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September 9, 2000 | Times staff and wire services
The federal government weighed in on the closely watched case against Napster Inc. for the first time, saying the music-sharing service is not protected under a key copyright law, as the company claims. In briefs to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyers for the U.S. Copyright Office said Napster has "no possible defense" against claims by the recording industry that it facilitates widespread copyright infringement. The agency, whose position is not binding, sided with U.S.
June 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A jury awarded Nortel Networks Corp. $47.4 million in punitive damages in a copyright infringement case against telecommunications retailer Platinum Networks Inc. and its president. Nortel, based in Ontario, Canada, sued San Diego-based Platinum in 2004 alleging that the company had stolen software that unlocks certain premium features in Nortel's phone systems.
April 27, 2000 | Reuters
Rapper Dr. Dre has sued Napster Inc. for copyright infringement after the song-swap software company failed to meet his deadline to take his songs off its directory. Dre's copyright infringement suit, filed this week in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, follows a similar one filed this month by heavy metal band Metallica.
September 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
An organization of more than 8,000 authors accused Google Inc. of "massive copyright infringement," saying the powerful Internet search engine could not put its books in the public domain for commercial use without permission. The lawsuit, filed by Author's Guild Inc. in U.S. District Court in New York, asked the court to block Google from copying the books. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif.
April 3, 2004 | Leslie Earnest
Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. said it had reached settlement agreements with a group of apparel manufacturers that it accused of copyright infringement last year. The Anaheim-based retailer said 14 defendants collectively had agreed to pay the company $345,000 to resolve the matter.
August 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Mary J. Blige has been sued in New York for $2 million by a company that says she stole some of the music she used on her latest hit album, including one used in an iPod commercial. The Drama Family Entertainment company filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan this week, claiming it suffered copyright infringement because the singer's "Growing Pains" album contains the song "Work That." The suit says the song was created by a producer who worked for the company at the time.
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