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""The time of suing John Doe is over," says Hank Risan, ceo of DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) consumer control firm Media Rights Technologies (MRT).

Apple and Microsoft are violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and intellectual property law, he says.

MRT and subsidiary BlueBeat.com, an online radio service, have fired Cease and Desist letters at Apple, Bill and the Boyz and other companies which, it says, stop users from ripping digital media streams."

"It's issued the C&D notices to Microsoft, Adobe, Real Networks and Apple "with respect to the production or sale of such products as the Vista OS, Adobe Flash Player, Real Player, Apple iTunes and iPod"." -- Read more


"The Hill Times reports the Conservative government will introduce copyright reform legislation this spring provided that there is no election.

The paper points to two main changes from the Liberals Bill C-60 - tougher anti-circumvention legislation (ie. DMCA-style laws that ban devices that can be used to circumvent as well as provisions that block all circumvention subject to the odd exception) and an educational exception that will provide for free access to web-based materials.

If this report is true, the bill will be remarkable in its ability generate more opposition than any prior copyright bill in Canadian history.

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"Viacom's DMCA takedown notices continue to generate controversy. The media giant fired off more than 100,000 notices to YouTube earlier this year, but it appears to have caught numerous legitimate videos in the crossfire. One of those clips, called "Stop the Falsiness," satirizes comedian Stephen Colbert, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a federal lawsuit against Viacom, asking the judge to declare the video non-infringing." -- Read more


"The Viacom v. Google lawsuit over Youtube offers a very high-profile sequel to MGM v. Grokster. In particular, this case appears to pick up where the Grokster case left off: what is the nature of “inducement” to violate copyright laws. The court here will of necessity probe the question that Bryer and Ginsburg debated in their concurrences: how do you judge whether someone offering a particular product, technology or service is actively encouraging infringement and therefore subject to secondary liability for the copyright violations of others?" -- Read more


"Reps. Rick Boucher and John Doolittle's FAIR USE Act would remove some of the entertainment industry's most draconian anti-innovation weapons and chip away at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) broad restrictions on fair use. Use the form below and tell Congress to help restore balance in copyright now.

Technology companies play a game of Russian roulette whenever they create products with both infringing and non-infringing uses. Current "secondary liability" standards don't provide enough certainty, and if innovators guess wrong, they can be hit with statutory damages as high as $30,000 per work infringed.