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Garcia v. Google, Inc.

Garcia v. Google, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 11, 2014: Ninth Circuit amends earlier opinion in which it reversed district court’s denial of injunction requiring removal from YouTube.com of anti-Islamic video,...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Individual Performance in Film May Be Copyrightable

Recently in Garcia v. Google, 743 F.3d 1258 (9th Cir. 2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted an actress’ request to remove a provocative film from YouTube, because the film, in which she appeared for five seconds,...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 2 - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations - Driving Under the Influence (of Google Glass) - U.S. Courts’ Evolving Approaches to...more

The DMCA: Seeking Safe Harbor in a Sea of Troubles

Détente can be a beautiful thing. However, as demonstrated by the recent settlement agreement between Mega-media giants Google and Viacom, achieving it can be very expensive. In 2007, Viacom filed suit against YouTube...more

Google Ordered to Remove All Copies of Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube After Actress With Bit Part Threatened by Outraged Muslims;...

An aspiring actress moves to California and finds her life threatened. While standard fare for pulp fiction, the case of Garcia v. Google involves a twist on this well-worn plot line that not even the most imaginative...more

The Garcia v. Google Controversy and What It Means for Content Owners and Users

Copyright law generates plenty of discussion these days, but few copyright decisions have been as controversial as the Ninth Circuit's recent opinion in Garcia v. Google. The court's ruling – that a film actor owns an...more

Garcia v. Google, Inc. - USCA Ninth Circuit, February 26, 2014

Garcia v. Google, Inc. - USCA Ninth Circuit, February 26, 2014 - In Depth - Ninth Circuit panel rules that Google must remove Innocence of Muslims video from YouTube, concluding that plaintiff actress,...more

Nine Thoughts On The Ninth Circuit’s “Innocence of Muslims” Copyright Decision

By now, you’ve probably heard the agonized shrieks of your friendly neighborhood copyright lawyer, decrying the Ninth Circuit’s opinion Garcia v. Google. If you haven’t had the time or inclination to read the opinion, here is...more

YouTube – Telecinco 2-0. And in Italy?

Liable or not liable… this is the recurring dilemma in many jurisdictions. Is Youtube (Google) liable for the infringing contents uploaded by Youtube users?...more

Business Litigation Report -- July 2013

In This Issue: Main Article: ..“Gray-Market” Goods Now Less Gray Practice Area Notes: ..Trial Practice Update ..Structured Finance Litigation Update ..Russia Litigation Update ..White Collar...more

TC's inside IP - Summer 2013: Federal District Court Upholds DMCA Safe Harbor for YouTube

On April 18, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York upheld the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) safe harbor protection for YouTube following a remand from the Second Circuit in a...more

Gentlemen, Start Your Videos

Billy Bob Cooter is spending a Sunday doing what he loves most – attending a NASCAR race to watch his favorite driver Ricky Bobby pilot the #26 Wonder Bread car. ...more

Copyright Law Reform Engages Both Courts and Congress

Big changes may be afoot in copyright law these days, via both litigation and legislation. Courts are considering sweeping infringement claims with potentially far-reaching implications, and Congress is beginning the process...more

YouTube (Part III) Notice-and-Take-Down Safe Harbour Under the DMCA

A driving force for the development of the Internet was to provide certainty for Internet service organizations on the liability exposure they may have for acts of third parties on their Internet sites....more

All of These Things Are Not Like the Others; Class Certification Denied in YouTube Case

When the judge deciding a motion for class certification begins his Opinion by describing the proposed class as a “Frankenstein monster,” you don’t need to be very prescient to predict the outcome of the motion....more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- April 26, 2013

- Viacom International v. Google Inc., USDC S.D. New York, April 18, 2013: On remand from the Second Circuit, district court grants summary judgment in favor of Google and its YouTube platform on all copyright...more

Viacom’s Copyright Suit against YouTube Again Faces DMCA Roadblocks in the District Court

Following the Second Circuit’s remand order last year on appeal of an initial grant of summary judgment for YouTube, the Southern District of New York has revisited the issues in Viacom’s copyright infringement suit and again...more

DMCA Safe Harbor Upheld for YouTube Once Again in Viacom v. YouTube

On April 18, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York again held that YouTube is subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as an internet service provider despite...more

Viacom v. YouTube Update: What Does It Mean For Me?

The district court in New York dismissed Viacom’s lawsuit against YouTube yesterday. Yes, this case has been on appeal and remanded several times. Viacom may appeal the Second Circuit Court of Appeals once again, so it may...more

DMCA Saves YouTube...Again

Yesterday a NY court again dismissed Viacom's $1 billion suit against Google/YouTube for copyright infringement. The court found that the DMCA shielded YouTube from liability after an appelate court vacated the prior...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- February 6, 2013

In This Issue: - Lenz v. Universal Music Corporation, USDC N.D. California, January 24, 2013. District court denies parties’ motions for cross summary judgment on plaintiff's claim of misrepresentation under the...more

2012 Media Year in Review Media Law Bulletin - January 2013

Now that 2013 has arrived, we look forward to a new year of media cases. However, in order to orient ourselves for 2013, it is important to stop and take a look back at some of the relevant entertainment and media cases of...more

“Where Are They Now”: Law Law Land Edition

This time last year, Law Law Land joined the hackneyed proud tradition of legal blogs offering year-end lists of cases to watch in the coming year (though in our defense, we did try to mix it up by reviewing totally absurd...more

Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon (2nd Edition)

In October 2009, we published the first edition of this White Paper, focusing primarily on social media issues in the United States. The response was overwhelming and far beyond our expectation — clients, friends, press and...more

YouTube Not Required to Remove “Innocence of Muslims” Video in Response to Actress’s Takedown Notice

Last week a California federal judge declined to enter a preliminary injunction sought by actress Cindy Lee Garcia, which would have required YouTube to remove the 14-minute anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims” that has...more

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