Dec. 13 found Isamu Kaneko, developer of the popular "Winny" file-sharing program, guilty of assisting copyright violation and fined him ¥1.5 million ($12,814). The case was the first in Japan in which a softw ...

  18. YouTube Taken To Task In Japan

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Japanese rights holders are demanding that YouTube take steps to prevent their copyrighted content from being uploaded to the popular video-sharing Web site without their permission. In a letter sent to YouTube on Dec. 4 and released on Dec. 5, a ...

  19. IFPI Blasts Baidu China Court Ruling

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST The IFPI describes as "inexplicable" a Chinese court's ruling in favor of Bejing-based Web portal Baidu in a copyright-violation lawsuit filed by the international labels group against the portal. The IFPI describes as "inexpli ...

  20. IFPI Blasts Baidu China Court Ruling

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST The IFPI describes as "inexplicable" a Chinese court's ruling in favor of Bejing-based Web portal Baidu in a copyright-violation lawsuit filed by the international labels group against the portal. The IFPI describes as "inexpli ...

  21. Universal Music Group Sues MySpace

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group is taking on the Internet's most popular social networking site and its global media parent. UMG labels and publishers sued MySpace and parent company News Corporation today (Nov. 17) for copyright infringement. The owne ...

  22. Universal Music Group Sues MySpace

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alleges copyright infringement. Alleges copyright infringement. News ...

  23. Universal Music Group Sues MySpace

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group is taking on the Internet's most popular social networking site and its global media parent. UMG labels and publishers sued MySpace and parent company News Corporation today (Nov Universal Music Group is taking on the In ...

  24. LEGAL MATTERS: COMPULSORY CONSIDERATIONS

    November 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher community since the Copyright Office decided that compositions for ringtones are subject to a compulsory license. They must be strategizing It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher commu ...

  25. Spain Rapped Over CD Rental Royalties

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ruled that Spain broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of items like CDs and D The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ...

  26. Spain Rapped Over CD Rental Royalties

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ruled that Spain broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of items like CDs and D The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ...

  27. YouTube Deletes 30,000 Files

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Japanese group complained of copyright infringement. Japanese group complained of copyright infringement. News ...

  28. YouTube Deletes 30,000 Files

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its Web site following complaints of copyright infringement by 23 Japanese broadcasters and other rights holders, local authors society JASRAC said Oct. 20. YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its ...

  29. Universal Music Group Sues Networking Sites

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Five companies under the Universal Music Group umbrella have sued the operators of Grouper Networks and Bolt, two online music and video networking sites, for copyright infringement. Five companies under the Universal Music Group umbrella have sue ...

  30. Compulsory Licenses Cover Ringtones

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Decision is a victory for record labels. The Copyright Office has decided that compositions used for ringtones may be subject to a compulsory license. The decision is a victory for record labels that want to offer ringtone operators the master rig ...

  31. LEGAL MATTERS: WRANGLING FOR RINGTONES

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A battle over who gets to license compositions for ringtones and master ringtones is moving to the U.S. Copyright Office. But the issue is broader than simply whether compositions for these uses fall A battle over who gets to license compositions ...

  32. LEGAL MATTERS: WRANGLING FOR RINGTONES

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A battle over who gets to license compositions for ringtones and master ringtones is moving to the U.S. Copyright Office. But the issue is broader than simply whether compositions for these uses fall A battle over who gets to license compositions ...

  33. Singer To Split With U.K.'s MCPS-PRS

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Copyright Tribunal hearing begins Sept. 25. Copyright Tribunal hearing begins Sept. 25. News ...

  34. UMG Pressuring YouTube, MySpace

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Chief executive Morris calls sites 'copyright infringers.' Chief executive Morris calls sites 'copyright infringers.' News Morris ...

  35. CRB: Ringtone Licenses A Copyright Office Decision

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board refers compulsory license question. Whether a publisher must license a composition for ringtones or master ringtones under a compulsory license is now a question for the Copyright Office. The Copyright Royalty Board referred the question to ...

  36. Major Labels Sue LimeWire

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Accused of copyright infringement. Accused of copyright infringement. News ...

  37. EverGreen Acquires MC Hammer Catalog

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal brings copyright total to more than 40K. Deal brings copyright total to more than 40K. News ...

  38. Consumer Group Blasts 'Lawless' Digital World

    July 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Copyright law slammed for loopholes. Copyright law slammed for loopholes. News ...

  39. Timbaland Re-Ups With Warner/Chappell

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Catalog of 400-plus copyrights changes hands. Catalog of 400-plus copyrights changes hands. News ...

  40. Legal Matters

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT See how a suit against James Joyce, the world-renowned Irish author and poet, may change copyright law. Read Susan Butler's column. See how a suit against James Joyce, the world-renowned Irish author and poet, may change copyright law. Read S ...

  41. Portugal In Hot Water Over Library Royalties

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday (July 6) that Portugal broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of goods such as C The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday ( ...

  42. China Web Portal Guilty Of C'right Charges

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A Chinese court decision finding Internet portal China.com guilty of copyright violation is being hailed as a landmark ruling that sets an important precedent for labels and publishers. A Chinese court decision finding Internet portal China.com gu ...

  43. BPI To Sue Allofmp3.com

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Representatives for U.K. labels' trade body the BPI today (June 6) confirmed that they would pursue rogue Russian download service Allofmp3.com in court for copyright infringement. Representatives for U.K. labels' trade body the BPI toda ...

  44. 'Orphan Works' Legislation Introduced In House

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in the House today (May 23) the Orphan Works Act of 2006, which creates new guidelines for use of copyrighted material when the original owner cannot be loca U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in ...

  45. Mixed Reaction To Oz Copyright Changes

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gov't to reform Copyright Act. Gov't to reform Copyright Act. News ...

  46. The Game Sues Koch Entertainment

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Claims 81 copyright infringements. Claims 81 copyright infringements. News ...

  47. The Game Sues Koch Entertainment

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jayceon "The Game" Taylor has filed a lawsuit against Koch Entertainment and related companies. He claims 81 copyright infringements for releasing five CDs and a DVD without securing licenses for his Jayceon "The Game" Taylor h ...

  48. Jury Indicts For Posting Pre-Release Music On Web

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Defendants each face up to 11 years in prison. A grand jury in Nashville indicted two men yesterday (March 7) for posting pre-release music by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals on the Internet. Robert Thomas, 24, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Jared Bowser, ...

  49. Toronto's Vortek Hit With CD-R Penalties

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Federal Court of Canada in Toronto has handed down a substantial penalty on to a Montreal-based computers and software manufacturer that did not pay federally-mandated private copying levy. The Federal Court of Canada in Toronto has handed dow ...

  50. Oz Court Rejects Cooper Piracy Plea

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Australian Federal Court yesterday (Dec. 22) rejected a motion by former Website operator Stephen Cooper that all declarations of copyright and injunctions against him be dropped. The Australian Federal Court yesterday (Dec. 22) rejected a mot ...

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