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Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Belgian court on Thursday found the co-founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [JURIST news archive] not guilty of copyright infringement and electronic communications abuse. According to the Mechelse court [official website, in Dutch], the prosecution failed to prove [Standaard report, in Dutch] that co-founders Gottfrid … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Australian parliament on Monday passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 [official website] to prevent the online piracy of film and TV shows. The approved legislation gives rights holders [Guardian report] the chance to go to a federal judge and get overseas websites that have the "primary … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Sitting en banc, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] overturned [opinion, PDF] a three-judge panel decision against Google [corporate website] that had required it to remove the controversial, anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder] video from its YouTube [media website] site. The court dissolved … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday initiated [press release] antitrust proceedings against Google [corporate website] accusing the company of utilizing their dominant position in the search engine market to hurt competitors. The commission sent Google a Statement of Objections, which describe how the search engine company has negatively … [read more]


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
22 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A federal judge for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday dismissed [order, PDF] a class action suit against Google [corporate website] for allegedly monopolizing search engines in Android phones. The plaintiffs in the case were two customers who purchased Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and sought to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Four tech companies, including Apple and Google [corporate websites] reached a $415 million settlement [motion, PDF] Thursday in a class action lawsuit claiming the companies unlawfully agreed to reduce employee compensation and mobility. The lawsuit was filed against Apple, Google, Intel Corporation and Adobe Systems [corporate websites] by former … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the offenses of non-consensual publication of obscene materials and possible implication of the laws banning such offenses ..."I was just so afraid. I didn't know how this would affect my career," said Jennifer Lawrence, referring to the hacked … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay [JURIST news archive] was arrested under an Interpol warrant on Monday when he was trying to cross from Laos into Thailand. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, along with other Pirate Bay co-founders, was convicted of aiding copyright infringement by a Swedish … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A court in Denmark has convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg [JURIST news archive], the co-founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [JURIST news archive], and an accomplice for stealing Danish public records from the US-based information technology business CSC [corporate website]. From April to August of 2012, Svartholm … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (EJC) [official website] ruled [judgement] on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling [press release, PDF]comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt [official website, in English] … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Thursday struck down a contested law in Ohio, known as the false statements law [text], which barred people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in the course of a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A Hong Kong court has ruled [judgment, PDF] that Chinese businessman Dr. Albert Yeung Sau Shing [official profile], chairman of the Emperor Group conglomerate [corporate website], may continue his defamation suit against Google over the autocomplete function of the company's search engine which suggests links connecting Yeung to organized … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Friday passed [bill status summary] a bill [text, PDF] that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal [text, PDF], punishable by fines of up … [read more]


Professional Commentary
7 Jul 2014
by Christian Ehret of The Webb Law Firm

JURIST Guest Columnist Christian Ehret of the Webb Law Firm discusses patent law in reference to Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International... Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International 
[PDF] is the last of several patent law cases decided by the US Supreme Court in its October 2013 term. While the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Jun 2014
by Roy Gutterman of Tully Center for Free Speech at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

JURIST Guest Columnist Roy Gutterman of the Tully Center for Free Speech at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University comments on the recent Supreme Court decision in Aereo v. American Broadcast Companies, and provides insight into the world of Copyright Law ... The Supreme Court may … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Wednesday against Aereo [corporate website], an online service that streams and records publicly broadcast television programming without paying the broadcasters. In American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the court held that Aereo performs petitioners' works publicly within … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) [advocacy websites] can proceed with a lawsuit challenging an Ohio law that … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that creating a searchable book database and giving full digital copies of books to disabled people constitutes fair use. The Authors Guild sued HathiTrust [advocacy websites], Cornell University [university website] and the presidents of … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 May 2014
by Bruce H. Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. discusses the First Amendment and the "extended use" of public schools ... The Framers saw the two religious freedoms secured by the First Amendment as being in harmony: the prohibition against a government-established church was what enabled religious … [read more]

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