Saturday, March 30, 2013
In Viacom v. YouTube, the defendant has made a new motion for summary judgment asking the court to now dismiss the remainder of the case.
Defendant's memorandum of law in supuport of motion for summary judgment
Plaintiffs' opposition memorandum
Defendant's reply memorandum
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hat tip to Prof. Eric Goldman's Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has dismissed a case against a group of search engine companies for linking to public judicial records, in Nieman v. VersusLaw Inc.
The Court ruled that publicly available judicial records are privileged under the 1st Amendment, noting that that judicial "[o]pinions are not the litigants' property. They belong to the public, which underwrites the judicial system that produces them".
March 19, 2013, Decision, Affirming Dismissal of Complaint
Monday, March 18, 2013
The United States Supreme Court has denied certiorari in Jammie Thomas's case, Capitol Records v. Thomas-Rasset.
This means that the award of $222,000, for downloading 24 files, stands.
US Supreme Court order list, March 18, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
In UMG v. Veoh, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed its previous ruling granting Veoh summary judgment dismissing the complaint, on the grounds that Veoh qualified for safe harbor treatment under the DMCA, and had complied with any legitimate takedown notices.
March 14, 2013, Decision granting rehearing and upon rehearing adhering to original decision, US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Commentary & discussion:
In Combat Zone v. Does 1-84, a Massachussets case, the report and recommendation of Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal severing and dismissing as to Does 2-84 has been adopted in full by District Judge Michael A. Ponsor.
March 14, 2013, Order & Decision Adopting Report & Recommendation of Severance & Dismissal, Hon. Michael A. Ponsor, District Judge
Monday, March 11, 2013
Prenda Law Firm, one of the "copyright troll" law firms bringing mass "John Doe" cases for alleged BitTorrent downloading copyright infringements, and its principal, have sued two bloggers who have been critical of Prenda and the other "troll" lawyers.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has entered the fray to defend the bloggers.