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Google Video Called On Copyright Violations

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) sent a report yesterday to members of Congress detailing the extent of likely copyright violations on Google Video.

Here’s Your 15 Minutes And Your DMCA Notice
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It didn’t take long for user-generated content to translate to user-generated profit. But as the giants have their weird litigious and incestuous thing going on both in the courtroom and in the boardroom, YouTube users aren’t just getting the shaft, they’re getting mud kicked in their faces.

SES – Copyright and Trademarks
Search marketers will almost certainly run into copyright or trademark issues at some point in their careers. This session covers law fundamentals you should know, as well as common tips and tactics you may need to use relating to how these issues apply to free and paid listings.

SES – Jim Lanzone Keynote

Day 2 of Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2007 began with keynote conversation between Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone and SES co-chair Chris Sherman.

SES: Ways SEMs Can Protect Intellectual Property

Trademark and copyright issues are complicated. That’s why we have lawyers. Luckily, we also have lawyers willing to drop by the Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose to shine a little light on the issue.

Google Seeks Court Time With Stewart, Colbert

Depositions from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, hosts on two of Viacom’s hottest shows, could be part of the legal proceedings between Google and Viacom.

Perfect 10 Tries Again, This Time With MSN

Google CEO Eric Schmidt once said that lawsuits were just part of doing business today. According to Perfect 10 Magazine, lawsuits are the only things that will save them, and have added Microsoft as the most recent defendant.

Copyright Suits for Using Faces on Google Maps?

The LA Times informs us that Google has added new cities to its “Street View” photos.

YouTube Lawsuit Gains More Plaintiffs
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Google and YouTube will have to deal with several more complainants in a lawsuit that accuses the video site of copyright infringement.

Google Talks A Good Game On Copyright

Google will be one of the firms supporting a complaint to be filed with the Federal Trade Commission about sports leagues and other content companies violate copyright law and the first amendment.

Dancing Baby Takes Universal To Court
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If some copyright holders had their way, you couldn’t listen to a CD in your car with the windows down. Somebody might hear it without paying for it. The latest Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) lawsuit against Universal Music hopes to prevent similar abuses on the Internet.

AT&T Wants To Be Copyright Police
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How would you feel about your ISP digging into the stuff you send out to check for pirated content? Sounds kind of Big-Brotherish, doesn’t? A sort of TSA for your data packets. Enter Ma Bell and the Copyright Police.

Judge Denies Both Sides In Tur v. YouTube

Neither side in the lesser-known and first YouTube lawsuit won a motion for summary judgment in court last week. Both sides presented their arguments for dismissing the other’s claims, and both were turned down by the judge, meaning Tur v. YouTube will move into the discovery phase.

YouTube Clarifies Copyright Protection Efforts
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YouTube cofounder Steve Chen addressed the "speculation" in the media about the video-sharing site’s technological efforts to combat copyright infringement.

Live Search Books Pages Copyrighted Works

Microsoft has added in-copyright book content to its Live Book Search service, which will start showing up in response to relevant search queries.

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.

MySpace Leads Copyright Infringement Fight
MySpace launched a new feature, called Take Down Stay Down, that prevents users from re-uploading videos that have already been taken down due to copyright infringement. It’s a smart thing, keeping the onus on the DMCA, but at the same time giving the DMCA more teeth, and it shows MySpace’s commitment to keeping infringing content off their site.

MySpace Launches Tool To Fight Infringement

MySpace has launched a new copyright protection tool in an effort to combat infringing video content. The tool called "Take Down Stay Down" prevents users from re-posting videos that have been previously removed at the request of copyright owners.

EFF Makes Viacom Cry Uncle On Fair Use
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We’ve said it before: It’s not a good idea to eff with the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation). Now that Viacom has admitted it effed up by ordering the take down of a parody on YouTube, the EFF and Stanford Law’s Fair Use Project (FUP, or as they collectively should be known, EFF-FUP) have dismissed their lawsuit.

Yes, that was a long way to go for an effing pun.

Blinkx Remote Serves Up TV Shows

The landscape of online video becomes more interesting by the day. While YouTube find itself bogged down in a quagmire of takedown requests and DMCA notices, Blinkx has decided to roll out a new search tool specifically aimed at directing users to television content that they can view and/or download.

Death Knell Chimes For Internet Radio
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In March, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board approved a proposal by SoundExchange, working on behalf of the RIAA, which would implement a significant increase in royalty rates for streaming audio providers. Realizing that these rates would put them under, online radio stations banded together in one last desperate appeal to the CRB to reconsider the decision.

Unfortunately for Internet radio providers, and for music lovers around the world, the judges at the CRB denied the appeal headed up by NPR and joined by several online radio stations.

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