Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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The DMCA and fair use: Has anti-circumvention gone too far?

With the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in 1999, Congress expanded copyright law and the rights afforded owners of copyrighted works. At the time, copyright holders — worried that the increased access...more

DMCA Exemptions: Protection of Legitimate Rights or Facilitation of Infringement?

A recent Wired magazine articles accuses John Deere and General Motors of trying to “eviscerate the notion of ownership.” It is not a “twisted vision of ownership,” by John Deere, but a misunderstanding of copyright law by...more

DMCA vs. Gearheads: Piracy Under the Shade Tree

A recent Wired magazine article by Kyle Wiens (co-founder and CEO of iFixit) provided an ominous warning to automobile owners: you don’t own your vehicle, you merely operate it at the manufacturer’s pleasure. This view of...more

The Bermuda Triangle of Online Defamation: Copyright, Clickwrap and the CDA

We have written many times about attempts to use copyright law to do what defamation law can’t: take stuff down from the internet. Because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”) prevents a defamation plaintiff...more

DMCA Advice from the Department of Commerce

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was created to protect copyright owners from infringement of their works (such as photos, documents, music files, and videos) over the Internet. Amongst other things, the DMCA...more

Carta de Error! Copyright Takedown Notice To iTunes May Give Rise to Misrepresentation Liability

Section 512(f) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes parties who issue copyright takedown notices liable for any “knowing” misrepresentations in those notices. However, the Ninth Circuit in Rossi v. Motion Picture...more

U.S. Dept. of Commerce Releases Multistakeholder Guidance on DMCA Notice and Takedown Best Practices

On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released a guidance containing a list of best practices (and notable “bad” practices), all designed to improve the DMCA’s notice and takedown system for both...more

A Modern Game of Hide and Go Seek? Some Lessons Learned Following Sony and Other Widely-Publicized Data Breaches

While the recent hack of Sony was prominent news because of the celebrity ties and potential geo-political implications, other prominent cyber-attacks over the last few months are enough to give any company pause. The January...more

Website Terms of Use. You Need Them. Here's Why...

Terms of Use (TOU) are, in effect, a contract between the users and the provider of a website. In the “olden” days (like 1992!), when websites were static and information was simply transmitted from the provider to the user,...more

First-Ever Award of “Any Damages” for Fraudulent DMCA Takedowns Under Section 512(f)

Under section 512(f) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), copyright owners are liable for “any damages” stemming from knowingly false accusations of infringement that result in removal of the accused online...more

Copyright Law and the Fight Against Revenge Porn: Q&A With David Bateman of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project

In-depth Q&A with attorney David A. Bateman about the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, which Bateman co-founded last year with K&L Gates colleague Elisa J. D'Amico to help victims of revenge porn. We wanted to learn...more

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle 2014: The Year in NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation

Heading into this year’s Super Bowl party season, there are two things every lawyer should be concerned about. First, why can’t your team get it together? Second, what do you do if you are asked to explain to your friends and...more

Getting Pictures Off the Internet – Not Easy To Do

I love college basketball.  Given that my Missouri Tigers haven’t given me much to talk about, I thought we could discuss the efforts by this upset Duke fan to have her image removed from the Internet captured during the...more

An Update On The Legal Implications Of User-Generated Content: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, And Instagram

Traditionally, media companies (as well as non-media companies) almost exclusively utilized their own content. However, because of the exponential growth in the public’s desire and ability to interconnect through social media...more

Did We Designate a DMCA Agent for Our Website Yet?

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a "service provider" (as defined by the DMCA) has a safe harbor against liability for copyright infringement if, inter alia, the service provider has designated a DMCA agent...more

Expect Focus - Regulators Are Watching: New Products, New Opportunities, New Risks - Volume III, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Standard CGL Policy Form Adds Data Breach Coverage Exclusion - LIFE INSURANCE ..Class Claims Against Lincoln National Barred in Section 419 Action – Again ...more

Copyright and performance rights in an online video world

We can chalk up another Internet-prompted intellectual property frontier: performance rights. People have been performing for one another for centuries. But suddenly courts are grappling with performance copyright claims,...more

Capitol Records, LLC v. Pandora Media, Inc.: Future of Digital Music May Depend on State Copyright Protection of Pre-1972 Sound...

Pandora Media, Inc., (“Pandora”), with over 250 million registered users and over 70% of the market share of Internet radio, is known as a leader in the digital music industry. In 2013 alone, Pandora streamed 16.7 billion...more

Agence France Presse v. Morel

Agence France Presse v. Morel - USDC, S.D. New York, August 13, 2014 - District court upholds jury’s award of maximum statutory copyright damages of $1.2 million, plus $20,000 in DMCA damages, finding sufficient...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 5 - August 2014

In This Issue: - Data for the Taking: Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Combat Web Scraping - Google Glass Into Europe: A Small Step or a Giant Leap? - Drugs and the Internet: FDA Distributes New...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

“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

Court Holds That DMCA Safe Harbors Do Not Extend to Infringement Prior to Designation of Agent

The safe harbor provisions in § 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provide a mechanism that insulates online service providers from monetary damages for infringing materials posted or stored by their users....more

OSPs: Are You Sure You Are Safely Within the DMCA Safe Harbor?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), signed into law October 28, 1998, added Section 512 to the US Copyright Act limiting the liability of online service providers for copyright infringement. Basically, the law...more

An American Attorney in Canada (Part 1: Copyright)

Okay, so maybe it’s neither as romantic as Gershwin’s “An American in Paris“, nor as historical as Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” but many US lawyers do find themselves facing legal issues in...more

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