Copyright law

  1. Copyright Office Proposes License Reform Bill

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Would abolish the compulsory mechanical license. The Copyright Office offered a proposed bill June 21 to House subcommittee leaders that would abolish the compulsory mechanical license for cover recordings and could transform performing right orga ...

  2. Study: Copyright Protection Biz A Sleeping Giant

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An exhaustive new study is estimating that the digital rights management industry will grow from $600 million worldwide in 2004 to $1.9 billion in 2009. After all, digitally delivered media that's so (The Hollywood Reporter) -- An exhaustive ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Sweden Introduces Downloading Ban

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, passed an amendment May 25 to bring Swedish copyright law in line with the European Union's 2001 Copyright Directive. STOCKHOLM -- As expected, Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, passed ...

  7. Sweden Introduces Downloading Ban

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, passed an amendment Wednesday (May 25) to bring Swedish copyright law in line with the European Union's 2001 Copyright Directive. As expected, Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, passed a ...

  8. Sweden Introduces Downloading Ban

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, passed an amendment Wednesday (May 25) to bring Swedish copyright law in line with the European Union's 2001 Copyright Directive. As expected, Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, passed a ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Case Summary: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Common-Law Copyright

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, held on April 5 that the state's common-law copyright protects pre-1972 sound recordings -- even if recorded in another country where co The New York State Court of Appeals, ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Case Summary: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Common-Law Copyright

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, held on April 5 that the state's common-law copyright protects pre-1972 sound recordings -- even if recorded in another country where co The New York State Court of Appeals, ...

  14. Roadrunner Links With Digital Video Firm

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Roadrunner Records is the first international record company to sign up with Muzikplugger, a new U.K.-based service provider that specializes in distributing music videos digitally to TV broadcasters. LONDON -- Roadrunner Records is the first inte ...

  15. Roadrunner Links With Digital Video Firm

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Muzikplugger distributes to TV networks. Roadrunner Records is the first international record company to sign up with Muzikplugger, a new U.K.-based service provider that specializes in distributing music videos digitally to TV broadcasters. Durin ...

  16. EC Drops Antitrust Inquiry Over ContentGuard

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said March 15 that it had dropped its antitrust investigation into Microsoft and Time Warner's purchase of ContentGuard, the U.S. producer of anti-piracy software for Internet (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European C ...

  17. MPAA Files More Suits

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Motion Picture Assn. of America filed a third round of lawsuits Feb. 24 aimed at curbing online piracy of films. LOS ANGELES -- The Motion Picture Assn. of America filed a third round of lawsuits Feb. 24 aimed at curbing online piracy of films ...

  18. MPAA Files More Suits

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Oscar-nominated films being traded. The Motion Picture Assn. of America filed a third round of lawsuits today (Feb. 24) aimed at curbing online piracy of films. In a telephone conference today (Feb. 24), John G. Malcolm, MPAA senior VP/director of ...

  19. MPAA Files More Suits

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Oscar-nominated films being traded. The Motion Picture Assn. of America filed a third round of lawsuits today (Feb. 24) aimed at curbing online piracy of films. In a telephone conference today (Feb. 24), John G. Malcolm, MPAA senior VP/director of ...

  20. French Consumers' Group Sues Apple, Sony

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST French consumers' group UFC-Que Choisir has launched separate legal proceedings against Apple France and Sony Corp., accusing them of "segmenting the online music market to the detriment of consumers. LONDON -- French consumers' gro ...

  21. Hackers Claim To Infiltrate Napster To Go

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hackers are claiming to have discovered a way to copy music from Napster's new portable subscription service, Napster To Go. NEW YORK -- Hackers are claiming to have discovered a way to copy music from Napster's new portable subscription ...

  22. ASCAP Reports Record Year

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. LOS ANGELES -- ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights org ...

  23. ASCAP Reports Record Year

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. ...

  24. French Consumers' Group Sues Apple, Sony

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cases claim lack of interoperability. French consumers' group UFC-Que Choisir has launched separate legal proceedings against Apple France and Sony Corp., accusing them of "segmenting the online music market to the detriment of consumers ...

  25. French Consumers' Group Sues Apple, Sony

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST French consumers' group UFC-Que Choisir has launched separate legal proceedings against Apple France and Sony Corp., accusing them of "segmenting the online music market to the detriment of consumers. French consumers' group UFC-Que ...

  26. MPAA Files More P2P Suits

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Trade group also targets subscription sites. The Motion Picture Assn. of America announced today (Feb. 10) that its member companies have filed a second round of lawsuits aimed at disabling online movie piracy facilitated by major peer-to-peer net ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. RIAA Files New Round Of Suits

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST defendants include students. The Recording Industry Assn. of America today (27) sued 717 illegal file sharers for copyright infringement through illegal downloading on the Internet. The number of university network users targeted in the new su ...

