ISP gets DMCA win in USA

The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the trial court’s summary dismissal of UMG copyright claims against Veoh on the basis of §512(c) – the ‘hosting’ safe harbour. UMG argued 3 reasons why §512(c) did not apply: First, UMG argues that the alleged infringingactivities do not fall within the plain meaning of “infringe-ment of copyright by reason […]

New DMCA exemptions

The Librarian of Congress has announced 6 new categories of exemption from the prohibitions under US law against circumventing DRM mechanisms (what we call TPM and ERMI). The (Australian) Copyright Council has a nice bullet point summary. Jonathon Bailey, at Plagiarism Today, looks at the politics and the ramifications from a practical perspective. I wouldn’t […]

Selected microblog posts (w/e 11/09/09)

Selected microblog posts from the past week: RT @VogeleLaw: Found: Mary Beth Peter’s testimony (via @cathygellis – thanks!) http://bit.ly/Cijau #gbs_hearing [US Copyright Register opposes Google Book Settlement] Google Book in the EU? http://ff.im/-7OYfA RT @MegLG: A Billion Dollar Test of the DMCA Safe Harbors in Viacom v YouTube http://ow.ly/om66 via Cyberlaw Cases RT @michaelgeist: Microsoft wins stay of injunction […]

How to find whom to send DMCA notices to

Plagiarism Today outlines 6 steps to try and identify the person you should be sending “notice and take down” notices under the DMCA to. Apart from complaints under the DMCA there could be some useful hints (apart from the inquiry to the Copyright Register) under our scheme. Although, of course, under reg. 20C the carriage […]

Notice and take down

If you have to send a take down notice to someone under the DMCA, send it to them and not their parent: Prof. Goldman here; Plagiarism Today here. Under our legislation, the notice must be sent to the carriage service provider’s “designated representative” (Reg. 20D) and the carriage service provider must publish a notice on […]

Copyright infringement and Twitter

Plagiarism Today tries to unravel how Twitter (attempts to) deal with claims that material posted infringes copyright. Short of the odd haiku or authorisation, shouldn’t there be some prize for  infringing in 149 characters or less?

A tool bar for detecting hosts etc.

If you are trying to work out who is hosting a website and where it is being hosted, you might be interested in this discussion of the Netcraft toolbar. Note: this is only for those using Firefox or Internet Explorer. Use at your own risk!