Copyright law

  1. Calif. Music Pirates Plead Guilty

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two men pleaded guilty today (April 3) to criminal copyright infringement and other charges, admitting their involvement in the largest music manufacturing piracy seizure in the United States. Two men pleaded guilty today (April 3) to criminal cop ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Gov't Convicts 'Apocalypse Crew'

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Cracks down on pre-release piracy groups. The first federal criminal convictions of members from pre-release music piracy groups were announced today (Feb. 28) by the Department of Justice. The four individuals had been arrested as a result of Ope ...

  4. Brit Industry To Hold Court On DRM

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Feb. 2 hearing called at House of Commons. A cross-selection of music industry executives have been granted an opportunity to voice their opinions on digital rights management before some of Britain's key decision makers in the Internet field ...

  5. SFR Teams With SDC For Mobile Subs Service

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide the digital rights management solution for French mobile telephone operator SFR's new subscription-based music download service. Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide t ...

  6. SFR Teams With SDC For Mobile Subs Service

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Swiss technology firm to provide DRM. Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide the digital rights management solution for French mobile telephone operator SFR's new subscription-based music download service. Billboard.biz recen ...

  7. Legal Matters

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The recent proposed settlement between Sony BMG Music Entertainment and consumers over CDs with faulty digital rights management software brings to mind legal issues that AOL faced a few years ago. Re The recent proposed settlement between Sony BM ...

  8. Legal Matters

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The recent proposed settlement between Sony BMG Music Entertainment and consumers over CDs with faulty digital rights management software brings to mind legal issues that AOL faced a few years ago. Re The recent proposed settlement between Sony BM ...

  9. French Parliament To Discuss New Copyright Bill

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Controversial law would curb digital copying. Controversial law would curb digital copying. News ...

  10. Content Control Debated At DEMXPO

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Conference, awards held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in L.A. Old media brands and new technology startups could agree on one thing at the 2006 Digital Entertainment & Media Expo conference—the digital entertainment industry has a long way to go before it at ...

  11. Behind the Deal: Is It Legal To Sell iPods Loaded With Music?

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST As consumers auction off iPods loaded with music on eBay and sell CD collections after copying tracks to iTunes, a question repeatedly comes up: What's fair and what's infringement? Even copyright exp As consumers auction off iPods loade ...

  12. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing Nov. 16 to debate whether or not the "fair use" section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, researchers and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House Commerce ...

  13. Moscow Piracy Taking Different Tack

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Street sales of pirated music CDs, software and DVDs are declining in Moscow, anti-piracy officials indicated Nov. 16. But the fall is due to a rise in illegal downloads via increased broadband access MOSCOW (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Street sale ...

  14. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing today (Nov. 16) to debate whether or not the 'fair use' section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, research A House Commerce Committee panel hel ...

  15. Euro Consumer Body BEUC Blasts EC

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demonizing individuals downloading digital music, European consumer lobby BEUC said Nov. 10. BRUSSELS -- The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demo ...

  16. Euro Consumer Body BEUC Blasts EC

    November 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demonizing individuals downloading digital music, European consumer lobby BEUC said Thursday (Nov. 10). The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demon ...

  17. Euro Consumer Body BEUC Blasts EC

    November 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demonizing individuals downloading digital music, European consumer lobby BEUC said Thursday (Nov. 10). The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demon ...

  18. Hollywood Raises 'Flag' Issue

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Entertainment industry executives Nov. 3 attempted to convince lawmakers to approve laws that would ensure copyright holders' ability to protect content delivered by digital TV and radio broadcasts. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) - ...

  19. Behind the Deal: EC Recommendation Attempts to Streamline Online Music Licensing

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission -- the European Union's regulatory arm -- has been exploring the challenges legitimate online music services have when they want to license compositions throughout the EU. Afte The European Commission -- the European U ...

  20. Behind the Deal: EC Recommendation Attempts to Streamline Online Music Licensing

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission -- the European Union's regulatory arm -- has been exploring the challenges legitimate online music services have when they want to license compositions throughout the EU. Afte The European Commission -- the European U ...

  21. Bandname.com Bolsters Service With Downloads

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bandname.com, the New York-based virtual band-name registration company, is enhancing its offering with the addition of a chart-eligible digital store facility. Bandname.com, the New York-based virtual band-name registration company, is enhancing ...

  22. Royalty Fees Rise For Canadian Radio Stations

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters call decision "unreasonable." Canadian broadcasters have slammed a decision on Friday (Oct. 14) by the Copyright Board of Canada--a federal government regulatory tribunal--that significantly boosts royalty fees that Canadian ...

