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October 15th, 2020
Hosts Ibrahim Hinds ’23 and Kurt Fredrickson ’23 cover recent criminal charges against the founders of one of the world’s largest BitCoin exchanges, the House’s antitrust report on Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon, and the Supreme Court copyright case between Oracle and Google. [Ibrahim] You’re listening to the Berkeley Technology ...
April 4th, 2017
Chante Westmoreland (J.D. Candidate ’18) interviews Associate Dean and Professor, Molly Van Houweling about her path to Berkeley Law and her recent piece, Authors Versus Owners.
February 20th, 2017
"Keeping an Eye on Immunity": Fifth Circuit Rules Against Google in Vacating Prohibition on the Mississippi Attorney General's Enforcement of a Subpoena
By: Chante Westmoreland On May 18, 2016, Judges Stewart, King and Higginson of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion and order vacating an injunction that would have prevented the Mississippi Attorney General, Hood, from enforcing a subpoena against Google. The court’s opinion in Google, Inc. v. Hood ...
December 17th, 2015
While it has never topped the charts of the Billboard 100, the Happy Birthday song is arguably one of the most popular songs, if not the most popular song, in history. The Guinness Book of World Records declared it as the most frequently sung in the English language, accompanying other ...
November 22nd, 2015
By: Jaideep Reddy On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit in Lenz v. Universal Music laid down the legal standard that copyright holders must meet before issuing takedown notices. Given the scale of online video generation and consumption, this is significant for content generators and copyright holders. Frivolous takedown notices ...
November 8th, 2015
By: Jaideep Reddy “These days a developer will do a Google search, find five open-source products that fit his[/her] need and the next thing you know one of them is in a product.” – Phil Robb. Because open source code presents such a valuable resource for programmers, for-profit companies regularly ...
November 3rd, 2015
On October 16, the Second Circuit issued its decision in Authors Guild v. Google, affirming Google’s fair use defense against Authors Guild’s claim of copyright infringement of the Google Books search engine. Background This is the latest chapter in a longstanding legal battle between the authors’ advocacy organization, Authors Guild, and ...
April 8th, 2015
In re Pandora is the most recent battle between Performing Rights Organizations (“PROs”) and an internet radio service to set rates for public performance rights. Pandora is one of the most popular internet radio streaming services in the U.S. Like any radio station, Pandora needs copyright licenses in order to ...
March 24th, 2015
The starting point for this story dates back to 1995. A security guard and an amateur artist named Fredrick Bouchat created the “Flying B logo” for the Ravens football team (“Logo”). He sent the proposed Logo, asking only for a letter of recognition and an autographed helmet. The Ravens ended ...
February 26th, 2015
In the midst of its recent film release, 50 Shades of Grey is raising eyebrows for a new reason: possible copyright infringement. News outlets have begun to question whether the author of the best-selling Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer, ultimately holds the copyright to 50 Shades of Grey, written by E.L. ...