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Balancing Copyright Owners' Rights With ISP Immunities

When an online user violates copyright law, the copyright owner will frequently turn to the user's internet service provider (ISP) for relief. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) includes a safe harbor provision that...more

New Court Decision Highlights Potential Headache for Companies Hosting User-Generated Content

In this election season, we hear a lot of complaints about laws stifling business innovation. And there is no doubt that some laws have this effect. But what about laws that spur innovation, that result in the creation...more

"Let's [Not] Go Crazy" with Copyright Takedown Notifications

Stephanie Lenz posted a short home video on YouTubein February 2007 of her two young children dancing to a barely audible recording of the Prince song “Let’s GoCrazy.” In June of the same year, YouTube received a takedown...more

December 2015: Entertainment Litigation Update: Ninth Circuit Holds That Copyright Holders Must Consider Fair Use Before Sending...

In Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., No.13-16106 (9th Cir. Sept. 14, 2015), the Ninth Circuit became the first federal court of appeals to address the question of whether fair use constitutes “authorization under the law” under...more

Former Morgan Stanley financial advisor sentenced

Just before Christmas, a New York federal judge sentenced Galen Marsh, the former Morgan Stanley financial advisor who downloaded client data to his home computer without permission, to three years of probation. He pled...more

Fair Use’s Jedi Knight

This isn’t necessarily new news, but I thought it deserved a post regardless. Back in late November, Google announced a new policy of pushing back against copyright holders issuing DMCA takedown notices regarding videos...more

Google Gives Fair Use on YouTube a Fighting Chance

Last month, Google announced a groundbreaking policy that may help shift the balance of power between copyright claimants and those who upload YouTube videos that may be covered by fair use. According to Google’s Public...more

2015 Digital Media Year in Review

Yes, it's that time of year again. Nostalgia and reflection time—taking a look at this past year in digital media. Nearly one year ago, Manatt Digital Media CEO Peter Csathy made several predictions for TechCrunch in an...more

District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Standing Where Plaintiff Could Not Establish That It Owned All Substantial...

Plaintiff Max Sound Corporation ("Max Sound") filed a First Amended Complaint ("FAC") against three defendants: Google, Inc., YouTube, LLC and On2 Technologies (collectively, "Defendants"), for the infringement of Patent No....more

Advertising Law - December 2015 #2

Game's Over: Jordan, Grocers Settle Publicity Rights Suits - To avoid a second trial in litigation initiated by Michael Jordan challenging the use of his likeness in a commemorative issue of Sports Illustrated, the...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News Series: Supreme Court Corner: Q4 2015

RECENT DECISIONS Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., et al. (9th Cir.)* COPYRIGHT – DECIDED: SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 Holding: A copyright owner must consider fair use prior to issuing a take-down notice under 17 U.S.C. §...more

YouTube Commits to Protecting Fair Use, a Few Cases at a Time

YouTube announced that it will “offer legal support” to a small set of videos that it thinks are “some of the best examples of fair use on YouTube” and “represent clear fair uses which have been subject to DMCA [Digital...more

YouTube to Take a Stand for Fair Use

As we have written elsewhere on this blog, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that copyright owners must consider fair use before submitting takedown requests to internet service providers under the Digital...more

Social Media and Practice: Questions Attorneys Should Ask Now

Social media users number in the billions. Facebook counts over 1.4 billion users, LinkedIn has 347 million members, Instagram has 300 million, Twitter has nearly 290 million, and YouTube reports more than a billion users....more

Court Provides Fair Use Guidance On YouTuber’s Use of Viral Video

This copyright case pitted two big YouTube content brands against each other over issues of fair use. On one side is Equals Three, LLC, a YouTube content studio and channel created and owned by Ray William Johnson, an early...more

Equals Three, LLC v. Jukin Media, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, October 13, 2015

In copyright infringement action involving unlicensed use of humorous “viral videos,” district court denies copyright owner’s motion for partial summary judgment, concluding that all but one of allegedly infringing programs...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - October 2015

The "Dancing Baby" Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That "Fair Use" Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA - Why it matters: On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Lenz v. Universal...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Fair Use Must Be Considered Prior to Issuing Takedown

In the so-called “dancing baby” case, the Ninth Circuit ruled recently that copyright owners must consider the fair use doctrine before sending Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) takedown notifications to online...more

Australian manufacturer is successful in asserting patent in China

Lucas Mills made media headlines for its win of 2 million yuan ($430,000) against a Chinese company who infringed Lucas’ patent for its flagship product, a portable sawmill. The sawmill allows logs to be cut into milled...more

Virtual reality lets fans play games — just like the pros

The roar. The bright lights. The scoreboard telling you it’s now or never. This is your time. You gotta tune it all out. Because it’s not about the lights and it’s not about the scoreboard. It’s about you. And the ball. It’s...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #2

"Flying Rabbi" Suit Crash Lands in NY Appellate Court - A New York man was unsuccessful in his lawsuit accusing Jimmy Kimmel of misappropriating his image during a skit on the late night TV show, Jimmy Kimmel...more

Risk or Reward? Using Drones on Your Construction Project

In this week’s issue of ENR, technology writer Luke Abaffy details the use of drones by Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to conduct bridge inspections....more

Periscope, Meerkat, HBO and the Live-Stream Dilemma

With live-streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat becoming increasingly popular, the introduction of a “live” element in the social media game is creating unique business and legal concerns. While most of the videos streamed on...more

Are Transitory Signals Patent-eligible?

Computer software patents have been receiving significant upset overturn in validity since the well-known U.S. Supreme Court decision providing certain exceptions to patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, ...more

How UK Brands That Use Vlogger Endorsements & Social Media for Marketing Can Stay on the Right Side of the Law

Vloggers have become the reality stars of our times. For an increasing number of social media users, what was once a hobby is now a lucrative career. You may be surprised to learn that Felix Kjellberg (aka “PewDiePie”), a...more

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