Copyright law of the United States

  1. Garnett Joins Media Rights Technologies

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Copyright expert becomes chief strategist. Copyright expert becomes chief strategist. News ...

  2. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Committee reviewing section of the Copyright Act. Committee reviewing section of the Copyright Act. News ...

  3. Behind the Deal: A summary of the proposed Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2005

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice is proposing a legislative package to fight copyright crimes. The following is a summary of the section-by-section analysis provided by the DOJ. The U.S. Department of Justice is proposing a legislative package to fi ...

  4. Behind the Deal: The Interactive Nature of LAUNCHcast Undecided

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Record companies had a minor setback Nov. 3 when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York refused to grant a summary judgment in a case focusing on the interactive nature of Inter Record companies had a minor setback Nov. 3 wh ...

  5. Labels Face Minor Setback In Launch Media Suit

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Record labels had a minor setback Nov. 4 when the federal District Court in New York refused to say definitively that Launch Media's LAUNCHcast with its "consumer influenced" playlists are interactive NEW YORK -- Record labels had a ...

  6. Labels Face Minor Setback In Launch Media Suit

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Record labels had a minor setback Nov. 4 when the federal District Court in New York refused to say definitively that Launch Media's LAUNCHcast with its "consumer influenced" playlists are interactive Record labels had a minor setba ...

  7. Movie Studios' Suits Hit Download Sites

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Motion picture studios filed a new round of copyright-infringement lawsuits Oct. 13 against a half-dozen Web site operators, alleging that they attempted to fool consumers into thinking the sites were WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- M ...

  8. Grand Jury Indicts In Largest U.S. CD Piracy Raid

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Scheme included more than 325,000 copyrighted works. Scheme included more than 325,000 copyrighted works. News ...

  9. Crackdown In China: U.S. Eyes Baidu Copyright Suits

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT China's willingness to enforce infringement laws that protect the music industry's copyrights is being put to the test -- and the U.S. copyright czar is watching. NEW YORK -- China's willingness to enforce infringement laws that pro ...

  10. Belgian Consumer Group Loses Private-Copy Case

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept of private copying as an exception, which does not override copyright protection. Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept o ...

  11. Belgian Consumer Group Loses Private-Copy Case

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Belgium victorious in protecting copyright. Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept of private copying as an exception, which does not override copyright protection. On Sept. 9, the Brussels-based app ...

  12. Case Summary: Expert Reports In Copyright Infringement Cases

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Often the highest hurdle to clear when an author sues someone for copyright infringement is proving that the defendant had access the the plaintiff's work. The following is a summary of the court's op Often the highest hurdle to clear wh ...

  13. Google Postpones Scanning Of Copyrighted Books

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stung by a publishing industry backlash, Google has halted its efforts to scan copyrighted books from some of the nation's largest university libraries so the material can be indexed in its leading In SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Stung by a publishi ...

  14. Indie Music Publishers Join Karaoke Lawsuit

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A group of indie music publishers is joining the karaoke lawsuit filed last spring by Sybersound Records against six other karaoke record manufacturers. NEW YORK -- A group of indie music publishers is joining the karaoke lawsuit filed last spring ...

  15. Legal Matters

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's fight against peer-to-peer copyright infringers is gathering strength in courts around the world. Yet some tech-oriented lawyers and others who disagree with the labels' legal str The music industry's fight agai ...

  16. Indie Music Publishers Join Karaoke Lawsuit

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A group of indie music publishers is joining the karaoke lawsuit filed last spring by Sybersound Records against six other karaoke record manufacturers. The lawsuit claims the six karaoke record manuf A group of indie music publishers is joining t ...

  17. Case Summary: Expert Reports In Copyright Infringement Cases

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Often the highest hurdle to clear when an author sues someone for copyright infringement is proving that the defendant had access the the plaintiff's work. The following is a summary of the court's op Often the highest hurdle to clear wh ...

  18. First Suspect Indicted Under Camcorder Law

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first indictment has been handed down under a law enacted this year that makes it a federal crime to camcord a movie. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The first indictment has been handed down under a law enacted this year that mak ...

