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  • THE GOOGLE BOOK SETTLEMENT AS COPYRIGHT REFORM

    05/14/2011 9:37:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Wisconson Law Review ^ | 5/3/2011 3:24 PM | PAMELA SAMUELSON
    This Article explains that certain features of U.S. law, particularly copyright law, contributed to Google’s willingness to undertake the Google Book Search (GBS) project in the first place and later to its motivation to settle the lawsuit charging Google with copyright infringement for scanning in-copyright books. Approval of this settlement would achieve several copyright reforms that Congress might find difficult to accomplish, some of which would be in the public interest. This Article considers whether the quasi-legislative nature of the GBS settlement is merely an interesting side effect of the agreement or a reason in favor of or against approval...
  • Why was this Herman Cain article pulled from FR?

    05/08/2011 7:53:19 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 14 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8 May 2011 | Notary Sojac
    This article was pulled for copyright violationhttp://004eeb5.netsolhost.com/hc133.htmI have searched the list of copyright complainants on the FR main page and "NorthStar Writers Group" is nowhere in evidence.Can I post this article?Can I link to it from within a thread?How can I point Freepers to the specific statements made by Herman Cain in this article, some of which he may now regret??
  • Judge Reveals Secret Righthaven Copyright Contract [illegal through and through!!!]

    04/17/2011 7:50:00 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 4/17/11 | timothy
    Hugh Pickens writes "Judge Roger Hunt has unsealed the confidential agreement between Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review-Journal that has allowed Righthaven to sue over more than 250 charities, impoverished hobby bloggers, reporters, and the newspaper's own sources, for $150,000 each in damages and forfeiture of the sites' domain names, and the contents of the agreement could end up being ruinous for Righthaven's campaign of copyright lawsuits. The problem is that Stephens Media, the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal, didn't actually assign any of the rights related to copyright to Righthaven except the right to sue — and...
  • Judge unseals Review-Journal/Righthaven contract

    04/15/2011 8:32:35 PM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    VegasInc ^ | Friday 15 April 2011 4:41 p.m. | By Steve Green
    A federal judge in Las Vegas on Friday unsealed the agreement for prosecuting copyright infringement lawsuits between Righthaven LLC and Las Vegas Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC. As expected, the Jan. 18, 2010, Strategic Alliance Agreement shows the previously-confidential deal calls for Stephens Media to receive a cut of Righthaven's lawsuit proceeds, minus costs. That cut is 50 percent. Over the objections of Righthaven and Stephens Media, Chief U.S. District Judge for Nevada Roger Hunt issued an order allowing the public to see the agreement allowing for copyrights from Stephens Media to be assigned to Righthaven for lawsuit purposes.
  • Shiny Pony Freaking-Out at the Prospect of Going to Prison: "I'd kill myself first!"

    04/07/2011 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 27 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 7, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Happier times... The National Enquirer -which first broke the Edwards/Hunter scandal in 2007- is now reporting that those close to the foolhardy egomaniac say he's lost 20lbs... is a "broken spirit" who's drinking heavily... and even entertains suicidal thoughts now that a trip to the Gray Bar Hotel seems possible- if not likely. Of particular concern is John Edward's former staffer Andrew Young, who's actually got an Edwards "sex tape" -for which Rielle Hunter is now suing- and wrote a book (published in February) regarding a cover-up that once had him claiming to be father of Edwards' and Hunter's love...
  • Copyright Troll Opens Floodgates to Mass Reposting

    03/24/2011 12:26:28 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 9 replies
    Technologhy Review MIT ^ | 03/23/2011 | Christopher Mims
    Las Vegas-based lawfirm Righthaven has been suing everyone from bloggers to commenters -- anyone who has posted even a portion of the text or images to which it owns the rights. Righthaven doesn't actually make anything, they just buy the rights to stories and images that have gone viral on the web. Now, according to the Las Vegas Sun, Righthaven has scored what Ars Technica aptly describes as an "own goal": Not only did a Federal judge reject Righthaven's case against the non-profit Center for Intercultural Organizing, the judge also declared that non-profits may re-print entire articles from news outlets...
  • Righthaven lawsuits backfire, reduce protections for newspapers

