This Week in IP Enforcement

Chinese Court Hits Apple in Copyright Dispute (The Wall Street Journal)
Apple was ordered to pay about $165,000 to a group of Chinese writers who say Apple violated their copyrights by making available in Apple’s app store software that contained unlicensed digital copies of their books.

Google, Yahoo Accused of Funding Piracy (CNET)
A University of Southern California report accuses Google and Yahoo’s advertising networks of financially supporting those who pirate music and movies online.

Chinese Man Pleads Guilty in $100 Million Stolen Software Sting (Reuters)
In a case U.S. officials say is the first of its kind, a Chinese businessman pleaded guilty to selling approximately $100 million worth of stolen American software used in defense, space technology and engineering programs.

Big Record Labels Push Copyright Claims Against Vimeo (The Hollywood Reporter)
Capitol Records and other big record labels asked a judge for a summary judgment win in a lawsuit against the user-generated video website Vimeo, who the plaintiffs allege copied, performed, and distributed sound recordings without attaining licenses.

Record 5-Year Prison Term Handed to Convicted File Sharer (Wired)
Jeramiah Perkins, leader of the in-theater camcording gang IMAGiNE Group, and the fifth to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, was handed a 60-month prison term in what is the nation’s longest sentence in a file-sharing case.


Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.