Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of record label Capitol Records LLC in its dispute against Redigi Inc., a facilitator of online music resale. The Court held that Redigi violated the Copyright Act when it facilitated the sale of used digital music files, even though Redigi’s program ensured that seller’s copies are deleted upon sale.
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We’ve reported before on how technology oftentimes outpaces the law. But for the millions of people currently playing Diablo III™, Activision’s and Blizzard’s newest release, the opposite has occurred. Here we have older income tax laws catching up to technology in new, unexpected ways. In short, there is a serious likelihood that millions of online gamers are about to incur some federal income tax liability, and the vast majority of them seem not to know it yet. Whether you are a gamer yourself or whether you think gamers need a dose of reality, this post has something for you.
Mobile GPS technology has recently spawned the development of smart phone games that blur the line between the game world and the real word by utilizing a user’s real-time location as part of a game’s competitive strategy. However, when one such game—Drugs Lords—allowed virtual drug dealing, Apple cracked down (no pun intended) to ban the app from sale on the AppStore. Read more
The House of Representatives has plans to focus on cybersecurity in the coming weeks and, as a result, is slated to consider at least two bills that have gained substantial traction out of committee. These bills carve out exceptions to privacy laws to allow private companies to disclose “cyber threat intelligence” to the government. The need for such a law is proclaimed by political officials and private entities alike. Current privacy laws—such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or the Privacy Act—provide an all-important shield against disclosure of private information but often have the consequence of hamstringing efforts to identify and prevent cyber threats. Read more
What is copyrightable: the idea or the execution of the idea? One case just gave us the answer.
Rarely do copyright cases provide clear lessons, but last week a case out of Oregon did just that by elucidating an oft-misunderstood principle of copyright law—the “idea-expression dichotomy.” This is the rule that a copyright protects the expression of an idea, but not the idea itself.