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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