copyright

Social networking sites and online message boards are an integral part of the Internet. Those websites are able to provide unfettered forums for the exchange of ideas because they enjoy certain legal immunities. But, those immunities are eroding. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides immunity from copyright infringement, and 47...

by Jay Marshall Wolman I read an interesting case over the weekend.  You may recall the case of Heleen Mees allegedly stalking Citigroup chief economist Willem Buiter.  She was charged with five misdemeanor counts after, it seems, an affair with the married Buiter didn't pan out.  The charges were dropped as...

I recently wrote about the two year FBI investigation into the song Louie Louie. Read it here. The short version, some blueballed fuckhead agents and uptight feminists lost their shit at the thought that Louie Louie might be corrupting our youth. The FBI had its theories as...

Horizon v. Marvel: Copyright in the Three-Point Landing? I love copyright law, usually. Why is it there? It is there to ensure that authors and artists can profit from their work. Great idea. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, the concept got polluted. Originally, copyright protected...

You remember that episode, where Michael Scott declares bankruptcy? [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGIgf-ICHM] Keep that in mind for this lesson, kids. This happens to all of us, from time to time. A lawyer sends you a letter with some threatening language on it that he thinks accomplishes his goal of making it...

Germany has limited individual piracy penalties to about $1,300 a pop. (source). On one side, I think that's a reasonable penalty for stealing a song or a movie. On the other hand, it isn't if there are procedural hurdles to actually being able to enforce even that...

(From Charles Platt) Is this a real threat, or just posturing? The ADA has already been extended far beyond the areas in which is was first designed to apply. I can certainly imagine regulations compelling web sites to be "equally accessible" to the disabled. Discussion here....

No matter your opinion on U.S. copyright law, it is the law of the land. Copying a work without consent may be unlawful and subject the copier to damages. On this blog, and others, we've seen instances of legitimate and illegitimate copyright claims. An entirely separate issue is the...

Lee Cheng, Chief Legal Officer of online retailer Newegg, said: "A troll is a type of entity that doesn't sell a product, or transfer value of any sort. All they offer is the right to not be sued. It's protection money. To put it bluntly, it's extortion." (source) Righthaven produced nothing but...