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  • Judge Hellerstein denies Malibu Media discovery motion
    In a recent decision in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, in Malibu Media v. Doe, 15 CV 4369 AKH, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein has denied Malibu Media's ex parte motion for permission to serve a subpoena on the internet service provider.July 6, 2015, Decision of Hon. Alvin ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2015-07-09By Ray Beckerman
  • Live Streaming Apps Raise New/Old Copyright Concerns
    By: Scott Hervey Periscope (owned by Twitter) and Meerkat are two new “live streaming” apps which allow users to live stream videos from their phones.  These applications could potentially change the way live sporting or music events are broadcast or change the way news footage is gathered.  They can also ... Read More
    Source: The IP Law BlogPublished on 2015-05-08By Scott Hervey
  • UMG v Grooveshark settled. No money judgment against individual defendants
    UMG v. Escape Media, UMG's case against Grooveshark, has been settled just prior to trial. Under the terms of the settlement a judgment for $50,000,000.00 will be entered against the corporation only, and the corporation will shut down its operations. No money judgment is being entered against the individual defendants.Stipulation ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2015-05-01By Ray Beckerman
  • Parameters set for statutory damages trial in UMG v Grooveshark
    In UMG v. Escape Media, UMG's case against the Grooveshark founders, the judge has rendered a decision setting some of the parameters for the statutory damages trial scheduled to begin next Monday. The jury will be instructed that the maximum statutory damages is $150,000, not $30,000, per infringed work, ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2015-04-24By Ray Beckerman
  • Capitol Records has spent over $12 million in attorneys fees in Capitol v. MP3Tunes
    In Capitol Records v. MP3Tunes, a recent decision partially granting plaintiff's attorneys fees motion, indicated that plaintiff has spent over $12 million in attorneys fees... so far.April 3, 2015, Decision [Ed. note. Is it just me, or don't you have to wonder where they got that money from?]Ray Beckerman, P.C. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2015-04-04By Ray Beckerman
  • Arista v Grooveshark trial set to begin April 27th
    A trial date has been set in one of the Grooveshark cases, Arista v. Escape Media. The trial will begin Monday, April 27th, in the courtroom of Judge Thomas P. Griesa, room 26B, at the federal courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York April 1, 2015, Order setting April ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2015-04-02By Ray Beckerman
  • Aereo files for bankruptcy
    Well, it finally happened; Aereo has given up the ghost and filed for bankruptcy. It will be interesting to see whether the the content cartel will be satisfied at having put the company out of business, or will instead look for blood. March 27, 2015, Order, WNET v. Aereo Ray ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2015-03-27By Ray Beckerman
  • Individual defendants found liable in Grooveshark case
    In UMG Escape Media, the Court has granted summary judgment finding the individual defendants to be liable for copyright infringement. September 29, 2014, decision granting summary judgment against individual defendants Ray Beckerman, P.C. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-09-30By Ray Beckerman
  • New ruling in Capitol v MP3Tunes, reduces punitive damages, denies Robertson motion for new trial
    In Capitol Records v. MP3Tunes, the Judge has denied individual defendant Michael Robertson's motion for a new trial, but reduced the punitive damages award on the state law claims for pre-1972 recordings. September 29, 2014, Decision, denying motion for new trial, and reducing punitive damages Ray Beckerman, P.C. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-09-30By Ray Beckerman
  • 2nd Circuit OK’s scanning whole books for research as fair use in Authors Guild v HathiTrust
    In Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, the US Court of Appeals has ruled that scanning whole books for research purposes is fair use. In HathiTrust, a group of universities took digital scans prepared by Google and stored them in a "digital library". The library permitted 3 uses of the material: (1) ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-06-14By Ray Beckerman
  • Viacom v Google settled out of court (old news)
    I just found out about this today, thanks to an old tweet by Bill Rosenblatt H/T Bill.Viacom v. YouTube has been settled out of court.Ray Beckerman, P.C. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-06-05By Ray Beckerman
  • DC Circuit rules no multiple John Doe cases without basis for personal jurisdiction and joinder
