Hollywood Docket: Appeals court rules on downloads; Porn pirate leak; another Lady Gaga suit

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Hollywood Docket: Appeals court rules on downloads; Porn pirate leak; another Lady Gaga suit

Wed Sep 29, 2010 @ 08:45AM PST
  • The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against ASCAP, holding that digital downloads don't constitute public performances. The ruling means that ASCAP can't charge higher rates when users download and play songs. The defendants, Yahoo and RealNetworks, must still pay statutory mechanical royalties, but the appeals court remanded the case to a lower court to determine what's justified. [Billboard
  • A list of names and addresses of more than 5,300 Sky broadband users who allegedly downloaded copyrighted porn has been leaked to the Internet. Officials in the UK are investigating a possible major breach of the country's Data Protection Act. [Telegraph]
  • Last month, former Lady Gaga boyfriend and producer Rob Fusari settled his $30 million lawsuit against the singer. Now, another woman, Wendy Starland, says she introduced Fusari to Lady Gaga and is seeking her cut in a lawsuit in Newark Federal Court. [Forbes]
  • RIAA lawyers have taken down Mulve, a music downloading application that recently became big with more than 30,000 visitors a day. [TF]
  • Three law professors say they realized that people were unlikely to read law review articles, so in order to make copyright law more digestible, the group decided to produce some comics. The first, "Bound by Law" attempted to explain how fair use applied to documentary filmmakers. The group is now at work on a comic entitled "Theft: A History of Music." Check it out, it's pretty impressive. [SFGate]
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