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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...

IRS Scored Better Customer Satisfaction than Facebook!

A new report shows that customers are not that happy with Facebook and MySpace also showed that social media was ranked lower than property & casualty insurance. Also not a surprise that airlines were lower in customer satisfaction than social media. The 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index...

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...

Facebook Now Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews

Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook , and also incredible is Facebook's claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that the second place, and far behind Facebook, is YouTube...

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 court for the Southern Dist. of NY 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 of protecting...

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...

Copyright Holders Say Congress Did Not Intend For DMCA Harbor To Be This Safe

Case: The Football Association Premier League Ltd., et al. v. YouTube Inc., et al., No. 10-3342, 2nd Cir.; See August 2009, Page 11. Full story and appellants' brief on lexis.com . On appeal from Viacom Int'l, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., 718 F. Supp. 2d 514 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) . Table of Contents...

Top Safety Videos Posted On YouTube

Salem, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - A texting and driving accident, an auto shop mishap, and the appearance of “Safety Man” are some of the stories told by finalists of the young worker safety and health video contest. The top 10 videos are now posted on YouTube for voting (click on 2011 video...

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...

TechLaw10: YouTube Hack Attack of Sesame Street

TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss a recent hacking of the Sesame Street channel on YouTube and replaced with child-inappropriate content. (Please visit the site to view this audio...

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...

Copyright Co-Owner Not Indispensable Party in Lawsuit Over YouTube Video

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is one of the most popular holiday songs around and is played on radio stations across the country every Christmas season. It is also now the subject of contentious copyright litigation after a federal judge ruled recently that litigation over an allegedly...

Copyright Co-Owner Not Indispensable Party in Lawsuit Over YouTube Video

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is one of the most popular holiday songs around and is played on radio stations across the country every Christmas season. It is also now the subject of contentious copyright litigation after a federal judge ruled recently that litigation over an allegedly...

Second Circuit Rekindles YouTube Copyright Infringement / DMCA Safe Harbor Case

Yesterday, the Second Circuit issued an opinion clarifying the contours of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) safe harbor for online service providers. 17 U.S.C. § 512(c) limits liability for copyright infringement that occurs "by reason of the storage at the direction of...

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...

The Chick-fil-A YouTube Firing--Will it Pass Legal Muster?

Wow! This story has it all Bullying! Chick-fil-A! Social media! Was this guy's YouTube post "protected concerted activity"? You decide. Adam Smith (no relation to that "invisible hand" guy ), chief financial officer of biotech company Vante, went to a drive-through...

YouTube Mom Continues Misrepresentation Fight Against Administrator of Prince’s “Let's Go Crazy" Copyright

A collection of music companies will continue to defend themselves against a mother who was once accused of copyright infringement after she posted a YouTube video of her children dancing to a Prince song. A California federal court refused to grant Universal Music Corporation, Universal Music...

U.C. Berkeley Math Club President Takes DREAM Act Case to YouTube

"Terrence Park has done plenty of work - in laundries, in restaurants and tutoring in private homes - to realize his dream of getting a college education. But the 24-year-old UC Berkeley math club leader and biostatistics major from South Korea said Wednesday that he never dreamed he would reveal...

The Immigration Law Nerd Channel: Categorical Analysis of Immigration Consequences

A 6-minute intro to the strict categorical analysis that determines whether a state (or other) conviction will have federal immigration consequences under United States immigration law. By Maureen A. Sweeney , University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Immigration Clinic, July 21, 2014 .