4/22/14 -- The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Aereo case this morning. A transcript of the oral argument should be posted here later today.
4/21/14 -- Screenwriter Stephen Hendricks has filed a copyright infringement suit against BBC America and Temple Street Productions, alleging that Orphan Black infringes his original screenplay, "Double Double." Several years ago, Hendricks sued Dreamworks, claiming that its 2005 movie, The Island, infringed his copyright in "Double Double." In a query posted in 2006 to the Wikipedia help desk, Hendricks wrote "How did I come up with my story? It's based on a friend who has a chronic disease and will need an organ transplant. One day we were talking about if only if we could clone her, then that's how we could get a viable organ. But then we got talking about the sad fate of the clone -- created for a body part and then no longer needed and disposed of." The Hollywood Reporter’s Eriq Gardner has a post about the most recent suit, but doesn’t (yet) mention the earlier suit.
4/18/14 -- Five record labels have filed a lawsuit in New York State court, claiming that Pandora’s reproduction and public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings violates the labels’ rights under New York state common law. Read Eriq Gardner’s story for the Hollywood Reporter.
4/9/14 -- Animal New York reports that former President George Bush’s portaraits of world leaders bear a striking resemblance to images that art critic Greg Allen found by doing a quick image search on Google. Shades of Bob Dylan.
4/1/14 -- The Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force has convened what it calls a "Multistakerholder Forum" on improving the operation of the DMCA notice and takedown system. The forum had its first meeting last month, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office has posted a webcast of the meeting at http://new.livestream.com/uspto/CopyrightMarch2014.
3/19/14 -- The Copyright Office has announced that it is beginning a study to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods for licensing music, and is seeking public comments. Read the Notice of Inquiry here; submit comments here.
3/18/14 -- Viacom and Google have settled their long-running lawsuit. (See the 2013 Supplement at pages 407-421.) We will discuss the case in class on March 31 and April 1. Tuesday was an auspicious day for copyright settlements. Richard Prince and Patrick Cariou announced that they had settled their copyright infringement lawsuit, and GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys announced that they had settled theirs.
3/12/14 -- The House of Representatives continues its examination of copyright law with a March 13 Hearing on section 512, the online service provider safe harbor provision.
1/31/14 -- While we were having a snow day, the House of Representatives held a Hearing on the scope of copyright fair use. You can view streaming video of the Hearing here, read the prepared testimony of each of the witnesses here, or read Professor Rebecca Tushnet’s summary of the Hearing here.
1/10/13 -- The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in ABC v. Aereo. (The case joins Petrella v. MGM on the Court’s 2013 term copyright docket. Petrella is scheduled for oral argument on Tuesday January 21st.) Aereo will be argued on April 22. Scotusblog will be linking to the briefs as they come in. The Aereo service has recently expanded to the greater Detroit Area. For $8 per month, you can check out what all the fuss is about.
1/22/14 -- The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Petrella v. MGM yesterday. You can read the transcript of that argument here. Columbia law professor Ronald Man has posted a brief analysis of the oral argument to Scotusblog.
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