Kanye West Kills ‘Coinye’ Cryptocurrency

The creators of the cryptocurrency known as “Coinye” were officially shut down after receiving 84 court documents describing copyright violations from Kanye West’s legal team. Coinye, originally called “Coinye West”, a scrypt-based cryptocurrency that featured West’s face as its symbol,…

Beastie Boys Reveal Sad News For Fans

The Beastie Boys are done putting out new music. Michael “Mike D” Diamond revealed that he and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz will never make new music again as the Beastie Boys after the death of fellow original band member Adam “MCA”…

Aereo TV Service Threatened by Supreme Court Case

In a case which alludes to the 1984 Betamax case, the pseudo-TV service Aereo is being threatened by a lawsuit from major cable companies. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will start hearing arguments from both sides. Two years ago, Aereo…

Carly Rae Jepsen Lost Legal Battle, Plays Cinderella

Carly Rae Jepsen, the Canadian pop singer best known for her summer hit from 2012 Call Me Maybe, has lost a legal battle in which she was sued for plagiarism. Jepsen and her record company BMI have been ordered to…

Marvin Gaye Heirs Face Counterclaim in “Blurred Lines” Legal Battle

Robin Thicke’s summer hit, “Blurred Lines” has come under fire this week, and the heirs of Marvin Gaye definitely aren’t happy. According to the court documents filed on Wednesday, Gaye’s children allege that “Blurred Lines” is an ‘illegal rip-off’ of…

Grooveshark Settles Sony Lawsuit, Signs License Agreement

Grooveshark this week announced that it has reached a settlement with Sony/ATV over a long-fought copyright infringement lawsuit. Sony is one of four major music labels that have sued Grooveshark in recent years. As part of the agreement, Grooveshark and…

Webcomic Raises $100,000 and Posts this Image of a Lawyer’s Mother

Matthew Inman is the writer of a unique webcomic called, the Oatmeal. He was having a great time creating content for his comics when he began to notice them appearing in various places on the web without his permission. One…

Oracle’s Bid for Fair Use Ruling Shot Down

It was recently reported that the jury in Oracle’s case against Google for copyright infringement found that search giant did violate Java copyrights, but likewise were undecided on whether or not the manipulation of the Java APIs in question should…

Perfect 10 Sues Tumblr

A porn company called Perfect 10 recently sued microblogging platform Tumblr for copyright infringement almost five years to the day of the social network’s inception. Tumblr, host to over 46 million blogs, is also home to a spectacular amount of…

Jury in Google vs. Oracle Case Possibly Deadlocked

It would appear that the jury in Oracle’s case against Google regarding copyright infringement is possibly deadlocked, according to The Verge, due to a potential disagreement surrounding the concept of de minimis copying of protected content. Basically, this would mean…

Google, Oracle Trial Winding Down

The trial of Oracle’s lawsuit against Google, who is suing over patent infringement regarding the use of Java in the building the Android OS, finally commenced roughly two weeks ago – 18 months after Oracle’s initial complaint – and now…

Ultraviolet Code Crackdown Starting on eBay

In an attempt to get consumers to start investing their disposable income on packaged media again, Hollywood studios have embraced the Ultraviolet format, which essentially allows users to watch the movies they purchase on any device that supports the cloud-based…

Court Again Sides with Rosetta Stone

It was recently reported that a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has just revived a long-standing trademark infringement case against Google Inc., filed by the language learning firm Rosetta Stone, and initially directed a district court to…

Russia Auditing ISP’s That Host Illegal Content

Russia has established itself as a bit of a haven for cybercrime. One can quite easily buy illegal web traffic from vendors in that country, and some have recently speculated that the only reason the creators of the Carberp Trojan…

Rosetta Stone Still has a Case Against Google

A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has just revived a long-standing trademark infringement case against Google Inc., filed by the language learning firm Rosetta Stone. Back in 2009, Rosetta Stone sued Google over trademark infringement. Rosetta Stone…

Copyright Troll Righthaven Put In Their Place

The court system is sick and tired of organizations building businesses around petty copyright infringement cases. Righthaven is an LLC that has formed just for that reason. Essentially, once a copyright has been infringed upon, online newspapers sell the rights…

Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor

John Steele, an anti-piracy “pay-up-or-else” lawyer, has filed close to 100 mass-lawsuits for his clients, targeting thousands of BitTorrent users, a.k.a. Pirates. Now it seems the moniker could even fit Mr. Steele himself. The folks over at TorrentFreak have pointed…

“You’re Under Arrest for Felony Streaming”

An upcoming scene from AnyPrison, USA in about six months from now: “Hey, fresh fish, what are you in for?” “Streaming Game of Thrones on Justin.tv. You?” “Robbing the elderly, but for some reason, my sentence is shorter than yours…”…

Huge BitTorrent Lawsuit Targets 23,000 “Expendables” Downloaders

United States Federal Judges are sending mixed messages when it comes to the legality of forcing ISPs to fork over customer information. Days after one District Court Judge rules against the right to subpoena ISPs, another has granted a motion…

IP Addresses Do Not Equal People

According to a ruling made by United States District Court Judge Harold Baker, identifying the address assigned to your computer when it’s connected to the Internet is not the same thing as identifying the person who’s using the computer. Such…