Making matters worse, she did not find her photo on a newspaper or crime blotter website that reports local crime. Cantu found herself in the mugshot racket. Her photo was on Arrestmugshot.com, Mugshots.com and Tampacriminal.com—all of which demanded a fee to take down these photos (two of these sites, arrestmugshot.com and tampacriminal.com, are no longer active, with the latter now redirecting to a lawyer’s website). … [Read more...] about Use copyright law to battle against mugshot extortion
From what we post online to what is posted about us, our internet profiles are defining. While there have been attempts to curb mugshot websites by state governments and tech companies, this extortion racket is alive and well. It is an ongoing, national problem that requires a new solution, bringing together police and communities against these nefarious websites. To fight back, law enforcement agencies must flex their legal ownership of mugshots to combat this destructive practice. … [Read more...] about Use copyright law to battle mugshot extortion
A class of authors of pre-1972 sound recordings had sued CBS Radio in California, alleging it was using their songs without permission or payment. Sound recordings lacked copyright protection before 1972, but the California Legislature has granted authors of pre-1972 songs exclusive ownership of those recordings. A class of those authors, including Al Green, Mahalia Jackson and the Everly Brothers, filed a lawsuit for copyright violation. … [Read more...] about Pre-1972 recordings are governed by older copyright law even if remastered, 9th Circuit says
Sajjad Karim, Conservative legal affairs spokesman, said: "This legislation is now better balanced, answering many of the concerns of journalists, publishers and musicians whose work was being shared freely online without stifling innovation or fundamentally changing the nature of the internet.” … [Read more...] about What is Article 13, when did the new EU copyright laws get approved and what do they mean?
Now, after significant debate, the European Parliament is preparing to vote on a new copyright directive that will clamp down on online copyright infringement and harmonize laws across the 28 member states, according to proponents. However, many see major hurdles to the implementation of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which could foil its goals and chill free speech. … [Read more...] about Proposed EU regulation to modernize copyright laws generates controversy, heated opposition