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YouTube Uses Happy Tree Friends to Educate on Copyright

By Rachel Galloway IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The views expressed in this article are solely those of Ms. Galloway and may not necessarily reflect the views of Law on the Row or Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire. The last time I watched a Happy Tree Friends video was when I was around 13 years old in the company [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:04+00:00 April 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, RIAA|Comments Off on YouTube Uses Happy Tree Friends to Educate on Copyright

Judge Chin rejects settlement agreement in Authors Guild v. Google

Under Rule 23(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a settlement of a class action requires approval of the court. Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(e). The court may approve a settlement that is binding on the class only if it determines that the settlement is "fair, adequate, and reasonable, and not a product of [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:05+00:00 March 25th, 2011|Copyright Issues, RIAA|Comments Off on Judge Chin rejects settlement agreement in Authors Guild v. Google

The Utilitarian Idea of a Monopolistic Right in Intangible Property

By Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire and Nathan Drake The classical libertarian, Frédéric Bastiat, is quoted as saying: In the full sense of the word, man is born a proprietor. . . . Faculties are only an extension of the person; and property is nothing but an extension of the faculties. To separate a man from [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:05+00:00 March 22nd, 2011|Copyright Issues, RIAA|Comments Off on The Utilitarian Idea of a Monopolistic Right in Intangible Property

French Court Finds Google Liable and Refused to Apply Safe Harbor Provisions of The Law of Confidence in the Digital Economy

The search engine giant Google, known for its colorful name and creative endeavors, has been convicted in French Court of infringing the copyrights of four artistic works and now faces fines upwards of $600,000, not including legal costs and attorneys fees. The plaintiffs in the case was made up of four entities who owned the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:06+00:00 March 18th, 2011|Copyright Issues, RIAA|Comments Off on French Court Finds Google Liable and Refused to Apply Safe Harbor Provisions of The Law of Confidence in the Digital Economy

Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement Agency Brings Criminal Charges against Owner of ChannelSurfing.Net

By Barry Neil Shrum & Nathan Drake In November 2010, the Federal Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement agency ("ICE") recently seized 82 websites and shut them down on the grounds that they were committing criminal copyright infringement. One of these websites has recently become the spotlight of attention:. Brain McCarthy, the owner and operator of channelsurfing.net, [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:06+00:00 March 8th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, RIAA|Comments Off on Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement Agency Brings Criminal Charges against Owner of ChannelSurfing.Net

98% of all Statistics are Made Up on the Spot! Fact is, copyright infringement DOES kill jobs.

Mark Twain had a lot to say about statistics, ranking them as the highest of all lies:  “There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies, and statistics.  Twain is also attributed with the more insinuated saying that “statistics are like ladies of the evening, once you get them down, you do anything with them!”   [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00 March 2nd, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA|Comments Off on 98% of all Statistics are Made Up on the Spot! Fact is, copyright infringement DOES kill jobs.

The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

NBC Universal recently hired a company called Envisional to study counterfeiting activity over the Internet. The results of this study – despite the fact that it is industry funded – are literally astonishing: 24% of all global Internet traffic involves digital theft!  Stated another way, one in every four people surfing the Internet are stealing [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00 February 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Featured, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

Congress proposes Copyright Protection for Fashion Design

In response to concerns in the fashion industry, a bill originally introduced by Senators Schumer and Senator Clinton in 2006 has been revised and reintroduced to the new Congress as Senate Bill 3728. The new bill would amend Title 17 of the Copyright Act of 1976 of the United States Code to include copyright protection for "fashion design." If it passes, this would represent the first addition of a new protected class of copyrighted works since Congress passed the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act in 1989

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00 February 14th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, RIAA|Comments Off on Congress proposes Copyright Protection for Fashion Design

Nothing left to lose – the ongoing war on copyrights

Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster once penned one of my favorite lyrics in the song Me and Bobby McGee, i.e., “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”  The sentiment is perhaps appropriate for the ongoing war that is being waged against copyright laws as we know them.  The latest battle in this war [...]

By | 2009-02-09T12:57:03+00:00 February 9th, 2009|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on Nothing left to lose – the ongoing war on copyrights

Thomas verdict vacated; new trial ordered

The trial in Capital v. Thomas was one of the first stories I began tracking over a year ago.  See Jury Awards RIAA $222,000 against Thomas:  My Thoughts on the Verdict and Jammie Thomas to appeal verdict in RIAA Litigation.   Now, in a decision issued on September 24, 2008 - only eight days shy of [...]

By | 2008-09-29T13:04:47+00:00 September 29th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Thomas verdict vacated; new trial ordered