Victories for Balanced Copyright in Fox v. DISH and Rosen v. eBay

Washington — The technology industry continues to benefit from balanced copyright policies, which help support and incentivize new technology and disruptive business models.  Courts recently affirmed the legality of these policies in two new copyright opinions that addressed fair use and other limitations and exceptions to copyright: Fox v. DISH and Rosen v. eBay.  For…

Goethe’s Ghost: A Few German Publishers Claim Online Services Have No Choice But to Show a Short Extract… And Pay For It

Can you infringe someone’s right by not infringing it? According to some German press publishers, this is precisely the case after Google’s announcement that it will no longer display snippets and thumbnails from content owned by publishers who are represented by VG Media, a collecting society. This follows the introduction of the Leistungsschutzrecht by the…

CCIA Files Comments on ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

Washington – As the Department of Justice Antitrust Division reviews the consent decrees governing music licensing, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) filed comments Wednesday. CCIA asked DOJ to uphold, update and expand the consent decrees covering the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). CCIA weighed in…

The White Paper on Copyright: Setting an Industrial Policy for Europe?

Achieving a modern copyright regime that is apt for a digitally connected continent requires a strategic vision. The leak of the European Commission’s White Paper on copyright policy which appeared this week has a strategic vision – unfortunately, one which seems to see copyright as an instrument of industrial policy designed “to ensure a balanced…

Supreme Court Reverses Copyright Case With Broad Implications For Internet Users

Washington – The Supreme Court has reversed a case brought by the TV broadcast industry against an innovative Internet startup, Aereo. The case could have broad implications for Internet users’ cloud services from email to legal movie storage. Many companies rely on the legal underpinnings of the case involving Aereo, which provides dime-sized antennas for…