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CD WOW! vows to take £35m High Court defeat to Europe

CD WOW!, the British online music retailer, will continue its legal fight against the music industry despite a £35m award against it in the UK courts this week. The firm says that it will take the battle to the European Court of Justice if it can. Trade body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) took a case against CD WOW! …
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 May 2007
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Google free again to pump out porn thumbnails

It's once again easy to consume porn online after a US court ruled in favor of search juggernaut Google's right to display tiny pictures of naked people. A San Francisco appeals court has reversed a lower court's preliminary injunction that barred Google from displaying thumbnail-size pornographic images from the Perfect 10 …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2007
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The Pirate Bay admits links with right-wing benefactor

A spokesman for the Swedish torrent tracker The Pirate Bay, has admitted on Swedish tv that their servers and broadband bandwidth were financed by Carl Lundström, one of the alleged sponsors of Swedish far-right political party Sweden Democrats. "We needed the money," spokesman Tobias Andersson told Bert Karlsson, a former …
Jan Libbenga, 7 May 2007
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Google resumes linking to Belgian newspaper sites

Google and Belgian newspaper group Copiepresse have come to an agreement on a minor part of their dispute over copyright, but have not agreed on the major point of difference between them. Copiepresse members will use an automated system to keep Google from saving its content in its cache, but that is a technical fix that has …
OUT-LAW.COM, 3 May 2007
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Why Last.fm isn't sweating the RIAA's royalty hike

Last.fm, the popular custom radio and music network, will press on with expansion plans, despite the threat to internet radio from the record industry lobbyists in the US. A battle is currently being fought Stateside over how much royalty should be paid for streaming radio. Until the tail end of last week, the future of online …
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Court sez music downloads aren't performances

ASCAP isn't enjoying the tune that came out of a federal district court in New York yesterday. The court ruled that music downloads don't constitute performances of copyrighted works, and are merely mechanical reproductions of the copyrighted material. This denies ASCAP any entitlement to collect royalties for downloads as they …
Kevin Fayle, 26 Apr 2007
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Head of DrinkorDie cops to copyright charges

The kingpin for one the world's oldest and best-known piracy groups has pleaded guilty to software piracy charges, bringing a close to an international cat-and-mouse game that took more than five years to play out. Hew Raymond Griffiths - better known in warez circles as Bandido - faces up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 …
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2007
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Porn suit is reinvigorated by US appeals court

Silicon Justice Perfect 10 makes porn. (We're sorry - "adult entertainment.") The company also sues like a jackrabbit in order to protect its copyrights in said pornography. These litigious purveyors of print and online smut, you may recall, recently won a landmark suit against Google in which they claimed that Google's thumbnail renditions …
Kevin Fayle, 10 Apr 2007
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DRM-free music: EMI calls the tune and Apple takes the credit

Comment Having been a big believer in DRM and its necessity, although dismissive of its inflexibility and lack of sophistication, we, Rethink Research, have to interpret the big news of last week that EMI will offer its catalog DRM-free, as at least dangerous and potentially disastrous. But that's only if it is looked at in the long …
Faultline, 9 Apr 2007
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Italian police raid 'major pirate' P2P site

Discotequezone, a big Italian file-sharing site, has shut down in the wake of police raids this week. Some 600,000 allegedly pirated tracks were swapped daily through the P2P network, resulting in $1m-plus losses to copyright holders, the IFPI, the international lobby group for record companies, claimed. Police targeted five …
Drew Cullen, 30 Mar 2007
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Ideas behind computer games can be copied

General ideas and structures behind computer games and programs can be copied as long as the source code and graphics are not, the UK's Court of Appeal has ruled. The judgment upholds an earlier High Court ruling in a case involving three computer games simulating pool. Under UK copyright law and EU Directives, the court ruled …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Mar 2007
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Fighting torture with copyright

Column For the French, the business of exploiting available laws, directives and other rules is an art form. One such inventive use of the constraints is the 'greve du zele' ('working to rules' strike action) where those on strike work more, not less. When on greve du zele workers observe all rules - however archaic or unsuitable they …
David Mery, 21 Mar 2007
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CD WOW! fined for contempt of court

A group of record labels has won its High Court case against online music retailer CD WOW!, which was found to have infringed copyright and been in contempt of court over an earlier order. That offence is called parallel importing and involves a breach of copyright. CD WOW! had previously promised to a court not to engage in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Mar 2007
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Viacom's YouTube lawsuit could test limits of DMCA

Analysis Viacom has launched a $1bn lawsuit against YouTube and its owners Google over copyright infringing videos hosted by the site. The case could test the limits of the 'safe harbor' protections for ISPs and influence other user-generated content sites. The entertainment giant said that its clips have been viewed more than 1.5 …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Mar 2007
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Will Google come to regret getting involved in YouTube?

Analysis When we said that Google overpaid for the YouTube acquisition we were loudly pilloried and reminded that it paid, after all, only in shares. But the increasing alarm that has emerged over whether or not YouTube is a genuine phenomena and whether in fact it is simply a replacement for the piracy once led by Kazaa, threatens to …
Faultline, 1 Mar 2007
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From Gutenberg to Google

Google's mission is to organise the world's information, but what effect is this having on the oldest information technology - books? In the slow moving book industry there have been few seminal moments. In the third century BC, Ptolmy II of Egypt established his great library at Alexandria and commanded all visitors to the …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Feb 2007

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