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  • WASHINGTON, April 18- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by a group of authors who contend that Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library violates copyright law. The Authors Guild and several individual writers have argued that the project, known as Google Books, illegally deprives them of revenue.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Oracle Corp and Alphabet's Google unit failed to settle a long running copyright lawsuit over the Android operating system ahead of a retrial scheduled for May, according to a court docket. At trial in San Francisco federal court in 2012, the jury deadlocked on Google's fair use defense. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Oracle...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Oracle Corp and Alphabet's Google unit failed to settle a long running copyright lawsuit over the Android operating system ahead of a retrial scheduled for May, according to a court docket.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 9- The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/ Chappel Music to pay $14 million to end a lawsuit over the song is approved by a U.S. court, it will be free for all to use as they please. A group of artists and filmmakers filed a class action lawsuit in 2013 against...

  • *U.S. firms face uncertainty over Europe privacy rules. Restive regulators in Europe are gearing up to enforce tough privacy laws and further court challenges await, activists say. These range from stricter data-handling policies to new technologies or paying to lease datcenters based in Europe.

  • Senator and Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards. Edwards, who was a trial lawyer in North Carolina before his political career was felled by a sex scandal, sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of San Francisco last Friday, asking to be appointed to the powerful plaintiffs' steering committee.

  • Kim Dotcom loses bid to block extradition

    The German tech entrepreneur faces charges for copyright infringement and money laundering

  • AUCKLAND, Dec 23- German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Wednesday lost a bid to block his extradition from New Zealand to the United States to face charges including copyright infringement and money laundering, a major victory for the U.S. Department of Justice in the long-running case. The decision by a New Zealand court comes almost four years after police...

  • The decision, which came after a two-week trial, could have a broader impact on how Internet companies conduct their business as BMG pursued an unusual strategy of taking on an Internet service provider instead of the alleged copyright infringers themselves. BMG sued privately held Cox in November 2014, claiming the company was liable for infringement...

  • Dec 16- Internet radio companies such as Pandora Media Inc will have to pay more in royalties next year to musicians after the three-judge U.S. The Copyright Royalty Board said on Wednesday that Internet radio operators will now have to pay 17 cents per 100 plays in 2016 as royalties for ad-supported streaming, up from 14 cents now. Pandora shares closed up 3...

  • Dec 9- A settlement has been reached in a U.S. lawsuit with Warner/ Chappell Music over the copyright to "Happy Birthday to You" that will put one of the world's most recognizable songs in the public domain, according to court papers released on Wednesday and a source close to the case. District Judge George King in Los Angeles ruled that Warner/Chappell, the music...

  • *EU to assess whether Google News should pay for showing snippets. BRUSSELS, Dec 9- The European Union wants to allow consumers access to their online subscriptions for services like Netflix, Sky and Canal+ when they travel in the 28- member bloc, setting it up for a battle with media groups. Under the proposal, consumers with subscriptions to services such as Sky TV...

  • WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC INC AND SEVERAL ARTISTS SETTLE COPYRIGHT DISPUTE OVER' HAPPY BIRTHDAY' SONG- COURT PAPERS.

  • *EU to assess whether Google News should pay for showing snippets. BRUSSELS, Dec 9- The European Union wants to allow consumers access to their online subscriptions for services like Netflix, Sky and Canal+ when they travel in the 28- member bloc, setting it up for a battle with media groups. Under the proposal, consumers with subscriptions to services such as Sky TV...

  • EU copyright laws may hit tech firms

    The European Union's executive arm proposed wide-ranging copyright legislation.

  • Apple speeds up electric-car effort.

    Car owners and computer security researchers can modify automobile software without incurring some U.S. copyright liability, according to new guidelines.

  • Twitter suspends accounts for two sport publications

    Twitter suspended accounts of sports publications, Deadspin and SBNation, after sports organizations accused the accounts of violating its copyright protections.

  • The newest version of the Batmobile from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

    Batman won't have to worry about Batmobile knockoffs after a court ruled Wednesday the caped crusader's vehicle is entitled to copyright protection.

  • Artists band together for streaming rights

    Al Di Meola, Di Meola Records explains why he thinks streaming is criminal activity and shares his thoughts on the future of the music industry.

  • Pandora vows to appeal BMI court ruling

    Pandora said it would appeal a court ruling that could force it to pay more in royalties.