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Traditional sumptuary laws, especially those government efforts aimed at regulating public attire, are often considered to be largely dusty relics of pre-industrial societies. Yet cultural legal theorists have long argued that sumptuary codes are still relevant and inextricably linked to the development of our contemporary sociolegal hierarchy. A better understanding of the primary objectives embodied [...]

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FTC Beginning to Notice Problems with DRM

On March 30, 2009 By JETLaw

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently hosted a workshop in Seattle that dealt with how digital rights management (DRM) has affected consumers of products ranging from music, to movies, to video games. While the workshop did not produce new regulations, individuals and organizations representing the various [...]

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Inside the U.S. WTO “Victory” Over China

On February 26, 2009 By JETLaw

On January 26, the USTR announced an “important victory” in the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution panel regarding China’s compliance with the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). And even though most media coverage declared a win for the United States, [...]

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RIAA Backs Off from Suing Individuals…But Why?

On December 24, 2008 By JETLaw

Just in time for the holidays, the Recording Industry Association of America announced it will cease filing new lawsuits against individuals it suspects of downloading and redistributing music.

While the RIAA says it will continue with lawsuits already filed, new ones have not been filed since August. This move comes after 5 [...]

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Electronic Arts' Online Battle Over DRM

On December 11, 2008 By Brian Van Wyk

A battle has long been underway in the virtual world; rights holders such as video game producer Electronic Arts (EA) want to protect their proprietary software to the greatest extent possible while end-users playing the games often find the means of protection, commonly known as Digital Rights Management (DRM) to be overly restrictive. DRM [...]

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From Piracy to Profit

On November 7, 2008 By JETLaw

While Viacom pushes forward with their $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube, Viacom subsidiary MTV Networks (which includes MTV as well as Comedy Central, BET, Spike and Nickelodeon) has reached a deal with MySpace to [...]

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More on the Pro-IP Act and its New Czar

On October 20, 2008 By JETLaw

As previously mentioned in last week’s post, the days of George W. Bush’s presidency may be dwindling, but that hasn’t stopped him from using his last months in office to strengthen federal protection for entertainment industries with the creation of a “Copyright Czar“. Despite strong objections from the Department of Justice, [...]

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Digital rights advocacy groups Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have filed a lawsuit against the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). According to the groups, the office has neglected to respond to their Freedom of Information Act request that seeks disclosure of the USTR’s contents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade [...]

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