Controversial Ninth Circuit Ruling May Limit the Availability of the DMCA Safe Harbor for Websites Relying on Moderators

Comments Off on Controversial Ninth Circuit Ruling May Limit the Availability of the DMCA Safe Harbor for Websites Relying on Moderators Written by on April 13, 2017 | Posted in Copyright Cases of Interest, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation

Print this postA controversial ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was issued last week, which has the potential to discourage websites from relying on moderators for user-generated content going forward. In the case of Mavrix Photographs LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., No. 14-56596 (9th Cir. filed April 7, 2017), the Court ruled that agency […]

Lessons from the Copyright Infringement Verdict Against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams

Comments Off on Lessons from the Copyright Infringement Verdict Against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams Written by on March 12, 2015 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Copyright Cases of Interest, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation, Music Licensing

Print this postA verdict was reached earlier this week in the copyright infringement case between Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams and the children of Marvin Gaye, finding that the 2013 song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the copyright in Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give it Up.”  Tech Times reported that Gaye’s children have been […]

Getty Images Copyright Dispute Against Microsoft to Challenge Legality of Recently Released Widget

Comments Off on Getty Images Copyright Dispute Against Microsoft to Challenge Legality of Recently Released Widget Written by on September 5, 2014 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Copyright Cases of Interest, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation

Print this postGetty Images made news in the copyright world this week by filing a complaint against Microsoft Corporation in the Southern District of New York  for “infringing and facilitating the massive infringement of [its] copyrights” through its release of the new Bing Image Widget service.  To review the full complaint, click here. The case […]

Landmark Copyright Verdict Against Media Companies Serves as Cautionary Tale to All

Comments Off on Landmark Copyright Verdict Against Media Companies Serves as Cautionary Tale to All Written by on February 10, 2014 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Copyright Cases of Interest, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation

Print this postIn case you missed the headlines late last year, freelance photographer Daniel Morel was awarded a $1.2 million damage verdict against Agence France-Presse (“AFP”) and Getty Images after it was found that they willfully infringed Mr. Morel’s photos of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.   The verdict caught my attention given the fact so […]

Supreme Court to Hear Streaming TV Over the Internet Case

Comments Off on Supreme Court to Hear Streaming TV Over the Internet Case Written by on February 3, 2014 | Posted in Content Licensing, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation

Print this postLike many cable and satellite TV consumers these days, I have been closely following the new options on the market for streaming TV service and hoping that the day will soon come when I can significantly reduce my monthly subscription costs without cutting off my access to live TV.   With the cost […]

Copyright Office Seeking Comments on Possible Change to Small Claims Remedies

Comments Off on Copyright Office Seeking Comments on Possible Change to Small Claims Remedies Written by on October 5, 2012 | Posted in Copyright Infringement, Copyright Legislation

Print this postAs an attorney who largely represents small businesses and entrepreneurs, I have often found myself in the tough position of explaining to someone with limited resources just how difficult it was going to be to go after an infringer.  Either it is simply too cost-prohibitive to go after an infringer, or the client […]

Google Reaches Settlement with Book Publishers in Copyright Infringement Case

Comments Off on Google Reaches Settlement with Book Publishers in Copyright Infringement Case Written by on October 5, 2012 | Posted in Copyright Infringement

Print this postGoogle has reached a settlement with several major American publishing companies, including but not limited to McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education and Penguin, John Wiley & Sons and Simon & Schuster  in a copyright infringement case challenging Google’s decision to scan the book collections of many major universities.  The Los Angeles Times is reporting that […]

Google Announces Controversial Decision to Factor Receipt of DMCA Notices into Ranking of Websites

Comments Off on Google Announces Controversial Decision to Factor Receipt of DMCA Notices into Ranking of Websites Written by on August 15, 2012 | Posted in Content Licensing, Copyright Infringement

Print this postGoogle has just made a controversial announcement that it will now be factoring the number of “valid” DMCA notices that it receives on a particular website into how it ranks that website in its search results. The Wall Street Journal reported: Google’s move comes as Google itself is attempting to become a major […]

Associated Press Interview Offers Some Insight on its Plans to Police Blogosphere

Comments Off on Associated Press Interview Offers Some Insight on its Plans to Police Blogosphere Written by on June 4, 2009 | Posted in Content Licensing, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing News

Print this postAs the Silicon Valley IP Licensing Blog has been reporting, the Associated Press has already initiated an effort to impose its view of what constitutes fair use on the blogosphere. However, I came across today an interesting interview by Ars Technica, which offers some insight on how the Associated Press plans to go […]

Backlog Issues No Longer Limited to USPTO; Copyright Office Also Experiencing Long Delays

Print this postThe Washington Post reported last week that the backlog issues, which once were limited to the Patent Office have now spilled over into the Copyright Office as well. According to the Washington Post, the delays mean that it now takes eighteen months instead of six months to receive a copyright registration, and the […]

Blogosphere Reacts to Licensing Terms for Amazon’s New Kindle Publishing for Blogs

Comments Off on Blogosphere Reacts to Licensing Terms for Amazon’s New Kindle Publishing for Blogs Written by on May 26, 2009 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Content Licensing, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing News

Print this postAmazon has just released the beta of its new Kindle Publishing for Blogs, and the blogosphere is starting to react to Amazon’s new licensing terms in its terms and conditions. What are bloggers saying? Well, the early consensus seems to be that while the concept of blog content licensing to Kindle is good, […]

Copyright Infringement on the Internet: Problem is No Longer Confined to Entertainment industry

1 Comments Written by on May 16, 2009 | Posted in Copyright Infringement

Print this postHave you done a search on the web lately to see if any of your company’s creative works have been infringed? Well, according to an article by The Mercury News discussing these new trends in digital piracy, publishers and authors are increasingly discovering that unauthorized copies of their works are being sold over […]

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