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October 31, 2001
October 10, 2001
September 7, 2001
- eBay Inc. won what it called a precedent-setting court victory
Thursday when a federal judge ruled that the Internet auction
company was not liable for copyright infringement because bootleg
copies of a Charles Manson documentary were sold on the site.
The case was one of several recently that have tested provisions
of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a 1998 law meant to stimulate
Internet commerce while protecting copyrights. Read The Order
(Hendrickson v. eBay, Inc.) [PDF] http://news.findlaw.com/cnn/docs/ebay/hendrickson.pdf
August 24, 2001
- The University of Wisconsin's patent agency filed a lawsuit
against a California company that funded pioneering stem cell
research to make sure more firms could have access to the work.
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation asked the U.S. District
Court in Madison to stop Geron Corp. of Menlo Park, Calif., from
trying to limit the foundation's ability to work with other researchers
to develop new stem cell types. http://news.findlaw.com/ap/l/0000/8-14-2001/20010814065451750.html
Also see http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/17/politics/17CELL.html?searchpv=day06.
- More than 50 music publishers and songwriters filed a copyright
infringement suit against Web music firm MP3.com Inc. The suit
seeks actual damages and profits of MP3.com and alternatively
statutory damages of $25,000 per song as well as a permanent injunction
against MP3.com. In their complaints, they allege that San Diego-based
MP3.com is liable for direct infringement by converting songs
to the MP3 format, a compression format that turns music on compact
discs into small digital files. See http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/s/20010822/n22188777.html
for further details.
- According to a recently released study, the system set up to
resolve disputes over Internet addresses can be easily manipulated
to favor trademark holders. The dispute-resolution system arose
as a way to address "cybersquatting," the process of
buying a domain name with hopes of reselling it at a high price
to a person or company who shares that name. Since ICANN approved
the system in late 1999, complainants have won 81 percent of the
more than 3,000 cases filed. See http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/s/20010820/n20174308.html
for more details.