Copyright Protection for Data Compilations?

In an interesting and somewhat questionable development, Astrolabe, a Massachusetts based publisher that focuses on compiling and producing astrological data, has sued two researchers, Arthur Olson (National Institute of Health) and Paul Eggert (UCLA), for violating Copyright law by repurposing time zone data Astrolabe had previously compiled and made available, for a fee, on its […]

Protecting Internet Freedom and the Battle Against SOPA

As many readers of this blog have surely become aware, this past October, Representative Lamar Smith (R-Tex), introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (“SOPA”) in the House of Representatives.  According to Smith, SOPA is meant to target websites hosting unlicensed copyrighted content on their domain, and prevent US citizens from being able to access such […]

Website Terms and Conditions: Some Best Practices

I have been been drafting quite a few T&Cs for websites lately, and in the course of reviewing some T&C out in the wild, I realized that there are few best practices in place. For larger companies, I think there was a time when these terms and conditions were seen as an annoyance, some nagging […]

Court orders anonymous accused Bittorrent defendants to be identified

West Bay One v. Does 1 – 1,653, — F.Supp.2d. —, 2010 WL 3522265 (D.D.C. September 10, 2010) Achte/Neunte Boll Kino Beteiligungs v. Does 1 – 4,577, — F.Supp.2d —, 2010 WL 3522256 (D.D.C. September 10, 2010) In mass copyright infringement cases against alleged traders of copyrighted movies via Bittorrent, unknown defendants had no reasonable […]