From the monthly archives: March 2011

A Second Look at Google Books

On March 31, 2011 By Stephen Josey

Last week, Federal District Court Judge Denny Chin rejected a landmark agreement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers, an agreement that would have permitted Google to scan nearly all copyrighted books into its databases and provide snippets of those books to the public through its Google Books project. In 2005, a [...]

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Flickr, a social networking site that allows members to upload and share photos with others, recently discovered photos of Egypt’s State Security police on a man named Hossam el-Hamalawy’s Flickr account. The problem? Mr. el-Hamalawy did not take the pictures; instead, he got them from activists who found them at [...]

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Warlocks and The Right of Publicity

On March 29, 2011 By Anne Goodwyn

“We’re going to shoot one Polaroid per show. I’m going to sign this before it even develops because I know that once it develops with my signature on it, it’s worth a fortune. I’ll make this a work of magic warlock art.” -Charlie Sheen

Entrepreneurs are capitalizing on Charlie Sheen’s speeches, which have fascinated the [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On March 28, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news. . .

Social media sites caught in ethical dilemma when deciding whether to allow content by Middle East activists that violates their terms of service.

Musicians whose record deals pre-date the digital age may get a pay raise thanks to the final result of a lawsuit against Eminem’s [...]

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Did the State of Michigan violate Sandy Frank’s constitutional rights by denying him tax benefits he felt entitled to as a producer of a reality show about a game show spending lots of money within Michigan’s borders? Last week, Frank, the producer of television classics Name that Tune and Face the Music, filed suit [...]

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The Future of Streaming: A Felony?

On March 24, 2011 By Christine Hawes

Streaming video and music is undoubtedly the future for television, radio, film, and even live events. The major TV networks offer free streaming of episodes of their shows; a huge variety of movies is available to stream through services like Netflix or Amazon, and events such as the Tribeca Film Festival [...]

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Today, Amazon.com launched a new store, Amazon Appstore for Android. But will the store’s name stick? Sorry Apple, I think it will because “app” is short for “application,” not “Apple.”

In anticipation of the Amazon Appstore’s opening, Apple filed a complaint late last week in the United States District Court for [...]

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In late February, the Full Bench of the Federal Court in Australia dismissed the movie industry’s appeal against last year’s judgment in the case of AFACT v. iiNet, which found that the ISP iiNet did not authorize the copyright infringements of its file-sharing customers, and while their users did indeed infringe, [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On March 21, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news. . .

Axl Rose goes forward with $20 million lawsuit over use of band mate Slash in videogame Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Charlie Sheen catchphrase, “Winning!” sparks trademark disputes.

ICANN approves .xxx for adult-entertainment sites.

Netflix faces class action lawsuit for privacy [...]

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At the onset of the current NFL lockout, I am rooting for the players. The details of the lockout make the NFL players look like oppressed blue-collar workers, and makes the NFL owners look like Uncle Scrooge. But I am worried.

In anticipation of the lockout, the National [...]

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