Inevitable lawsuit by music people against MySpace

Originally posted 2006-11-19 21:18:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Times gets the story down. (On topics not involving politics, regarding which the paper is hopelessly corrupt, it’s still very good.) Is clunky, social-networking-for-twenty-somethings pioneer MySpace really entitled to the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA? I’ve expressed my doubts about the likes of YouTube getting the free pass (and maybe I’m not so alone), but I’m a little less agnostic regarding MySpace.

A California lawyer interviewed by the Times, Anthony Berman (who has no useful Martindale listing and whose website unfortunately consists of nothing but a series of empty Flash animations, so no usable link is available — I’m sure he’s very good), gets it right, though: It hardly matters, and neither side really would dream of taking it far enough to find out:

Mr. Berman said Universal’s case was intended more to press MySpace into a lucrative licensing deal rather than into a real court fight. “It’s a way to get MySpace to the table,” he said. “It’s less about piracy. It’s a lot about control.”

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3 Responses to “Inevitable lawsuit by music people against MySpace”

  1. November 20, 2006 at 1:12 am #

    Hi, I am a really very poor single mother in Australia, whom owns a Trade Mark. I registered the Trade Mark for the protection the intellectual property of an idea which arose in the usual conduct of communication between my self and my children in respect of what was interesting for them. I have an intention, of course, and have begun in that intention, to make some very real work efforts in providing for my children’s education within that idea. The idea has a sales value, and critically, it is because the idea was generated in large part my my children’s efforts to comprehend the world around them through play, and that I regard play as the work of children, I am committed to protecting our idea.

    It seems to me that very much of the world of copyrighting and Trade Marking and Patenting as it revolves around use of the internet, is very difficult to truly keep track of. Obviously the internet is a tool which was invented for a purpose which is inclusive of protecting all children’s right to receive an education adequate to their natural ability. Yet that it is being used often for many illegal purposes is a matter which the whole of Humanity needs to take due reguard of.

    I here only wanted to present these thoughts to you as a symbolic gesture of support for work which is aligned to manifest any assistance in preventing the internet being used for any unlawful purposes, or any purposes which are detrimental to children, healthy family interactions, and healthy lawabiding Human communication in general.

    Thankyou for considering my commentary.

  2. November 30, 2006 at 6:04 pm #

    Ron: Thanks for the blog mention. If the Times had identified me as Tony instead of Anthony you probably would have had an easier time finding me at Berman Entertainment and Technology Law http://www.beat-law.com . Best regards, Tony Berman

  3. December 1, 2006 at 8:11 am #

    Anyone else having bother with myspace or is it just my pc?
    Last couple of days it seems it wont let me download any song from anywhere.
    Anyone having same bother – or anyone how to sort it?

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