Copyright law of the United States

  1. 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) in the copyright infringement case against them, which concluded Friday (March Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferri ...

  2. Oz Court Freezes Assets Of Key Kazaa Figures

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Copyright-infringement case nears conclusion. Copyright-infringement case nears conclusion. News ...

  3. New Copyright Royalty Judge Invites Rate Input

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Librarian of Congress has appointed veteran attorney Bruce Forrest as the Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge. Forrest will serve until May 31, when the Librarian will have appointed three Copyr WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Librarian of Congress ...

  4. Germany's GEMA Names Heker As Chairman

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Copyright law expert succeeds Kreile. Copyright law expert succeeds Kreile. News ...

  5. Case Summary: The Sixth Circuit Embraces Copyright's 'Complete Preemption'

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kid Rock knocked a 4-year-old lawsuit out of a Michigan court Jan. 11 and set some legal precedent along the way. Kid Rock knocked a 4-year-old lawsuit out of a Michigan court Jan. 11 and set some legal precedent along the way. Promoter Alvin Will ...

  6. Senate Passes Family Entertainment Act

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bill penalizes copyright infringers. Bill penalizes copyright infringers. News ...

  7. Senate Passes Family Entertainment Act

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bill penalizes copyright infringers. In a surprisingly swift action, the Senate yesterday (Feb. 1) passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act. It now goes to the House, where there is a companion bill, for expected quick approval. The bills ...

  8. Copyright

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Story: Copyright Office seeks comments This Week's Story: Copyright Office Examining 'Orphan Works' By Susan Butler NEW YORK -- The U.S. Copyright Office is seeking comments on whether there are compelling concerns ...

  9. Norway Court Upholds Napster Conviction

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's supreme court ruled Thursday (Jan. 28) that a student whose Napster.no homepage was linked to free Internet music files must compensate the music industry. OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's supreme court ruled T ...

  10. Norway Court Upholds Napster Conviction

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Student ordered to pay $15,900. OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's supreme court ruled Thursday (Jan. 28) that a student whose Napster.no homepage was linked to free Internet music files must compensate the music industry. The country's highe ...

  11. Family Entertainment Act Back In Play

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lawmakers reintroduce copyright bill. Federal lawmakers yesterday (Jan. 25) reintroduced the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005, H.R. 357. The bill has three sections. The Family Movie Act would allow parents to use technology in the h ...

  12. ASCAP Sues Un-Licensed Businesses

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rights body files 24 infringement suits. ASCAP continued its enforement efforts by filing 24 separate copyright-infringement lawsuits yesterday (Jan. 22) against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The venue ...

  13. SoundExchange To Distribute Webcast Royalties

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the label/artist collection and distribution group, can now distribute $11 million in initial Webcast royalties from Oct. 28, 1998 through Dec. 31, 2004, now that the U.S. Court of Appe WASHINGTON, D.C. -- SoundExchange, the label/a ...

  14. Notable News

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST What does copyright protection mean to copyright owners? It means the right to say no. This right is the bargaining chip that turns songs into assets and music publishing into a multibillion-dollar bu What does copyright protection mean to copyrig ...

  15. SoundExchange To Distribute Webcast Royalties

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Court rejects appeals by broadcasters, content owners. SoundExchange, the label/artist collection and distribution group, can now distribute $11 million in initial Webcast royalties from Oct. 28, 1998 through Dec. 31, 2004, now that the U.S. Court ...

  16. SoundExchange To Distribute Webcast Royalties

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Court rejects appeals by broadcasters, content owners. SoundExchange, the label/artist collection and distribution group, can now distribute $11 million in initial Webcast royalties from Oct. 28, 1998 through Dec. 31, 2004, now that the U.S. Court ...

  17. U.K. Court Upholds Ruling On Addinsell Copyrights

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Novello & Co. Ltd. has lost its challenge to a High Court ruling that the company does not own the U.K. copyrights to 44 works of the late British composer Richard Addinsel LONDON -- British music publisher Novello ...

