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Apple’s Straw Man Marketing Arguments have Deadly Consequences

Apple has spun a very integrate and systematic marketing web in its ill-advised stand against the FBI in the San Bernardino terrorism case. The San Bernardino case is the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks. The terrorists were killed and the government needs information on one of their smartphones to discover [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:38+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Internet Law, Litigation, Technology|Comments Off on Apple’s Straw Man Marketing Arguments have Deadly Consequences

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.

Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

It was allegedly King Solomon who declared “there is nothing new under the sun!” Now a recent strain of thought seeks to recast King Solomon’s casual observation in order to challenge the basis of U.S. copyright laws, i.e., original ideas. This line of reasoning is perhaps best exemplified in the popular cult film by Brett [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00 February 25th, 2011|Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA, Songwriting, Technology|Comments Off on Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

The Proposed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”– yet another feeble attempt?

Since before the day that Napster was a twinkle in Sean Parker’s eye – well over a decade ago now – the legal and music industries have each struggled with ways to cope with and transform their dusty old business models from the physical status quo to the digital revolution.

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2011|Internet Law, RIAA, Technology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Proposed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”– yet another feeble attempt?

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

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By | 2009-01-27T13:00:33+00:00 January 27th, 2009|Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on My Avvo rating

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+00:00 December 10th, 2008|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Life on the Row, Nashville|Comments Off on PassAlong Networks gets cash infusion

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+00:00 August 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

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+00:00 April 30th, 2008|Digital Downloads, Internet Law|Comments Off on Taking a Bite out of Apple: iPhone Hackers File Lawsuits

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+00:00 February 28th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Columnist David Pogue sings a humorous diddy about the RIAA