October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court, preparing for the beginning of its new term, announced Tuesday that it had agreed to decide eight new cases, including a copyright dispute over the 1980 Oscar-winning boxing film "Raging Bull," and a case that will consider what constitutes a crime of violence that could prohibit someone from owning a gun. The court, which has said it will proceed normally despite the government shutdown, is scheduled to hear...
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it had agreed to decide eight new cases, including a copyright dispute over the 1980 Oscar-winning film “Raging Bull” and a clash over union fees for home healthcare workers in Illinois. The court has said it planned to proceed as normal this week, despite the government shutdown, and it is due to hear the first round of arguments next week. The justices met behind closed doors Monday to sift through more than 2,000 appeals that piled up over the summer.
September 25, 2013 |
The line between a fair use of copyrighted works and an infringement is blurry, and sometimes it takes a judge to decide where a particular use falls. The dispute between Universal Music Publishing and Lauren LoPrete shows how copyright owners can use that lack of clarity to stifle creativity and defeat the purpose of copyright protection. LoPrete started a Tumblr page called This Charming Charlie in early August, posting cleverly altered panels from old Peanuts comic strips. Instead of author Charles Schulz's words, the dialogue bubbles contained snippets from songs by the English pop band The Smiths.
September 17, 2013 |
Despite the growth of Netflix, Amazon.com and other legal channels for watching entertainment online, the volume of pirated movies, TV shows, music, books and video games online continues to grow at a rapid pace. The amount of bandwidth used for copyright infringement in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific has grown nearly 160% from 2010 to 2012, accounting for 24% of total Internet bandwidth, according to a study from NetNames, the British brand protection firm. At the same time, the number of people engaged in copyright infringement has grown dramatically too. In January2013, 327 million unique users illegally sought copyrighted content, generating 14 billion page views on websites focused on piracy, up 10% from November 2011, according to the report.
August 29, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before the Associated Press Stylebook adds a "twerk" entry. The Skinny: Grantland occasionally creates recurring features that send me into black hole of binge reading. Their " Escape from Pop Purgatory " series is no exception. Thursday's headlines include the MPAA's copyright victory and Vodafone potentially selling its stake in Verizon Wireless. Daily Dose: This seems appropriate, given the entertainment news cycle this week. The Washington Post has a chart that perfectly illustrates how news breaks on Twitter, starting with everyone feeling the need to "weigh in" and ending with cat pictures.
August 28, 2013 |
In a victory for Hollywood's anti-piracy efforts, the trade group representing the major studios has won a legal fight against Hotfile, one of the largest file sharing sites on the Internet. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday found Hotfile liable for copyright infringement and rejected Hotfile's defense under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The court further held that Hotfile's principal, Anton Titov, was personally liable for Hotfile's infringement as well. This case marked the first time that a U.S. court has ruled on whether so-called cyberlockers like Hotfile can be held liable for their infringing business practices.