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January 18, 2014 |
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 9, 2000 |
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 |
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 |
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.
September 21, 2005 |
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.