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.
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.
April 18, 2013 |
In an epic clash between old and new media, Google Inc.'s video website YouTube has scored another huge victory in the long-running skirmish over copyright infringement brought by television giant Viacom Inc. A federal judge in New York on Thursday ruled that YouTube had not violated Viacom's copyright even though users of the popular online site were allowed to post unauthorized video clips from some of Viacom's most popular shows, including Comedy...
August 9, 2008 |
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.
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.