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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
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]


Legal News
10 May 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that programming interfaces in Oracle's Java technology can be protected under US copyright law, allowing Oracle to pursue its legal case against Google [corporate websites]. The litigation arose four year ago when Oracle sued … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Yaniv Heled of Georgia State University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Yaniv Heled of Georgia State University College of Law argues that patent trolls may be better understood when viewed as analogous to biological parasites, as both are naturally occurring phenomena that thrive by syphoning resources from hosts. Viewing patent trolls as parasites can help in setting realistic … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Tuesday. In Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether an Ohio law that imposes penalties for making knowingly false statements about political candidates violates the right to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Baicker-McKee of the Duquesne University School of Law notes that the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in ruling that a declaratory judgment action does not affect the court's jurisdiction or shift the parties' burden of proof ... In … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Hague Court of Appeals [official website] in the Netherlands on Tuesday overturned a 2011 order of the District Court that required two major Dutch Internet providers to block customers from a list of addresses linked to The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay is an open source torrent search … [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
2 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Saturday that ReDigi Inc.'s "pre-owned" digital music sales infringed on Capitol Records LLC's [corporate website] music copyrights. ReDigi's online service allowed customers to use its platform to buy and sell … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A new Japanese copyright law that criminalizes illegal downloads of music and video files came in effect on Monday. The revised law [materials, in Japanese] now imposes penalties [BBC report] of two years in prison and fines of up to two million yen (USD $25,627) upon those who illegally … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Panama [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday approved a controversial new copyright law [bill 510, PDF, in Spanish] that allows authorities to fine infringers without a trial or civil lawsuit. The bill would grant broad powers to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry [official website, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday ordered Oracle to reimburse Google [corporate websites] about $1 million for costs incurred during the course of the companies' recent patent litigation [materials]. The trial concluded in May [JURIST report] with a … [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
1 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Thursday in favor of Google [corporate website] in the case of Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc. [case materials]. Judge William Alsup held that Google did not infringe patents and … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandeep Kanak Rathod, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the ninth entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He explores how copyright laws in the US and India … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] found on Wednesday that Google [corporate website] did not infringe [verdict slip, PDF] Oracle [corporate website] patents. However, the jury split [JURIST report] on the copyright phase of the trial over whether Google's … [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]

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