  18. Court To Reconsider Sampling Case

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST The federal judges who held that an unauthorized two-second sample of a sound recording is enough to infringe a copyright agreed Dec. 20 to take a second look at their decision. NEW YORK -- The federal judges who held that an unauthorized two-seco ...

  19. Court To Reconsider Sampling Case

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST The federal judges who held that an unauthorized two-second sample of a sound recording is enough to infringe a copyright agreed today (Dec. 20) to take a second look at their decision. The federal judges who held that an unauthorized two-second s ...

  20. Canadian Court Nixes 'iPod' Tax

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Judge: Copyright Board had no jurisdiction. Judge: Copyright Board had no jurisdiction. News ...

  21. Behind the Deal: Federal Judges Debate P2Ps and Copyright Infringement

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST In a debate over contributory copyright infringement, two federal judges-Alex Kozinski with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and Richard Posner with the Seventh Circuit Court of App In a debate over contributory copyright infrin ...

  22. Pols Press For Digital TV Switch

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST As part of the legislation overhauling the nation's intelligence agencies, lawmakers were expected to include a "Sense of the Congress" resolution expressing their desire that broadcasters vacate TV c WASHINGTON, D.Ç. (The Hollywood ...

  23. Supreme Court To Review Grokster Decision

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court gave the nod Dec. 10 to review the federal appellate court decision that held peer-to-peer network operators Grokster and StreamCast not liable for secondary copyright infringem WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court gav ...

  24. Latin Distributors Named in Copyright Lawsuits

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST UMG, Univision file separate complaints. UMG Recordings and Univision Music jointly filed two separate complaints yesterday (Dec. 9) in California against two Latin music distributors alleging copyright infringement. The first suit, which also nam ...

  25. Latin Distributors Named in Copyright Lawsuits

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST UMG Recordings and Univision Music jointly filed two separate complaints yesterday (Dec. 9) in California against two Latin music distributors alleging copyright infringement. UMG Recordings and Univision Music jointly filed two separate complaint ...

  26. Supreme Court To Review Grokster Decision

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court gave the nod today (Dec. 10) to review the federal appellate court decision that held peer-to-peer network operators Grokster and StreamCast not liable for secondary copyright i The U.S. Supreme Court gave the nod today (Dec ...

  27. L.A. Man Sentenced For DVD Piracy

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST A man was sentenced Dec. 1 to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVDs of the HBO hit "Sex and the City." (AP) -- A man was sentenced Dec. 1 to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated D ...

  28. Snocap Unveils Operations

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fanning bows copyright management system. Fanning bows copyright management system. News ...

  29. Lawmakers OK Anti-Piracy Czar

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Buried inside the massive $388 billion spending bill Congress approved during the weekend of Nov. 20 is a program that creates a federal copyright enforcement czar. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Buried inside the massive $388 billio ...

  30. Lawmakers OK Anti-Piracy Czar

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Buried inside the massive $388 billion spending bill Congress approved during the weekend is a program that creates a federal copyright enforcement czar. Buried inside the massive $388 billion spending bill Congress approved during the weekend is ...

  31. Court Upholds Beastie's Sampling Right

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9, as a federal court in San Francisco denied for a third time his copyright infringement claim against the Beastie Boys and various distributors of the ra NEW YORK -- Jazz flutist James W. Newton struc ...

  32. Supreme Court Pressed On P2P Ruling

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Forty state attorneys general and international organizations representing copyright holders, educators, sports figures and other interests are voicing their concerns over file sharing to the U.S. Sup Forty state attorneys general and internationa ...

  33. Court Rules On Authorship Of Mexican Films

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Film production companies may be "authors" under Mexican copyright law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held on Nov. 5. NEW YORK -- Film production companies may be "authors" under Mexican copyright law, the Ninth Circuit Co ...

  34. Court Upholds Beasties Sampling Right

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9, as a federal court in San Francisco denied for a third time his copyright infringement claim against the Beastie Boys and various distributors of the ra Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9 ...

  35. Copyright Office Amends LOC Recording Rule

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Office has amended its ruling that allows the Library of Congress to make recordings of unpublished radio, cable, satellite and Internet broadcasts and transmissions to add to its c WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Copyright Office ...

