December 11th, 2007

Chris Keeley

that making personal copies of songs from one's CD onto one's computer is an infringement.

 

Monday, December 10, 2007

 

RIAA files supplemental brief in Atlantic v. Howell; argues personal copies ripped to computer are unauthorized

In Atlantic v. Howell, a case against a pro se litigant in Arizona, the RIAA has filed a supplemental brief in support of its motion for summary judgment. The Court has given Mr. Howell until January 11th to respond, and has scheduled a hearing for January 24th at 2:00 P.M.

The RIAA's brief makes the novel contention, contradicting its lawyers' arguments at the Supreme Court in MGM v. Grokster, that making personal copies of songs from one's CD onto one's computer is an infringement.

RIAA Supplemental Brief*
December 10, 2007, Order*

* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation

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Chris Keeley

The July suicides, one week apart, of inseparable New York multi-media artists Theresa Duncan and Je

The July suicides, one week apart, of inseparable New York multi-media artists Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake rocked their hip downtown crowd. 

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan 

by Nancy Jo Sales

On a rainy October night in Washington, D.C., the friends and family of Jeremy Blake gathered for a private memorial service at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Blake, an art-world star acclaimed for his lush and moody “moving paintings,” shape-shifting innovations mixing abstract painting and digital film, had ended his life on the night of July 17, walking into the Atlantic Ocean off Rockaway Beach, Queens, never to return.

“I am going to join the lovely Theresa,” Blake, 35, had written on the back of a business card, which he left on the beach, along with his clothes. Police helicopters searched for him for days on the chance he might still be alive. Friends prayed that he was, talking of how his passport was missing, he had bought a ticket to Germany. Then on July 22, a fisherman found his body floating 4.5 miles off Sea Girt, New Jersey.

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It is also true that Blake and Duncan, however unbalanced they became, were not the first to claim t

 It is also true that Blake and Duncan, however unbalanced they became, were not the first to claim they were being “harassed” by Scientologists. There’s an extensive body of journalism on the subject, notably including an award-winning 1991 Time article entitled “The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power,” by Richard Behar, who called the church “a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner.”

Scientology sued Behar, Time, and Time Warner for libel in U.S. District Court in New York after the piece was published. Ten years later, in January of 2001, after a lengthy legal battle, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York upheld an earlier ruling saying that the defendants had an absence of malice in publishing the article, because Behar had conducted a standard investigation before writing his article.

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