Jathan Desir, 26, of Iowa City, pled guilty on 12/22/04 to copyright infringement and conspiracy charges stemming from his part in “Warez,” which is a web ring that distributes pirated software, games, music and movies over the internet. Desir faces up to 15 years in prison and will be sentenced in March, 2005.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear MGM v. Grokster Appeal

On December 10, 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it will hear MGM’s appeal in MGM Studios v. Grokster, No. 04-480. Oral argument is set for March, and a decision is expected by July.

Liability for CyberLibel?

In Barrett v. Rosenthal, California Supreme Court [No. S122953], the Supreme Court of California is presently reviewing a decision by the California Court of Appeal, First District, Div. Two [No. A096451], which held Illena Rosenthal, a woman’s health advocate, liable for posting a controversial opinion piece on a Usenet news group. The piece was written not by Rosenthal, but by Tim Bolen, a critic of plaintiff Terry Polevoy. Federal law provides that no provider or Continue reading Liability for CyberLibel?