Posts made in November, 2014

Grooveshark Falls to Record Label Giants in Copyright Infringement Case

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014

Grooveshark became yet another file sharing website to face defeat against the recording industry for copyright infringement. It came shortly after Sirius XM Radio, Inc. lost to a 1960s band for its infringement of its music. (Read the full opinion here) Grooveshark (the court referred to by its parent company, Escape Media Group) is an online music service that allows users to stream music directly from its site. Although Grooveshark has licenses for some of its music, it doesn’t for all of its content, which is primarily obtained from the personal libraries belonging to users of the website. In its early stages Grooveshark used, and strongly encouraged its employees...

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Supreme Court Closes Case on Sherlock Holmes Copyrights

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving Sherlock Holmes copyrights, leaving almost all of the late author’s work within the public domain, i.e. they no longer have copyright protection. The case involved the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who originally created the famed characters, and Leslie S. Klinger, an author who wished to use Sherlock and other characters in a book about Doyle’s work. Klinger previously co-edited an anthology about Doyle’s Sherlock stories and his publisher paid a $5,000.00 licensing fee to Doyle’s Estate for use of the characters. Because of the success of his first work, Klinger decided to write a sequel, but this time his...

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