Illegal Digital Downloads

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The CJEU Takes Tough Stance on Downloading from Unlawful Sources

ACI Adam BV v Stichting de Thuiskopie - Following a reference from the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that EU law precludes member states from having national...more

ITC reaffirms its power to bar digital file transfers

The U.S. International Trade Commission has reaffirmed its power to ban electronic transmissions (such as pirated films or software) from the United States where those transmission infringe an intellectual property right or...more

Recent Developments Regarding French Online Piracy Law

If French Internet users have been caught unlawfully sharing and/or downloading copyrighted works on the internet, they will no longer be subject to disconnection/suspension of their Internet access. On July 9, 2013 a French...more

Downloading Into Prosecution

The federal government has been quite aggressive in prosecuting Internet downloaders under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, so aggressive that one downloader, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide in despair....more

Week in Review - June 27, 2013

This week, technology is affecting how we do business, how we plan for the distribution of property at death, and how we enforce the laws. Nevada is the latest state to adopt a social media privacy bill. Businesses are...more

Mr. Spock Battles the Trolls

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” —Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). These are the opening words in United States District Judge Otis D. Wright’s May 6, 2013, order issuing...more

Six Strikes And You’re Out: The Copyright Alert System Begins This Week

The movie industry, the music industry and five major internet service providers, with some input from the White House, quietly got together in 2011 and came up with a system that would allow the ISPs to notify individual...more

Weekly Brief: Rakoff Orders Gupta To Pay Goldman Sachs' Legal Fees  [Video]

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff ordered former Goldman Sachs' director Rajat Gupta to reimburse the investment bank for fees...more

February 2013: Japan Litigation Update

In This Issue: - Japanese Court’s Ruling Limits Scope of Contributory Infringement in Pharmaceutical Patents - Criminalization of Illegal Music and Video Downloads....more

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