Google Comments to USTR on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

By |September 17th, 2008|

Comments Submitted by Google Inc. Regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Response to USTR Public Notice of September 5, 2008 (73 FR 51860)

September 17, 2008

Google Inc. appreciates the opportunity to comment on the pending negotiations for the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). We have three areas of concern: (1) the scope of the issues proposed […]

Landmark Ruling: DVD-Unlocking Code Ruled Lawful in Europe

By |May 25th, 2007|

A Finnish Court has ruled that the Content Scrabling System (CSS) computer code, which unlocks DVD movies, is lawful in Europe. The decision was a first to interpret the legality of DVD decoding software under the 2001 European Copyright Directive. .... This ruling is good news for consumers and innovators who want to build interoperable tools that will permit consumers to engage in a full range of lawful activities with their digital media collections, like making digital movie archives and video "mash-ups". Besides applying across the EU, European experts believe this ruling will apply across media platforms and not restricted only to DVDs.

DVD-Jon Liberates the iPod – Digital Music Wars Take New Direction – Unlocking the Devices

By |October 23rd, 2006|

Jon Johansen has done it again! He has has figured out how to improve existing technology by reverse engineering it and building innovative new software that expands consumer choice -- this time for digital music. You may remember in 1999, when 15-year-old Jon Johansen posted DeCSS, a tool created to build a DVD player for the Linux operating system, and started a fire-storm of movie studio lawsuits under the brand new 1998 US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and California trade secrets law. (Jon was also acquitted twice in Norway by the Norwegian Supreme Court). The DeCSS case was my first case as an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and we were all treading on unchartered territory in those days. Since then, the DMCA and other anti-circumvention laws have created a legal quagmire for reverse engineers that has kept us all too busy. ....

Circumvention Prohibitions Reconsidered: Why America’s Mistake is Europe’s Future

By |July 6th, 2004|

Circumvention Prohibitions Reconsidered:
Why America’s Mistake is Europe’s Future
By Robin D. Gross, IP Justice
I.  US and EU Pressured to Outlaw Consumer Circumvention
Today lawmakers all over the world are both dreaming of the opportunities and grappling with the challenges that digital technology creates for authors and distributors of intellectual property.  At the same time, consumers express excitement […]

DeCSS Litigation Timeline (Hollywood’s war on DVD software and consumers)

By |February 27th, 2004|

DeCSS Litigation Timeline

Below is a table that outlines Hollywood’s various legal battles to outlaw DeCSS software.

v. Mathew Pavlovich
Filed by DVD-CCAIn California State Courts under trade secret misappropriation claim.(Jurisdictional question).

v. Andrew Bunner
Filed by DVD-CCAIn California State Courts under trade secret misappropriation claim.(First Amendment issue).

v. 2600 Magazine
Filed by Eight Hollywood movie studios in NY Federal Court under […]

IP Justice Santo Domingo Statement: ‘Why the Americas Should Resist Pressure to Adopt the FTAA’s Intellectual Property Rights Chapter’

By |January 28th, 2004|

IP Justice Santo Domingo Statement:
Why the Americas Should Resist Pressure to Adopt the FTAA’s Intellectual Property Rights Chapter

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28 January 2004
 
IP Justice Santo Domingo Statement:

Why the Americas Should Resist Pressure to Adopt the FTAA’s Intellectual Property Rights Chapter
Despite enormous pressure […]

IP Justice Statement to German Judicial Committee on Proposed Legislation to Implement Technological Circumvention Prohibitions

By |January 28th, 2003|

IP Justice statement to the German Judicial Committee regarding the proposed legislation to implement European Union Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC) (view as .pdf)

28 January 2003

By Robin D. Gross

RE:  STELLUNGNAHME DER IP JUSTICE ZUM ENTWURF EINES GESETZES ZUR AENDERUNG DES URHEBERRECHTS IN DER INFORMATIONSGESELLSCHAFT (BUNDESTAGSDRUCKSACHE 15/38)