Creating a Digital Single Market

CLA/TIP Monthly Call – John Wierzbicki on the EU Copyright Directive

The New EU Copyright Directive with John Wierzbicki, Director Witkin Legal Institute Wednesday, May 8th at Noon Pacific Time Dial-in number 855-520-7605 / Passcode 1211276419# Private Chatroom During Call Background Materials The Painting to the Left Represents . . .  “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. A depiction of the sky in Norway following the eruption of the Krakota…

Commerce Dept Releases Digital Valedictory

DOC Releases Digital Valedictory The Department of Commerce has released a report “Enabling Growth and Innovation in the Digital Economy,” which it describes as a chronicle of the Commerce Department’s efforts in support of the digital economy over the course of the Obama Administration in areas of a free and open internet, privacy and intellectual property. The report…

White Paper on Remixes

Commerce Department Releases White Paper Calling for Copyright Reform

  The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, comprised of representatives of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and other Commerce Department agencies, has released a “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages: Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.”   The most far reaching recommondations of…

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NZ Court Allows Kim Dotcom Extradition

Remember Megaupload?  The file hosting and sharing site, which once was the 13th most visited site on the Internet, was shut down by the Justice Department in 2012 as part of a criminal complaint alleging copyright infringement, rackeering and money laundering.   The Justice Department claims that downloads of pirated movies and music through Megaupload at…

9th Circuit Holds DMCA Take Down Notices Must Account for Fair Use

9th Circuit Holds DMCA Take Down Notices Must Account for Fair Use In 2007, Stephanie Lenz posted the video below (“Lets Go Crazy #1”) of her son dancing to Prince’s “Lets Go Crazy”. Universal filed a DMCA take down request.  After Lenz filed a counter-notification, the video was restored over Universal’s objections.  Working with the…

9th Circuit Reverses “Innocence of Muslims” Ban

9th Circuit Reverses “Innocence of Muslims” Ban In July 2012 a trailer for the film, “The Innocence of Muslims” was released on YouTube  and sparked outrage in the Islamic community that included protests that resulted in over 50 deaths and Fatwas and death threats for movie participants.  It was banned in a number of Islamic…

9th Circuit’s Controversial “Innocence of the Muslims” Ruling

 9th Circuit’s  Controversial “Innocence of the Muslims” Ruling The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a controversial decision orderingr that Google take down the controversial video “Innocence of the Muslims” which caused demonstrations across the Muslim world and contributed to the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  The case was brought by Cindy Lee…

Commerce Department Opens Debate on Copyright in Digital Economy

The newly released report by the Department of Commerce’s Internet Task Force, “COPYRIGHT POLICY, CREATIVITY, AND INNOVATION IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY,” is the starting point for a round of public discussions on the protection of copyrights in the digital age.  While some press reports have raised concerns over reviving SOPA’s criminalizing the streaming of copyright…

White House Endorses Ad Network Anti-Piracy Plan

The White House has endorsed a plan put forth by 24/7 Media, Adtegrity, AOL, Condé Nast, Google, Microsoft, SpotXchange, and Yahoo!, with the support of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, committed to a set of best practices to address online infringement by reducing the flow of ad revenue to operators of sites engaged in significant piracy and…