  19. ASCAP Files 30 Lawsuits Against Bars, Nightclubs

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Suits filed in 15 states and District of Columbia. ASCAP filed 30 copyright infringement lawsuits today (July 13) against nightclubs, bars and restaurants for playing songs written by members of the performing right organization without securing p ...

  20. Brits Row Over Online Licensing Terms

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MCPS-PRS referred to Copyright Tribunal. MCPS-PRS referred to Copyright Tribunal. News ...

  21. GROKSTER COVERAGE: Official Responses

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups, Congressional leaders and other interested parties offer early responses. Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) "VSDA is gratified that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for those who intent ...

  22. Grokster: Syllabus of Court Opinion

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Syllabus of the Supreme Court Opinion. (Bench Opinion) OCTOBER TERM, 2004 1 Syllabus NOTE: Where it is feasible, a syllabus (headnote) will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the opinion is issued. The syllabus ...

  23. Lawyers Continue Fight Over Sampling Rights

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While the fight over how much of a sound recording can be legally sampled continues in the No Limit Films case, the challenge by jazz flutist James W. Newton over alleged infringement by Beastie Boys NEW YORK -- While the fight over how much of a ...

  24. Macrovision Sues Sima, Interburn

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Suit claims Digital Millennium Copyright Act violations. Macrovision Corp. filed a lawsuit today (June 15) against Sima Products Corp. and Interburn Enterprises Inc. alleging that both companies manufacture software that infringes on Macrovision&# ...

  25. Supreme Court Passes On Beasties Case

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court on June 13 declined to consider whether a 1992 Beastie Boys song infringed on the copyright of a recording by jazz flutist James W. Newton. The Supreme Court on June 13 declined to consider whether a 1992 Beastie Boys song infrin ...

  26. Case Summary: Revival of Foreign Copyrights

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Companies that commercially exploit sheet music and old film footage challenged the constitutionality of section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), which implemented part of the Berne Con Companies that commercially exploit sheet musi ...

  27. Toronto Court Orders Payment Of Copyright Levies

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Federal Court in Toronto on May 31 ordered Computer Warehouse Outlet to pay copyright levies on nearly 400,000 blank CD-Rs. TORONTO -- The Canadian Federal Court in Toronto on May 31 ordered Computer Warehouse Outlet to pay copyright ...

  28. Court Reaffirms 2-Second Sampling Infringement

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reaffirmed June 3 its decision that a two-second sample of a recording infringes the sound recording copyright. NEW YORK -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reaffirmed June 3 its decis ...

  29. Toronto Outlet Ordered To Pay Copyright Levies

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Judgement follows a 2004 audit. The Canadian Federal Court in Toronto on May 31 ordered Computer Warehouse Outlet to pay copyright levies on nearly 400,000 blank CD-Rs. The judgment for CAN$83,664 ($67,038) against the Toronto-based outlet resulte ...

  30. Case Summary: Fair Use of Concert Posters

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bill Graham Archives sued book publishers that used images of concert posters in a Grateful Dead biographical book for copyright infringement. The U.S. District Court in New York granted the publisher Bill Graham Archives sued book publishers that ...

  31. Case Summary: Copyright Preemption of Conversion, Unjust Enrichment Claims

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court in Virginia recently held that claims for conversion and unjust enrichment were preempted by the Copyright Act. A federal court in Virginia recently held that claims for conversion and unjust enrichment were preempted by the Copyri ...

  32. Copyright Violations Put Crimp On Hong Kong Biz

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Film industry leaders here are charging that failure by the government to enforce intellectual property legislation that would halt imports of audiovisual products into Hong Kong before the end of an HONG KONG (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Film indu ...

  33. Toronto Court Upholds File-Sharer Identity Protection

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Decision offers future disclosure opportunities. While the Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto today (May 19) upheld a 2004 Federal Court decision denying the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. (CRIA) request for the identities of the 29 alleged lar ...

