Experts Weigh in on Impact of EU Data Ruling

18 11 2015

Wall Street Journal

October 6, 2015

Jacob Gershman

The European Union’s highest court knocked down a trans-Atlantic pact used by thousands of companies governing data flow from Europe to the United States since the early Internet years. Here’s what legal experts, scholars and other commentators are saying about the latest private ruling out of Europe.

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‘Safe Harbor’ Data-Transfer Pact — At A Glance

18 11 2015

WSJ.D Tech

October 6, 2015

Sam Schechner

The European Union’s top court has invalidated a 15-year-old data-transfer pact called “Safe Harbor.” Here’s what the decision means for consumers, companies, and regulators:

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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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