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BUSINESS
December 10, 1990 | From United Press International
Musical Theme: Music composer Diane Steinberg filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against TeleAmerica Entertainment, Improv West Inc. and the Arts & Entertainment Cable Network for allegedly using a theme song she composed for the televised comedy show, "An Evening at the Improv," without crediting her. In the federal lawsuit, Steinberg contends that she wrote the tune, "Improve Strut," in 1982 and had it copyrighted.
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BUSINESS
September 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Four music giants have entered mediation with Baidu.com, China's largest Internet search engine, over the recording companies' claims of copyright infringement. No agreement was reached after more than five hours of discussions that began Monday at the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, the official China Daily newspaper said. A judge would resolve the issue if there is no resolution. Baidu's U.S. shares fell $4.78 to $72.50. Universal Music Group, EMI Group, Warner Music Group Corp.
BUSINESS
January 28, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
Wonderware Corp. in Irvine announced Wednesday that it has reached an out-of-court settlement ending more than two years of legal disputes over copyright issues with a pair of rival software developers. Terms of the settlements between Wonderware, Cyberlogic Technologies Inc. and Intellution Inc. were not disclosed. None of the companies admitted any wrongdoing or liability.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2001 | Associated Press
Two songwriters have sued MusicCity.com and two other companies for alleged copyright infringement, claiming that software distributed by the businesses lets users trade music over the Internet without authorization. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the duo who wrote "Jailhouse Rock," filed the class-action suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Monday on behalf of more than 20,000 music publishers. The suit names MusicCity Networks Inc., Grokster Ltd.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2001 | Reuters
More than 50 music publishers and songwriters, including country artist Vince Gill's publishing companies, filed a copyright infringement suit against Web music firm MP3.com Inc. The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. MP3.com is being acquired by Vivendi Universal and is transforming itself from music industry rebel to partner. Plaintiffs also include the estate of Roy Orbison and a publishing company owned by the Bellamy Brothers. MP3.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2002 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dozen consumer advocacy and civil liberties groups urged a federal judge Friday to reject the major record companies' attempt to force Verizon Internet Services to identify a customer accused of extensive music piracy. The groups--including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the National Consumers League and Utility Consumers' Action Network--argued that anonymous speech should receive strong protection even in claims of copyright infringement.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
EBay Inc. won what it called a precedent-setting court victory Thursday when a federal judge ruled that the Internet auction company was not liable for copyright infringement because bootleg copies of a Charles Manson documentary were sold on the site. The case was one of several recently that have tested provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a 1998 law meant to stimulate Internet commerce while protecting copyrights.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2000 | P.J. Huffstutter
Heavy-metal band Metallica, currently embroiled in a copyright infringement lawsuit against software maker Napster, on Wednesday delivered to the San Mateo, Calif., firm 13 boxes of documents with the names of more than 300,000 Napster users who it claimed are violating copyright law by sharing the band's music online.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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