Criminal Copyright Infringement is Crime of “Moral Turpitude”

This past Friday, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that criminal copyright infringement constitutes a “crime involving moral turpitude” under immigration law. The Board reasoned that criminal copyright infringement is inherently immoral because it involves the willful theft of property and causes harm to both the copyright owner and society. The respondent, Raul Zaragoza-Vaquero, was […]

Second Circuit Deepens Red Flag Knowledge Circuit Split in Vimeo

Cross-posted from the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) blog. The Second Circuit’s recent opinion in Capitol Records v. Vimeo is, to put it mildly, pretty bad. From its convoluted reasoning that copyrights under state law for pre-1972 sound recordings are limited by the DMCA safe harbors, despite the explicit statement in Section […]

Ninth Circuit Gets Fair Use Wrong to the Detriment of Creators

The following post first appeared on the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) blog, and it is reposted with permission here. The Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Lenz v. Universal is out, and it’s a doozy. The main issue in the case is whether a rightholder has to consider fair use before sending a […]

The Turtles, the Lone Ranger, & the Attack of the Zombie Copyrights

Flo & Eddie, Inc., owned by two founding members of “The Turtles,” has scored another victory in its ongoing efforts to protect its pre-1972 sound recordings. Last October, Flo & Eddie sued Pandora, stating four separate claims for relief against the internet radio service. The first claim was that Pandora had violated its statutory rights […]