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 |2009-02-09T12:57:03-06:00February 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

PassAlong Networks gets cash infusion

Word is spreading on the Internet about PassAlong Networks, Inc.'s recent infusion of investment capital.  PassAlong is a digital music distribution and sharing service aptly headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.  According to VentureWire, the company plans to close a $30 million funding round later this month. PassAlong, also known as the Tennessee Pacific Group, LLC, was [...]

By |2008-12-10T14:10:50-06:00December 10th, 2008|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Life on the Row, Nashville|Comments Off on PassAlong Networks gets cash infusion

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 |2008-09-29T13:04:47-05:00September 29th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Thomas verdict vacated; new trial ordered

Second Circuit gets it wrong in Cartoon Network v. Cablevision

On August 4, 2008, the Second Circuit court of appeals overturned a lower courts opinion that Cablevision's Remote Storage” Digital Video Recorder ("RS-DVR") system violated the Copyright Act by infringing plaintiffs’ exclusive rights of reproduction and public performance.  The full 44-page opinion is available at Cartoon Network, LLP, et al. v. Cablevision.  In my humble yet [...]

By |2008-08-05T15:09:23-05:00August 5th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Second Circuit gets it wrong in Cartoon Network v. Cablevision

Why “Freeconomics” – and the Music Industry’s Five Point Plan – won’t work in the long term

There is a great deal of talk these days about the concept of "freeconomics," spurned by the fact that most teenagers and college students are still ripping music and sharing it online.  Most recently, the major record labels commissioned a study from two think tanks, The Leading Question and Music Ally, which resulted in a [...]

By |2008-05-20T10:36:00-05:00May 20th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Why “Freeconomics” – and the Music Industry’s Five Point Plan – won’t work in the long term

Taking a Bite out of Apple: iPhone Hackers File Lawsuits

Posted with the permission of the author Matthew Williams, Esquire.  Matthew is an intellectual property attorney practicing with the firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.  All rights reserved. Apple’s release of the iPhone in June 2007 was an unqualified business success - 1.4 million iPhones were sold in just a few months. However, as has [...]

By |2008-04-30T15:32:59-05:00April 30th, 2008|Digital Downloads, Internet Law|Comments Off on Taking a Bite out of Apple: iPhone Hackers File Lawsuits

You Say You Want A REVOLUTION?

      You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world . . .   You say you've got a real solution Well, you know We'd all love to see the plan You ask me for a contribution Well, you know We are doing what we can [...]

By |2008-04-02T09:43:18-05:00April 2nd, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Music Law|Comments Off on You Say You Want A REVOLUTION?

Columnist David Pogue sings a humorous diddy about the RIAA

New York Times technology columnist and Emmy-award winning CBS news correspondent David Pogue is featured in this YouTube video singing a fun diddy about the digital wave of media on the Internet, ending with a humorous take on the RIAA and its wave of litigation against college students nationwide.  Enjoy   Technorati Tags: [...]

By |2008-02-28T16:53:40-06:00February 28th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Columnist David Pogue sings a humorous diddy about the RIAA

Atlantic Records et al. v. Brennan: Federal Judge Denies Default Judgment for RIAA

U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut  Justice Janet Bond Arterton, handed down a very pointed and decisive opinion hammering the R.I.A.A. for its boilerplate style of pleading in the nationwide wide campaign against illegal file sharing.   Justice Arterton was appointed by President Clinton in 1995.  The full decision is here:  Decision.  At several [...]

By |2008-02-26T09:30:03-06:00February 26th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Music Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Atlantic Records et al. v. Brennan: Federal Judge Denies Default Judgment for RIAA

Copyright Royalty Board begins critical hearings

On Monday, January 28th, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) began what will be four weeks of hearings.  The CRB will hear testimony from interested parties on both sides of issues which will ultimately determine the statutory mechanical rates for songwriters and music publishers. The CRB sets these rates periodically, but these particular hearings are more [...]

By |2008-01-29T07:15:28-06:00January 29th, 2008|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Music Publishing|Comments Off on Copyright Royalty Board begins critical hearings