Archive for the ‘Copyright’ Category


ISPs, MPAA, RIAA to unveil graduated response HQ

Posted April 2nd, 2012


The major film studios and music companies will soon unveil plans for a “copyright center,” an organization designed to oversee the implementation of the controversial graduated-response program, CNET has learned.

Last July, when some of the country’s top Internet service providers, including AT&T, Comcast Verizon and others, agreed to begin implementing a series of measures designed to discourage illegal file-sharing the ISPs said they and the entertainment companies would establish a Center for Copyright Information (CCI) to “assist in the effort to combat online infringement.”

The ISPs, major record labels and Hollywood film studios are expected to soon name the person in charge of the CCI. CNET has learned that one of the leading candidates for the job is Jill Lesser, managing director of lobbying and public policy firm The Glover Park. She is also a member of the board at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a non-profit group that advocates for freed speech on the Web.

For the full skinny go HERE.


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Barry Diller to broadcasters suing TV service Aereo: Bring it on!

Posted March 11th, 2012


by Paul Sloan

Barry Diller knew full well that the TV broadcasters would go to battle to stop Aereo, a streaming service that’s scheduled to go live in New York City on Thursday. And he couldn’t care less.

Speaking at SXSW, Diller explained why he loves the service, and then said, “”Another reason I love it. It’s going to be a great fight.”


The service, as explained in detail HERE by my colleague Greg Sandoval, was slammed with two complaints early this month, one from NBC, ABC and CBS (parent company of CNET) and the other from Fox, Univision and PBS. The broadcasters say “no amount of technological gimmickry” changes copyright law or the fact that Aereo needs permission to distribute their shows. They want the court to block the service from launching.

See the full skinny HERE.

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Exit Through The Gift Shop Star Loses Copyright Case

Posted June 11th, 2011

As published by the “The Oscar-nominated documentary Exit from the Gift Shop detailed the incredible rise of Thierry Guetta from an amateur documentarian to an art world sensation known as “Mr. Brainwash.” But now Guetta, whose work has set off a number of debates about the nature of originality in art, is in serious legal jeopardy thanks to a California federal judge who has determined that Guetta’s work on one of his showcase pieces — a manipulated image of the iconic rap group, Run DMC — was outside the bounds of copyright law.

We first broke news about this lawsuit back in January. At the time,Exit from the Gift Shop had just been nominated for an Academy Award, but questions continued to swirl over whether the documentary was some form of hoax by its director, Banksy, a legendary street artist and notorious prankster. This suit seemed to at least settle any question that Guetta’s work was indeed his own.

Unfortunately for Guetta, that also meant that he had to contend with Glen E. Friedman, a high-profile artist in his own right, who is most notable for his photography of rebellious musicians, including Run DMC.

Last year, Friedman sued Guetta for using his Run DMC photograph — which has been called the mostfamous photo of Run DMC that exists — without permission.”

(Note: The film title is Exit Through the Gift Shop, not as this article states Exit from the Gift Shop)

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France Says Au Revoir to Three-Strikes Copyright Law

Posted May 18th, 2011

As reported by Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing: “ TMG, a private contractor that administers France’s HADOPI copyright system, has been hacked, resulting in a temporary suspension of HADOPI. Under HADOPI, people who use an Internet connection where one or more users have been accused of multiple acts of copyright infringement lose their Internet access for a year.

TMG was in charge of storing the entertainment industry’s enemies list of networks that had been used by accused infringers, and their security was basically nonexistent. The hack resulted in a dump of administrative material and IP addresses, and the head of the HADOPI agency announced that they would not gather IP addresses while they got their house in order.”

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Tech Media Confused About URS, Equates It With Domain Seizures

Posted May 10th, 2011

It’s official, you can be an incredibly tech-savy media outlet, marinating in total Internet nerd-dom and still fall prey to ICANN acronym misunderstanding. Unfortunately the latest snafu involves, Uniform Rapid Suspension and the recent rash of domain name seizures by Homeland Security.

As reported by Domain Name Wire: “ The number of comments submitted to ICANN about its proposed renewal agreement with VeriSign to run .net has exploded over the past hour.

The source of the comments appears to be a misunderstanding over what the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) proposed in its comments.

As I wrote earlier, IPC wants Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) to apply to new top level domain names.

I believe the confusion started at BoingBoing, which interpreted URS to be a mechanism to take down web sites that infringe copyrights. BoingBoing equated URS to what happened with recent domain name seizures by the Department of Homeland Security.

URS is a trademark protection tool, not a copyright protection tool.

BoingBoing also suggested that VeriSign would get into the business of being a copyright enforcer, which isn’t correct.”

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UK Court Upholds Controversial Online Copyright Infringement Act

Posted April 21st, 2011

According to “The UK High Court on Wednesday upheld the nation’s Digital Economy Act (DEA) , aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. Justice Kenneth Parker dismissed four of the five challenges brought in July by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group PLC and TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC, including claims that the bill was not given adequate scrutiny before its passage and that it may require certain amendments in order to comply with EU rules on privacy and policing by ISPs. Parker sustained the remaining challenge, which questions a provision that requires ISPs to pay 25% of the monitoring costs. The ruling allows the DEA to proceed toward entering effect, though officials are expected to reevaluate the funding sources. The court agreed to review the matter in November.”

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