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Music downloader's due process rights violated by copyright statutory damages award of $22,500 per song
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

A jury award of $22,500 per song, resulting in a total award of $675,000 in statutory damages against an individual who downloaded copyrighted music files on a peer-to-peer network, violated the individual's due process rights, where he reaped no pecuniary reward from the infringement and the infringement caused the plaintiffs "minimal harm," a district court ruled


New federal law limits enforcement of foreign libel judgments, extends CDA Section 230
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

On August 10, the President signed H.R. 2765, the “Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act” (“SPEECH Act”), which limits the recognition and enforcement of certain foreign judgments in defamation cases


CDA Section 230 protects web site operator from liability for user's defamatory post, despite general statement on web site concerning accuracy of information
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

A general statement on a Web site to the effect that posted information was truthful and accurate did not deprive the Web site operators of protection from liability for defamatory statements posted by third parties under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a Texas appeals court ruled


No fair use defense for online post of 21-page book excerpt
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

The blog posting of images of 21 pages of a soon-to-be-published book is not protected by the fair use doctrine and thus may be temporarily enjoined, a district court ruled


Music downloads and ringtones are licensed, not sold, under royalty agreement
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

Sales of music by digital downloads and by ringtones sold through carriers must be accounted to an artist under a royalty contract with a recording company as licenses rather than sales of the music, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled


Implied license, fair use, held meritorious defenses in online newspaper article copyright infringement action
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

The implied license and fair use defenses raised by the operator of an online forum are meritorious defenses that warrant reopening a default judgment for copyright infringement, a district court ruled


Developer of automated videogame-playing program violated DMCA but did not infringe copyright
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

The developer of an automated videogame-playing software program violated the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, but is not liable for copyright infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled


Excerpting and linking to online news article protected by fair use doctrine
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

A blogger's posting of an eight-line excerpt from a 30-line online newspaper article, coupled with a link to the full article on the newspaper Web site, is protected by the copyright fair use doctrine, a district court ruled


Download of copyrighted digital music file not a public performance under Copyright Act
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

Downloading a copyrighted digital music file does not constitute a public performance under the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled


Marketing firm authorship supports finding that primary purpose of faxed attorney newsletter was advertising, not educational
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

Under the FCC's Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules, the primary purpose of a faxed attorney newsletter drafted and sent by a marketing firm was advertising rather than informational, a district court ruled