  36. Aussie File-Sharing Service On Trial

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brisbane-based file-sharing Web site MP3s4free.net was one of the biggest copyright infringing services in the world, the Australian Federal Court heard yesterday (Oct. 25). Brisbane-based file-sharing Web site MP3s4free.net was one of the biggest ...

  37. Aussie File Sharing Service On Trial

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brisbane-based file-sharing Web site MP3s4free.net was one of the biggest copyright infringing services in the world, the Australian Federal Court heard yesterday (Oct. 25). Brisbane-based file-sharing Web site MP3s4free.net was one of the biggest ...

  38. Industry Turns To Supreme Court in Grokster, StreamCast Case

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The major U.S. motion picture studios and record companies, as well as a certified class of 27,000 music publishers and songwriters, petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 8 for review of the decision NEW YORK -- The major U.S. motion picture stud ...

  39. Case Analysis: Compulsory Mechanical License And Distribution Contract Terms

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An indie label's lawsuit against its distributor, Artemis Records, and competitor Sony Music Entertainment was thrown out of federal court Sept. 20 because the label didn't follow the Copyright Act's An indie label's lawsuit ag ...

  40. Legal Matters

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lawsuits may swamp the music industry if Congress fails to resolve conflicting court decisions on copyright issues. Read Susan Butler's column. Lawsuits may swamp the music industry if Congress fails to resolve conflicting court decisions on ...

  41. Case Analysis: Sixth Circuit's "Substantial Similarity" Test for Copyright Infringement

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Prior to 2003, federal courts in the Sixth Circuit, which encompasses Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, had not formally adopted a specific test or approach for determining "substantial similari Prior to 2003, federal courts in the Sixt ...

  42. Miramax Stuck In Lawsuit Over An 'Idea'

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Miramax Film continues to defend a lawsuit over its film "Rounders" after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 8 held that an "idea," although not copyrightable, can be the basis of a claim for NEW YORK -- Miramax Film c ...

  43. 'Little Nicky' Infringement Case Tossed

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal appellate court in Detroit on Sept. 14 threw out a copyright infringement suit involving the Adam Sandler film "Little Nicky." NEW YORK -- A federal appellate court in Detroit on Sept. 14 threw out a copyright infringement suit ...

  44. Case Analysis: Samples & Copyright Infringement

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville held that a two-second sample infringed the sound recordings copyright. The three-judge panel in Bridgeport Music Inc. et al. v On Sept. 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...

  45. Court: No Sampling Without License

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A mere two-second unauthorized sample of a guitar solo from Funkadelic's "Get Off Your Ass and Jam" is enough to constitute copyright infringement of the recording, a federal Court of Appeals in Nashv A mere two-second unauthorized ...

  46. Case Analysis: Recovering Defendants' Attorney's Fees in Copyright- Infringement Cases

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It is rare that the successful party to litigation recovers the attorney's fees he spent for the lawsuit. Generally, fees may be awarded only when the parties agreed to such action in the written cont It is rare that the successful party to l ...

  47. Opposing Groups Present Changes To Induce Act

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New language would change focus to 'mass infringers.' The Consumer Electronics Assn. and 10 other groups that oppose the pending Induce Act have hammered out alternative language for the legislation and today (Aug. 25) presented it to Se ...

  48. Copyright Office Invites Comments

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations to permit the Library of Congress to record unpublished radio programs and other audio and audiovisual transmission programs. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Copyright Office is proposin ...

  49. Court Rules On Limitations In Infringement Cases

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal district court held on Aug. 12 that the three-year statute of limitations for copyright infringement begins when the infringing act occurs -- not when the owner discovers the infringement. NEW YORK -- It's time for copyright owners ...

  50. Behind The Deal & Case Analysis

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Behind The Deal: Lawyers for artists, managers and labels should be aware of state labor laws and pending legislation that may affect contracts. Case Analysis: A federal court in New York decides that Behind The Deal : Lawyers for artists, manager ...

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