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Friday, August 18, 2006

RIAA Sues LimeWire

The music industry last Friday filed suit against file-sharing operator LimeWire, charging large-scale copyright infringement. The RIAA, which facilitated the suit, took this action a year after having sent several P2P operators cease-and-desist letters in the wake of the US Supreme Court's Grokster decision, which rendered technologies and services culpable for copyright infringement if their business models depend on it.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Judge rules statistics not intellectual property of MLB

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Fantasy baseball leagues are allowed to use player names and statistics without licensing agreements because they are not the intellectual property of Major League Baseball, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Big Logos at the Big W

Wimbledon began Monday in typical fashion: with rain delays and warnings that players must adhere to strict dress codes. Strict dress codes will probably disappoint you Maria Sharapova fans. For his part, World No. 1 Roger Federer has been taking the court in a Nike-designed cream blazer.Underneath it all, Nike and Adidas are waging a legal battle over permissible logos. Tennis' governing bodies restrict the size of company logos on players' clothing. (See p. 209 0f the ATP Code of Conduct.) The idea is to prevent the NASCAR-ization of professional tennis players.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Free Net TV threatens telecoms and cable

Walt Disney's bold move to let people download TV shows for free could spell trouble for cable and satellite providers, but it also throws into question the strategy of telephone companies spending billions to get into the paid TV business.

Game ban challenge dropped

The Australian computer gaming industry has decided not to contest a decision to ban a controversial graffiti-themed game.

Monday, February 06, 2006

McKeever adamant the Spears will not be spiked

SOUTHERN Spears CEO Tony McKeever insisted yesterday that the newly formed Eastern Cape franchise would play in the Super 14 competition in 2007 and 2008 and that the Spears could be ready to take to the field this weekend if any existing franchise were to refuse to sign Sanzar’s participation agreement.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Van Rooyen’s claims suggest I am a liar, says Basson

WESTERN Province Rugby Union president Koos Basson yesterday dismissed claims by South African Rugby Union (Saru) president Brian van Rooyen that he was never a member of Saru’s management committee (manco), and said Van Rooyen’s claims implied he was “a liar”.

Friday, January 13, 2006

2005 Year in Review: Legal Actions

Legal developments concerning DRM-related issues in 2005 were dominated by the US Supreme Court's decision in MGM v. Grokster, which the court rendered at the end of June. In this decision, the justices came down unanimously in favor of the media industry and effectively against not only the codefendants, Grokster and Streamcast (developers of Morpheus peer-to-peer software), but their P2P brethren as well.

SonyBMG Offers Settlement to Copy Protected CD Suits

SonyBMG Music has submitted a tentative settlement to a class action suit over damages to users' PCs caused by CD copy protection technologies from First4Internet and SummComm. The settlement, which requires a judge's approval, calls for consumers to get exchanges for non-protected CDs, cash refunds, and merchandise credits. More importantly, SonyBMG is agreeing to abandon its use of current versions of both First4Internet's XCP and SunnComm's MediaMax technologies. Parties to the suit include the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the State of Texas.