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Economic Analysis of the Proposed CACP Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Initiative by LEGC, LLC

The U.S. government has substantial anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy efforts in place. However, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), these efforts could be significantly improved primarily through strong permanent leadership to foster better coordination within and among...

Counterfeiting and Piracy: Can It Be Quantified?

By Joe Mencher 1 of Haynes and Boone, LLP *Originally published by the Financial Fraud Law Report Counterfeiting and piracy of intellectual property are often pointed to as substantial problems, particularly in certain regions or countries. In April of 2010, the Government Accountability Office...

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...

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...

Under Pressure: Mass Copyright Infringement Actions Face New Challenges

Online piracy of copyrighted works isn’t going away soon. There are just too many reasons why downloading digital content by various means remains attractive to people. For one thing, it fulfills a basic need in our time: instant gratification. It’s also incredibly easy to do. Even better...