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Lawyer Richard Liebowitz suspended from practicing by New York appeals court

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Attorney Richard Liebowitz, who has filed over 1,000 copyright infringement lawsuits on behalf of photographers, has been suspended from practicing in New York by the Appellate Division, Second Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

The court held that Liebowitz made false statements and failed to comply with court orders. The court's ruling confirms an order from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, dated November 25, 2020, and amended N...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Arizona court charges two individuals for running a scheme monetising the rights to songs they did not control

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Two individuals — Jose Teran, 36, of Scottsdale, Arizona and Webster Batista, 38, of Doral, Florida. — were charged in Federal Court with conspiracy, wire fraud, transactional money laundering, and aggravated identity theft.

Batista was arrested at his residence in Florida on November 18 by Special Agents with the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. Mid-November, a federal grand jury in Phoenix slapped Teran and Batista with a 30-count indictment.

Teran and Batista have be...

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Shopify sued by educational publishers for copyright infringement

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E-commerce platform Shopify has been sued by publishers of educational material and textbooks for copyright infringement.

In a lawsuit filed with the District Court for the Eastern Dictrict of Virginia, publishers Macmillan Learning, Cengage Learning, Elsevier, McGraw Hill and Pearson Education have accused Canada-based Shopify of "contributory and vicarious copyright infringement and contributory trademark infringement."

The publishers —represented by by Matthew Oppenheim of law firm Op...

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A British court sentences software developer to 30 month in prison for enabling access to video content

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Chester Crown Court has sentenced a British citizen from Winsford, Stephen Millington, 42, to thirty months in prison for creating and building a software package which enabled illegal access to TV channels and video streaming services such as BT Sport, SKY and Netflix, among others.

Millington had pleaded guilty to multiple fraud and copyright offenses, including making and supplying software to enable illegal access to subscription content, distributing infringing film content via a dedic...

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