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States wade into Google book deal row

Hostility to Google’s proposed settlement with authors and publishers continues to build across the pond, where five state attorneys general have bemoaned the Books Rights Registry deal. US state legal advisors from Missouri, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington filed briefs this week, according to Market …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Sep 2009
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Google books deal 'bad for biz', thunders Microsoft

Opposition to Google’s plans to scan and punt millions of books on the interwebs has swelled in the past 24 hours, with the French government, Microsoft and privacy groups all voicing their concerns about the deal. France was the latest government to chide Google’s ambitious Book Registry proposal by saying it failed to …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Sep 2009
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The Pirate Bay loads cannon with official appeal

The Pirate Bay four, who were convicted of being accessories to breaching copyright laws on Friday, have fired off an official appeal against the $3.6m fine and one-year jail terms they were handed by a Swedish court last week. The BitTorrent tracker site’s co-founders Peter Sunde, Carl Lundström, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2009
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UK dons dunce hat on copyright law

Copyright reform in the UK has 'stalled' as the Government has caved in to the 'vested interests' of the content industry, the head of a digital rights activist group has said. The view comes as the UK 'abjectly fails' a test of its copyright laws. The international umbrella body for consumer rights organisations, Consumers …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Apr 2009
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Pro-filesharing Swedish party hopes for seat in Brussels

The Swedish Pirate Party hopes to secure a seat in the forthcoming European Parliament elections this summer even before the activist group has earned its stripes at a national level. The party was formed in Sweden in 2006 following the introduction of a controversial new law that forbade the downloading of copyrighted …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2009
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Euro judges strengthen protections for database creators

A judgment by Europe’s highest court has strengthened the rights of database creators to protect their work from being used by third parties without permission. The database right protects against more than just copying and pasting, it ruled. The decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) means that the transfer of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Oct 2008
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EC misleading EU on copyright extension, says boffin

A leading academic has warned that the European Commission "wilfully ignored" studies that it paid for whose conclusions disagreed with its policy, and that the Commission is misleading the European Union Council, Parliament and citizens over copyright extension. Professor Bernt Hugenholtz is the director of the University of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Aug 2008

Court advisor says poem list infringed database right

Europe's highest court could strengthen the rights of database creators to protect their work. One of the European Court of Justice's Advocates General has issued an opinion backing a German University's right to stop others using information it compiled. A European Union Directive protects the content of databases even when …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jul 2008
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UK cops arrest six alleged BitTorrent music uploaders

Updated Cleveland police have today confirmed that six people have been arrested for allegedly sharing music files via the defunct BitTorrent tracker Five men aged between 19 and 33, and a 28-year-old woman were detained "in relation to uploading pre-release music", the force said in a statement. Three of the arrests were …
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Failing Web 2.0 stars pray for copyright abolition

Remember the date - the one about an inch above the words you're reading now. 27 May 2008. Two articles were published today of some note, and if you can put them in context, you can begin see the true, scary picture of internet economics today. The one that's usually too scary for the posh papers or broadcast media to describe …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2008
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Viacom suit is Net killer, Google claims

Viacom's copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube threatens the way that hundreds of millions of people use the internet, YouTube owner Google has said in its court defence. YouTube is accused by media conglomerate Viacom of copyright infringement in a $1bn court case that could prove a vital testing ground for the legal …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 May 2008
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BSA dubs Manchester second worst for piracy

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has claimed that Manchester is the second worst city in England for software piracy. It said thousands of firms in the city will be targeted in the group’s latest campaign to clamp down on counterfeit software in Blighty, which it claims costs the economy nearly £1bn a year. The anti- …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2008
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MobiTV backs away from threats to website that posted links to free videos

Updated A provider of TV shows for mobile phone users has backed down from threats to shut down a website forum that showed how to watch its videos for free. Lawyers for MobiTV had warned the owner of that he faced legal action if he didn't immediately remove plain-text links from the forum that gave free access to a …
Dan Goodin, 7 Mar 2008
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AP sues Moreover over aggravated aggregation

News agency Associated Press (AP) is suing Verisign over that company's unlicensed use of AP news stories. The suit relates to Verisign-owned news aggregation site Moreover. Moreover is a news publishing service designed to bring news to users very quickly after the news is published. It operates free to use and subscription …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Oct 2007
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Music biz agrees: stop shooting self in foot

At the Norwegian summer resort of Kristiansand in Norway last week, representatives of all corners of the British (and global) music business came together to think the unthinkable. That's unusual in itself. What's generally called the "music industry" consists of violently opposed parties: small labels against big labels; …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2007
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RIAA tried to shake down 10-year-old daughter, suit claims

An unemployed single mom with health problems has renewed her legal challenge of the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) with unseemly new details. They include accusations that the cartel's goons tried to contact the woman's 10-year-old daughter at school by impersonating the girl's grandmother on the phone. RIAA agents …
Dan Goodin, 27 Jun 2007
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Video download site ordered to spy on users

When the founders called the site TorrentSpy, this isn't what they had in mind. In a recent court ruling, made public last week, a federal judge ordered to track the behavior of its own users - a means of gathering evidence in a lawsuit against the site by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). On …
Cade Metz, 12 Jun 2007
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Larry Lessig in the lion's den

CISAC Professor Lawrence Lessig is used to hostile audiences - but he faced the most prickly and feisty gathering of 500 he'll ever address yesterday in Brussels. CISAC is the body that represents the collectives who gather up the royalties on behalf of authors, composers and songwriters - and this week it's holding its first ever …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 May 2007

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