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Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] on Tuesday ordered [judgment] six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary … [read more]

Legal News
12 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Authors Guild [advocacy website] filed an appellate brief [text] on Friday, renewing its complaint that Google [corporate website] is violating copyright laws with its mass book digitization project. The brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website], claims that Google's "Library Project" … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday issued a unanimous ruling in Lexmark v. Static Control Components holding [opinion, PDF] that Static did not lack standing to assert a Lanham Act claim in defense of a copyright infringement action brought by Lexmark. The case revolved around the use … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Viacom and Google [corporate websites] on Tuesday settled a copyright infringement lawsuit originally filed [JURIST report] by Viacom in 2007. The media conglomerate Viacom is known for its television networks including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1. In the original suit, Viacom sought $1 billion in damages as well … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted review [order, PDF] for ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. [docket materials], to decide the legality of Aereo's [corporate website] online service that streams and records publicly broadcast television programming without paying the broadcasters. Aereo charges users a monthly fee to … [read more]

Legal News
16 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday denied a motion to certify a putative class action against Google's YouTube [corporate website] involving copyright owners from around the world. Named plaintiffs included the English Premier League, the French Tennis … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe [official website, in German] on Tuesday ordered [press release, in German] Google [corporate website] to remove defamatory autocomplete results if notified. The plaintiffs, an unidentified company selling nutritional supplements and its founder, claimed when their names were entered on Google's German-language website, … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday dissmissed [opinion] a copyright infringement lawsuit by Viacom against Google's YouTube [corporate websites]. Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, MTV and VH1, was seeking $1 billion in damages as well as an … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Germany's lower house of Parliament, the Bundestag [official website], on Friday approved a bill to broaden copyright protections for online material, especially news articles. The new law would not charge royalties to search engines, including Google [official website; JURIST news archive], for displaying short passages of text from articles. … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A French court ruled Tuesday that Google [corporate website] is not liable for damages to French television company TF1 [media website, in French] for copyrighted sports and movies that were uploaded on YouTube [media website]. TF1 brought the suit against Google claiming 141 million euros in damages arising out … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Olivier Sylvain of the Fordham University School of Law says that the Second Circuit opinion in Viacom v. YouTube represents a growing convergence of opinion in how to interpret the DMCA, which could ultimately be a good development for all parties involved...Early last month, in one of … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A court in Hamburg, Germany ruled Friday that Google's YouTube service must use a filter to prevent people from uploading music videos that the do not have the right to upload. The ruling effectively holds Google liable [AP report] for content that is uploaded by users and increases their … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday overturned [opinion, PDF] an order dismissing a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against Google, by Viacom [corporate websites], for Google's YouTube [media website; JURIST news archive] service. The lower court initially dismissed [JURIST report] Viacom's suit … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] Janet Napolitano [official profile] on Friday criticized [Reuters] other nations for not advancing and embracing new technology, thus leaving themselves open to attacks from cyber-criminals. At an international security conference in Vienna, Napolitano called for an international legal framework to defend … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Apr 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Michael Mintz of My Media Labs says that while it makes perfect sense that copyright owners have been resorting to Twitter take-down notices in order to curb infringement, where secondary liability has been once removed infringement may no longer be an issue.... Can a tweet violate … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a suit [opinion, PDF] filed [JURIST report] by US entertainment company Viacom against Google, accusing if of allowing copyrighted material on its YouTube service [corporate websites] without permission. Judge Louis Stanton of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday ordered [PDF text] Google to turn over databases containing logs of every time any IP address has accessed any YouTube [corporate websites] video. Viacom [corporate website] had requested access to the databases … [read more]

Legal News
13 Mar 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Media giant Viacom [corporate website] filed a lawsuit Tuesday for copyright infringement against the website YouTube and owner Google [corporate websites], seeking over $1 billion in damages and an injunction that would prohibit further infringement. Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, MTV, VH1 and other media outlets, alleges in its … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2005
by James Murdock

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday’s corporations and securities law news, the SEC [official website] announced today that it had reached an agreement with Ford Motor Credit Company [corporate website] over illegal marketing of the “Ford Money Market Account.” The agreement includes $700,000 in fines, an agreement to cease and desist the marketing … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jun 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Monday let stand without comment a lower court ruling that overturned new FCC regulations that would have allowed greater media consolidation. Several major media conglomerates, including News Corp. [corporate website], Clear Channel [corporate website], and Viacom [corporate website], originally sought the rules in order … [read more]

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