copyright

Cheap Knockoffs Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

We all know that buying a fake Fendi is "bad" to the degree that selling such goods is illegal, and they hurt the companies whose good are being copied, and the economy overall. But it turns out that knockoffs are problematic in many other ways as well: Buying them can put your health and your money at risk.

Gawker Is on Shaky Legal Ground Over Sarah Palin Book Excerpts

When Sarah Palin protested after gossip site Gawker posted pages from her upcoming book America By Heart, Gawker taunted her for her lack of knowledge about copyright law. But a federal judge has ordered Gawker to take the pages down temporarily.

Gemalto Sues Google Over Android OS

Gemalto NV, a Dutch maker of security software, sued Google (GOOG), saying that the Android smartphone operating system used its software without permission. The complaint accuses Google of improperly including Gemalto%u2019s Java Card technology in the Android development platform, Bloomberg News said.

How My Dancing Kid Joined YouTube's Copyright Wars

When DailyFinance reporter Jon Berr's wife posted a brief video on YouTube of their 3-year-old son dancing to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," she never expected to become part of the complex fight over copyright and fair use on the Internet. Then came the warning email.

Legal Briefing: You Don't Own Your Software, So You Can't Resell It

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that a buyer of software can't resell it because the buyer doesn't really own the software. The buyer actually licensed it, so no legal resale is possible. That decision flies in the face of the established "First Sale Doctrine."

Random House's E-Book Deal With Wylie Leaves Much Unanswered

Random House and top literary agent Andrew Wylie have settled their fight over his plans to publish e-books of older works from big name authors he represents. But while the battle is over, the settlement announcement raises more questions than it answers about the future of e-publishing.

Dan Abrams's Mediaite Tests the Limits of Fair Use

Just what constitutes "fair use" of copyrighted material has always been hard to define. Now a new website, Mediaite.com, is using that ambiguity to build a business model on other companies' content.

Viacom Appeals 'Flawed' $1 Billion YouTube Verdict

Media giant Viacom has appealed a judge's ruling that threw out its $1 billion lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube for copyright infringement. Viacom called the decision, which said YouTube was protected by the "fair use" doctrine, "fundamentally flawed." This battle is far from over.

Men at Work must pay for copied riff

Colin Hay former Men at Work singerThe distinctive flute riff in the band Men at Work's biggest hit, "Down Under," will cost the Australian musicians 5% of its royalties earned since...

Legal Briefing: Music Publishers Pile on LimeWire

LimeWire, a peer-to-peer file sharing network that was recently found liable to recording artists for massive copyright piracy faces an additional threat to its existence: Music publishers are suing it too, alleging the same piracy.

Legal Briefing: Generic Pharmas on the Hook for Drug Safety

An FDA "bioequivalent" certification doesn't exempt generic drugmakers from responsibility for their medication's safety, a judge has ruled. Teva Pharmaceuticals had been sued for the problems its version of antidepressant Wellbutrin has caused users.

Legal Briefing: HP May Have Bribed Russians

On Thursday, after two years of investigation by the German government, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission said they would open investigations into whether Hewlett-Packard bribed Russian officials to win a contract with Russia's top criminal prosecuting agency.

Legal Briefing: eBay Didn't Infringe Tiffany's Trademark

In a case that may echo into the Google/YouTube v. Viacom copyright showdown, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that eBay is not liable to Tiffany's for trademark infringement, despite the significant volume of counterfeit Tiffany goods auctioned on the site.

Viacom vs. YouTube/Google: Piracy or Not?

As Viacom's three-year-long copyright lawsuit against YouTube/Google reaches a crucial moment, the public finally gets to see each side's briefs in the case. Which company has the better argument? DailyFinance legal correspondent Abigail Field offers us an opinion, and a brief history of the alleged crimes.

Little Hope for Legacy News Organizations

Copyright and fair use doctrine were at the heart of a recent debate about how news organizations are going to make money in the digital age -- if indeed they are.