Court Requires ISPs to Notice P2P Suspects of Subpoena

A district court in eastern Pennsylvania has issued an order forcing ISPs to first send their customers detailed notices about the subpoenas, including information about how the accused suspects can contest the subpoenas. Read the article here.

ASCAP Gives Radio Internet Simulcast Rights

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced on October 18, 2004. that it has reached a 1.7 billion dollar deal with the Radio Music License Committee to let stations simulcast their on-air content over the Internet. Read the article at CNet News.

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Verizon Appeal

In December, 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned an earlier lower-court ruling allowing the RIAA et al. to use a provision in the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 to subpoena the names of suspected P2P file sharers from Verizon, an ISP. Read that decision here. On Tuesday, October 12, 2004, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, letting the appellate decsision stand.

Alleged Spyware Scammers Sued By FTC

In the first case filed against alleged spyware scammers, the FTC charged Seismic Entertainment Productions, Smartbot.Net, and Sanford Wallace with secretly installing spyware on computers causing unstoppable myriads of pop-up ads to be displayed, then sending messages advising “Spy Wiper” or “Spy Deleter” had to be bought for $30 to stop the infection. The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has been asked to grant a TRO enjoining this alleged scam. Read Continue reading Alleged Spyware Scammers Sued By FTC

BNetD Servers Infringe Blizzard’s Copyrights

Blizzard, creator and seller of such popular computer games as “StarCraft,” “StarCraft: Brood War,” “WarCraft II: edition,” “Diablo,” and “Diablo II: Lord of Destruction,” sued two individual defendants who are computer programmers, and a systems administrator, for releasing BNetD servers, which allow Blizzard’s games to be played in multiplayer mode over the internet. Blizzard contended, inter alia, that defendants, who admitted reverse engineering Blizzard’s software, infringed Blizzard’s copyrights in their own software and server, Continue reading BNetD Servers Infringe Blizzard’s Copyrights

RIAA Files Another 762 P2P File Sharing Lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America (“RIAA”) has filed yet another 762 P2P file sharing law suits, bringing the total to approximately 5400 suits to date! The usual settlement price to buy out is $5000.00.