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  • Cox found liable in piracy dispute with music publisher Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    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 Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    EU copyright laws may hit tech firms

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

  • Car owners can modify their vehicles' software Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 8:05 AM ET
    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.

  • Automakers including General Motors Co, and other companies such as John Deere, opposed the rules. Representatives for GM and John Deere could not immediately be reached for comment. "We are pleased that analysts will now be able to examine the software in the cars we drive without facing legal threats from car manufacturers," said Kit Wilson, a staff attorney for...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library does not violate copyright law, rejecting claims from a group of authors that the project illegally deprives them of revenue. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected infringement claims from the Authors Guild and...

  • Twitter suspends accounts for two sport publications Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    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.

  • EU launches inquiry into web companies' online behavior Thursday, 24 Sep 2015 | 12:37 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Sept 24- The European Commission on Thursday launched an inquiry into the behavior of online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to try to gauge whether there is a need to regulate the web. It is not clear whether the inquiry will lead to any regulation of the Internet in the European Union, but it provides more evidence that mainly U.S. tech...

  • Holy lawsuit! Batmobile wins copyright protection Thursday, 24 Sep 2015 | 7:12 AM ET
    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.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 23- The Batmobile, the indispensable crime fighting vehicle driven by comic book hero Batman, has enough distinct character traits to qualify for copyright protection, a U.S. appeals court has ruled. Larry Zerner, an attorney for defendant Mark Towle who sells replica Batmobiles for approximately $90,000, said he was disappointed in the...

  • U.S. judge rules copyright for 'Happy Birthday' invalid Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    District Judge George H. King had to delve into the song's long and complicated history, which began in 1893 with the publication of a melody called "Good Morning to All" in a kindergarten songbook, written by a Kentucky woman named Mildred Hill and her sister, Patty. "Defendants ask us to find that the Hill sisters eventually gave Summy Co. the rights in the lyrics to...

  • UPDATE 1-Pandora wins round at U.S. Copyright Office Monday, 21 Sep 2015 | 2:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 21- Pandora Media Inc said on Monday it was pleased that the U.S. Trading of Pandora was halted twice in the morning, and spiked up 14.7 percent to $22.60. In August 2014, Pandora, an Internet radio company, reached an agreement with Merlin over royalties to be paid in the United States.

  • WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Sept 20- Nearly four years after dozens of black-clad police rappelled into his New Zealand mansion and cut him from a safe room, flamboyant German tech entrepreneur and would-be hip-hop star Kim Dotcom may finally be about to face the music. A New Zealand court hearing starting on Monday will determine whether Dotcom will face charges of...

  • Williams' order puts a dent in a copyright infringement lawsuit that Ross, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II, filed against LMFAO in 2013.. Ross alleged the Los Angeles- based electropop duo, made up of Stefan Gordy and Skyler Gordy, copied "Hustlin"' for their own 2010 chart-topping "Party Rock Anthem," which contains the lyric "Everyday I'm shufflin'.

  • Sept 14- Copyright holders must consider "fair use" before demanding that people remove videos they post online, such as on Google Inc's YouTube, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. In a closely followed case over the home video of a toddler dancing to the Prince hit "Let's Go Crazy," the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled against Vivendi SA's...

  • Artists band together for streaming rights Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    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.