Thursday, November 18, 2010
EMI, MP3Tunes in copyright fight over "digital lockers"; an issue for owners of music collections?; more on Righthaven and DMCA
There was an explanation of this case placed in Exchange Magazine in March 2008 by Ryan Radia, link here.
Erick Schonfeld documented that defendant Michael Robertson had won an early round, in TechCrunch, here. Robertson wrote about the case in his own blog here.
Remote music storage could be important for other reasons: preservation. We’re finding out that CD’s and DVD’s are not immune to damage or deterioration over many years, and music collectors may want to store their collections in password protected lockers in the Cloud.
Electronic Frontier Foundation recently posted an amicus brief in the case, pdf here where it argues that EMI is undermining the Safer Harbor provision of the DMCA, already controversial recently because Righthaven has found a way to circumvent it for some defendants.
This may be a good place to note progress in Righthaven, where there was a lull in early November but a spate of cases yesterday, bringing the total to 175. See the “Righthaven victims” link given here September 8, 2010, where the site notes that a defendant Robert Zumbrunnen has countersued, who says he will not give in to shakedowns despite his modest means. Righthaven is trying to back out of its suit against the Democratic Underground because of a countersuit by EFF; the Las Vegas Sun has a copy of Righthaven’s motion (PDF) here.