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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.
January 10, 1997
Ricoh Co.'s U.S. unit was named in a $50-million trade secret and copyright infringement suit by Compulink Management Center Inc. of Torrance. The suit claims the Japanese office equipment maker violated a license agreement with closely held Compulink by signing a similar agreement with another company. That company, Data Access Technologies of Alhambra, is run by a former employee of a Compulink reseller and a former Compulink sales executive.
November 30, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Hollywood's chief lobbying group is taking issue with some academic research suggesting that the shutdown of popular file-hosting website Megaupload has hurt some movies' box-office revenues. Researchers at the Munich School of Management and the Copenhagen Business School recently posted a two-page summary concluding that the closing of Megaupload in January had a negative effect on box-office revenues of some movies, particular independent films that may benefit from the exposure to file-sharing sites.
August 28, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
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.
May 1, 2012 | By Pamela Samuelson
Since 2002, at first in secret and later with great fanfare, Google has been working to create a digital collection of all the world's books, a library that it hopes will last forever and make knowledge far more universally accessible. But from the beginning, there has been an obstacle even more daunting than the project's many technical challenges: copyright law. Ideally, a digital library would provide access not only to books free from copyright constraints (those published before 1923)
January 18, 2014 | By David G. Savage and Maura Dolan
WASHINGTON - The California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is known for progressive rulings that champion individual rights over government and corporations, but when it comes to show business, the "Hollywood Circuit" - as it has been dubbed - stands accused of routinely siding with the home-turf entertainment industry. Judges famously sided with film studios in the early 1980s when the studios sued Sony for infringing their copyrights by selling the Betamax video recorders.
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.
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