February 28, 2006 |
"The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown was accused in Britain's High Court on Monday of taking material for his blockbuster conspiracy thriller from a 1982 book about the Holy Grail. The accusation was made in a breach of copyright lawsuit filed against "The Da Vinci Code" publisher Random House. If the lawsuit succeeds in getting an injunction barring use of the disputed material, the scheduled May 19 release of "The Da Vinci Code" film starring Tom Hanks and Ian McKellan could be threatened.
February 8, 1996 |
Hollywood studios and software developers squared off against Internet traditionalists Wednesday as a congressional panel began debate on a bill aimed at updating copyright laws to protect music recordings, software, movies and other creative works from piracy on the Internet.
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.
August 5, 1998 |
The House on Tuesday approved legislation designed to protect books, music, software and other creative works from Internet pirates who illegally copy and distribute the products. Entertainment companies such as Time Warner Inc., software developers such as Microsoft Corp. and book publishers would benefit from the legislation as the popularity of electronic commerce takes off and online pirates proliferate.
February 11, 2004 |
America Online, the world's largest Internet service provider, may be liable for a posting of copyrighted stories by science fiction author Harlan Ellison because of an e-mail oversight, a U.S. appeals court said. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated part of the writer's case against AOL, ruling that the Time Warner Inc.
March 3, 2001 |
In a last-ditch effort to stave off extinction, the controversial song-swapping service Napster Inc. promised a federal judge Friday that it will block access to at least 1 million copyrighted song files--a move that could mark the beginning of the end of Napster's life as a freewheeling vehicle for pirated music. Napster attorney David Boies told U.S.
December 12, 2003 |
Hollywood's major film and TV studios sued cable TV operator Adelphia Communications Corp., accusing it of failing to pay for airing TV shows like Major League Baseball coverage and movies such as "Bull Durham." The lawsuit, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, compounds troubles at Adelphia, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2002 after defaulting on some $7 billion in bank loans. The Motion Picture Assn.
June 3, 1996 |
An Irvine company may have found a technological solution to what has until now been widely regarded as a legislative problem: protecting copyrighted images on the Internet. This month, Maximized Software is planning to release a software package designed to protect images from theft, duplication or unauthorized references. The software is the first of its kind, said Howard Fram, product manager at the 12-employee company.
December 14, 2006 |
The European Commission said Wednesday that it had withdrawn plans that could end copyright levies on electronic equipment but denied it had done so under pressure from the French government. Most European countries charge fees on music and video players and blank CDs to compensate artists and copyright holders for legal copying.
May 1, 1998 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a controversial copyright-reform bill that bans devices aimed at electronically circumventing copy-protection technology. The measure, which also shields online service providers from broad liability for carrying stolen material on their networks, is expected to be taken up by the full Senate later this spring and reconciled with a companion reform measure pending before the full House of Representatives.