European Court Refuses to Force ISP’s Installation of System for Monitoring/Filtering Out Unlawful Music Sharing

The European Court of Justice (Third Chamber) recently ruled that general, indiscriminate monitoring cannot be forced upon ISPs in the event of illegal music sharing. The ruling, a setback for copyright representative Société belge des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs SCRL (SABAM...

Can Copyright Piracy Withstand Global Warming?

Global warming isn't just about global temperature. That's the typical context, but what about society's warming to an idea or a transformation? One might argue that global warming is now turning up the heat on copyrights. If this is true, then the current definition of piracy might...

Is Paramount Planning a Law School Course on SOPA Kumbaya?

I ♥ SOPA. Not for its law but for its resilience. You have to appreciate its will to live, like the roach surviving a nuclear winter. Its opponents laud, "SOPA is dead," but when they turn away, something crawls forth from the ashes. Currently, the dying law finds life on college...

DC Federal Court Prevents Movants from Proceeding Anonymously in Peer-To-Peer File-Sharing Copyright Case despite First Amendment Concerns

The District Court for the District of Columbia has upheld a magistrate's order preventing peer-to-peer file-sharing defendants from proceeding anonymously. Hard Drive Prods. v. Does 1 - 1,495 , 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137719 (D.D.C. Sept. 26, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers...