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Universal Sues Video Sharing Sites Grouper and Bolt.com

Today, Universal Music Group sued Grouper and Bolt.com for hosting copyrighted music videos uploaded by individual users. According to Reuters, Universal "made clear that ... [it] retain[ed] the right to add" to the lawsuit Sony Pictures, which recently bought Grouper. And thus the record industry lawsuits roll on...

Music Industry Sues 8,000 P2P Users in 17 Countries

Today, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IPFI), which represents record labels around the world, announced 8,000 lawsuits against P2P users in 17 countries. Over 31,000 lawsuits have now been filed worldwide against P2P users, including over 18,000 in the US. The Center for Technology and Society at...

EFF Sues for Information on Huge FBI Database of Personal Information

'Investigative Data Warehouse' Includes Hundreds of Millions of Entries Washington, D.C. - The FLAG Project at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice today, asking for records concerning the FBI's "Investigative Data Warehouse" (IDW) -- a huge database that contains hundreds of millions of entries...

Yahoo Music Exec: DRM Is a Total Failure

In a Reuters article published yesterday, Yahoo Music general manager David Goldberg offers this choice quote: "The notion that a track I buy in DRM is protected and one without DRM isn't is a fallacy.... It's all nonsense. Music is never going to be protected, and anybody who tells...

AT&T Case: Game On

Today Judge Walker issued an order in our case against AT&T setting a case management conference on November 14, 2006. The case management conference is an important step towards opening up discovery and moving the litigation forward. Previously, Judge Walker had placed the case on hold. Case management...

Paying the Price for Trying to Chill Speech

Bloggers in California have scored another victory against baseless legal threats intended to chill free speech. In Tendler v. Does, Mordecai Tendler had tried and failed to unmask several anonymous bloggers who had written about his alleged sexual misconduct. Yesterday, a California State Superior Court judge ruled that he...

FTC Suggests Muni WiFi Policy Options

This week, the FTC released a report about municipal wireless broadband projects. Rather than taking a particular stance on the matter, "[i]t sets forth a framework that recognizes that the relevance of arguments for and against municipal involvement may vary depending on the particular factual circumstances." As Harold Feld...

Thoughts on Google, YouTube

John Batelle over at SearchBlog was kind enough to invite me to do a short interview about a variety of Google and YouTube copyright questions. Among other subjects touched on, I opine that all the hand-wringing analysts fretting about the copyright implications of GooTube may have it backwards...

Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss PATRIOT Act Case (Finally!)

After a wait of nearly three years, Judge Hood in the Eastern District of Michigan finally ruled yesterday on the government's request that the court dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of Muslim and Arab-American associations challenging the constitutionality of PATRIOT Act Section 215. As you may recall, ...

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