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A Copyright is an exclusive legal right granted to the creator of an original work to license, copy, sell, distribute, or otherwise exploit the work for his or her own benefit.

Far-reaching decision by the CJEU on copyright: The Pirate Bay can be blocked by ISPs!

by Hogan Lovells on

Swiftly following the CJEU decision in Filmspeler, in which the Court found that the selling of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites amounted to copyright infringement, the CJEU has confirmed that an...more

DSM Watch: The new copyright directive – What will happen to the liability privilege of platforms?

by Hogan Lovells on

Since the first proposals for amendments to the European Commission’s draft copyright directive were leaked earlier this month, we have seen quite some discussion on what the Digital Single Market will bring about. The leaked...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

EU Advocate General in favour of finding copyright infringement by indexing site The Pirate Bay

by Hogan Lovells on

The cases that deal with the meaning of “communication to the public” continue: in a current reference for a preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) will have to decide whether the operators of websites that...more

Operators of WiFi Access Points not Liable for Rights Infringements by Users

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a decision dated 12 May 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) narrowed the scope of liability of WiFi access operators for rights infringements of users of WiFi access points. The court ruled...more

German Federal Supreme Court confirms its previous positions on liability for copyright infringements within file sharing networks...

by Reed Smith on

On 12 May 2016, the German Federal Supreme Court (“FSC”; Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) made several judgments, confirming and developing its settled case law on the liability of a subscriber of an internet connection...more

Australia: Dallas Buyers Club LLC obtains customer identities from ISPs in landmark piracy ruling

by DLA Piper on

On Tuesday 7 April 2015, a single Federal Court Judge ordered six internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over the names and identities corresponding to approximately 4,700 unique IP addresses, which have allegedly...more

London’s IP Anti-Crime Unit shuts down leading sports file-sharing site

by DLA Piper on

The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has successfully shut down the ‘Sports Torrent Network’, a leading sports file-sharing site offering its members links to sports events online. ...more

Copyright Infringement Damages Upheld in File Sharing Case

The Tenebaum copyright infringement file sharing case, about which we first reported in an earlier blog, reached another milestone this week when the First Circuit upheld the jury’s $675, 000 damages award. Tenenbaum had been...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2013: A Victory for the DMCA Storage Safe Harbor; a Pyrrhic Victory for Veoh

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Ninth Circuit ruled recently that the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) shielded a video-sharing website from copyright infringement liability. In UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Veoh Networks,...more

January 25, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

by McNabb Associates, P.C. on

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Indictments of Megaupload Are a Greater Threat to Web Users Than Piracy

by Ifrah PLLC on

In last week’s Megaupload indictment, the U.S. government has raised the debate over copyright infringement on the Web to a whole new level – treating the operators of one of the most popular sites on the Internet as if they...more

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