Defamation generally is a published statement that injures a person’s reputation and exposes the person to public hatred, contempt or degradation, which the person making the statement knows or should have known the statement was false. Opinions are generally a defense, but when it goes beyond that and could be viewed as the person making a factual statement, then the person may be facing a defamation lawsuit.
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday ordered mobile phone game site operator DeNA Co. to suspend delivery of its mobile phone fishing game and pay about 230 million yen in damages to its rival Gree Inc., finding that DeNA's game infringes on Gree's copyright.
This wiki-based website now boasts over 162,000 scores from more than 7,000 composers. Volunteers scan and upload scores, and administrators check the scores to make sure that IMSLP is not violating copyright laws in making them available for download.
IDEAS AND OWNERSHIP: The concept of protecting ideas and innovation by legal means dates back to antiquity. But many of our existing laws are under strain, their suitability and ultimate purpose called… (Will the internet kill copyright?
Comic Book Resources - Shelf Life: Tearing Down to Build Up - Prompted by Lego destruction, Ron Marz examines the challenge of playing with someone else's toys when doing work-for-hire, and the balance between reverence and innovation.
In a statement on its official Facebook page, the site said that from 29 February it will stop offering downloads via torrents – which allow users to download music or films directly from their internet browser – and switch to so-called "magnet links" where users do not download files directly from the website.
In the past, the Court has approved statutes that punish knowingly reckless false statements of fact—but only when those statements cause some measurable harm. Examples are a defamatory lie about another person (“X is a serial killer”); a lie used to extract money from a credulous listener (“I own that bridge and I’ll sell it to you); or one told for the purpose of inflicting emotional damage on another (“X’s father beat his mother regularly during X’s formative years”).
On its help page, Pinterest added a section titled “What if I don’t want images from my site to be pinned?” Underneath it provides a small piece of code developers can add to their site that will block pinning.
This is a post to share the impact of Pinterest on an artist when not used properly! In a matter of a week I have heard how someones creation (from over a year ago) wound up on the cover of a magazine with no credit to them, I have also seen knock offs from big retailers of things that originated from the handmade community.
Mattel Inc. appealed a $310 million award in its eight-year legal fight over Bratz dolls but will no longer pursue its claim that a rival toy maker infringed on its copyright by developing the lucrative line.
Nothing remarkable about this copyright infringement case except that it serves as a useful reminder that damages for infringement are not always the (RT @PhotoAttorney: A Reminder That Damages Aren't the Only Danger in Copyright Infringement Cases...
In early January, Kno sued Cengage for trying to terminate its agreement to let Kno digitize and sell the publisher’s textbooks. News of the lawsuit was first reported last week by the social-networking news site Mashable. The case highlights potential problems that could arise as publishers work with third parties to create interactive textbooks.
One of the problems with this innovative and cool approach by the Wall Street Journal to writing about Pinterest by writing about Pinterest on Pinterest (and it is!) is that there you can’t address that, more than early Napster, more than Megaupload, more than any government-seized hip-hop blog, Pinterest is chock full of copyright infringement. It’s just that, unlike with music and movies, there’s no dumb and hostile industry lobby that represents, say, “every photographer everywhere.” If there was ever a place on the Internet that made you think SOPA was a good idea, it’d be right here!
The movie studio that controls the rights to "The Godfather" has sued the estate of its creator Mario Puzo, accusing his heirs of wrongfully authorizing new book sequels to the fictional mafia family's story.
Described as "impossible to shut down," Tribler began at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and has also been developed at Harvard in Internet tv studies. Though quite legitimate uses are under exploration, a recent wave of publicity stemming from the MegaUpload shutdown has forced Tribler to shift its official site to download only status as filesharing enters an even more resilient phase of operation.
There’s no doubt that Napster, torrents, file sharing in general, have had an effect on the way the industry organises itself, upon the profits and incomes that are made within it. But the important question we need to ask ourselves is, do we care about that?
It's clear that our current copyright law is inadequate and unfair. We must move to Eternal Copyright – a system where copyright never expires, and a world in which we no longer snatch food out of the mouths of our creators' descendants. With eternal copyright, the knowledge that our great-great-great-grandchildren and beyond will benefit financially from our efforts will no doubt spur us on to achieve greater creative heights than ever seen before. . .
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