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The Dangers of Downloading: Nimmer on Peer-to-Peer Sharing

Dangerous Downloads Where Courts Hold on Peer-to-Peer Sharing Have you ever downloaded or uploaded something on the Internet? We all have, but in today’s world, where content is always just a click away, it can be difficult to determine which activities can get you in trouble. There have...

The Dangers of Downloading: Nimmer on Peer-to-Peer Sharing

I first met David Nimmer in the summer of 2004. He was visiting our Newark office to give a talk about copyright in the digital age and a new update to his famous treatise Nimmer on Copyright . As a presenter, David was as brilliant as he is a lawyer: dynamic, knowledgeable, and funny (yes funny...

Video Interview About Peer to Peer Sharing

This is the first in a series of short videos that will post over the next two weeks. I describe the basic issue behind the peer to peer debate and am curious to get your feedback. Where do you think this whole thing will go? Watch the video here .

Peer to Peer Sharing: The Best of Connected

What is peer to peer sharing? In the post, The Dangers of Downloading , we said, "[p]eer to Peer sharing involves any distributed network composed of users that make a portion of their resources available to other users on that network." In plain English it means I'll download yours if...

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...

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' ...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Another "Swarm" Found Insufficient for Joinder in the Eastern District of Virginia

By Megan Rahman Following on the heels of Judge Gibney's decisions in Raw Films, Ltd. v. John Does 1-32 , Civil Action No. 3:11cv532 (October 5, 2011, amended on October 13, 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], discussed here , Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller, in Hard...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...