UMG Recordings, Inc.
The Ninth Circuit has provided extensive guidance on one of the DMCA’s safe harbor statutes, § 512(c), in a case pitting a major music label versus an internet video-sharing website. In UMG Recordings, Inc., v. Veoh Networks, Inc., Nos. 09-55902, 09-56777, 10-55732, 2011 U.S. App. WL 6357788, (9th Cir. Dec.…
It was once highly unusual for a successful copyright infringement plaintiff to win punitive damages – indeed, most courts have held that punitives were wholly unavailable for claims under the federal Copyright Act. But in the last decade, courts have been increasingly willing to allow punitive damages in actions based…
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Plaintiffs Bridgeport Music, Inc. and Westbound Records, Inc. are copyright owners of the Ohio Players’ Song “Singing in the Morning.” Defendant music publishers released the Notorious B .I.G. album Ready to Die, the title song of which contained an unlicensed sample of “Singing in the Morning.” After plaintiffs brought suit…
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