Here’s an example of the future as envisioned by the megacorporations that are trying to turn copyrights to their advantage. Imagine that you open the cover of your summer reading and find this notice:
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“By opening the cover of this book, you agree to the following license terms: You do not own the book, you are merely licensed to read it.
If you want a headstart on tomorrow’s headlines, here’s an article about today’s appeals court ruling vacating the remedies ordered by Judge Jackson and remanding the case back to a different trial judge.Read more
There’s a lot to learn about the copyright issues symbolized by the war against Napster. Copyright owners are waging a concerted battle with a single-minded goal: to make your every exposure to copyrighted material into an event that costs you money. In 1998 the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was presented as a benign update to old law, but its horrible consequences are going to reshape our world. […] continuedRead more
My lawyer friends will appreciate this story. Last week jurors in a federal court trial in New York awarded $300,000 to an independent record label for copyright violations – delivered as 145 individual awards, one for each infringed song. The defendant, MP3.com, was ecstatic, since it’s already been stung with multimillion dollar verdicts in other cases, and the plaintiff in this case was seeking $8.5 […] continuedRead more
If you’re following the Microsoft hearings, the best part was the obvious distaste shown the by appellate panel for Judge Jackson’s outrageous anti-Microsoft ravings in the press. Here’s an article that quotes extensively from the oral arguments yesterday.[…] continued Read more
As we head into the arguments in the Court of Appeals, here’s a good article that presents the case for leaving Microsoft alone. A sample:
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“STATED SIMPLY: Consumers want computers and applications that work together. They want a platform, and they want integration. Multiple companies have not been able to achieve this compatibility except with the presence of a powerful company to force standardization.
If you’ve been using Findlaw for its wealth of law-related resources (including free California cases and codes), then you may be interested to learn that West Group has agreed to acquire Findlaw. Here’s an article with all the information known to date. Reading between the lines, it looks like Findlaw was running out of cash and West saw an easy and cheap way to upgrade its current web offerings. […] continuedRead more