Unique Legal Problem Created By MMORPGS

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Intellectual Property, Internet, Tech News |

Posted by: Zach Smith   Licensing agreements appear in day-to-day life whether we know it or not.  The proliferation of technology has individuals hitting accept on software license agreements before they even begin to think what it might mean for how they are able to use the software.  In an attempt to lock in both […]

Ministry Of Sound Sues Spotify Over Playlists

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Intellectual Property, Internet, Litigation, Tech News |

Posted by:  Ross Arkin It’s not a news story just because a music label is suing a digital music service. If that was all that was involved here it would be better labeled as a broken record. The unique aspect of this claim turns on the way that the digital music service allows organization of […]

isoHunt: A Lesson in Futility?

Posted by Cyberbear on November 24, 2013 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Internet, Judicial Decisions, Tech News |

Posted By:  Ashlee Hoffman Recently, isoHunt.com (“isoHunt”), a website that has been around for over 10 years with millions of users, was forced offline. For those that don’t know what isoHunt is, here’s a quick explanation: isoHunt facilitated a peer-to-peer service for users to exchange files quickly and easily between individuals using the internet. It […]

The Risk of Extending “without authorization” Under the CFAA To Include a Technological Barrier

Posted by Cyberbear on November 24, 2013 in Internet, Judicial Decisions, Tech News |

Posted by: Tammy Thibodeau A recent decision has extended the Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)’s definition of “without authorization” to include a website user, who knowingly accessed the website after revocation of permission or eluded a “technology barrier.” Under the civil provisions of CFAA, Craigslist sued 3Taps, an aggregator of Craigslist ads who republishes […]

Google Did What? And Won?: Understanding the Authors Guild v. Google Case

Posted by Cyberbear on November 18, 2013 in Copyright Law, Ebooks & Readers, Intellectual Property, Tech News |

Posted by:  Ashlee Hoffman   In a decision being hailed across the Internet, Judge Chin decided that copying millions of books constituted fair use. How did that happen?

The Copyright Alert System

Posted by Cyberbear on November 12, 2013 in Copyright Law, Internet, Tech News |

Posted By: Justin McKay Hello Cyberbear readers! Below is a mildly detailed FAQ of the origins and effects of the Copyright Alert System that went into effect earlier this year. What is the Copyright Alert System and what does it do? The Copyright Alert System (CAS) is a collaborative approach between private parties to curb […]

To Stream or Not to Stream

Posted by Cyberbear on October 16, 2013 in Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Internet, Judicial Decisions, Tech News |

Posted By: Logan Woodruff   The major television networks petitioned the Supreme Court on Friday October 11, 2013, to hear an appeal in their case against Aero Inc. (“Aereo”), according to a Wall Street Journal article. Amol Sharma and Shalini Ramachandran, Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court to Intervene Over Aereo, The Wall St. J. (Oct 11, […]

The Google Book Settlement Decision & Opt-In/Opt-Out Models of IP Protection in Cyberspace

The District Court has rendered its decision rejecting the Amended Settlement Agreement (ASA) in The Authors Guild v. Google, Inc., the Google Books copyright infringement case for digitalizing books from University libraries and other sources. The decision actually nicely highlights the incompatibility between traditional copyright and other intellectual property models and the fast moving pace […]


Disintermediating the Courts and the Legal Profession

Posted by Cyberbear on February 24, 2011 in Internet, Judicial Decisions, Tech News |

Development of the internet uniquely has disintermediated many industries.  Book, newspaper, and music industry publishers and distributors have seen their roles and revenues decline as the internet creates more direct marketing and other relationships between content creators and content consumers.  This googlization of the economy continues to revolutionize many industries.  Perhaps the latest and most […]

Zombiecookies, Evercookies and More

Posted by Cyberbear on December 1, 2010 in Computer Software, Internet, Tech News |

Posted by: Matt Kimmel Cookies have become a pervasive and largely transparent element of the browsing experience. Unless your browser is set to ask before storing cookies, chances are you never have to deal with cookies, although you may deal with technical difficulties stemming from not storing them if that’s the behavior you’ve selected. Their […]

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