March 6, 2009

MP3Tunes Decision on Counterclaims

Defendant's counterclaims Dismissed:

DMCA claim
New York's GBL 349 (re: consumer protection)
Common law unfair competition
California Business and Professional Code 17200

Defendant's counterclaims NOT dismissed:

Declaratory judgment claim that it is a service provider protected by the safe-harbor provision of 17 USC 512 (of the DMCA)

[No. 1:07-cv-09931-WHP-FM (Doc. 73 filed Mar. 4, 2009).]

VideoEgg Transferred to California

In Capitol Records v. VideoEgg, defendant's motion to dismiss for improper venue and lack of jurisdiction was denied, but the case was transferred to California. [Article.]

The jurisdiction discussion focused on defendant's website and New York's long-arm jurisdiction statute (did they "transact business in New York?"). With respect to the transfer request, the court analyzes 7 factors for a transfer under 28 U.S.C. 1404.

No. 1:08-cv-05831-HV-DCF (Doc. 57 filed Mar. 5, 2009)

March 4, 2009

Buy Concert Ticket, Get Full Catalog

The band No Doubt is offering purchasers of full-priced concert tickets a free download of the band's entire catalog. [Rolling Stone article.]

Assuming a band has not signed a record deal with a major ticket company (e.g., Ticketmaster), how is the deal between the band's record label and the concert promotor structured? In other words, how does the record company collect revenue for download of sound recordings?

Signs Signs Everywhere There's Signs

...Signs of the times, that is.

1) Summer musical festivals now offer installment payment plans for tickets.
[NYTimes article.]

2) The New York Metropolitan Opera offers its famous Chagall paintings as collateral for a loan from JPMorgan Chase.
[NYTimes article.]

March 2, 2009

EMI Sues Seeqpod &

Capitol Records LLC et. al. v. Seeqpod, Inc., No. 09 cv 1584 (S.D.N.Y. filed 2/20/09).

"The Seeqpod site and service are designed to, and do, encourage and facilitate the search for, and the unlawful production, distribution and public performance of, copyrighted sound recordings and the copyrighted compositions embodied therein. In response to a user's query for a particular recording or recording artist, SeeqPod's proprietary algorithims - which SeeqPod's CEO and founder, Kazian Franks refers to as SeeqPod's "targeted crawling system" - crawl the Internet specifically to locate and index unlawful MP3 files of copyrighted sound recordings and compositions. SeeqPod then formats and presents the results as direct links to those unlawful files. A click on any one of these links will automatically cause the recording and composition to be reproduced and performed, via "streaming" technology, on and via SeeqPod's own MP3 software "player."

Paragraph 48.

Fair Use & Blogging

The NYTimes has an interesting article concerning bloggers excerpting portions of other news articles online.

The editors of many Web sites, including ones operated by the Times Company, post excerpts from competitors’ content from time to time. At what point does excerpting from an article become illegal copying? Courts have not provided much of an answer.

Brian Stelter, "Copyright Holders Challenge Sites that Excerpt," 3/1/09 New York Times, Business - Media and Advertising.