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Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by William Hibbitts

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday invalidated [opinion] the copyright claim to the lyrics of the song "Happy Birthday." The court considered the question of whether Warner/Chapelle Music, inc. [corporate website], as the successors of Summy Co., had a … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and FBI [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that a joint effort between law enforcement agencies across 20 countries has led to the seizure and shutdown of the online forum Darkode which provided a marketplace where cybercriminals could buy and … [read more]

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
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
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
11 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [EU webpage] ruled [judgment, text] on Thursday that the Netherlands' "piracy levy" tax added to the purchase price of copying materials such as blank CDs or DVDs does not properly account for the loss to copyright holders resulting from unlawful copies of protected … [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
25 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] An appellate court in Sweden reduced the prison sentence of Gottfrid Svartholm Warg [JURIST news archive], the founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [website; JURIST news archive], for hacking into a company that manages data for the Swedish government. Warg was originally sentenced [JURIST report] to … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Nacka District Court [official website, in Swedish] on Thursday convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [website; JURIST news archive], of hacking and fraud and sentenced him to two years in prison. Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking into a company … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The High Court [official website] in Dublin on Wednesday ordered several Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [website] and its proxy servers within 30 days. TPB is one of the largest free providers of BitTorrent material in the world, reporting more … [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
19 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in three new cases [order list, PDF] Monday. In Madigan v. Levin [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether age discrimination claimants can circumvent the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) [materials] and bring claims directly under the Equal … [read more]

Legal News
2 Nov 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A controversial Russian Internet regulation law which gives the Russian government the ability to completely block access to certain websites went into effect on Thursday. The bill's stated purpose is to block access [Moscow Times report] to child pornography and the encouragement of drug use or suicide. Reporters Without … [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
12 Sep 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a $220,000 jury verdict in a music file-sharing case against Jamie Thomas-Rasset for downloading 24 copyrighted songs. Sony BMG, Arista Records, Interscope Records, UMG Recordings, Capitol Records and Warner Bros. Records [corporate websites] … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Cambodian officials said Tuesday that they will deport the Swedish founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [media website]. The announcement came after visiting Swedish officials [Telegraph report] presented the Cambodian authorities with the conviction and prison sentence against Gottfrid Svartholm Warg. The founder of the controversial … [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
12 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment] that a tariff imposed on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that allow media downloads is a violation of the technological neutrality. The court held that in passing the Copyright Act [text] the Parliament did not intend to treat online … [read more]

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