Cablevision case puts kibosh on collection society claims

The Supreme Court’s denial of cert. in the Cablevision remote-DVR case has launched countless column inches of commentary and analysis already, much of it focused on the problems it poses for the Hollywood studios and TV networks worried about its impact on ad-skipping (see here, here and here). But the studios and networks aren’t the only losers Read More …

Down on strikes

The copyright industries had high hopes for France’s three-strikes law. At the World Copyright Summit in Washington last week, speakers had nothing but praise for the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy, who championed the law and railroaded it through the legislature. And they were crushed when, on the second day of the conference, the French Read More …

Court in Pirate Bay case not biased, court in Pirate Bay case says

The judge who convicted  The Pirate BayFour, Tomas Norstrom, was not biased, as defendants charged in their appeal, according to the Stockholm District Court on which he sits. In a filing with the Svea Court of Appeal, which is hearing the case, the chief judge of the district court argued that Norstrom’s membership in several organizations that Read More …

Pirates at the gates

Voting begins Thursday across the 27 member countries of the European Union for representation in the 785-seat European Parliament. Record low turnout is expected. But the low turnout doesn’t mean that nothing interesting can happen. In fact, it could well open the door for smaller parties with, let’s call them, atypical agendas, to gain seats in the Read More …