It is Friday again and that means that it is time for another episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show.
When it comes to legal cases, there are no more definitive and decisive ways to lose a case than to have the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, come down against you. However, in the crazy world that is FilmOn, they have found a way, namely by not only sharing that loss, but then stacking a contempt ruling on top of it.
But it isn’t all copyright fail this week, we have a new bill to legalize cell phone unlocking on the President’s desk, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke going for the win in the Blurred Lines lawsuit and a new strategy by the City of London Police to target piracy sites.
Still if you miss your weekly dose of copyright WTF we have an agency you probably haven’t heard of using a law you haven’t heard of to sue GM and Ford for not paying royalties. Can’t get much more unusual than that.
All of that and much more on this, Episode 336 of the Copyright 2.0 Show!
This week’s stories include:
- New Bill Would Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking, For Now
- Industry Group Sues GM and Ford for Royalties
- FilmOn Faces Contempt Motion for Failing to Shutter Quickly
- Copyright Office Won’t Process FilmOn’s Cable-License Application
- Pharrell Williams Seeks Summary Judgment in Blurred Lines Suit
- Kim Dotcom Ordered to Reveal All of His Assets
- City of London Police Seek to Replace Ads on Pirate Sites
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