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Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple [corporate website] of maintaining a monopoly over music files purchased through its iTunes stores. The plaintiff argued on behalf of a class that Apple thwarted … [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]

Professional Commentary
21 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremy Lipschultz of the University of Nebraska at Omaha says that in FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc., it seems likely that the Supreme Court will not force the Federal Communications Commission to alter its vague and subjective indecency policy and will not overturn the outdated precedent … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen on Tuesday filed an amended patent infringement complaint [complaint, PDF] against Apple, eBay, Google [corporate websites] and eight other corporations claiming the companies misappropriated technologies patented by Allen's now defunct Interval Research Corporation and currently held by Interval Licensing, LLC. The original lawsuit was dismissed … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Mar 2010

Joseph Schaeffer, Pitt Law '12, attended a panel on Music, Copyright, and Free Speech as part of the ACLU's Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll series at Carnegie Mellon University...In the past 10 to 15 years, music has gone from a finite good available only in physical form from various … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] British music royalty collection society MCPS-PRS Alliance [corporate website] on Friday challenged a European Commission (EC) antitrust [backgrounder] decision limiting the control such organizations have over copyright use agreements. In July, the EC ruled [press release; FAQ] the current exclusivity deals the single-country societies had were effectively domestic monopolies … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] Wednesday dropped its antitrust case [press release] against Apple's iTunes [JURIST news archive] after Apple announced it would equalize prices for music downloads from iTunes in Europe. A UK consumer protection organization had filed a formal complaint with the Commission, which launched an investigation … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] is investigating Apple's iTunes [JURIST news archive] to determine if sales restrictions based on the buyer's country of residence violate EU antitrust laws, according to a commission statement confirming the probe [press release] Tuesday. Music buyers in Europe are currently only able to download … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Apple Inc. [corporate website] CEO Steve Jobs called on four of the largest record companies who distribute their music through iTunes to allow Apple to sell music without anti-piracy protection in an letter placed on Apple's website Tuesday. Jobs presented a series of "alternatives" for the future of digital … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Apple Inc. [corporate website] and Apple Corps Ltd. [corporate website], the record label owned by the Beatles and their families, announced [press release] Monday they have reached a new compromise that replaces their 1991 trademark agreement [text] and resolves the prolonged trademark dispute over Apple Inc.'s use of the … [read more]

Legal News
31 Dec 2006
by JURIST Staff

[JURIST] Apple Computer, Inc. [corporate website] Friday disclosed the findings of an internal report into alleged stock option manipulation by senior managers, including CEO Steve Jobs, purporting to clear its executives of any wrong-doing and concluding that Jobs did not "financially benefit" [Miami Herald report] from stock options, despite knowledge … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The new French iTunes copyright legislation [legislative materials, in French] went into effect Thursday, allowing French regulators to force Apple Computer [corporate website] to make its iPod player compatible with songs downloaded from other Internet music stores, and downloads from its iTunes service compatible with other players. The French … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The French Senate and National Assembly gave final approval Friday to the so-called "iTunes" copyright legislation [legislative materials, in French], meaning the bill will soon become law assuming the failure of a constitutional challenge filed last week by the Socialist party. The government still has the option of amending … [read more]

Legal News
8 May 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The UK High Court ruled [decision text] Monday that Apple Computer [corporate website] did not breach a 1991 trademark agreement [text] with Apple Corps [entertainment website], the record label owned by the Beatles and their families, when the computer company began promoting music products. The Beatles sued the computer … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] JURIST [FAQ] has been nominated for a prestigious Webby Award [awards website] as the best Law website of 2006. Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [profession website], the "Webbies" are the leading international … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] The US Justice Department [official website] has launched an investigation into possible price-fixing of music downloads by major label record companies, according to Department sources. The Department has already issued subpoeanas to four major record labels: EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner Music. Federal officials are attempting to discern … [read more]

Legal News
14 Feb 2005
by Matt Lubniewski

[JURIST] Apple Computer and Sony will appear in a French court over claims that their respective music download sites, iTunes and Connect, are deceptive and force customers to buy other products which are tied together. The French consumer group Union Federale des Consommateurs--Que Choisir [official site in French] has initiated … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The Motion Picture Association of America [MPAA; industry website] launched a second round of lawsuits on Wednesday against online movie downloaders. The latest lawsuits follow up a round of November actions and will target individuals as well as websites dedicated to movie swapping. As a result of the litigation, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2004
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] In Friday's corporations and securities law news, the Canadian unit of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) will pay Canadian regulators $1.5 million Canadian to settle allegations it improperly traded shares of BCE, Canada's biggest phone company. This is the second-largest fine given by Market Regulation Services, Canada's stock market … [read more]

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