The first South African Sports & Entertainment law blog

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Remedying 'Grokster'

Don't you hate it when you ask someone a question and, rather than answering it, they choose to answer a different one? Then you understand the frustration that technology lawyers feel in the wake of the Supreme Court's opinion in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. v. Grokster Ltd.

Studios agree on digital movie standards

The major Hollywood studios have agreed on technicalstandards for creating and distributing movies digitally,removing a major obstacle to the long-discussed transitionto digital exhibition of movies. The standards represent akey industry strategy for reducing infringing copies ofmovies and cutting the cost of distributing them.

Online file sharers 'buy more music'

Computer-literate music fans who illegally share tracks over the internet also spend four and a half times as much on digital music as those who do not, according to research published today.

XM, Samsung and Napster Form Download Alliance

XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. said yesterday that they will introduce a satellite radio receiver and digital music player that will let XM subscribers buy and download songs through an exclusive arrangement with online music store Napster.

Internet TV in airplanes next year

By mid 2006, airlines will be able to offer passengers access to Internet television, provided by Connexion by Boeing, in seat back monitors.

Monday, July 25, 2005

iTunes downloads top 500 million mark

Music downloads from Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store topped 500 million, the company said Monday.

Couple fined over illegal DVDs

A couple from the NSW Central Coast has been fined $75,000 over trademark and copyright infringements in Wyong Local Court for selling illegal copies of DVDs in their local community

Online pirates pounce on new Harry Potter book

The sixth book in the Harry Potter series, the fastest-selling book of all time, has become among the quickest to fall prey to Internet piracy, with illicit copies available online within hours of its release.

Rating change for 'GTA: San Andreas' could signal start of crackdown

The video game industry's decision to give an adults-only rating to the best-selling ``Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' because of explicit sexual content could signal the start of a crackdown on raunchy games.

Recording industry says number of legally downloaded tracks triples in first half of 2005

The number of digital music tracks legally downloaded from the Internet almost tripled in the first half of 2005 as the use of high-speed broadband connections surged around the world, the international recording industry said Thursday.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Calif. university systems offering legal music, movie downloads

The University of California and California State University systems struck a deal to offer legal music and movie downloading services to curb rampant piracy by students, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Music Labels to Sue 4,000 Internet Users

Sixty domestic music labels are preparing for a collective suit against 4,000 Internet users who illegally distributed or used music files, the companies said Tuesday.

German Rights Holders Target ISPs, Portals

Music copyright owners in Germany, confronted with the difficulty in reaching infringing sites abroad, have decided to attack the problem upstream--by demanding the cooperation of Internet service providers and referring Web sites.
Germany's major collection society for composers, lyricists, and music publishers (GEMA) sent cease-and-desist letters July 18 to over 40 Internet service providers demanding that they block access to five peer-to-peer file sharing sites, including eDonkey, and their alternative domains. The access providers have until July 24 to comply with the demand; otherwise, the society will initiate lawsuits, a GEMA spokesman said July 15.
GEMA said it was acting on the basis of article 97 of the German Copyright Law (UrhG) in conjunction with article 8 of the European Union Information Directive 2001/29/EC, and in conjunction with the German Teleservices law (TDG).
Under the directive, member states must ensure that right holders can obtain an injunction against intermediaries whose services are used by a third party to infringe copyright or related rights. The German Teleservices law states that once a provider is made aware of infringing activity, it must act to block a web site.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

EU seeks to regulate television on the net

EUROPE wants to begin to regulate the internet for the first time by introducing controversial rules to cover television online.

Downloading trouble at the BBC

The BBC has been lambasted by classical music labels for making all nine of Beethoven's symphonies available for free download over the Internet.

Sony BMG reaches licensing deal with iMesh

Music giant Sony BMG has reached a licensing agreement with file-swapping service iMesh, one of the first such tie-ups since a U.S. Supreme Court decision clamping down on online copyright infringement.

Warning notices on account of links to AllofMP3

The music industry has begun to carry out its threat and is sending warning notices to website operators who have set links to the Russian music download platform AllofMP3.

Welcome to the first Entertainment law blog

We would like to welcome you to the first entertainment law blog in South Africa. Based on an assessment of our client needs we have decided that it will benefit our clients to know what is going on in the 'auditorium' of entertainment law, not just in South Africa, but also around the world.

This blog is not just there for artists, but also for record companies, producers, publishers, agents and managers of artists etc.

We hope that you will enjoy this blog and yes, please feel free to post any suggestions via the comments facility.

On this high note - "time to say goodbye"

van Gaalen Attorneys

EU Commission plans Europe-wide licensing of online music

The efforts on the part of the EU Commission to simplify the exploitation of copyrights on the Internet have this week been stepped up to a degree that has apparently caused them to come to the public's awareness.