Copyright Articles

Another Righthaven Copyright Case Thrown Out, Only To Be Filed Again Another Righthaven Copyright Case Thrown Out, Only To Be Filed Again
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Righthaven lost another copyright case, this time in Nevada. The “company” seems to be losing a lot lately, but this time, they have decided to refile the suit right after the case was dismissed. A blogger named Dean Mostofi, was …

To Righthaven’s Dismay, Judge Rules Copying of Entire Article Fair Use To Righthaven’s Dismay, Judge Rules Copying of Entire Article Fair Use

Righthaven was dealt another blow in court this week when a judge ruled that one of the defendants it was suing over copyright infringement had fairly reposted an entire article from client/partner Las Vegas Review-Journal. If you’re unfamiliar with Righthaven, …

Rebecca Black’s Friday Gone From YouTube Rebecca Black’s Friday Gone From YouTube
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Say it ain’t so! It looks like, at least for right now, you are going to have to rely on parody videos to get your “Friday” fix, as the official video has been pulled from YouTube. The much loved, much …

Righthaven Complaint Dismissed in Key Case Righthaven Complaint Dismissed in Key Case
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Righthaven, the company often referred to as a “copyright troll,” which has essentially made a business out of suing bloggers and media outlets over alleged copyright infringement, was dealt a big blow by a Las Vegas judge, who dismissed a …

Facebook Pages Being Taken Down, Policy Comes Into Question Facebook Pages Being Taken Down, Policy Comes Into Question
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Numerous reports have been coming out that Facebook is taking down Facebook pages that are accused of infringing upon copyrights. The keyword there is “accused”. Apparently, Facebook does little (or nothing) to verify the legitimacy of the claims before taking …

Righthaven Wants More than Domains Now Righthaven Wants More than Domains Now
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Righthaven, the company that turned copyright lawsuits into a business model, had a claim dismissed by a federal court in Nevada last week. The judge said that the company’s practice of requesting domain names from publications it deems infringers “fails …

YouTube Launches School For Copyright Violators YouTube Launches School For Copyright Violators

YouTube has introduced a new campaign aimed at educating users about copyright violations. If the company receives a copyright notification concerning a video a user uploaded, they will be required to attend “YouTube Copyright School,” which includes watching a copyright …

Copying an Entire Article Without Permission – OK in Some Cases?
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Last month, we asked whether full article-copying could be ruled as fair use. We now know the answer. Yes, it can. Do you think duplicating an article in its entirety without permission is OK in some cases? Comment here. Righthaven, …

Testing the Fair Use Balance
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Remember Righthaven? That’s the company with the business model of suing bloggers over copyright that ignited one of the more recent fair use controversy debates. A report last month from Fortune about the company asked questions like: "Could clicking a Like button lead to a lawsuit?" and "Are the days of posting stories to Facebook, emailing articles to friends, or printing out pieces numbered?" and suggested that social media could be "maimed".

Viacom-YouTube Appeal Set To Proceed

More than four months after YouTube won a lawsuit filed by Viacom – and just one day after Google announced several new ways in which it’ll try to aid copyright owners – it look like the legal fight is about to start again.  Viacom is reportedly ready to move forward with its appeal.

Google To Roll Out Changes to Copyright Handling
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Google is making some significant changes to how it handles copyright infringement complaints and piracy that will go into effect over the next several months.

Google says it will act on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours, will prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in its Autocomplete feature, will improve its AdSense anti-piracy review, and will experiment to make authorized preview content more readily available in search results. 

Viacom Not Done with YouTube Yet
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In late June, Google announced that it had won its long legal battle with Viacom. The court decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of  the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement.

Google Goes On The Attack Over Infringement Claims

Time and time again, people have shown that Google is just as capable of tracking down copyrighted songs as sites like the Pirate Bay, and it’s seemed inevitable that the music industry would confront the search giant sooner or later.  Only now, Google’s cut to the chase by pursuing a small label called Blue Destiny Records.

Google Bows to Chinese Authors on Book Scanning

Google is used to coming under fire from different groups when it comes to its Google Books project. Most recently, the fire has come from the China Writers Association, which has over 8,000 members.

The group complained that Google was scanning and uploading its books without permission from authors. According to a Bloomberg report:

Perfect 10 Comes Out Swinging at Google Again
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Those who have been following the search industry for some time, may recall that Google had some legal issues with the (former) magazine Perfect 10 (nsfw). The company, which ceased publication of its magazine, but still operates on the web, has issued a press release saying that its five year battle with the search giant is "about to heat up."

Justin.tv Steps Up Copyright Protection Efforts
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Justin.tv has just announced a new copyright protection process it is initiating. The site is working with Vobile to filter content on Justin.tv using their database of content.

AP Determined To Protect Online Content
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The Associated Press has announced it is taking measures to protect its online content with a creation of a news registry to tag and track all AP content "to assure compliance with terms of use."

The AP says the system will register key information about each piece of content it distributes as well as terms of use of that content, and feature a built-in beacon to alert the AP about how the content is used.

EFF Posts Gripe Site Legal Guide
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Because copyright and trademark lawyers have had such itchy trigger fingers when it comes to issuing DMCA takedown notices, there’s a lot of confusion out there what exactly constitutes infringement, and what webmasters can and can’t do with intellectual property.

Part of the problem is that websites hosting other people’s content—YouTube, Blogger, eBay, etc.—remove the content at the slightest whiff of a DMCA notice to avoid trouble. This leads, of course, to abuse and to targets without any great recourse.

The Slow Checkmate Of Internet Control
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The specious arguments made and overly harsh penalties sought by the copyright (Big Media) industry would be comically absurd if systemic corruption didn’t immediately transform them into tragedies.
Pirate Bay

Pirate Bay Defenders Launch The Pirate Google

One thing’s for sure, Google doesn’t want to be associated with pirates; the company has enough copyright troubles as it is in its battles with Viacom and the AP. But defenders of The Pirate Bay argue there is precious little difference between two engines both capable of retrieving existing .torrent files on the Internet.
The Pirate Google

Stanford Takes Up Case Against AP
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Well, if Google (or any number of other cost-conscious corporations) isn’t going to do something about overreaching copyright enforcement, it may be up to nonprofits and legal scholars at our best law schools. First up, a pair of acronyms, next Congress for encouraging them.