April 3, 2013 |
Aereo Inc., the Barry Diller-backed technology venture that streams broadcast TV content online, won an important court challenge Monday brought by NBC and a dozen other broadcasters or studio-production companies. The plaintiffs say the Aereo service violates copyright law and steals their content for profit. But the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, in a 2-1 decision, said the plaintiffs were not likely to win on the merits of their case and denied a preliminary injunction against the Aereo service.
March 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that textbooks and other goods made and sold abroad can be resold online and in discount stores without violating U.S. copyright law. The outcome was a huge relief to eBay, Costco, and other businesses that trade in products made outside this country. By 6-3, the court tossed a copyright-infringement award to publisher John Wiley & Sons against Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher's copyrighted books that his relatives bought abroad at cut-rate prices.
January 13, 2013
"I hear they are going to try to operationally run the stores, rather than sell them to a competitor like Kroger or Safeway. That remains to be seen. " - Analyst Michael Keara, Morningstar Inc., on the future of Acme markets, sold by Supervalu Inc. to a group of private-equity firms. "Let's not sit around and wait to be told what to do. Let's build a business. " - Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO, Aereo Inc., a new Internet-based TV service that is moving in to major markets, including Philadelphia, despite uncertainty over accordance with broadcast copyright law. "The key is not to make it a different product, but how do you make it simpler?"
May 16, 2012 |
How many lawyers does it take to tell a professor when he can make copies from a digital book? Lots, so far. Digital distribution ought to make scholarship easy to spread, and cheap. Especially at a time when college expenses — most of which don't go for instructors or texts, but for buildings, administration, marketing, and other nonacademic needs — are driving young Americans deep into debt. But textbook publishers are as reluctant as music publishers to give their product away for free, digital or not. So, in the absence of new law from Congress or Supreme Court rulings, university counselors have been urging professors to pay extra licensing fees for anything they copy — boosting the cost and time spent assembling coursework.
April 19, 2012 |
Brett Miller, 47, general counsel for the Barnes Foundation who defended the foundation's move from suburban Merion to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in recent court hearings, was found dead at his Old City home Saturday, April 14. A spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office attributed the cause of death to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. "The board of trustees and the staff of the Barnes Foundation are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague and friend Brett Miller," Derek Gillman, the director of the foundation, said in a statement to the Art Newspaper, which on Monday reported Mr. Miller's death.
February 1, 2012
THIS IS PROBABLY not what former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich needed right now. Rude Music Inc., which owns the rights to the Survivor song "Eye of the Tiger," sued Gingrich on Monday for blaring the song at campaign events, including a stop in Doylestown in September. The song, famous for its use in the film "Rocky III," can be found on the website Gingrich is using for his primary-election race for president, according to the federal suit filed in Illinois, where the music company is based.
October 14, 2002 |
In 1998 Congress, pursuant to its constitutional power to determine the duration of federal copyright protection, passed a law extending the term of that protection by 20 years. This law brought United States copyright protection in line with that already afforded in Europe. Because the average life expectancy in the United States now exceeds 70 years, the law brings copyright protection in line with the legal vehicle for the posthumous control of tangible property - the law of testamentary trusts, which bases the term of such control on a human lifespan.
February 16, 2002
You're wrong about BMI: Copyrights really matter In your editorial Feb. 6, titled "SHHHHHH!," you revealed total disregard, or lack of knowledge, of copyright law as it applies to music. It is hoped you will reconsider your position in support of business owners who openly violate the law. Jerry Bailey Director, Media Relations BMI/Nashville Old Glory at Olympics Throughout the days leading to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, many people debated over how and if the American flag from the World Trade Center should be presented at the ceremonies.
September 7, 2001 |
Our children have returned to school, armed with the Internet skills for academic research. But they also have the savvy to avoid research by purchasing term papers on the Web. Term-paper sellers have been around for years, with catalogs describing thousands of available papers and custom research offerings. They advertise in many university newspapers, as well as in magazines such as Rolling Stone. But until recently, their reach was often limited to local students who could easily access them.