Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Professor, Suffolk University Law School: Comments on the recent Boston music download case - RIAA v. Tenenbaum

Community Member Andrew Beckerman-Rodau , Professor of Law & Co-Director IP Concentration a the Suffolk University Law School, contributed the following podcast to the community. Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Professor, Suffolk University Law School : Comments on the recent Boston music download...

LaFrance on Music Downloads as Reproductions Rather than Public Performances

In a significant loss for music performing rights organizations, the Second Circuit held in United States v. ASCAP , 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 19983 (2d Cir. Sept. 28, 2010) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ], that digital downloads...

Partial Summary Judgment Granted/Denied in Arista’s Infringement Action against LimeWire: Arista Records, et. al. v. Lime Group, et. al., 06 CV 5936 (SDNY April 29, 2011) – FREE DOWNLOADS

On May 11 th , 2010, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs, Arista Records, et. al., on their claims against defendants, Lime Wire, et. al., for secondary copyright infringement. The court found that defendants had induced...

FREE DOWNLOADS: Music/File Sharing - Opinion on Arista’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment: Arista v. LimeWire, 06 CV 5936 (April 29, 2011)

On May 11 th , 2010, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs, Arista Records, et. al., on their claims against defendants, Lime Wire, et. al., for secondary copyright infringement. The court found that defendants had induced...

Jonathan Zavin on Arista Records LLC v. Lime Group LLC

By Jonathan Zavin of Loeb & Loeb LLP USDC S.D. New York, April 7, 2011 Click here for a copy of the full decision . In copyright infringement litigation against peer-to-peer network, court denies defendants' motion that would have precluded plaintiffs from recovering a statutory...

Record Labels Reach $105 Million Settlement with Lime Wire

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Cautioning that "theft of the world's greatest music comes with a stiff price," Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol confirmed May 12 that a settlement has been reached in the high-profile copyright infringement case against...

The RIAA Comments On The $105 Million LimeWire Litigation Settlement

LimeWire Settlement: Our Takeaway It was an incriminating statement, as far as copyright trials go. "I was wrong." Those were LimeWire CEO Mark Gorton's very words when he took the stand in our one-and-a-half week damages trial this month that ended in an out-of-court $105 million settlement...

Baidu -Chinese Search Engine Now Offers Legal Music Downloads

China's dominant search engine Baidu announced a new licensing that will permit legal downloads and streaming music to millions of Chinese users . A recent NY Times report described the new deal that will change China's image for providing illegal downloads: The agreement between Baidu and...

Damages Reduced for a Second Time in Illegal Music Sharing Case against Minnesota Woman

As reported by the Duluth News Tribune , U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis has reduced the $ 1.5 million verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman found liable for illegally sharing 24 songs online. The award, which was reduced to $54,000 or $2,250 per song, mirrors Davis' ...

Supreme Court Tightens the Lid on Internet Music Royalties; Refuses to Hear Copyright Case Involving Music Downloads and Public Performances

Internet companies rejoice! Composers, songwriters and lyricists commiserate! On Monday, the Supreme Court denied the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) petition for certiorari and let stand the 2 nd Circuit's holding that Internet music downloads do not amount...

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...

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP: Sentences of Pirate Bay Founders Are Confirmed, But They May Avoid the Brig

By Lisa Tittemore , Chair of the Copyright Practice Group T he jig is up for the brazen anti-copyright activists at The Pirate Bay. In April 2009, the men behind the once-popular Swedish file-sharing website were found guilty of violating Swedish copyright law. As we reported , the Swedish court's...

High Court Declines to Consider Constitutionality of Damages in File-Sharing Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a petition for certiorari by a Massachusetts man who was found liable for copyright infringement related to his sharing of 30 songs on peer-to-peer (P2P) websites, making no comment on the petitioner's argument that the U...

New Legislation and Consumer Education May Help Stem Digital Piracy

As the entertainment and software industries struggle with the widespread problem of digital piracy, the U.S. government is wrestling with ways it can address the epidemic without infringing on free speech. Recent attempts to address the problem-including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the...

8th Circuit Reinstates $222,000 Statutory Damages Against File Sharer

Update 9/17/12: As reported by Business Insider last week, Ms. Thomas-Rasset plans to take her fight to the Supreme Court. This could prove an uphill battle, as the Court has already denied certiorari in another music download case - Sony BMG Music Entm't v. Tenenbaum , 660 F.3d 487 (1st Cir. Mass...