  29. Digital Sales Reach $330M In 2004

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Legit downloads soar in U.S., Europe. The international recorded music industry today (Jan. 19) outlined the crucial gains it has made in the battle against digital piracy. While unveiling its new "Digital Music Report" in London, the IF ...

  30. Cyprus Authorities Get Tough On Piracy

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Police in Cyprus have begun a long-overdue campaign against many of the Mediterranean island's CD and DVD pirates, the Motion Picture Assn. confirmed today (Jan. 17). Police in Cyprus have begun a long-overdue campaign against many of the Med ...

  31. Canadian Group To Appeal iPod Tax Ruling

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective announced yesterday (Jan. 13) that it will seek to appeal a Canadian <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1 The Canadian Private Copying Collectiv ...

  32. Canadian Group To Appeal iPod Tax Ruling

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective announced yesterday (Jan. 13) that it will seek to appeal a Canadian <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1 The Canadian Private Copying Collectiv ...

  33. Spanish Gov't Proposes Piracy Crackdown

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Spain's socialist government is drawing up the country's first national anti-piracy plan, involving 11 ministries, police and the courts, major music business bodies, Internet service providers and te MADRID -- Spain's socialist gov ...

  34. Spanish Gov't Proposes Piracy Crackdown

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Spain's socialist government is drawing up the country's first national anti-piracy plan, involving 11 ministries, police and the courts, major music business bodies, Internet service providers and te Spain's socialist government is ...

  35. Spanish Gov't Proposes Piracy Crackdown

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Spain's socialist government is drawing up the country's first national anti-piracy plan, involving 11 ministries, police and the courts, major music business bodies, Internet service providers and te Spain's socialist government is ...

  36. Canadian Court Nixes "iPod" Tax

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Canada's Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto ruled Dec. 16 that the application of a private copying levy to digital audio recorders, such as the iPod, is invalid. The court held that the Canadian Copy TORONTO -- Canada's Federal Court of ...

  37. Canadian Court Nixes 'iPod' Tax

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Canada's Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto ruled yesterday (Dec. 16) that the application of a private copying levy to digital audio recorders, such as the iPod, is invalid. The court says that the C Canada's Federal Court of Appeal in ...

  38. Canadian Court Nixes 'iPod' Tax

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Judge: Copyright Board had no jurisdiction. Canada's Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto ruled yesterday (Dec. 16) that the application of a private copying levy to digital audio recorders, such as the iPod, is invalid. The court says that the ...

  39. California Raids Slam CD Plants

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Law enforcement officials raided five Southern California CD manufacturing plants early this morning (Dec. 16), seizing property valued in excess of $50 million, the RIAA says. Law enforcement officials raided five Southern California CD manufactu ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. The Digital Rights Bundle: Real Progress For Copyright Owners?

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST In April 2005, BMI will mark the 10th anniversary of the music industry's first license for the digital performance of music over the Internet. Del Bryant is president/CEO of BMI. In April 2005, BMI will mark the 10th anniversary of the music ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. L.A. Man Sentenced For DVD Piracy

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A man was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVDs of the HBO hit "Sex and the City." A man was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVD ...

  44. L.A. Man Sentenced For DVD Piracy

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A man was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVDs of the HBO hit "Sex and the City." A man was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement for selling more than 40 pirated DVD ...

  45. Judge Awards $300,000 In Oscar Film Copy Case

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST A federal judge has awarded a $300,000 default judgment against a man for allowing copies to be made of two movies he received as part of Academy Award promotions, Warner Bros. said Nov. 23. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- A federal judge has awarded a $ ...

  46. BT Bows Digital Music Distribution Services

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST British Telecommunications today (Nov. 23) unveiled a 10-year partnership with U.K. media software developer Blueprint to create two digital music distribution platforms. The B2B systems, Open Royalty British Telecommunications today (Nov. 23) unv ...

  47. BT Bows Digital Music Distribution Services

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST British Telecommunications today (Nov. 23) unveiled a 10-year partnership with U.K. media software developer Blueprint to create two digital music distribution platforms. The B2B systems, Open Royalty British Telecommunications today (Nov. 23) unv ...

  48. Oz Group Fighting Pirates On Auction Sites

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) said Nov. 18 that it is cracking down on pirates who sell illegal copies of movies on Internet auction sites. SYDNEY (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Australian Federation Against Copyright ...

  49. MPAA Launches Lawsuits Against P2P Pirates

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST The MPAA today (Nov. 16) began suing people who it alleges are illegally downloading motion pictures off peer-to-peer networks, a tactic the movie industry hopes will protect it from the rampant pirac The MPAA today (Nov. 16) began suing people wh ...

  50. Movie Studios To Begin Suing File-sharers Nov. 16

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Movie studios will begin filing lawsuits against individual movie file-sharers on Nov. 16, the Motion Picture Assn. of America announced. LOS ANGELES -- Movie studios will begin filing lawsuits against individual movie file-sharers on Nov. 16, the ...

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