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Limited damages available under DMCA 512(f) for wrongful takedown notice
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

Although DMCA 512(f) allows an award of "any damages" for wrongful removal of alleged infringing material as a result of misrepresentations to a service provider, such damages "must be proximately caused by the misrepresentation to the service provider and the service provider's reliance on the misrepresentation," a district court ruled


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


Operator of BitTorrent P2P file-sharing network induced copyright infringement and is ineligible for DMCA safe harbors
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The operator of a file-sharing network that utilized the BitTorrent file-sharing technology is secondarily liable for inducing copyright infringement by users of the network, 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


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


Mobile carriers not secondarily liable for copyright infringement on multimedia messaging system
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

Mobile carriers are not liable for inducing infringement of copyright on their multimedia messaging system because they did not design the system with the object of promoting infringement, nor did they take any specific, affirmative steps to actively encourage or induce infringement by users of the system, a district court ruled in a copyright infringement action brought by a producer of multimedia messaging content