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

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

Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a high-profile hearing  today on the subject of imposing additional performance royalties on so-called "over-the-air" or "terrestrial" radio stations (I'll just call them OTA's in this article).  Investigative hearings such as these are usually precursors to legislation being introduced on the subject.  Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett and Chicago-based singer-songwriter [...]

By |2007-11-13T14:27:32-06:00November 13th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

New concurrent resolution, H.Con.Res. 244 introduced to combat performance fees for record labels

For years now, a huge battle has been brewing between proponents of performance royalties for the owners of sound recording copyrights to be paid by terrestrial radio stations (those broadcasting through the air) and it has been gathering steam in the last several months. The battle is being waged between the giants of industry,  the [...]

By |2007-11-05T11:29:55-06:00November 5th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on New concurrent resolution, H.Con.Res. 244 introduced to combat performance fees for record labels

Courts taking a stricter look at evidence in RIAA downloading cases

There appears to be a slight ripple of a trend among courts to take a stricter look at the evidence being presented by the RIAA in its crusade against digital downloads, based primarily on the evidence of user names and IP addresses assembled by their expert consultants, MediaSentry.  In the RIAA's case against Jeff Dangler, [...]

By |2007-10-30T09:00:18-05:00October 30th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on Courts taking a stricter look at evidence in RIAA downloading cases

Amazon profits in the stratosphere

Propelled primarily by the sales of 2.5 million copies of the new Harry Potter book, Amazon's profits reach ed the stratosphere in the 3rd fiscal quarter of 2007.  The company announced its third-quarter earnings in an online conference call on Tuesday, announcing a profit of $80 million, three times the $19 million it earned in [...]

By |2007-10-26T12:33:00-05:00October 26th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law|Comments Off on Amazon profits in the stratosphere

No more lines in the virtual sand – the Hew Griffiths case considered.

Back in 1999, my law clerk, J. Eric Crupi and I considered the topic of personal jurisdiction as applied to the Internet. In the resulting Law on the Row article, entitled "Lines in the Virtual Sand." In the original article, Eric concluded that “the boundaries of personal jurisdiction in cyberspace have not been concretely defined, [...]

By |2007-10-23T09:12:05-05:00October 23rd, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law|Comments Off on No more lines in the virtual sand – the Hew Griffiths case considered.

The Digital Lowdown: What’s a good deal?

The author, Steven Corn is the co-founder of Big Fish Media, a digital music distribution company working with all the major download music services like iTunes, eMusic and Napster.  He is the author of the blog, The Digital Lowdown.  This article appeared in Issue 32 of Royalty Week, dated October 9, 2007 and is reprinted here with [...]

By |2007-10-10T14:10:25-05:00October 10th, 2007|Internet Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on The Digital Lowdown: What’s a good deal?