Does MySpace Care About Copyrights?

I. Introduction

They
probably should because Universal Music Group ("UMG") recently filed a
copyright infringement lawsuit against the popular social-networking
website. [1].  Myspace.com is alleged to allow its users to post and
share UMG's videos and songs without permission. [2].  UMG wants an
injunction against MySpace and a hefty damage award of $150,000 for
each individual copyright infringement violation. [3].

II. Analysis

UMG
says that MySpace’s content is “user stolen” intellectual property of
others and that “MySpace is aiding copyright infringement by
reformatting clips so users can transfer them to friends or post them
to other sites.” [4].  UMG attorney’s stated in their complaint that
“[d]efendants have made infringement free and easy. [They have] turned
MySpace Videos into a vast virtual warehouse for pirated copies of
music videos and songs." [5].

It is not like MySpace has been sitting around doing nothing to help
detect the copyright violations.  In October,

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Don’t Mess With Star Wars

I. Introduction

Lucasfilm, Ltd. was recently awarded $20
million in damages from the British company Shepperton Design Studios
for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and unfair
competition.  [1].  Shepperton was using Lucasfilm's TIE fighter pilot
helmets and Stormtrooper helmets and costumes from the Star Wars
movies.  [2],[3]. The strength of the Star Wars mark and all of the
characters in each movie is very strong, as evidenced by a judgment
like this.

II. Analysis

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California awarded
Lucasfilm the $20 million in damages.  [4]  Shepperton was found to
have made and sold unlicensed copies of Stormtrooper and TIE fighter
costumes and fraudulently said they were authentic items.  [5].  On top
of the damages, a permanent injunction was granted against Shepperton 
permanently barring them from "copying, reproducing, importing,
licensing, marketing or displaying any of its unauthorized Star Wars
products in the United States."  [6]. 

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