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  • US court: Sherlock Holmes belongs to the people Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 4:31 PM ET
    A statue of Sherlock Holmes near the site of the fictional detective's home at 221B Baker Street.

    Fifty Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain, a U.S. appeals court said.

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- The U.S. Congress is working to update laws on who gets paid for recorded music, in a possible omnibus bill, as old CDs pile up at yard sales and music lovers increasingly shift to streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. These include legends such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and other Motown artists.

  • Rejecting an appeal by authors' groups, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the HathiTrust Digital Library, which began in 2008 and has scanned more than 10 million works, constituted a "fair use" of copyrighted works.

  • Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster case Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 6:06 PM ET
    Adam Yauch, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz of Beastie Boys

    A New York City jury has awarded the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against drink company Monster Beverage.

  • 'Raging Bull' suit allowed to proceed in court Monday, 19 May 2014 | 1:32 PM ET
    Robert De Niro in "Raging Bull"

    The Supreme Court said Paula Petrella did not wait too long to file her lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer claiming an interest in the film.

  • Java fight: Latest round to Oracle, not Google Friday, 9 May 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Oracle is entitled to copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language in a high profile lawsuit against Google.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, May 9- Oracle Corp is entitled to copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language, according to a U.S. appeals court ruling on Friday in Oracle's high-profile lawsuit against Google Inc.. Oracle sued Google in 2010, claiming that Google had improperly incorporated parts of Java into Android.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 9- A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Oracle Corp is entitled to copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language in a high profile lawsuit against Google Inc.. Google's Android operating system is the world's best-selling smartphone platform.

  • U.S. removes Philippines from copyright blacklist Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 28- The United States has removed the Philippines from its blacklist of countries which do not properly protect U.S. copyrights and patents, the U.S. President Barack Obama and senior U.S. officials visited the Philippines on Monday as the last stop on a week-long tour of Asia.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical on Tuesday about online TV service Aereo Inc's position in a copyright dispute with major broadcasters, but several raised concerns about how a ruling against the startup could affect cloud computing services.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared skeptical over online TV startup Aereo Inc's position in a copyright fight with major media companies, but several raised concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcasters could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services.

  • Top court torn over Aereo's future Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    US Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo in a major copyright case.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo Inc in a major copyright case, with several raising concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcast networks could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services.

  • U.S. justices conflicted over Aereo TV copyright fight Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo Inc in a major copyright case, with several raising concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcast networks could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services.

  • SUPREME COURT JUSTICES SEEM CONCERNED AEREO IS SKIRTING COPYRIGHT LAW BUT INDICATE UNCERTAINTY ON HOW TO RULE.

  • SUPREME COURT JUSTICES APPEAR CONFLICTED OVER TELEVISION NETWORKS' COPYRIGHT CHALLENGE TO STARTUP AEREO INC.

  • Aereo's landmark court case     Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today about the legality of Internet television service Aereo, reports NBC's Pete Williams.

  • U.S. movie studios sue Megaupload, founder Dotcom Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 11:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 7- Several major U.S. studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its ebullient founder, Kim Dotcom.

  • "Restrictions on information flows are trade barriers," Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, said at a Cato Institute event last month, warning that the worst possible outcome would be for the Internet to turn into "Splinternet." Brazil and the European Union plan to lay their own undersea communications cable to reduce reliance on the United States.

  • NEW YORK, March 26- The former chief executive of defunct online music storage firm MP3tunes was ordered to pay an estimated $41 million on Wednesday after being found liable for infringing copyrights owned by record companies and music publishers once part of EMI Group Ltd..