The broadcasting companies are claiming that Aereo is exploiting a loophole in the copyright law, while consumer groups are ecstatic. Meanwhile, Aereo has plans to roll out its service across the nation. To continue reading, click: Appeals Court Agrees: Aereo's TV Streaming Service is Not a Copyright Infringement
IPNews® - Penguin Group USA, Inc.’s copyright infringement lawsuit against a small nonprofit online library was dismissed by a New York federal judge last week, after the publishing company was unable to satisfy jurisdictional requirements.
Penguin filed a complaint against the nonprofit online library American Buddha in 2009, after the publishing giant discovered the website was offering unauthorized copies of books it publishes. Despite the alleged infringement, a New York federal judge said the court did not have jurisdiction over the case because the Arizona-based company’s profits were not substantial enough for the court to employ the long-arm statute.
To continue reading, click: Penguin’s Copyright Claims Dismissed over Rivals Miniscule Profits
IPNews® - Interest groups for the film, television and music industries have teamed up with Internet service providers to instate a new program to help prevent unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material.
Under the new program, which began February 26th, copyright owners will seek out the IP addresses of users sharing copyrighted material without authorization and report the IP addresses to the appropriate Internet service provider. The Internet service provider will then issue consequences up to and including reducing a user's Internet speed for an unspecified amount of days.
To continue reading, click: Downloading Copyrighted Material Could Slow Your Internet Speed
Gotham Garage owner Mark Towle argued that DC Comics knew he had been building Batmobiles since 2003 and yet never told him to stop or informed him that he was infringing on its trademarks and copyrights. He also argued that the lawsuit should not be allowed to proceed as the company did not suffer any damages from his sales of the Batmobile.
To continue reading, click: DC Comics Sues Batmobile Maker for Trademark and Copyright Infringement
Fox claims that Dish’s DVR services, which allow consumers to record television and then automatically skip over commercials when watching shows, constitutes copyright infringement. Dish counters that DVRs copy television programs for private use and are therefore protected under fair use.
To continue reading, click: Fox and Dish Network Debate over DVRs and Copyright Infringement
Photographer Daniel Morel was on the scene during the Haiti earthquake in January 2010. Morel posted his photos from the aftermath on Twitter, which Agence France Presse claimed permitted it to use the photo.
To continue reading, click: Twitter Does Not Give News Services License to Lift Photos
The European Union recently increased the length of copyright protection from 50 years to 70 years, however, a recording must be published prior to the end of the 50 year deadline to get the extended protection. Sony just barely made the deadline, getting copies of the unreleased material into a handful of stores shortly after Christmas.
To continue reading, click: Sony Releases Bob Dylan Collection to Preserve Copyright
Bikram Choudhury, creator of the Bikram hot yoga system, claims that he has the exclusive right to teach his yoga sequences. However, U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright said that though Bikram can copyright the books and videos describing his methods, he cannot copyright the poses themselves.
To continue reading, click: California Judge Rules Yoga Poses Cannot be Copyrighted
IPNews® - A Washington district judge threw out a copyright claim against a reporter who used National Football Scouting’s player grades in his blog, but he may still be on the hook for trade secret claims.
On dismissing the copyright claim, Federal District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said reporter Rob Rang’s use of the scores is covered under the fair use doctrine. However, Judge Leighton did not reject the trade secret allegations, which will go to trial in February.
To continue reading, click: Reporter Did Not Infringe Copyright
Rovio, the owner of the “Angry Birds” franchise, accused Royal Plush of infringement, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment. Rovio claimed that the toys made by Royal Plush were so similar to their own toys that consumers would not be able to tell the difference. To continue reading, click: “Angry Birds” Toy Counterfeiter Slapped with Injunction