Copyright law of the United States

  1. Controversial Induce Act Headed For Hearing

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to announce a hearing to debate the so-called Induce Act. Meanwhile, RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol today (July 13) sent a letter of support for the legislati The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to an ...

  2. Disney: 'Lion' Was Properly Licensed

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.S. entertainment giant Walt Disney said today (July 6) it was not liable in a dispute with South African lawyers over the copyright to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," one of Africa's most famous tunes. U.S. entertainment giant Walt Dis ...

  3. U.K.'s MCPS, BPI Settle On DVD Royalty Rate

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pact sees off Copyright Tribunal involvement. Pact sees off Copyright Tribunal involvement. News ...

  4. Boucher Bill Raises Ire At House Judiciary Committee

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A public shouting match, the likes of which is seldom seen here, is going on between two House of Representatives committees that are of importance to content holders and users. WASHINGTON -- A public shouting match, the likes of which is seldom s ...

  5. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the ...

  6. BMI Legal Exec Theodora Zavin Dies

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Theodora Zavin, a copyright attorney who worked for 49 years at BMI, died Monday (June 21) at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital afer a brief illness. She was 82. Theodora Zavin, a copyright attorney who worked for 49 years at BMI, die ...

  7. BMI Legal Executive Theodora Zavin Dies

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright attorney spent 49 years at rights group. Copyright attorney spent 49 years at rights group. News ...

  8. Game Makers Sue 321 Studios Over Copying Software

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Atari, Electronic Arts and Vivendi Universal Games have filed suit against 321 Studios, alleging that the company's Games X Copy software is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. LOS ANGELES -- Atari, Electronic Arts and Vivend ...

  9. New Hatch Bill To Target P2P Services

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation goes after 'inducers' of infringement. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is poised to introduce a late-session bill, the Induce Act, that would designate peer-to-peer servic ...

  10. Select-O-Hits 'Knew Better' In Infringement Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in New York has slapped Select-O-Hits with $312,000 in statutory damages in a suit filed by Universal Music Group (UMG) over the indie's distribution of rap mix CDs. LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge in New York has slapped Selec ...

  11. UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has filed suit against three subsidiaries of New York-based American International Group Inc. (AIG): American Home Assurance Co., National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pitts UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case NIP ...

  12. Chinese Ringtone Service Sued for Copyright Infringement

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Chinese company has been sued for allegedly offering copyrighted music for use as ringtones without the authorization of rights owners. SHANGHAI -- A Chinese company has been sued for allegedly offering copyrighted music for use as ringtones wit ...

  13. Lamar Alexander Jumps On PIRATE Act

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., declared yesterday (May 26) that he will co-sponsor the pending "Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation Act of 2004" (PIRATE Act). Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., declared yesterday ( ...

  14. ClearPlay-Inspired Law Looms

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation to end the dispute between moviemakers and a company that makes a DVD player that edits movies for sexual content, foul language and violence could come in two weeks unless the parties mak WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter)--Legislation t ...

  15. P2P Activity Threatens Mobile Sector

    May 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Cell-phone biz warned of copyright-infringement risk Cell-phone biz warned of copyright-infringement risk News ...

  16. Hyperion Records Embroiled In Copyright Row

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A British composer, who claims four of his arrangements were released on CD without his approval and without his being recognized as the author, has launched a High Court battle for up to £50,000 ($8 LONDON--A British composer, who claims four of ...

  17. Connecticut Man Fined for Downloading Music

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Internet. A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Interne ...

  18. Connecticut Man Fined for Downloading Music

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Internet. A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Interne ...

  19. U.S. Reps Split On Proposed DMCA Amendment

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Federal lawmakers are wrestling with possible reforms to the "fair use" sections of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Federal lawmakers are wrestling with possible reforms to the "fair use" sections of the 1998 Digital ...

  20. Software Maker Added To Fair-Use Hearing

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Studios' Moore to testify to House panel. The founder of 321 Studios, which developed software that allows consumers to copy DVDs, has been added to the copyright House panel hearing set for tomorrow (May 12). The subcommittee will debate ...

  21. Software Maker Added To Fair-Use Hearing

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Studios' Moore to testify to House panel. The founder of 321 Studios, which developed software that allows consumers to copy DVDs, has been added to the copyright House panel hearing set for tomorrow (May 12). The subcommittee will debate ...

  22. EMI Music Pub Sues Video-Game Titan

    April 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts targeted in copyright suit. Electronic Arts targeted in copyright suit. News ...

  23. Recent Cases & Filings

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The week's recent cases and filings includes artist Sean Combs and companies Megahertz Music and the National Broadcasting Co. Case : Kirk Burrowes v. Sean Combs; Kenneth Meiselas; Bad Boy Entertainment Issue: Breach of contract, fraud. Cite: ...