    03/19/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 19, 2011 | Steve Green
    One year ago, U.S. newspapers and broadcasters could feel confident they controlled the news content they created. It was understood that competing and special-interest websites couldn't appropriate that content and post it without authorization. When such infringements occurred, they were dealt with swiftly and effectively with a simple phone call or email. Infringing websites typically had re-posted material out of ignorance they were violating the Copyright Act and agreed to remove the material or replace it with a link to the source newspaper or broadcaster. Then along came Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the self-appointed protector of the newspaper industry...
  • Righthaven loses second fair use ruling over copyright lawsuits

    03/18/2011 6:55:02 PM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 | 4:56 p.m. | By Steve Green
    An Oregon nonprofit did not infringe on copyrights when it posted without authorization an entire Las Vegas Review-Journal story on its website, a judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge James Mahan said during a hearing he planned to dismiss, on fair use grounds, a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), in Portland, Ore. The lawsuit was filed last year by Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the Review-Journal's copyright enforcement partner that also enforces copyrights for the Denver Post.
  • Copyright lawsuit defendant hits Righthaven with counterclaim

    02/26/2011 7:01:51 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 | 2:05 a.m. | By Steve Green
    A group of South Carolina attorneys is putting up the stiffest resistance yet to a Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit, threatening Friday to press for sanctions against Las Vegas-based Righthaven and to hit it with a malicious prosecution claim. Righthaven is a company that has filed at least 239 copyright infringement lawsuits since March over copyrights it obtained from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. The South Carolina attorneys filed a counterclaim Friday in Charleston, S.C., federal court against Righthaven that, among other things, accuses Righthaven of violating South Carolina’s Unfair Trade Practices Act when it sued Dana...
  • Righthaven appealing fair-use ruling in copyright infringement case

    02/15/2011 8:53:45 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Feb 15, 2011 | By Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn an order dismissing one of its lawsuits on fair use grounds. Righthaven, which sues over Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material, has since March sued at least 238 website operators and message-board posters, charging they displayed on their websites material from those newspapers without authorization. In October, the litigation campaign suffered a setback when U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno dismissed a lawsuit against Las Vegas real estate agent Michael Nelson. Hicks found the online posting by Nelson of the...
  • Righthaven extends copyright lawsuit campaign to individual Web posters

    01/13/2011 11:42:25 AM PST · by mnehring · 107 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC is now suing individual message-board posters, not just website operators... ..An attorney for Righthaven on Wednesday said those notices (DCMA) don't apply to individual website users who violate copyrights by posting material online without authorization.
  • Las Vegas's copyright crapshoot could maim social media [Righthaven]

    01/06/2011 10:55:27 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies · 2+ views
    CNNMoney.com FORTUNE ^ | January 6, 2011 | By John Patrick Pullen,
    Righthaven founder Steve Gibson is going after copyright infringers using the murky legal definition of fair use to power a sue-first strategy. Yet with sharing tools booming online, could clicking a Like button lead to a lawsuit? Every year billions in wagers are laid down in the gambling halls of Las Vegas. Last spring, however, one local company, Righthaven LLC, started a new game by betting on the unlikeliest of entities in the local courts — print media. By aggressively suing alleged copyright infringers, Righthaven has taken the shooter position in an consequential game of craps that is sure to...
  • German kindergartens told to pay before they sing

    12/29/2010 9:26:00 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 49 replies · 10+ views
    Google | AFP ^ | 12/28/10
    German kindergartens told to pay before they sing BERLIN — A body representing German musicians found itself accused of Scrooge-like meanness on Tuesday after pressing kindergartens to pay up for singing songs that are protected by copyright. The GEMA, the German musical copyright monitoring body, has written to 36,000 of the nursery schools telling them they have to fork out to photocopy song texts and to keep a proper record of which ones are sung. Kindergartens and MPs were incensed, with the mass-circulation Bild daily calling the move "bureaucratic madness." A spokeswoman for the Paritaetischer Wohlfahrtsverband Hamburg, an association representing...
  • Update on Internet content stealing [LVRJ/Righthaven caught doing same thing as Drudge]