    In the first appellate decision of its kind, the D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals has dealt a death knell to the type of mass John Doe fishing expedition cases pioneered by the RIAA and carried on by pornographic filmmakers and other high volume plaintiffs seeking the identity of possible ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-05-29By Ray Beckerman
  • Class action claim against Harlequin Books for e-book royalties upheld by 2nd Circuit
    In Keiler v. Harlequin Enterprises, a class action royalty claim on behalf of authors whose works were being distributed as e-books by Harlequin was sustained, and the lower court's dismissal of the complaint reversed.The complaint alleged that Harlan, in a scheme to deprive the authors of their contractual royalties for ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-05-09By Ray Beckerman
  • Second Circuit permits interlocutory appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo
    In Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the Second Circuit has granted both sides' motions for leave to file an interlocutory appeal from the lower court's decision partially granting both sides' motions for summary judgment. April 9, 2014, Order granting motions for interlocutory appeal, US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit Ray Beckerman, ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-04-12By Ray Beckerman
  • Excellent comment by Andrew Bridges on proposed “making available” right
    Andrew Bridges is the fine California attorney who wrote one of the great amicus curiae briefs in Elektra v. Barker, and also wrote an excellent request to file amicus curiae brief in Capitol Records v. ReDigi. Recently, he submitted this outstanding comment to the Copyright Office on the subject of ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-04-08By Ray Beckerman
  • “Florida Judge dismisses a Malibu case because Lipscomb failed to establish a connection between an IP address and person” ~ @FightCopyTrolls
    Good article on the Fight Copyright Trolls website:Florida Judge dismisses a Malibu case because Lipscomb failed to establish a connection between an IP address and personWe saw it coming: in less than two months in the Southern District of Florida, a venue where copyright troll Keith Lipscomb’s command and control ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-03-24By Ray Beckerman
  • Ex-MP3tunes chief held liable in music copyright case ~ Reuters
    Reuters reports:Ex-MP3tunes chief held liable in music copyright caseBy Nate Raymond(Reuters) - The former chief executive of bankrupt online music storage firm MP3tunes was found liable Wednesday for infringing copyrights for sound recordings, compositions and cover art owned by record companies and music publishers once part of EMI Group Ltd. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-03-20By Ray Beckerman
  • Plaintiffs withdraw their appeal in Viacom v. YouTube
    Plaintiffs have withdrawn their appeal from the lower court's grant of summary judgment to YouTube in Viacom v. YouTubeRay Beckerman, P.C. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-03-20By Ray Beckerman
  • My article on Authors Guild v Google, in e-commerce law reports
    Here's my article on Authors Guild v. Google, which appeared at pages 14-15 of Volume 14, Issue 1, of e-commerce law reports (reprinted with permission) Authors Guild v Google Ray Beckerman, P.C. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-03-18By Ray Beckerman
  • “Why YouTube’s Automated Copyright Takedown System Hurts Artists” ~ TorrentFreak
    Interesting article by Ben Jones at TorrentFreak:Why YouTube's Automated Copyright Takedown System Hurts ArtistsBy Ben JonesFor some, getting a copyright claim on their YouTube video might be an inconvenience. For others, it’s a massive headache that ignores copyright law… in the name of enforcing copyright law. Day in and day ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-02-24By Ray Beckerman
  • Motions for summary judgment and spoliation sanctions filed in Grooveshark case, Arista v Escape Media
    In the RIAA's case against Grooveshark, Arista Records v. Escape Media, the RIAA has filed a motion for summary judgment and a motion for judgment based on spoliation of evidence.Motion for spoliation sanctions, memorandum of lawMotion for summary judgment, memorandum of law Ray Beckerman, P.C. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-02-21By Ray Beckerman
  • Capitol Records v MP3 Tunes, trial to start Tuesday February 25th in Manhattan
    The trial in Capitol Records v. MP3 Tunes is scheduled to begin Tuesday, February 25th, in Manhattan, at the federal courthouse located at 500 Pearl St., New York, NY 10007-1312, courtroom 20B. Ray Beckerman, P.C. ... Read More
    Source: Recording Industry vs The PeoplePublished on 2014-02-21By Ray Beckerman