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Supreme Court Upholds First-Sale Doctrine On Items Bought Overseas Supreme Court Upholds First-Sale Doctrine On Items Bought Overseas

Does the first-sale doctrine apply to items bought overseas? That was the question before the Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. It was an extremely important case that bode poorly for the consumer if the Court …

Canadian Bill C-11 Committee Review Concluded Canadian Bill C-11 Committee Review Concluded

A special legislative committee of the Canadian Parliament concluded it’s clause-by-clase review of Bill C-11 Tuesday, and now the bill heads to the House of Commons for a third reading. In total, eight government-sponsored amendments were added to the bill. …

Amendments to Canadian Copyright Law on Table Amendments to Canadian Copyright Law on Table

I have some potential bad news for our filesharing neighbors up North. New amendments to the Copyright Act of Canada could soon affect the future of online filesharing in that country and elsewhere. Today a special House of Commons committee …

UK Court Rules The Pirate Bay Illegal UK Court Rules The Pirate Bay Illegal

In what could be a major hit for The Pirate Bay, a UK high court has ruled the Web site violates copyright law on a major scale. The Guardian is reporting that Justice Arnold of the London High Court has …

Pirate Bay Founders’ Appeal To Sweden Supreme Court Rejected Pirate Bay Founders’ Appeal To Sweden Supreme Court Rejected

After a long battle, it looks like The Pirate Bay faces its first major loss today. TorrentFreak is reporting that the Sweden Supreme Court rejected the appeal of the four founders of The Pirate Bay. The current prison sentences and …

Sony CEO Says He Does So Get The Internet

Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton fired back at critics roused by his statement that nothing good has come from the Internet with a lengthy column published on the Huffington Post.

YouTube Called Out Over Country Music
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Happy Friday!  To mark the weekly occasion, we can tell you that YouTube appears to have been served with yet another lawsuit.  This time it’s Cal IV Entertainment, a country music publisher, that feels Google’s video-sharing site isn’t doing enough to protect copyrighted material.

Macmillan CEO Lifts Google Laptops

Richard Charkin is the CEO of Macmillan Publishers, and he recently got into a bit of a tiff with Google.  This didn’t involve angry letters or frivolous lawsuits (entertaining as those are); instead, Charkin stole a pair of Google laptops.  And blogged about it.

Warner Music Sues Imeem For Infringement

Did you hear that Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame) is going to teach schoolchildren music?  Well, Warner Music Group (which represents the Chili Peppers) is going to teach Imeem a lesson – it’s suing the social networking site for copyright infringement.

Attorney General Shows Interest In Copyright Law

I have to wonder if Alberto Gonzales has been watching “Wag the Dog”; the attorney general lacks the power to start a military conflict, but he has put forth a proposal that attacks various forms of copyright infringement.  Some onlookers see this as little more than an attempt to divert attention from Gonzales’s own problems.

Internet Archive V. Shell: The Publicity Aftermath
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After news of Suzanne Shell’s countersuit against Internet Archive surviving by the thread of one non-dismissed claim – the claim that Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine web crawler was guilty of breach of contract by ignoring the site’s terms of use – hit the cyber circuit, a real catfight hissed and scratched its way across the weekend.

You might call it a "flame war," in the traditional Internet sense, but that’s hardly accurate.

Webmaster Claims Spider Entered Contract In Suit
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The Web and artificial intelligence have brought about some surreal, science fiction like questions. The most recent mind-bending concept is whether or not robots can enter into contracts – that is, is a Web crawler implicitly entering a contract posted on a website announcing copyright conditions?