    12/10/2010 1:32:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal | Dec 10, 2010 | Posted by Sherman Frederick, Champion of copyright troll, Righthaven
    http://www.lvrj.com/blogs/sherm/Update_on_Internet_content_stealing.html?ref=049 Fair use quotes: "How dare newspapers try to protect their unique content. It is ours to use for free." Or, at least that's how I read this "report" from Mike Masnick of "TechDirt". The writer concludes: "Still, all this is doing is making me wonder why anyone would ever want to use any Righthaven connected publication as a source ever again." If when he says "use" he means "use without permission", then I agree with him. End Sherman Frederick quotes. In the meantime, Sherman Frederick posts copyrighted material to his own blog hosted by the Las Vegas Review Journal:...
  • Copyright Troll Righthaven's Number One Supporter Caught Putting Infringing Material On His Own Blog

    12/10/2010 12:15:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    TechDirt ^ | 12/10/10 | Mike Masnick
    Former Las Vegas Journal Review publisher and Stephens Media CEO Sherman Frederick was the main champion behind Righthaven. Early on he was the one who explained (in bizarre, nonsensical terms) why the LVRJ was funding and supporting Righthaven, and mocked those who pointed out the ridiculousness of his position. Part of his reasoning was that putting copyright infringing content on your website or blog is absolutely no different than stealing the Corvette out of his driveway. Even if we ignore how this is completely wrong (someone copying content doesn't remove that content from his site, and he still has the...
  • Righthaven sues for control of Drudge Report Domain (INFOWAR)

    12/10/2010 11:56:05 AM PST · by dila813 · 44 replies
    Twitter @Drudgereport ^ | 12/10/2010 | Eriq Gardner
    You have to go through Google because of posting rules.
  • HOSTS File Blocklist of RIGHTHAVEN Clients as of Dec 5 2010

    12/10/2010 11:46:46 AM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Dec 10 2010 | JerseyHighlander
    Righthaven LLC -- a bottom feeding legal outfit -- has teamed up with the Las Vegas Review-Journal to sue 'mom and pop' websites, as well as nonprofit, political action, public interest, writers, and forum board operators for copyright violations. The strategy of Righthaven is to sue hundreds and thousands of these websites and counts on the fact that many are unfunded and will be forced to "settle out of court." All cases are being filed in a Nevada Federal Court and must be fought in this jurisdiction. You are not safe from Righthaven if you are out-of-state. - How Do...
  • Righthaven: Obama Ties To Copyright War Deepen

    12/09/2010 11:27:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    dailypaul.com ^ | 12/9/10 | staff
    Bloggers already know of the association between Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Steve Gibson. The latter's Righthaven firm has launched a legal war on websites over alleged copyright infringement. All three worked for Chicago Law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where Gibson and Michelle Obama coincidentally specialized in copyright-related "intellectual property" law for the firm. I've just uncovered a further Obama link to this new copyright war. Just two weeks ago Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC acquired Steven Gibson's Las Vegas-based legal firm of Gibson Lowry Burris LLP, with Gibson becoming managing partner of what is now Dickinson's Las Vegas office.
  • Drudge Report owner sued by Righthaven

    12/09/2010 10:48:17 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 92 replies · 2+ views
    lasvegassun.com ^ | Dec 9, 2010 | By Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC on Wednesday filed its second copyright infringement lawsuit over Denver Post material, this time suing a big target: Drudge Report operator Matt Drudge. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for Nevada, charges a Nov. 18 Denver Post "illustration" called "Transportation Security Administration agents perform enhanced pat-downs" was posted without authorization the same day on the Drudge Report website as well as the drudgereportarchives.com site. A court exhibit, however, indicates the illustration is actually a Denver Post photograph of a TSA officer patting down a passenger at Denver International Airport. Righthaven usually sues...
  • Associated Press Chairman Signs Up For Righthaven, Begins Suing Bloggers

    12/07/2010 11:56:39 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies · 1+ views
    techdirt.com ^ | Dec 7th, 2010 | by Mike Masnick
    Well, well, well. Remember back when the Associated Press threatened bloggers for quoting snippets of AP articles? Is the organization considering dipping its toes in the Righthaven waters? The Las Vegas Sun reports that Righthaven has signed up Media News as a client and has sued a blogger on behalf of the Denver Post, after the blogger apparently reposted a Denver Post column by Mike Rosen (with a link and credit). This is interesting for a few different reasons. First, it was just a few weeks ago that the Denver Post published a cryptic "reminder" about copyright that had a...
  • Righthaven now working with Media News, sues over Denver Post column

