Stock Music Library Wins DMCA Safe Harbor Defense–Hempton v. Pond5

Gordon Hempton, an “acoustic ecologist,” creates sound clips of nature. Pond5 runs a stock library–similar to an online marketplace–consisting of 20M content items, including music clips, uploaded by 58,000 registered users. “ckennedy342” is a Pond5 uploader who, it turns out,…

Another Tortured DMCA Online Safe Harbor Ruling–EMI v. MP3Tunes

We’re inadvertently “celebrating” Section 512 week at the Technology and Marketing Law Blog, with Monday’s post on the Copyright Office’s kneecapping of designated agents, today’s post on the MP3Tunes ruling, and a forthcoming post on Pond5. In the past, blogging…

Copyright Office Gratuitously Kills the DMCA Safe Harbor For Thousands of Websites

This story has been like watching a train wreck in slow motion. In 2011 (yes, over 5 years ago), the Copyright Office announced that it was going to transition the designation of DMCA safe harbor agents from paper to electronic….

How Will Courts Handle A “Poor Man’s Copyright”?

I recently came across a complaint (in Vernon v. CBS) referencing a “poor man’s copyright,” and I couldn’t recall seeing the term in a legal filing or document before. This made me curious about whether any courts had discussed the…

Celebrating Judge Ronald Whyte's Contributions to Internet Law

Celebrating Judge Ronald Whyte’s Contributions to Internet Law

As you may know, Judge Ronald Whyte is retiring from the Northern District of California. Last week, a symposium at Stanford celebrated his contributions to IP law, especially patent law. The Recorder’s writeup. My photo album. Judge Whyte’s Contributions to…

Ad Network Defeats Secondary Copyright Claims–ALS Scan v. JuicyAds

The plaintiff is this case is well-known pornographer/litigator ALS Scan. Today’s case involves an ad network, Tiger Media, which runs the JuicyAds network catering to pornography websites. ALS Scan’s real targets are alleged “pirate Internet sites” with names like imghili.net;…

Redfin Defeats Copyright Claims Due to MLS License Agreement

Redfin Defeats Copyright Claims Due to MLS License Agreement

This is a copyright lawsuit over real estate photos. This genre of litigation has surprising vitality! Stross is a photographer and broker who participates in multiple listing services (MLSs).He alleges that Redfin infringed because (1) it used “Stross’s photographs of sold…

Copyright Owner Denied Attorneys' Fees In Suit Against Popcorn Time User--Cobbler v. Doe

Copyright Owner Denied Attorneys’ Fees In Suit Against Popcorn Time User–Cobbler v. Doe

This lawsuit involves the unauthorized download of a 2015 Adam Sandler movie, The Cobbler. The court says The Cobbler has been illegally downloaded 10,000 times in Oregon alone. WTF? I can’t wrap my head around the fact *anyone* chose to…

Sideloading Service Defeats Copyright Infringement Claims–BWP v. Polyvore

BWP Media is a celebrity photo agency and a repeat online copyright plaintiff. Polyvore is…well, I don’t really get what they do. They say the site “is a new way to discover and shop for things you love in fashion,…

Was Melania Trump’s Plagiarism Also Copyright Infringement? (Guest Blog Post)

By Guest Blogger Tyler Ochoa The first night of the Republican National Convention generated quite a bit of controversy, as Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a key passage in her speech from a similar passage in Michelle Obama’s speech…