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New Legal Battle for Google in Germany

20 Apr

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Google just can’t seem to catch a break these days.  A court in Hamburg, Germany ordered Google to install filters on the YouTube service in Germany to prevent copyright infringement of the rights of musicians, filmmakers, and others in the entertainment industry.  While Google was not direclty responsible for uploading infringing material, the judge in Hamburg found the company should have done more to stop the violations.

In a statement by the company, it said:  “Today’s ruling confirms that YouTube is a hosting platform and cannot be obliged to control all videos uploaded to the site.  The ruling is a partial success for the music industry in general, for our users as well as artists, composers, YouTube and other Web platforms in Germany.”

An appeal is expected by Google.

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New Royalty Rates for Digital Music

17 Apr

Google, Apple Inc., and Amazon reached an agreement last week with record industry representatives to set royalty payments for their cloud services.  Last year the companies started their cloud services  allowing users to access, purchase and store music from the Internet.  These services were not covered by the earlier royalty agreement.  The new proposal would create guidelines for five new types of services, including online “locker” services.

“If you purchase a cell phone and got song as a ringtone, if you pay for a subscription to an on-demand service such as Spotify, if you stream your own collection via a “locker” like Amazon’s Cloud Player or Apple’s iCloud, a new agreement between music industry officials, cell phone companies and digital streaming services will determine how much the copyright holders will make each time you press play.”

Once the proposal is approved by the Copyright Royalty Board, the new terms would go into effect in 2013, and expire in 2017.

To find out more, visit the NPR blog at this link.

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Second Legal Blow to Google in Two Weeks

10 Apr

Credit: Google, Inc.

Google suffers its second legal setback in two weeks.  First, last week the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revived Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against Google’s YouTube video site. (See our earlier blog post about Viacom’s lawsuit, Viacom Battle with YouTube Continues).  Then on Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated part of an earlier court decision dismissing a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against the Internet-search company by Rosetta Stone.  The court revived claims that Google directly infringed on Rosetta Stone’s trademark and diluted the Rosetta Stone brand.

In a lawsuit filed in 2009, Rosetta Stone accused Google of committing trademark infringement by selling the language-software maker’s trademarks to third-party advertisers for use as search keywords.  Google sells advertisers the rights to use certain words or phrases as keywords for the paid ads, known as sponsored links, on search result pages.  Users are directed to the advertiser’s sites via the links and Rosetta Stone argued customers searching for its language learning software on Google were redirected to competitors and software copycats.  The keywords that Google sold to other businesses included “Rosetta Stone” and “Rosettastone.com.”  In 2010 a Virginia District Court dismissed the case finding there was no likelihood of confusion to consumers from the sale of the keywords.

More information can be found at this article from MSNBC.

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