Why are courts taking such a hardline against music-sharing sites? A judge’s decision this week to throw the book at music-sharing site Grooveshark is just the latest example of how the tide has turned.
In what feels like a throwback to the days of Napster and Grokster, a jury imposed a massive statutory damages verdict on the former CEO of a defunct music service.
Viacom ended its $1 billion copyright lawsuit against Google over unauthorized YouTube uploads. The companies now plan to work more closely together.
A new series of court rulings on “red flag” knowledge suggest content owners are getting the upper hand in a long-running battle over when websites should be responsible for copyrighted content uploaded by users.
Hotfile, a file-sharing locker, will pay $80 million to settle a copyright infringement case with the movie industry. The move comes after a judge ruled in August that it lost safe harbor protection.
Popular video-sharing site Vimeo claims that a “safe harbor” rule shields it from being liable for copyrighted videos uploaded by its users. A judge isn’t so sure — here’s a summary of the latest in the back and forth legal fight over who is responsible for online copyright issues.
What makes the Hotfile decision notable is not simply that it marks the first time the studios have been able to take down a cyberlocker site but because it was done via summary judgment on an inducement standard.
Image-sharing site Pinterest has been in negotiations for months with photo service Getty. A breakthrough could dispel some of the copyright questions hanging over the red-hot start-up — but one expert says not to hold your breath.
It’s finally happened. In a case with big implications for the booming market in photo-sharing, a publisher is suing popular blogging site Tumblr for copyright infringement.
The court poked enough holes in YouTube’s defense that it now has every incentive to try to settle with Viacom as quickly as possible and get on about its business. But on the one issue of law that might have made a difference to Viacom’s business at this point, the court ruled in favor of YouTube, so it’s unclear what Viacom would gain from carrying on.