Posts Tagged ‘digital millenium act’

YouTube Wins Viacom Court Case

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The court case is over, but judging from the statements from YouTube and Viacom, the battle is far from over …

Updated: The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has just granted YouTube’s motion for summary judgment against Viacom, meaning that the site is off the hook in Viacom’s billion-dollar copyright infringement case.

Both sides had filed motions for summary judgment in March, which is essentially a way to expedite the court case without going to a jury. YouTube had once again invoked protection under the DMCA’s Safe Harbor provisions in its filing, and the court apparently agreed.

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Can Canada Find a Middle Ground on Copyright?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I like Canada’s version of copyright legislation better than the US version; Canada’s version seems like a better compromise …

The Canadian government, in an attempt to bring the country’s copyright legislation into the 21st century, has tabled its own version of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The government says the proposed bill, called the Copyright Modernization Act, strikes a balance between the rights of content creators — that is, the music industry, movie studios, etc. — and the rights of individuals who want to use their content in a variety of ways: for example, copying downloaded music to a portable device, or using content for educational purposes. But is such a balance even possible? And if it is, does the proposed legislation accomplish it? In its current version at least, the answer appears to be no.

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