  24. Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Film Piracy

    April 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An Illinois man pleaded guilty yesterday (April 12) to one count of copyright infringement for pirating Oscar screener copies of about 200 films including "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" and "Seabiscuit." An Illinois man pleaded guilty yes ...

  25. DVD-Copying Software Maker Appeals Rulings

    April 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Studios says DMCA ruling is unconstitutional. A Missouri maker of DVD-copying products says it has appealed a pair of federal court rulings that it stop making and marketing its software. 321 Studios Inc., based in the St. Louis suburb of Ches ...

  26. Canada Court Nixes File-Sharing Motion By Biz

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Canada's Federal Court in Toronto today (March 31) ruled against a motion by the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. (CRIA) that would have allowed the body to begin suing individuals who upload unautho Canada's Federal Court in Toronto to ...

  27. Brazil, U.S. Team Against Piracy

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Members of the Brazilian Congress and U.S. government officials are joining forces in the war on piracy. WASHINGTON (The Hollywood Reporter)--Members of the Brazilian Congress and U.S. government officials are joining forces in the war on piracy. ...

  28. Recent Cases And Filings

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Various Cases and Filings Case : Delicious Vinyl v. Tee Vee Tunes; TVT Records and TVT Music Issue: Copyright infringement arising from defendant's use of plaintiff's original musical composition. Cite: Southern District of New York CV-2 ...

  29. CISAC World Congress To Address Creators' Rights

    March 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Support for the rights of creators will be the underlying theme of the 44th World Congress of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), to be held Oct. 18-21 in Se Support for the rights of creators will be the ...

  30. CISAC World Congress To Address Creators' Rights

    March 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Support for the rights of creators will be the underlying theme of the 44th World Congress of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), to be held Oct. 18-21 in Se Support for the rights of creators will be the ...

  31. FBI, RIAA Create Anti-Piracy Seal

    February 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warning to be voluntarily applied to copyrighted music. Warning to be voluntarily applied to copyrighted music. News ...

  32. The Digital Media Consumers' Right Act

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bill to protect fair-use rights of users of copyrighted materials and allows consumers of digital media to make personal copies for their personal convenience. http://www.vnuemedia.com/digitalmall/store/product_view.jsp?product_id=16520&catego ...

  33. Intellectual Property Protection Restoration Act

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Amends copyright and patent laws to restore federal remedies for infringements of intellectual property by state entities. http://www.vnuemedia.com/digitalmall/store/product_view.jsp?product_id=16504&category_name=Entertainment News ...

  34. The Public Domain Enhancement Act

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bill to allow abandoned copyrighted works to enter the public domain after 50 years. http://www.vnuemedia.com/digitalmall/store/product_view.jsp?product_id=16514&category_name=Entertainment News ...

  35. Anti-Counterfeiting Amendments

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST A bill that aids civil remedies counterfeiting copyrighted sound recordings, computer software, special ink and holograms. http://www.vnuemedia.com/digitalmall/store/product_view.jsp?product_id=16500&category_name=Entertainment News ...

  36. The Artists' Rights and Theft Prevention Act

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Senate bill that addresses unauthorized distribution of commercial prerelease copyrighted works. http://www.vnuemedia.com/digitalmall/store/product_view.jsp?product_id=16476&category_name=Entertainment News ...

  37. French Shop Owner Convicted In Piracy Case

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST The owner of a shop in Toulouse, France, was convicted on Feb. 10 for producing illegal copies of sound recordings with CD-R equipment. LONDON--The owner of a shop in Toulouse, France, was convicted on Feb. 10 for producing illegal copies of sound ...

  38. Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Set

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Office on Feb. 4 published the list of arbitrators eligible for service on a Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) in 2004 and 2005. WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Copyright Office on Feb. 4 published the list of arbitrators eligible fo ...

  39. Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty To Film Piracy

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST In the first federal U.S. case charging copyright infringement of motion pictures, a Minnesota man pled guilty Monday (Feb. 9) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In the first federal U.S. case charging copyright infringement ...

  40. Lawmakers Set To Mull Indecency Issues

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The music industry may benefit from the short election-cycle session of the 104th Congress. The hot topics will be indecency, pay-for-play/payola, media consolidation and the alleged role of peer-to-p WASHINGTON, D.C.--The common wisdom in this ci ...

  41. Macrovision Compels Retailer To Destroy 'Enhancers'

    February 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST After a warning from copyright-protection specialist Macrovision, U.K. retail chain Maplin Electronics has agreed to destroy its entire stock of video enhancers, which are used to delete copyright-pro After a warning from copyright-protection spec ...

  42. Warner Bros., Sony Sue Screener-Sharer

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Actor accused of copyright infringement. Actor accused of copyright infringement. News ...

  43. Legal Matters: Appeals Court Bans Elvis Rockumentary

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST A new court ruling is shining a spotlight on the murkiness of copyright law. The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held Nov. 6 that unauthorized use of extensive video footage of El A new court ruling is shining a spotlight on t ...

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