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

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals Oct. 12 in connection with the largest pirated CD manufacturing raid in U.S. history. NEW YORK -- A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals Oct. 12 in connection wit ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Teen Is First Convicted Under Family Ent. Copyright Act

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Curtis Salisbury, 19, became the first person to be convicted under the recently enacted Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (FECA). NEW YORK -- Curtis Salisbury, 19, became the first person to be convicted under the recently enacted Family Ent ...

  26. Pirate Convicted With Newly Enacted Camcorder Law

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Curtis Salisbury pleaded guilty to two charges. Curtis Salisbury, 19, became the first person to be convicted under the recently enacted Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (FECA). He pleaded guilty Monday (Sept. 26) in the U.S. District Court ...

  27. IFPI, MPA In New Anti-Piracy Initiative

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT International labels' trade body the IFPI has joined forces with the movie industry to distribute free anti-piracy software designed to block illegal file-sharing on computers. LONDON -- International labels' trade body the IFPI has join ...

  28. IFPI, MPA In New Anti-Piracy Initiative

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Free software to block illegal file-sharing. International music industry trade body the IFPI has joined forces with the movie industry to distribute a free anti-piracy software designed to block illegal file-swapping on computers. Called Digital ...

  29. IFPI And MPA Launch New Initiative

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Free anti-piracy software to be distributed. Free anti-piracy software to be distributed. News ...

  30. IFPI, MPA In New Anti-Piracy Initiative

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT International music industry trade body the IFPI has joined forces with the movie industry to distribute a free anti-piracy software designed to block illegal file-swapping on computers. International music industry trade body the IFPI has joined ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Bollywood CD Pirates Arrested In U.K. Raids

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Law enforcement officers have shuttered the largest-known counterfeit CD and DVD factory of its kind in Western Europe. LONDON -- Law enforcement officers have shuttered the largest-known counterfeit CD and DVD factory of its kind in Western Europ ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Bollywood CD Pirates Arrested In U.K. Raids

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Law enforcement officers have shuttered the largest-known counterfeit CD and DVD factory of its kind in western Europe.  Three Asian males were arrested and more than £400,000 ($729,000) worth o Law enforcement officers have shuttered the ...

  35. Bollywood CD Pirates Arrested In U.K. Raids

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Factory could generate 50,000 discs each day. Law enforcement officers have shuttered the largest-known counterfeit CD and DVD factory of its kind in western Europe. Three Asian males were arrested and more than £400,000 ($729,000) worth of equipm ...

  36. Behind the Deal: Canadian Levy On MP3 Players

    August 23, 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Full Report From Day Two At NARM

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT CD sales, the digital biz and more. Struggling CD sales, a growing digital business and the industry's ongoing piracy fight dominated talk at day two of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) convention in San Diego. In his open ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Movie Studios Target P2P Users In Texas

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Major motion picture studios filed four lawsuits in Texas Aug. 2 against individuals sharing unauthorized copies of movies through peer-to-peer services, the Motion Picture Assn. of America announced. Major motion picture studios filed four lawsui ...

  41. CPCC Appeal Dismissed

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Private copying levy upheld. The Canadian Supreme Court today (July 28) dismissed applications from the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) to hear an appeal of the December decision of the Federal Court of Appeal involving its private copy ...

  42. DRM, Legit P2Ps Will Bring Life Back To Biz

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cartman, that most recognizable face of "South Park" (who would probably grow up to be a '70s promo guy), defined the way to get rich in the new millennium: step one, steal underwear; step two (Cartma Larry Kenswil is president of U ...

  43. China Agrees To Fight Piracy With MPA

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. and China's government have agreed in writing for the first time to cooperate to fight film piracy in China. BEIJING -- The Motion Picture Assn. and China's government have agreed in writing for the first time to ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. RIAA Issues Annual Report On Piracy

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warns pirated cds ncreasingly similar to real product. The RIAA issued its annual report on non-internet commercial piracy July 13 warning that illegal copying and trafficking of pirated music has become more sophisticated, citing specifically tha ...

  46. Behind the Deal: Grokster and the Future -- An Interview with John Frankenheimer

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the entertainment industry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios vs. Grokster on June 27, attorney John Frankenheimer shared his thoughts with <i>Billboard/ELW</i>. Fr After the U.S. Supreme Court sided ...

  47. German Group Protests U.S. Piracy Hunters

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Germany's association of art house theaters, AG Kino, on June 30 called on exhibitors and distributors to stop treating moviegoers "like potential criminals" in the name of fighting film piracy. COLOGNE, Germany (The Hollywood Repor ...

  48. Supreme Court Unanimously Sides With Entertainment Industry In Grokster Case

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision June 27 in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. NEW YORK -- The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous ...

  49. Grokster: Tech Companies Respond

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Concerns about innovation abound. Filetrading companies were less than thrilled with today's Supreme Court (June 27) ruling against fellow P2P company Grokster. But they weren't alone in expressing concern about how the decision may chal ...

  50. 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 ...

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