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Artists Join Alki David's Class Action Lawsuit Against CBS and CNET Over Illegal File Trading and Copyright Infringement

Internet media entrepreneur Alki David, songwriters and artists are working together to file a copyright infringement lawsuit against CBS subsidiaries CNET and CBS Interactive for profiting and generating billions of dollars by distributing illegal file trading software.

 

How to Protect, Manage and Exploit Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Copyrights using a new ICANN Top-Level Domain TLD Name Extension

How will the Entertainment Industry and Brands protect, manage and exploit their Intellectual Property (IP), Trademarks and Copyrights leveraging a new ICANN Top-Level Domain (TLD) name extension?

Eric Schmidt: Google will fight anti-piracy efforts and not block access to illegal, copyright infringing pirate sites like Pirate Bay

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has spoken against government's plans to block access to illegal file-sharing websites, such as Pirate Bay. Schmidt alleges that such a move could set a "disastrous precedent" for freedom of speech.

Schmidt stated that "If there is a law that requires DNSs [which allows users to connect to websites] to do X and it's passed by both houses of congress and signed by the president of the United States and we disagree with it then we would still fight it."

"If it's a request the answer is we wouldn't do it, if it's a discussion we wouldn't do it," added Schmidt.

It is common knowledge that Google profits from ad placement no matter whether the content is licensed or not. According to recent studies, nearly 25% of global Internet bandwidth is used for downloading copyrighted works illegally. It is reasonable to assume that, since Google is beneficiary of traffic generation and profiting through it, they would be hurt financially by such a measure to protect copyright from infringers.

Support fair pay for radio airplay and a performance right for musicians and recording artists

Unlike most international countries, artists performing a song on the radio in the U.S.A are not paid. For example, Ricky Martin does not get paid a dime from radio royalties, when terrestrial radio plays his smash hit Livin' La Vida Loca. When radi...

The Web is Dead: What This Means to ICANN, New gTLD Program and the Domain Industry

Is the Web really dead? What is ICANN doing about it? Are ISPs and Google abusing copyright laws and using piracy to piggyback music, movie, book and software creators's work to profit? What can be done to expand the Internet and keep it open for all to access?

ICANN may face anti-trust lawsuits if Registry-Registrar Vertical Integration not allowed for new entrants to increase domain competition & innovation

As the VeriSign lawsuit has shown, it is critical that ICANN does not shoot new entrants on the foot and cripple them from innovating and competing both in the domain industry and other industries if their model is suited for that function. Falling prey to the antiquated concept of Vertical Separation will create anti-trust problems. Top-level domain (TLD) new entrants already have all odds stacked up against them.

Will the movie industry's raise of movie ticket prices negatively impact Hollywood industry profits and increase piracy and illegal downloading of pirated films?

Will the increase of movie ticket prices increase the illegal downloading of movies? Will high prices  of ticketing negatively affect the profits of the movie industry and Hollywood in the long run and push loyal movie goers to piracy?

Can Innovation Help Fight Piracy? 5 Steps to Innovative Behavior, Creativity & Creating New Opportunities

Innovation is regarded as the new way of doing something that is useful. It may refer to incremental and emergent or radical and revolutionary changes. Can Innovation help fight piracy and introduce new opportunities and methods for monetization? The 5-Step Visualization Method for Creative Thinking & Innovation can help bring about innovative behavior, creativity and as a result create new opportunities.

Fighting Piracy By Encouraging Illegal Activity: Can Pirates Be Potential Customers?

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello is confident that EA can convert illegal pirates of games to potential customers. The reason: downloadable content that you can not access with a pirated copy.

The Battle for dotNYC (.nyc) domain extension: Is RFP the answer?

New York City government officials announced that they will be applying for the ".nyc" top-level domain (TLD) extension and are looking to choose a qualified vendor to operate the TLD on their behalf.   New York City's Department of Information Tech...

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Music Coalition, Hollywood Movie & TV Industry support IP Protect Act, following COICA's footsteps

A letter from 170 businesses, trade associations and professional organizations was sent to members of the U.S. Senate voicing support for the PROTECT IP Act that follows the footsteps of COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act)....

Phishing scam affecting email services such as Hotmail and GMail is spreading

For precaution, now is the time to take a few minutes to change the password and any security questions for your e-mail account. The scam was highlighted when several lists, detailing more than 30,000 names and passwords from Hotmail, Google and Yaho...

Nintendo Combats Piracy & Launches Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Nintendo made a major move today in its ongoing fight against piracy. Joined by 54 game publishers, including such giants as Square Enix and Capcom, the company filed suit in Tokyo District Court seeking the halt in import and sale of Majicon devices...

Viacom Has Emails Showing That YouTube Knowingly Violated Copyrights

Viacom may have emails proving that YouTube knowingly uploaded unauthorized videos. These emails can help Viacom with its $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Youtube. Emails show that YouTube managers were aware of the copyright infring...

Microsoft is awarded a patent for a DRM system that works in P2P networks.

Microsoft gets a patent for a distributed DRM system that works in P2P networks. The Patent number 7,594,275 is labeled: "Digital rights management system" using encrypted public and private keys as the licensing mechanism.   The patent was filed in...

Verizon to pay ASCAP $5 million interim license fee for public ringtone use

Three months after performance rights organization the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers filed suit against AT&T, alleging that each time a musical ringtone goes off in public the mobile phone melody constitutes a performance...

Software developer SpeedTrack files patent infringement lawsuit against Amazon.com, Best Buy, Overstock.com, Nike, Costco and Dell

Software developer SpeedTrack has filed a lawsuit against major online retailers, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Overstock.com, Nike, Costco and Dell. SpeedTack accuses the major online retailers of infringing their patent alleging that it covered a...

Radiohead´s Ed O´Brien Reacts to Lily Allen Piracy Row

Now that he’s facing formidable opposition from Sir Elton John and Captain James Blunt, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien has finally spoken out about the pseudo showdown between the Featured Artists Coalition and Lily Allen’s “It’s Not Alright” b...