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Late last month, a Wolverhampton judge in the United Kingdom sentenced a man to 33 months in jail for distributing a pirated copy of Fast and Furious 6. Phillip Danks covertly recorded the movie from his seat in the back of the theater, and then posted his recording online under [...]

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Copyright Office Decides Monkeys Can’t Be Authors

On September 11, 2014 By Thomas Hayden

Last week, the Copyright Office issued new guidance to clarify that it will only register copyrights for creative work produced by humans. Animals and computers (without human intervention) don’t possess “creative powers of the mind” in the same way that humans do. You’re likewise out of luck if you’re a “divine [...]

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Sometimes, art imitating life yields some strange results. In 1981, (animated) newspaperman J. Jonah Jameson ran the headline, “threat or menace” when discussing the masked Spider-Man in New York City’s (fictitious) Daily Bugle. Today, such a headline would not seem out of place on recent covers of the New York Post.

Between “Spidey’s” [...]

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Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and the English Premier League is its most popular professional league. This includes the United States, where the league’s television broadcast ratings doubled from 2012 to 2013, and have now surpassed those of the US’s own Major League Soccer.

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This past Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided Aereo’s fate in a much-anticipated opinion regarding the legality of capturing over-the-air television broadcasts and delivering them via the Internet.

Aereo, a New York based start-up company, provides consumers the ability to watch television programs as they are being broadcasted on Internet connected devices. Since [...]

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Last week, a handful of Nashville songwriters ventured to Washington, DC to advocate for changes in the structure of compensation under copyright law.  The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, aims to change the mechanics by which the government calculates songwriter pay. Currently, under U.S. Copyright law, [...]

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On Wednesday, May 28th, the Center for Copyright Information (“CCI”) released its first progress report on the Copyright Alert System.

This report comes a year and a half after the implementation of the system in February of 2013. Designed as an educational tool to inform online copyright infringers [...]

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The Copyright War Rages On

On May 29, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Last week, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Paula Petrella could sue MGM for copyright infringement–more than 30 years after Raging Bull hit the cinema and won two Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Robert De Niro).  Petrella’s father collaborated with boxer Jake LaMotta on two screenplays and a book that was [...]

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Shaken, not Stirred.

On April 11, 2014 By Sonal Patel

How do you like your martinis?  Well, we all know how our favorite secret agent who is always dressed sharp, always getting the ladies and always working for M, the female head of Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), likes them.  Shaken, not stirred.  In fact, we can recognize James Bond simply by that saying.  But [...]

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Ending Revenge Porn Through Copyright

On April 3, 2014 By Philip Houten

The growth of interactive internet sites over the past couple decades has lead to the blossoming of an industry specializing in user-generated pornography. This phenomenon has become known as “Porn 2.0,” and has provided users an outlet to post photos and videos not only of themselves, but also of people who have [...]

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