copyright

By J. DeVoy The Second Circuit released its opinion in Viacom v. YouTube today, partially vacating  the Southern District of New York's order granting summary judgment in favor of the online video service.  Ultimately, the case is to be remanded to the district court for fact-finding on whether YouTube had knowledge...

Public Knowledge proposes some ideas for how to fix copyright. (source) Curb abuses of DMCA takedown notices. The best part of this is is that they propose broadening the penalties for bogus takedowns. I think this is a pretty good idea, as I have seen my share...

Artist Maya Hayuk of Brooklyn filed a complaint against RCA Records and Sony Music alleging that several aspects of her mural “Sunshine” were incorporated into the music video for “I Only Wanna Give It To You” by Elle Varner. In her complaint, Hayuk states that she her career includes more than...

The indictment is here. The indictment tells the story of cyberlockers in a perfect narrative -- how the owners of the site knew that their site was a massive clearinghouse of stolen content, they profited from it, and they did whatever they could to mask it. The charges...

The supreme court has ruled in Golan v. Holder that works that enter the public domain may be pushed back under the cover of copyright protection. (source) This is an absolute abomination. No surprise that our "wise latina" on the Court went with the majority....

Since my firm is handling this litigation, I will keep my comments somewhat neutral. Our old friend, Righthaven was ordered to pay $34,000 to a guy they wrongly sued. Righthaven didn't pay. Righthaven begged the court to excuse it from paying. The Court told it to...

By J. DeVoy In a stunning revelation sure to be devastating to freetards everywhere, not everyone who creates copyrightable work is Lars Ulrich or some ponytailed douchebag driving a BMW 7-series while demanding that the RIAA sue more people so his fat, dumb and entitled daughter can have a pony.  The...