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FREE DOWNLOADS: Music/File Sharing - Opinion on Arista’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment: Arista v. LimeWire, 06 CV 5936 (April 29, 2011)
Posted on 4 May 2011 by Copyright & Trademark Law Community Staff

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... Read More

European Court Refuses to Force ISP’s Installation of System for Monitoring/Filtering Out Unlawful Music Sharing
Posted on 2 Dec 2011 by Travis Burchart

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... Read More

8th Circuit Reinstates $222,000 Statutory Damages Against File Sharer
Posted on 12 Sep 2012 by Mealey's Litigation Report

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... Read More

Is Paramount Planning a Law School Course on SOPA Kumbaya?
Posted on 9 Feb 2012 by Travis Burchart

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... Read More

Is Paramount Planning a Law School Course on SOPA Kumbaya?
Posted on 9 Feb 2012 by Copyright & Trademark Law Community Staff

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... Read More

Record Labels Reach $105 Million Settlement with Lime Wire
Posted on 13 May 2011 by Melissa Ritti

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... Read More

DC Federal Court Prevents Movants from Proceeding Anonymously in Peer-To-Peer File-Sharing Copyright Case despite First Amendment Concerns
Posted on 5 Oct 2012 by Travis Burchart

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... Read More

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP: Sentences of Pirate Bay Founders Are Confirmed, But They May Avoid the Brig
Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

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... Read More

Jonathan Zavin on Arista Records LLC v. Lime Group LLC
Posted on 6 May 2011 by Jonathan Zavin

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... Read More

High Court Declines to Consider Constitutionality of Damages in File-Sharing Case
Posted on 21 May 2012 by Mealey's Litigation Report

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... Read More

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
Posted on 4 May 2011 by Copyright & Trademark Law Community Staff

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... Read More

Can Copyright Piracy Withstand Global Warming?
Posted on 6 Feb 2012 by Travis Burchart

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... Read More