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Court says Copyright Royalty Board can legally set webcasters' royalty payments

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 25 2010

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that the Copyright Royalty Board is constitutional

Internet music breakthrough: industry groups agree on mechanical royalties for interactive streaming and limited downloads

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 24 2008

On Tuesday, September 23, 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Digital Media Association (DiMA), the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) and several songwriters' associations announced the details of a landmark deal on mechanical royalties for interactive music streaming and limited music downloads

What you don't know about IP protection for social games can hurt you

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 21 2011

Copying within the games industry is prevalent

Court: implementing proper DMCA policy provides website operators ‘safe harbor’ from copyright infringement

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 28 2010

Google has prevailed in the closely watched lawsuit against its YouTube website by Viacom, with the federal district court granting summary judgment in favor of Google

Court extends publishers’ rights to freelance works to CD-ROMs of back issues, unless

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 4 2008

In a significant victory for publishers in their long-running battle with freelancers, a federal appeals court in Atlanta recently ruled that magazine publishers do not have to compensate the individual copyright holders of freelanced articles and photographs when the magazines are reproduced on CD-ROM for commercial sale, unless contracts between the publisher and the freelancer provide to the contrary

Licensing and royalty requirements for webcasters: details and deadlines

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 24 2009

This Advisory is intended specifically to help guide individuals and companies, that wish to distribute recorded music over the Internet for pleasure or profit, through the maze of licenses and royalties required for such "webcasting" activities

Automated program for playing virtual world game deemed copyright infringement

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 14 2008

In July 2008, a U.S. District Court in Arizona found on summary judgment that the use of an automated program to play a virtual world game constituted copyright infringement

P2P file-sharing website ordered to pay movie studios $110 million in damages

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 10 2008

As a sanction for electronic discovery violations, the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California ordered Valence Media LLC, the parent company of TorrentSpy.com, to pay $110,997,000 in damages to six motion picture studios for secondary liability for copyright infringement

Internet radio royalty dispute reaching endfor now

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 18 2009

The long-running battle over royalties owed by webcasterscompanies that broadcast music over the Internettook several significant leaps towards conclusion last month with important developments both inside and outside of the courtroom

Court rules copyright owners must consider fair use before DMCA takedown notice

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 3 2008

In Lenz v. Universal Music Corp et al. (Case 5:07-cv-03783 JF) a California District Court held that in order to issue a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) takedown notice in good faith, a copyright holder must evaluate whether the use at issue qualifies as “fair use” under copyright law