    12/05/2010 5:01:59 PM PST · by redreno · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 | 2:05 a.m. | By Steve Green
    Las Vegas-based newspaper copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC is now doing business with Media News Group and has sued a blogger for alleged copyright infringement involving a column from the Media News-owned Denver Post. An attorney for Righthaven filed the suit Thursday in federal court in Charleston, S.C. This appears to be the first lawsuit Righthaven has filed in a federal court outside of Nevada, where since March it has filed 179 copyright infringement lawsuits.
  • Any Excuse Will Do When Suppressing America is the Name of the Game

    12/01/2010 4:20:46 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 2 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 11-27-2010 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Censorship and suppression live on at DHS and ICE. Remember, First They Came for the Bloggers… The copyright infringement travesty just goes on and on. Another holiday and another crackdown on America. From the TSA violating your Fourth Amendment rights, to the jackbooted thugs raiding farms, to the FCC clamping down on conservative free speech, to the silencing of voices on the web – I think you know where this leads and Americans better find their voices and stop this before somebody gets cranky… The U.S. government under the guise of DHS and ICE have just seized the BitTorrent search...
  • Who Needs COICA When Homeland Security Gets To Seize Domain Names?

    11/29/2010 9:01:21 AM PST · by Ancient Drive · 18 replies
    Techdirt ^ | Nov 29th 2010 | Mike Masnick
    from the this-won't-end-well dept By now you probably know that over the Thanksgiving Holiday, Homeland Security wasn't just feeling up your grandmother and staring at your naked daughter at the TSA, but ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) went way beyond its mandate to seize a whole bunch of domain names. This is not the first time it has done this, of course. Back in June, we noted a very similar, if somewhat smaller, raid. That one was equally questionable, as not only did it involve seizing domains without an adversarial trial, but also the announcement was made at Disney headquarters,...
  • Los Angeles Judge says, Fair Use is now 'irrelevant', in anti-piracy case

    11/26/2010 8:07:55 AM PST · by MalPearce · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | 24th November 2010 | Dan Goodin
    On Tuesday, US District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of Los Angeles, effectively pulled the rug out from underneath that planned defense of an X-BOX modder, arguing that fair use is “irrelevant” to violations of section 1201(a)(1)(A) of the DMCA, under which Crippen is charged.
  • Torrent Finder Seized by Feds

    11/25/2010 4:27:12 PM PST · by Bon mots · 49 replies · 2+ views
    Torrent Finder was seized by the Feds today. If you go to the page, you see a full page warning... it starts like this: This domain has been seized by ICE - Homeland Security Investigations pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court under the authority of 18 USC §§ 981 and 2323.
  • Union challenges Righthaven’s demand for legal fees in copyright suit

    11/24/2010 7:15:13 PM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 | 12:48 p.m. | By Steve Green.
    division of the Teamsters union has signaled it's not going to be railroaded into paying the legal fees of Las Vegas online copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC. The Cleveland-based Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' railroad unit, was sued for copyright infringement Oct. 12 in federal court in Las Vegas by Righthaven.
  • Judge to Righthaven: Show why lawsuit shouldn’t be dismissed [full text = fair use?]

    11/22/2010 11:00:48 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Nov 22, 2010 | By Steve Green
    A federal judge in Las Vegas is examining whether another Righthaven online copyright infringement lawsuit should be dismissed on fair use grounds. ~~snip~~ In the meantime, U.S. District Judge James Mahan has ordered Righthaven to show cause why another of its lawsuits shouldn't be dismissed on fair use grounds. That case involves the Center for Intercultural Organizing of Portland, Ore., which was sued by Righthaven in August after an entire 33-paragraph Review-Journal story about Las Vegas immigrants from June 28 was posted on the center's website, crediting the Review-Journal. The nonprofit says it was founded by Portland-area immigrants and refugees...
  • The Citizen-Journalist's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use on the Internet

