Authors Guild demands ISPs monitor, filter Internet of pirated goods

15 07 2015

The Authors Guild, one of the nation’s top writer’s groups, wants the US Congress to overhaul copyright law and require ISPs to monitor and filter the Internet of pirated materials, including e-books.

The guild, in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee as it mulls changes to copyright law, says the notice-and-takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act favor large corporations like Google over individual writers. The group said that ISPs purge the Internet of infringing content on their own. As the law now stands, ISPs are not legally liable for pirated content, and they get “safe harbor” immunity from infringement allegations as long as they remove infringing content at the owners’ request.

 

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In high-stakes copyright suit, Cox’s “top infringers” beg for privacy

10 07 2015

In November, BMG Music and Round Hill Music did what some copyright holders have long threatened: they sued a large ISP, Cox Communications, seeking to hold it responsible for the piracy taking place on its network.

Cox wasn’t forwarding infringement notices sent out by Rightscorp, the digital copyright enforcer BMG and Round Hill had hired to send out millions of notices. (That company famously offers to settle copyright claims for $20 per song.) By effectively protecting determined pirates on its system, Cox was violating copyright law, BMG lawyers argue.

It’s a case that has potentially big ramifications, and it’s a gamble for the music publisher plaintiffs. If a judge finds Cox liable for the actions of users on its network, it will have implications for the whole cable industry. If a ruling goes the other way, the little leverage that an anti-piracy outfit like Rightscorp has could evaporate.

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Appeals judges hear about Prince’s takedown of “Dancing Baby” YouTube vid

10 07 2015

A long-running copyright fight between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Universal Music over fair use in the digital age was considered by an appeals court today, a full eight years after the lawsuit began.

EFF and its client Stephanie Lenz sued Universal Music Group back in 2007, saying that the music giant should have realized Lenz’s home video of her son Holden dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” was clearly fair use. Under EFF’s view of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Universal should have to pay damages for a wrongful takedown.

If EFF wins the case, it could have repercussions for how copyright takedowns work online. The group is trying to make Universal pay up under 17 USC 512(f), the section of the DMCA that penalizes copyright owners for wrongful takedowns. Currently, victories under that statute are exceedingly rare and happen only in extreme circumstances.

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Kickstarter rejected over half of DMCA claims filed against it in 2014

28 06 2015

For years now, tech companies have been filing “transparency reports” in an attempt to let the public know how they deal with various types of legal requests. Previously, these reports had been limited to companies that have a lot of personal information about their customers: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and even reddit.

But now, Kickstarter is getting in on the game with a report of its own, released on Wednesday. Kickstarter projects aren’t frequently subjected to law enforcement inquiries, but rather some projects face claims made under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The new report says that the company “received and evaluated” 282 DMCA claims last year and rejected 159 (56 percent) of them. In the remaining 123 cases, Kickstarter took some action, including removing images or videos and possibly hiding the project’s page.

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Emergence of Live Streaming Apps Brings Up Copyright, Privacy, Legal Concerns

25 06 2015

The big fight may be over, but the implications of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao with respect to real-time, one-to-many streaming of video through apps like Meerkat and Periscope are still rippling through the media industry. In short, livestreaming apps allow anyone with a smartphone to effortlessly broadcast live video to social media followers and the wider internet – everything from ordinary life activities (e.g., an individual walking down the street), to live action (e.g., events, protests), to the redistribution of content (e.g., streaming a popular cable show).

This past week, the media reported widespread streaming of the pay-per-view broadcast of the fight by individuals who had paid to view the fight at home. While Periscope’s streams expire after 24 hours and Meerkat does not archive streams, new platforms are being rolled out to support the users of these types of apps, thus suggesting that this may be a growing phenomenon. Expect the delicate push and pull involving DMCA takedown notices to continue between content owners and these new streaming apps.

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