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...
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
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?
the video here .
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...
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...
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'
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...