Copyright Infringement

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Copyright Office: Aereo Likely Not A Cable Company

We previously reported on the Supreme Court’s recent decision on June 25, 2014 that Aereo, Inc.’s internet television service infringed the copyright of the programs being transmitted by the service. In holding that Aereo was...more

Data for the Taking: Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Combat Web Scraping

“Web scraping” or “web harvesting”—the practice of extracting large amounts of data from publicly available websites using automated “bots” or “spiders”—accounted for 18% of site visitors and 23% of all Internet traffic in...more

Leveyfilm, Inc. v. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC

U.S.D.C., Northern District of Illinois, July 8, 2014 - Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC and related entities obtained summary judgment in copyright infringement action brought by owner of photograph used as album...more

Aereo Loses Battle with Broadcasters Over Online Television Programming

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court ruled on June 29, 2014 that Aereo Inc.’s online service that broadcasts television programming over the Internet infringed on the exclusive right of television broadcasters...more

Supreme Court Nixes Aereo TV, Holding That Internet Streaming of Broadcast TV to Subscribers Violates Copyright Law

On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided ABC v. Aereo, one of the more important (and most closely watched) copyright cases of the digital era. The Court’s 6-3 decision that streaming-TV startup Aereo...more

Copyright As An Online Reputation Management Tool: A Round Hole For A Square Peg

So, how is copyright law doing as an online reputation management tool? We have written many times recently about the use of copyright law to do what defamation law can’t: take stuff down from the internet. A...more

Copyright: Europe Explores its Boundaries - Part 3: “Meltwater” - EU rules that browsing does not need a licence - a victory for...

On 5 June 2014 the European Court of Justice (CJEU) published its decision in the “Meltwater” Case C-360/13, (Public Relations Consultations Association Ltd (PRCA) v Newspaper Licensing Agency Ltd (NLA) and Others). In a...more

Westlaw and Lexis Finally Agree: Providing Copyrighted Legal Briefs To Customers Is Fair Use

Every attorney in the United States understands that West Publishing Corp. (“Westlaw”) and the LexisNexis Group (“Lexis”) are perennial rivals in the electronic legal research field. As such, they don’t agree on much, but...more

Australia: Official supplier of statistics to the NRL fails to obtain interlocutory injunction for breach of its intellectual...

On 8 May 2014, Sports Data Pty Ltd (Sports Data), NRL’s previous official supplier of statistics, filed an interlocutory applications against Prozone Sports Australia Pty Ltd (Prozone), the new supplier of statistics to the...more

Are Internet TV Providers Cable Companies Now?

Last month, in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo’s service of streaming broadcast TV over the Internet violated copyrights in the streamed TV shows. Although this ruling...more

The Supreme Court's Aereo Ruling: Is the Sky Falling for Cloud Computing?

With the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision finally out, the digital industry is struggling with its impact, if any, on various products and services, particularly with regard to cloud computing. However, the Supreme Court...more

Laches, Statutes of Limitations and Raging Bull: The Supreme Court Re-Emphasizes The Pitfalls Of Delay In Copyright Cases

In Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 572 U.S. __ (2014), the United States Supreme Court addressed the role that the equitable defense of laches – i.e., a plaintiff’s unreasonable and prejudicial delay in commencing suit...more

Copyright Litigation and the Risk of Double Costs

An American photojournalist, Ms. Leuthold, was on the scene in New York City on September 11, 2001. She licensed a number of still photographs to the CBC for use in a documentary about the 9/11 attacks. The photos were...more

Quasi-Broadcasting and Copyright – End of an Aereo?

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court on June 25, 2014, issued an opinion that ruled that web-based TV streaming service Aereo violated copyright law by providing a service substantially similar to cable...more

Leuthold v CBC: “Industry Practice” in Interpreting Contracts

When, if ever, can “industry practice” be used in interpreting contracts? That question is of particular relevance in the entertainment industries, as each facet of those industries (such as film, TV, music, book publishing,...more

Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights, US Supreme Court rules – coming impact for streaming and cloud services?

The United States Supreme Court has held that online video startup Aereo Inc. infringes broadcasters’ copyrights in on-air programming when Aereo transmits the programs to its Internet subscribers. Ruling on June 25,...more

The Scope of Copyright Protection over Sherlock Holmes Characters Is Far from “Elementary”

The copyright clause of the U.S. Constitution incentivizes the creation of original works of art by granting authors exclusive rights in such works for “limited Times.” U.S. Const. art. I, § 8, cl. 8. The idea is to strike a...more

American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc.: Supreme Court Departs from Volitional Act Test for Copyright Infringement

On June 25, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in the case of American Broadcasting Companies, et al. v. Aereo, Inc. f/k/a Bamboom Labs, Inc., Case No. 13-461 (June 25, 2014). The case centered on Aereo’s...more

American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc.

American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc. - U.S. Supreme Court, June 25, 2014: U.S. Supreme Court holds that Aereo’s near-contemporaneous transmission of broadcast television programs over Internet to subscribers...more

Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Aereo and the Public Performance Right

On June 25, 2014, the US Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Second Circuit and held that Aereo publicly performs copyrighted television programming. The case has important implications for the public performance right...more

Did “Raging Bull” Punch Led Zeppelin and Send Spirit Toward Stairway to Heaven?

More than 40 years after releasing what many music aficionados consider to be the greatest classic rock song ever written, Led Zeppelin faces a lawsuit alleging that it was written (in part) by someone else. At issue is the...more

ABC v. Aereo: Copyright Infringement By Intercepting and Rebroadcasting Copyrighted Programming

In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. (June 25, 2014, No. 13-461) 2014 U.S. Lexis 4496, the issue before the court was “[w]hether a company ‘publicly performs’ a copyrighted television program when it...more

Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights, US Supreme Court rules – coming impact for streaming and cloud services?

The United States Supreme Court has held that online video startup Aereo Inc. infringes broadcasters’ copyrights in on-air programming when Aereo transmits the programs to its Internet subscribers. Ruling on June 25,...more

“Oh right. . . THAT thing!” Designated Agent Required Prior To DMCA Copyright Infringement Safe Harbor

The recent case of Oppenheimer v. Allvoices is, if nothing else, a cautionary tale for everyone who wants to start the next big social networking site or provide any internet service with user-generated content. The moral is...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #41

We are pleased to present the 41st edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent Supreme Court cases that address securities class actions, copyright law, and...more

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