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Recording Industry Concerned About New Top-Level Domains

Roughly a month ago, I discussed the announcement that starting in 2012, there will be many new top-level domains (TLDs) available for the public.  Whereas now you can buy domain names with a restricted number of top-level domain tags such as .com, .net, .org, in the near future, you will be able to customize your […]

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Internet Service Providers Considering New Graduated Response To Copyright Infringement

The Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA), also known as DMCA 512 was passed in 1998 as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). OCILLA is also known as the “Safe Harbor” provision in the DMCA, which shields internet service providers (ISPs) from being forced to pay any monetary damages as a result of […]

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Copyright Infringement Subpoena: To Challenge Or Not To Challenge

In order for a copyright holder to get personal information of someone whom is considered to be illegally infringing the copyright, the copyright holder likely must subpoena the infringer’s internet service provider (ISP).  The person accused of infringing activity has the right to file a motion to quash the subpoena; however, the accused infringer will […]

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Nude Nuns Drop Their Guns, Dismiss Copyright Infringement Case

The most active group of movie producers in the realm of litigating apparent copyright infringement in 2011 seems to be producers of pornographic material.  I have no hard evidence that this is the case, but from the sheer amount of cases I hear about, including some demand letters that clients have brought to my attention, […]

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An Actual Movie Studio Copyright Infringement Settlement Letter

Download a copyrighted movie using the popular downloader BitTorrent?  That action is considered copyright infringement.  Movie studios are becoming increasingly active in protecting their copyrights, requesting courts to approve their subpoenas on internet service providers to find out the personal private information about people who are supposedly tied to IP addresses of infringers.  Movie studios […]

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The Status Of Online Copyright Infringement Law In 2011

2011 has been a year of very large copyright infringement complaint filings.  First came word that the makers of The Expendables are suing 23,322 John Does who allegedly downloaded the movie online for free using a program called BitTorrent.  Roughly a week later, a new lawsuit against 24,583 John Does who allegedly illegally downloaded the movie […]

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Movie Studios Sue Zediva for Copyright Infringement

Zediva does not have name recognition among the general public yet, but it certainly has plans to enter every American household.  Movie studios will do everything in their power to prevent that from happening.  On April 4, 2011, multiple movie studios filed a complaint for copyright infringement in the United States District Court Central District […]

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Makers of Hurt Locker Suing Over 24,000 Illegal Downloaders

Last week, I wrote about a lawsuit filed by the United States Copyright Group (USCG) on behalf of Nu Image regarding the supposed illegal downloading of Nu Image’s The Expendables movie.  At the time, the lawsuit was the largest file-sharing copyright infringement lawsuit based on the number of defendants (23,322).  That record did not last […]

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The PROTECT IP Act’s Fight Against Copyright Infringement

Yesterday, I wrote about the largest file-sharing copyright infringement lawsuit based on the number of defendants (23,322), which was recently filed.  The subject of the matter is the illegal downloading of the 2010 movie, The Expendables.  While the studio that released the movie will probably be happy based on the sheer number of small settlement offers […]

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Maker Of The Expendables Suing Over 23,000 Illegal Downloaders

On IMDb, The Expendibles has a rating of 6.7 out of 10, based on over 79,000 people rating the movie.  It is certainly not one of the more popular movies to be released in 2010, but that does not mean that nobody watched it.  In fact, a lot of people viewed the movie after its […]