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Legal News
24 Aug 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that it is shutting down three of the most highly trafficked Android [corporate website] piracy websites. This marks the first time the DOJ has seized website domains involving cell phone apps. The DOJ acted in conjunction with the … [read more]

Legal News
17 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Zealand [official website] declined [judgment, PDF] Wednesday to overturn a lower court decision holding that US authorities must turn over a large amount of evidence in order to secure the extradition of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom, who is accused of orchestrating the largest copyright … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to reject [press release] the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) [text, PDF] in a vote of 39 in favor and 478 opposed, with 165 abstentions. The ACTA is designed to curb intellectual property theft, such as production of counterfeit goods … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament [official websites] on Thursday rejected [press release] the proposed Anti-Countefeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) [text, PDF] in a vote of 19-12 vote. The ACTA's goal is to counter intellectual property theft, such as fake consumer goods and medicine as well as … [read more]

Legal News
10 May 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A Dutch court on Thursday ordered [decision, PDF, in Dutch] Internet service providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay [website] or else pay a fine of USD $12,750 per day. Rechtbank-Gravenhage [official website, in Dutch], a Dutch district court, issued its ruling on … [read more]

Legal News
12 Apr 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday issued an opinion [text, PDF] holding that a former Goldman Sachs programmer did not violate a federal law prohibiting theft of trade secrets when he copied portions of the company's confidential source code. Sergey Aleynikov's conviction … [read more]

Legal News
22 Feb 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] said Wednesday that they will seek guidance [press release] from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] before moving forward with the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) [text, PDF], a controversial international anti-piracy agreement. Commissioner Karel De Gucht said she hoped … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) [official website] announced [press release] Saturday that the US House of Representatives [official website] will postpone hearings on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) [text, PDF], a day after the bill's main sponsor Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) [official website] agreed to remove the highly contested … [read more]

Student Commentary
13 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Mack, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Class of 2012, is the Copyright Chair for the Cardozo Intellectual Property Law Society. She argues that two proposed pieces of legislation that seek to curb Internet piracy through the use of DNS filtering violate the First Amendment...With two … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The Spanish government has approved a new law that creates a government agency with the authority to force Internet service providers to block certain websites that are involved in pirating copyrighted material, reports said on Tuesday. Under the Sinde law [text, PDF, in Spanish], the new government agency will … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Virginia Keyder of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, says that the recent decisions in EU case law shows a trend towards viewing intellectual property as a way to benefit society, rather than corporations, in contrast to the trends … [read more]

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