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Venomous debates and negotiations between YouTube/Google and content owners are nothing new, but they have just gone to the next level. In the United Kingdom, Google and PRS for Music (the overseas equivalent of ASCAP/BMI) have so far failed to reach an agreement on the payment of royalties for the broadcasting [...]

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DMCA: Like Taking Music From a Baby

On July 20, 2008 By JETLaw

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Most of you have probably already seen the above video by now. After all, if there’s one thing that Ally McBeal taught us, it’s that there’s nothing better than a dancing baby–at least if that baby is dancing to legally licensed music. Hear that song in the background? It’s Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” and [...]

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Anonymity on the Internet in Danger

On July 16, 2008 By JETLaw

On March 13, 2007 Viacom filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube and Google claiming that,

YouTube has harnessed technology to willfully infringe copyrights on a huge scale by taking the value of creative content on a massive scale for YouTube’s benefit without payment or license.

YouTube recently suffered a blow [...]

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Privacy and YouTube

On July 15, 2008 By JETLaw

A federal judge recently ordered Google to turn over to Viacom all of YouTube’s viewers’ records, which not only include every video ever watched but also YouTube viewer’s log-in names and IP addresses.  The judge also granted a motion for a protective order to safeguard Google’s search code, characterizing it as a trade secret.  The [...]

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Is Redlasso the New Napster?

On June 2, 2008 By JETLaw

For those who grew up in the Napster era, the music industry’s emphatic protection of its copyrights in music content is very familiar territory. However, the aggressive shutdown of music download websites has plagued the music industry as a bad public relations move for many years. Despite a shift to legalized digital downloading, the Continue Reading