Illegal Digital Downloads

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Judge Halts Pornographer’s Subpoenas Against Potential Infringers Identified Through IP Addresses

Online content providers continue to struggle with the challenge of copyright infringement by BitTorrent users. One of the most aggressive tacks is the one taken by Malibu Media, which, after instituting over 4,500 lawsuits...more

Amendments to Japan METI Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (Guidelines), which apply to all online business operations in...more

Music Publishers Bring Contributory Copyright Claims Against ISP for Infringing Activities of Subscribers

In a novel lawsuit that tests the bounds of service provider liability, two music publishers brought suit against an ISP for contributory copyright infringement for allegedly facilitating infringement by failing to terminate...more

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

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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