The year 2016 was momentous in politics and celebrity deaths, but also in the field of technology law. Here’s our wrap-up of the five most significant tech cases that hit the judiciary in the past year.
Stay tuned for more adventures in copyright as the balance between rights owners and “fair users” lurches along towards future high-profile showdowns.
Pandora’s antitrust lawsuit against ASCAP is a leading-edge dispute, scheduled for trial by year-end, that may help catalyze a new approach to the old question of whether — and if so to what extent — owners of copyrighted digital content are permitted to refuse to deal with competing distribution channels on dramatically different commercial terms.
Like most legal subjects dealing with technology, copyright law is lagging behind the fast-moving and disruptive changes wrought by social media to old legal rules for determining rights to Internet content. Things may at last be getting a bit more settled.
In the continuing conflict between social media and copyright law, only time will tell. Once again, disruptive technology is caught in the middle.
German, French, Japanese and other nations’ legal rules on search defamation, autocomplete and royalties are foreign, literally, to U.S. jurisprudence.
Comedy Central’s South Park has opened the door for “fair use” copyright defenses to shut down infringement lawsuits before they saddle defendants with discovery expenses or force a settlement for cost reasons.
This is a presentation I made in June 2011 at the 140 Characters Conference in New York focusing on copyright law and content ownership in social media.
Western democracies are not immune from the Net regulation trend. In the name of the fight against child pornography or the theft of intellectual property, laws and decrees have been adopted, or are being deliberated, notably in Australia, France, Italy and Great Britain.
I just posted the presentation slides from my keynote speech at the SociaLex 2010 conference, titled “Where (What) Is the Law of Social Media?”