    11/21/2010 2:31:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 11/21/10 | Matt Danko
    The libertarian position on intellectual property that is most commonly recited is perhaps the most extreme: the outright abolition of copyright as a relic of the past. Though certainly dramatic and not without some merit, the absence of some sort of copyright protection for creators reeks a little too much of Marxist collectivism by denying, if not vilifying, the profit motive. Hence, a more prudent reconciliation between Article I and Amendment I is in order. (Snip) It is the position of this paper to favor the freedom to express any idea over the exclusive right to reproduce an expression claimed.
  • The Citizen-Journalist's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use on the Internet [FR mentioned]

    11/21/2010 9:41:22 AM PST · by liberty33 · 8 replies
    Policy Journal ^ | November 21, 2010 | Matt Danko
    The libertarian position on intellectual property that is most commonly recited is perhaps the most extreme: the outright abolition of copyright as a relic of the past. Though certainly dramatic and not without some merit, the absence of some sort of copyright protection for creators reeks a little too much of Marxist collectivism by denying, if not vilifying, the profit motive. Hence, a more prudent reconciliation between Article I and Amendment I is in order. It is the purpose of this essay to articulate a standard by which to promote, through practice, an expansion of fair use, specifically as it...
  • Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

    11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 223 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2010 | Sam Gustin
    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and...
  • Righthaven Says It Will Stop Suing Over News Excerpts

    11/18/2010 10:50:04 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies · 1+ views
    wired.com ^ | Nov 18, 2010 | By David Kravets
    Copyright troll Righthaven this week promised to narrow its lawsuit campaign in the face of a courtroom defeat, when a judge ruled that a real estate website made “fair use” of a newspaper article from the Las Vegas-Review Journal. Righthaven is the lawyer-heavy company based in Las Vegas that sprang to life last spring for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that repost, or even excerpt, Las Vegas-Review Journal articles without permission. It has filed about 150 lawsuits, and settled dozens of them in its favor. But the company reached a snag when the Realty One Group fought...
  • Righthaven seeks to dismiss [its own suit against DU] over posting of R-J story

    11/16/2010 8:18:51 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | Nov 16, 2010 | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal's copyright enforcement company no longer wants to litigate one of its more controversial cases: a complaint against the big political website the Democratic Underground. Righthaven LLC on Aug. 10 sued the website after a message-board poster copied to the site four paragraphs of a 34-paragraph May 13 Review-Journal story about Republican Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle titled "Tea Party power fuels Angle." The post by Democratic Underground website user "pampango" credited the information to the Review-Journal and included a link to the rest of the story on the Review-Journal website. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)...
  • Studios Sue to Stop 'Family-Friendly' DVD Service

    11/15/2010 8:11:19 PM PST · by DemforBush · 102 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/15/10 | Eriq Gardner
    Hollywood is once again going to battle with the puritans. A coalition of major studios including Paramount, Warner Bros., MGM, Disney, Universal and Fox has filed a lawsuit against a defendant who has taken movies, altered them to be free of objectionable content, and is distributing them to consumers as "family-friendly."
  • Use of excerpts from and linking to article found to be fair use (Righthaven slapped)

    Righthaven, a company which has purchased and owns the copyrights to various news and media articles, has filed multiple lawsuits against various individuals who have reposted, excerpted or quoted one of Righthaven's copyrighted articles..... ...In one of these cases, a court recently held that the defendant's use of a news article was fair use where the defendant used excerpts of the article on his blog and then linked back to the original article....
  • New Strains Emerge in the Sino-Russian Military Relationship

    11/03/2010 2:01:44 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Defence & Arms ^ | 10/23/2010 | Stephen Blank
    The military dimension of Sino-Russian ties, particularly arms sales, has been deteriorating since 2006-07. While that decline partly reflects the growing prowess of China's defense industrial base, a major part stems from Russia's growing apprehension about China's growing capabilities and anger over its wholesale piracy of Russian weapons' designs and ensuing competition with Russia for third party markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The unlicensed copying of military arms has made China a formidable military player and a redoubtable competitor with Russia in emerging defense markets. For instance, Russian experts profess surprise at how fast China has been able...
  • Local bar paying price for unlicensed music

