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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.
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.
December 3, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Hotfile, one of the biggest file-sharing websites on the Internet, has agreed to pay $80 million in a settlement that ends film studios' litigation against the company, the Motion Picture Assn. of America said Tuesday.  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, in addition to awarding the damages, ordered the site to shut down unless it starts using special technology to stop the illegal sharing of studios' content. The judgment comes after the court found Hotfile, and its principal Anton Titov, liable for copyright infringement in August .  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll “This judgment by the court is another important step toward protecting an Internet that works for everyone,” said Chris Dodd, the MPAA's chairman and chief executive.
November 20, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
A Beverly Hills pornography publisher sued Google Inc. for copyright infringement Friday, accusing the Internet titan of failing to adequately remove from its search results thousands of photos posted online without permission. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Perfect 10 Inc. alleged that Web surfers could find its copyrighted pictures of nude women for free by performing Google searches. The company said it had sent 27 formal requests to Mountain View, Calif.
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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