  34. IFPI To Hold Meeting With French Officials

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Copyright duration is top on agenda. Copyright duration is top on agenda. News ...

  35. Our Recorded Heritage Deserves To Be Heard

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record companies have long treated catalog product-whether created by them or inherited from companies they acquire-as an asset they could exploit or ignore at will. Mostly they have ignored it, reiss Tim Brooks is the author of "Lost Sounds: ...

  36. Our Recorded Heritage Deserves To Be Heard

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record companies have long treated catalog product-whether created by them or inherited from companies they acquire-as an asset they could exploit or ignore at will. Mostly they have ignored it, reiss Tim Brooks is the author of "Lost Sounds: ...

  37. Case Summary: DMCA Subpoenas

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Assn. of America in 2003 served subpoenas on two universities, seeking the identities of two individuals who were downloading unauthorized music files. The universities provided The Recording Industry Assn. of America in 200 ...

  38. President Bush Signs FECA Into Law

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After President Bush affixed his signature to the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act in an Oval Office ceremony April 26, it became a federal crime to camcord a movie. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- After President Bush affixed h ...

  39. Bush Signs Family Ent. And Copyright Act

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bill allows the sale of DVD editing equipment. It’s now against the law -- with civil penalty remedies -- to distribute pre-release recordings. President Bush signed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act into law yesterday (April 27). Congres ...

  40. Case Summary: Right to Sue for Infringement & Fair Use of Film Clips

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a lawsuit brought against ABC by a company that licenses films and film clips, the U.S. District Court in New York wrote an opinion April 5, exploring issues involving assignments of copyright infr In a lawsuit brought against ABC by a company ...

  41. ABC's Use Of Film Clips Is 'Fair Use'

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT American Broadcasting Co. successfully defended a copyright infringement claim April 5 with the "fair use" defense before the suit reached the fact-finding trial stage. NEW YORK -- American Broadcasting Co. successfully defended a copyri ...

  42. Case Summary: Assignments of Right to Sue for Copyright Infringement

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For nearly 70 years, U.S. law viewed copyright owners as having an indivisible bundle of property rights that could not be assigned piecemeal. This changed with the Copyright Act of 1976, when Congres For nearly 70 years, U.S. law viewed copyright ...

  43. NY Court Recognizes Common Law Copyright In Sound Recordings

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New York without permission, an appellate court held April 5. As a result, Capitol Records may continue with a copyri NEW YORK -- Record labels may stop other compa ...

  44. Capitol Can Go Forward With Case Vs. Naxos

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New York without permission, an appellate court held yesterday (April 5). Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New Yor ...

  45. U.S. Supreme Court Hears Grokster Arguments

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The scene was reminiscent of a rock festival, with people camping out overnight for tickets while artists played guitars and sang nearby. On March 29, however, the artists were protesting and those in WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The scene was reminiscent ...

  46. Canadian Gov't Eyes Changes To Copyright Act

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a move welcomed by music labels, the Canadian government on March 24 proposed amendments to the federal Copyright Act designed to strengthen copyright protection in the digital age and clarify the TORONTO (The Hollywood Reporter) -- In a move w ...

  47. Case Summary: No Defenses to Unauthorized Downloading

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Not every person sued by record labels for unauthorized downloading of music has thousands of files on her hard drive. Just 30 recordings were at issue in a suit brought against Cecilia Gonzalez in Ch Not every person sued by record labels for una ...

  48. Notable News

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Digital music services urge Congress to make changes in the Copyright Act's compulsory mechanical license provision. Read Susan Butler's column. Digital music services urge Congress to make changes in the Copyright Act's compulsory ...

  49. Aussie DJs Hit With Infringement Judgment

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferris have been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling A$819,000 ($655,000) in the copyright infringement case against them, which concluded March 11. SYDNEY -- Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee ...

  50. Aussie DJs Hit With Fines

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferris have been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling A$819,000 ($655,000) as the prolonged copyright infringement case against the pair concluded last F Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferri ...

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