Getting the Government Out of Songwriting: Voluntary Licenses Should Replace Consent Decrees or Compulsory Licenses

[Editor Charlie sez, this article originally appeared in the Huffington Post.] Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is holding a useful series of thought provoking hearings before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet reviewing the current state of the U.S. Copyright Act. The most recent hearing in this series was on September 18, […]

Judges Take Note: MacArthur Foundation Declines Facebook Loophole Settlment

As Judge Jon Tigar recently held in another Northern District of California case, 9th Circuit judges must follow precedent on class action settlements (even in San Jose).  When it comes to the shady business of using class actions to funnel money to the defendant’s favorite charity/lobbying group/alumni organization (aka the cy pres loophole), the rule […]

The Return of Oink

If you don’t live in the UK you may never have heard of the unlicensed file barter platform called Oink that was shut down in 2007 accompanied by a number of criminal prosecutions.  The site’s grand poobah, one Alan Ellis, seems to have gone on to do something else following his acquittal for conspiracy to […]