Viacom-YouTube Secrets To Be Exposed In Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) A legal tussle pitting media conglomerate Viacom Inc. against online video leader YouTube is about to get dirtier as a federal judge prepares to release documents that will expose their secrets and other confidential information. The information expected to be unsealed...

Judge Grants YouTube Summary Judgment On Viacom's $1 Billion Infringement Claim

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A "general awareness" of infringing activity on its Web site is not sufficient to find YouTube Inc. guilty of any copyright infringement claims, a New York federal judge ruled June 23, granting the online video-sharing service's motion for summary judgment that...

German Court Rules Against YouTube Over Copyright

BERLIN - (AP) A German court ruled Friday that Google Inc.'s subsidiary YouTube LLC must pay compensation after users uploaded several videos of performances by singer Sarah Brightman in violation of copyright laws. The Hamburg state court said the standardized question to users about whether...

Missouri Democrat Keeps TV Ad Despite Fox News Lawsuit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - (AP) Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan is forging ahead with a television ad in her U.S. Senate campaign despite being sued by the Fox News Network for copyright infringement, her campaign said Thursday. Spokesman Linden Zakula defended the ad, saying the campaign believes it complies...

Cameraman Sues Sacha Baron Cohen Over 'Bruno' Spat

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A cameraman sued Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was roughed up by a film crew shooting the comedian in character as "Bruno" during a gay marriage rally. Mike Skiff, a self-described gay journalist, sued Baron Cohen and others...

Google Vows Quicker, Tougher Copyright Enforcement

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Google Inc. is promising to do a better job of weeding out copyright violations on the Internet. As part of a crackdown announced Thursday, the Internet search leader said it will respond to complaints about pirated material posted on its YouTube video site and other services within...

Court Dismisses Viacom's $1 Billion Copyright Claims Against YouTube

In June 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of YouTube by dismissing Viacom's claims for copyright infringement. The court held that general knowledge was not enough to bar YouTube from protection under the DMCA safe harbor provision. It found the burden...

Charlie Crist, David Byrne Settle Lawsuit Over Campaign Song

TAMPA, Fla. - (AP) Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign ad last year, both parties confirmed Monday. Terms of the settlement were not released, but it included a...

'Girls Gone Wild' Defamation Lawsuit Involving Spitzer Call Girl Nets $3 Million

Kids these days. The use of fake IDs by teens is nothing new, but when that ID contains the name of a real person, and the imposter goes on to do naughty things while posing as someone else, the law of defamation can come into play. And if you're inclined to post a YouTube video of that identity...

Kim Kardashian Sues Old Navy Over Lookalike in Ads

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Kim Kardashian wants Old Navy to stop using a lookalike to advertise its clothing. The reality show starlet and model on Wednesday sued the clothing store and its parent company, The Gap Inc., in a Los Angeles federal court alleging their ads violated her publicity rights with ads...

How Can Law Firms See A Return On Their Investment In Social Media?

Lawyers use social media. Perhaps the largest group is lawyers who use it to market their firms and themselves. From network marketing on LinkedIn® and Facebook® to content marketing via blogs and YouTube®, lawyers are finding ways of demonstrating thought leadership, publishing...

Fulbright Survey Highlights Latest Trends In Social Media, Litigation

This week I plan to dedicate a few blog posts to highlighting some of the latest trends in social media and [fill in the blank]. Last month, the good folks at Fulbright & Jaworski , released their 2011 Litigation Trends Survey . The 2011 survey gathered input from 405 in-house counsel, including...

Safe Harbor Ruling Vacated In $1 Billion YouTube Copyright Case

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A New York federal judge's determination that YouTube LLC is entitled to safe harbor immunity from copyright infringement claims was largely vacated April 5 by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which found that a reasonable jury could conclude that the video-sharing...