    10/30/2010 9:25:25 AM PDT · by Reeser · 129 replies · 1+ views
    The Mount Airy News ^ | July 30, 2010 | Reeser
    A live performance of two songs has subjected a local bar to a fine of at least $1,500 and potentially as much as $30,000 per tune over alleged copyright violations involved. The Vanishing Point Bar & Grill at 1125 W. Lebanon St. in Mount Airy is one of 21 establishments across the nation which have had infringement actions filed against them by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). That organization has a membership of 380,000 songwriters and others who represent 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every format. Among ASCAP’s stated functions is obtaining license fees from...
  • Pope troubled by "excessive zeal" over copyright protection

    10/30/2010 4:05:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 48 replies
    Cathnews ^ | October 29, 2010
    While authors have the right to be recognised and rewarded for their work, the purpose of intellectual property protection is the "promotion of literary, scientific or artistic production and ... inventive activity for the sake of the common good", Vatican officials said. A delegation of the Holy See told a gathering of the World Intellectual Property Organisation that Pope Benedict is troubled by the "excessive zeal" with which rich countries have been protecting their intellectual property rights, especially when it comes to health care in developing countries, reports the ZeroPaid website. "On the part of rich countries there is excessive...
  • Court shuts down LimeWire music-sharing service

    10/26/2010 4:58:14 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/28/10 | Yinka Adegoke
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday granted the music industry's request to shut down the popular LimeWire file-sharing service, which had been found liable for copyright infringement, the company said. The ruling requires LimeWire to "disable the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality of the software," according to LimeWire.
  • Righthaven defendant wins first lawsuit dismissal motion

    10/20/2010 4:44:06 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 | 12:54 p.m. | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal online copyright infringement lawsuit campaign sustained a setback Tuesday when a judge granted a real estate agent's motion for dismissal, ruling his posting of part of a Review-Journal story on his website amounted to fair use under copyright law.
  • Online IP protection bill sparks outrage (Could FR be Shutdown?)

    09/29/2010 5:01:10 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 29 September 2010 | Jaikumar Vijayan
    Computerworld - Proposed federal legislation that would require domain registrars, Internet Service Providers and others to block access to Web sites that the U.S. contends contribute to copyright infringement has generated outrage among privacy advocates and prominent industry personalities. Proponents of the legislation argue that passing the bill would be a vital move toward protecting U.S. jobs and innovation. The bill, called the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), was introduced last week by U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). The proposed law would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to file a civil, in rem...
  • R-J owner faces counterclaim in copyright lawsuit campaign

    09/28/2010 2:18:43 PM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 28, 2010 | Steve Green
    The owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has for the first time been hit with a counterclaim over its online copyright infringement lawsuit campaign, with attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation accusing the newspaper of entering a "sham" relationship with the Review-Journal's copyright enforcement partner Righthaven LLC -- and accusing Righthaven of copyright fraud. Attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an influential Internet freedom of speech and privacy group based in San Francisco, filed the counterclaim Monday in federal court in Las Vegas against Review-Journal owner Stephens Media as well as Righthaven. Righthaven is a company owned by Las Vegas...
  • The combating online infringement and counterfeits act

    09/23/2010 1:17:08 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday introduced the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA s. 3804). This bill may allow the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to break the Internet one domain at a time — by requiring domain registrars/registries, ISPs, DNS providers, and others to block Internet users from reaching certain websites deemed to be "dedicated to infringing activities". San Francisco based Electronic Frontier Foundation is heavily opposed to this bill on the grounds that it may limit free speech. In a Legislative Analysis, Richard Esguerra wrote To us, COICA looks like another misguided gift to a shortsighted...
  • “Magic Words” Trump User Rights

    09/21/2010 8:27:07 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 77 replies · 2+ views
    EFF ^ | 13 September 2010 | Corynne McSherry
    In a major blow to user rights, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision that will go a long way toward ensuring that software buyers will rarely be software owners. In a triumph of legal formalism over reality, the Court held that the copyright’s first sale doctrine – the law that allows you to resell books and that protects libraries and archives from claims of copyright infringement – doesn’t apply to software (and possibly DVDs, CDs and other “licensed” content) as long as the vendor saddles the transfer with enough restrictions to transform what the buyer may...
  • Stevie Wonder urges UN diplomats to pass treaty helping the blind or face his musical wrath

    09/20/2010 12:33:05 PM PDT · by epithermal · 29 replies
    AP ^ | September 20, 2010 | BRADLEY S. KLAPPER
    GENEVA (AP) — Stevie Wonder pressed global copyright overseers on Monday to help blind and visually impaired people access millions of science, history and other audiobooks, which they cannot read in electronic form. The blind singer told the U.N.'s 184-nation World Intellectual Property Organization that more than 300 million people who "live in the dark" want to "read their way into light," and the current copyright system denies them an equal opportunity. The current legal framework means that institutes for the blind in different countries may be required to make multiple audiobook versions of the same work, said Richard Owens,...
  • Consumer Rights: Court Rules Against Used Software Sales

    09/13/2010 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 88 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | September 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    The 9th Circuit of Appeals has reaffirmed the right of software companies to circumvent the first-sale doctrine by “licensing” rather then “selling” its products. The significance of this ruling cannot be overstated—it could singlehandedly destroy the used software market. In 2005, one Timothy Vernor bought a sealed copy of AutoCAD Release 14 at a garage sale. In 2007, Vernor purchased four used copies of Release 14 from an authorized dealer, Cardwell/Thomas & Associates (CTA). He subsequently placed all but two copies on eBay, and in each instance, Autodesk appealed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), alleging copyright infringement. In...
  • Appeals court ruling threatens used software sales (and eBay and Netflix)

    09/11/2010 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2010 | Michael Liedtke
    SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court has sided with the computer software industry in its effort to squelch sales of second-hand programs covered by widely used licensing agreements. Friday's ruling by the 9th Circuit of Appeals raised worries that it will embolden music labels, movie studios and book publishers to circumvent the so-called "first-sale" doctrine in an attempt to boost their sagging sales. The doctrine refers to a 102-year-old decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that determined copyright holders can't prevent a buyer from reselling or renting a product after an initial sale, as long as additional copies aren't...
  • "Copyright Troll" Righthaven Passes Early Federal Court Test

    09/09/2010 7:42:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    The American Lawyer ^ | Sept 9, 2010 | by Susan Beck
    <p>Last month, we told you about a provocative new venture by a lawyer named Steve Gibson, who has filed more than 100 copyright infringement suits in the last few months. Gibson acquired copyrights from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and has filed suits based on those rights against bloggers and others who allegedly posted stories without getting permission or paying reprint fees. As we noted then, Gibson's IP holding company, Righthaven, is the first of the "copyright trolls."</p>
  • Defendant accuses Righthaven of misusing legal system

    09/05/2010 2:15:02 PM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 | 1:50 a.m. | By Steve Green
    Even as Righthaven LLC made headlines for suing Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle last week, attorneys in another Righthaven case accused the firm of misusing the legal system to carry out its copyright infringement lawsuit campaign. Righthaven, controlled by Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson and the family of Arkansas investment banking billionaire Warren Stephens, has contracted with the Stephens Media LLC-owned Las Vegas Review-Journal to file copyright infringement lawsuits against 117 website owners and bloggers since March.
  • Google, AP forge content accord

    08/31/2010 3:33:36 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 31, 2010
    Google and The Associated Press have agreed to a new deal after years of wrangling over alleged misuse of AP's content. As part of the pact, Google has said it will help AP better understand how its content is being used across the Web and what stories are gaining widest distribution.The deal could help AP modify its story selection based on what's popular. "AP and Google will work together in a number of new areas, such as ways to improve discovery and distribution of news," the news organization said ..... News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has argued in recent months...
  • EFF Seeks to Help Righthaven Defendants

    08/30/2010 11:14:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 08/30/2010 | Announcement by Eva Galperin
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking to assist defendants in the Righthaven copyright troll lawsuits. Righthaven, founded in March of 2010, files hundreds of copyright infringement lawsuits on behalf of newspaper publishers against bloggers who make use of news content without permission. To that end, Righthaven searches the internet for stories and parts of stories from the newspapers that they represent. Once they find content that has been re-published, Righthaven purchases the copyright to the article and sues the owner of the blog. Just like the US Copyright Group shakedowns, and the RIAA shakedowns of the recent past, Righthaven relies...