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Google closes against Oracle

Google closes against Oracle

Today is the day that it appears the Google vs Oracle case will close for the first time with Closing Arguments from both parties. I say for the first time because there's always a way for a court case to be re-opened after its final verdict - always. In this case, we're hearing from Google on how they were using JAVA APIs fairly with Android and how Oracles argument is essentially one that should be dismissed.

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Google lawsuit finds YouTube, not users, responsible for content

Google lawsuit finds YouTube, not users, responsible for content

In Germany, Google is being told to face the music. Literally. The search giant lost a legal battle to a music royalty group, after the court found that Goole is responsible for the content that its users post on YouTube. As a result, any copyright infringement claims that are levied against the site will need to be dealt with by Google. The buck stops there. The fat lady has sung.

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MPAA: embedding an illegal video is copyright infringement

MPAA: embedding an illegal video is copyright infringement

You’re probably well aware of the MPAA and its crusade against movie piracy, but here's some of the latest shenanigans. ArsTechnica reports on the struggle between the MPAA and various internet bodies over whether or not embedding a video hosted by a third party can be considered copyright infringement. The MPAA believe that there shouldn’t be a legal distinction between hosting infringing content and embedding it, telling the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that both should carry a risk of direct copyright infringement.

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RapidShare declared legal in Germany

RapidShare declared legal in Germany

RapidShare were previously ordered by the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg to filter all user uploads in order to prevent infringing material from hitting its servers. The ruling was a result of pressure from music conglomerate GEMA. In a reversal of fortune, the court has declared that that RapidShare operates legally in Germany, and that it does not have to filter user uploads.

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Dotcom gets $60k monthly for living expenses

Dotcom gets $60k monthly for living expenses

For many people around the world $60,000 is a yearly salary, and in some areas a very nice yearly salary. In the world of Megaupload CEO Kim Dotcom $60,000 covers a month of living expenses. New Zealand courts have now granted Dotcom and his family $60,000 a month to cover living expenses. Judge Judith Potter, who sits on the High Court in Auckland, granted living expenses to the family this week.

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Google files brief to defend Hotfile in federal court

Google files brief to defend Hotfile in federal court

The MPAA has started to push hard to close down websites that could allow users to upload copyrighted movies. The MPAA in some cases isn't simply trying to shut the websites down, it is going after owners and administrators of the websites as evidenced by the legal trouble Megaupload and its owners are going through. Google has now filed a brief in federal court in Florida to defend one of the most recent targets of the MPAA called Hotfile.

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22 Chinese authors Sue Apple over copyright

22 Chinese authors Sue Apple over copyright

Back in early January, we talked a bit about Apple facing a lawsuit over copyright infringement filed by nine different Chinese writers in Beijing. The writers alleged that Apple was selling their works on iTunes without permission. BBC News reports that now the 22 Chinese authors are suing Apple for a combined £5 million over alleged copyright infringement.

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RapidShare ordered to filter user uploads

RapidShare ordered to filter user uploads

Popular online file sharing service RapidShare has been ordered by the Higher Regional court of Hamburg to proactively filter user uploads to prevent illegal sharing of copyrighted content. The court's decision upholds three separate rulings that involved complaints brought on by music rights conglomerate GEMA and two by book publishers.

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Megaupload says a number of users are from the US government

Megaupload says a number of users are from the US government

The legal fight to extradite Kim Dotcom, the main man behind Megaupload continues to rage. Dotcom and other principles at the file storage site are facing multiple charges ranging from copyright infringement to racketeering and money laundering. As part of the legal campaign, the website was shut down leaving users with no access to files they had saved there.

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