New Media

Music Publishers File Lawsuit Against Fullscreen For YouTube Song Covers

“The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has sued the L.A.-based Multi-Channel Network (MCN) Fullscreen, which boasts 15,000 channels, a total of 200 million subscribers and more than 2.5 billion views each month, making it one of the largest MCNs—networks that produce their own content while also representing works from thousands of other creators online.”
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- Music Publishers File Lawsuit Against Fullscreen For YouTube Song Covers

Friday
09
August 2013

Google adds Grooveshark to autocomplete blacklist

“Google has seemingly added Grooveshark to its autocomplete blacklist, meaning that the search engine won’t suggest to a user that they might be looking for pages on the controversial streaming website when searching for music content. Blacklisting the names of piracy enablers in this way has been one of a number of initiatives lobbied for by the music and movie industries in recent years, who see companies like Google as having an important role to play in steering web-users away from unlicensed content.”

Google adds Grooveshark to autocomplete blacklist

Monday
29
July 2013

Snoop Dogg Making $30k A Week From Selling Virtual Goods In Snoopify App

“Earlier this year, Snoop Dogg launched his official Snoopify app, which lets fans customise their photos with a range of virtual stickers. Some are free, but most are sold via in-app purchase.  How much money is he making from the app? Around $30k a week. That’s according to Snoop’s brand manager Nick Adler in a bigger piece by the Wall Street Journal about the popularity of virtual stickers in apps.”

– Snoop Dogg Making $30k A Week From Selling Virtual Goods In Snoopify App

Monday
24
June 2013
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Court Denies Appeal To Stop Online TV Service Aereo

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (New York) voted 2-1 to uphold a lower court decision and allow Aereo to continue streaming local TV broadcast signals over the Web for a monthly fee.”

- Court Denies Appeal To Stop Online TV Service Aereo

Wednesday
19
June 2013
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Isohunt Not Protected By DMCA, Can Be Held Liable For Member Copyright Infringement

“BitTorrent index Isohunt can be held liable for any copyright infringement committed by its members, according to a new ruling from a federal appeals court. The decision states that the service is not protected under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. The judges hearing the case said that Isohunt founder Gary Fung possessed “red flag” knowledge that illegal activities were taking place on his site. To qualify for protection under the DMCA, Fung would have had to not have any knowledge that copyright infringement was occurring, and have removed any offending materials once notified of the problem by the rights owner.”

– Isohunt Not Protected By DMCA, Can Be Held Liable For Member Copyright Infringement

Tuesday
23
April 2013
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OKCupid’s Volunteer Moderation System Raises Privacy Issues

“OKCupid’s moderators aren’t just unpaid, they’re OKCupid members chosen based on … an algorithm monitoring complaints and activity on the site. Moderators are supposed to be checking profiles for material to delete, such as commercial solicitations and pornography. However, moderators are also privy to other information, including private messages that may contain personal information such as names and phone numbers. While many moderators simply read a flagged message and move on, the aforementioned sites take those messages and post them publicly with nothing more than names redacted.”

– OKCupid’s Volunteer Moderation System Raises Privacy Issues

Friday
19
April 2013
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ICANN To Launch Trademark Clearinghouse

“[The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers] is launching the clearinghouse as a way for trademark owners to protect their intellectual property as the organization prepares to allow hundreds of new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) in the coming months. The clearinghouse will allow trademark owners to register their marks before a new TLD is launched and protect their trademarks if other companies try to register a website using their trademarks after a TLD is operating.”

- ICANN To Launch Trademark Clearinghouse

Wednesday
27
March 2013

Federal Judge Rules Instant Message Modified Contract

“Last month, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled in favor of plaintiff CX Digital Media, Inc. in a contract dispute with Smoking Everywhere, Inc. The district court found that an instant message conversation between an employee of CX Digital, an online advertising referral provider, and the Vice President of Marketing at Smoking Everywhere, an electronic cigarette manufacturer, constituted a modification of the companies’ contract for CX Digital to provide online advertising referrals for Smoking Everywhere’s promotional sales offer. The verdict resulted in an award of over $1.2 million in damages plus accrued interest and attorney’s fees for CX Digital.”

– Federal Judge Rules Instant Message Modified Contract

Wednesday
27
February 2013
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RIAA Says Google’s Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm Is Bogus

“The Recording Industry Association of America said Thursday that Google’s algorithm change to lower rankings of sites with ‘high numbers’ of copyright-infringing removal notices has had no ‘demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of piracy … The report concluded that pirate sites are much more likely to appear in top search rankings than are legitimate music sites.”

– RIAA Says Google’s Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm Is Bogus

Monday
25
February 2013
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Yelp Defeats Legal Challenge To Its User Review Filter

“One business owner, an operator of three restaurants in Mammoth Lakes, California and a Yelp advertiser, got so frustrated with the review filter that he challenged Yelp’s review filter in court. Recently, the court ruled decisively in favor of Yelp, confirming that Yelp isn’t legally liable for filtering users’ reviews as it sees fit … The court agreed with Yelp, finding that ‘statements regarding the filtering of reviews on a social media site such as yelp.com are matters of public interest.’ The court also concluded that Yelp’s laudatory statements about its review filter were ‘puffery,’ not factual representations.”

– Yelp Defeats Legal Challenge To Its User Review Filter

Tuesday
19
February 2013
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