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Sixth Circuit Suggests Liability for Copyright Infringement May Justify Reduced First Amendment Protection for Anonymous Speech, But Recommends Consideration of Context and ‘Practical Need’ for Unmasking

Ruling on what it characterized as an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit suggested that a judgment of liability in a copyright infringement case may be a tipping point justifying the unmasking of anonymous internet users. The Sixth Circuit remanded Signature Mgmt. Team v. Doe, No. 16-2188 (6th … Continue Reading

Right of communication: German Federal Supreme Court applies GS Media to internet search engines

In Thumbnails III, the German Federal Supreme Court (‘BGH’) held that the depiction of so-called thumbnails of pictures available from the internet does not constitute an act of copyright infringement, unless the search engine operator had knowledge of the fact that the copyrighted material had been illegally uploaded. The BGH further stressed that, with regard … Continue Reading

German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) releases operators of Wi-Fi networks from liability for copyright infringements committed by the Wi-Fi network users (so-called Störerhaftung)

On 2 June, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed a bill (2. Gesetz zur Änderung des Telemediengesetzes – 2nd Amending Law to the Federal Telemedia Act; “New Law”). The New Law limits the scope of potential liability for transmitting information for all professional and non-professional operators of Wi-Fi networks. In particular, operators of Wi-Fi networks … Continue Reading

Update on the European digital single market

In May 2015 the European Commission (EC) announced its strategy for a European ‘digital single market’ (DSM) that mirrors the possibilities of the physical single market. It can be difficult to keep up with the Commission’s ever-evolving plans, so Reed Smith released a Client Alert to review some of the more controversial aspects, including the … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Holds That the Google Digital Books Project Is Protected Under the Fair Use Doctrine

On October 16, the Second Circuit ruled that Google’s scanning of millions of books without the copyright holders’ permission, for use in its “Google Books” database, is permissible under the fair use doctrine. Google Books enables members of the public to search for terms within these books and view snippets of machine-readable text containing their search … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Holds Fair Use Must Be Considered Prior to Issuing Takedown

In the so-called “dancing baby” case, the Ninth Circuit ruled recently that copyright owners must consider the fair use doctrine before sending Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) takedown notifications to online service providers, such as YouTube.  If copyright owners fail to do so, they risk incurring penalties under DMCA section 512(f). In 2007, Universal Music … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Considers Liability for Takedown of “Fair Use” Content in “Dancing Baby” case

On July 7, a Ninth Circuit panel heard oral argument regarding whether copyright owners abuse the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) when they utilize the statute’s Notice and Takedown procedures to request the Takedown of material that constitutes a “fair use” of copyrighted material. In 2007, Universal Music Group sent a Takedown Notice to YouTube … Continue Reading
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