Legal Cases: Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

The two cases below represent precedent-setting cases that sent a chill down the spine of commercial copiers and ordinary citizens who downloaded music from early free sites, such as Napster.

Records Inc MCA v. Napster, Inc., Nos. 00-16401, 00-16403, US 9th circuit court. Argued and Submitted Oct. 2, 2000 – February 12, 2001. Web Oct. 8, 2013.

Basic Books, Inc. v. Kinko’s Graphics Corporation (United States District Court, S.D. New York,No. 89 Civ. 2807 (CBM) March 28, 1991).

Below are other important cases involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. I am currently in the process of reviewing these cases to highlight the important points.

Apple Inc. v. Psystar Corp., No. 10-15113, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT, 658 F.3d 1150; 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 19707; 100 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1338; Copy. L. Rep. (CCH) P30,137, November 30, 2010, Argued and Submitted, San Francisco, California, September 28, 2011, Filed, Motion denied by Apple Inc. v. Psystar Corp., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 148 (N.D. Cal., Jan. 3, 2012)US Supreme Court certiorari denied by Psystar Corp. v. Apple Inc., 2012 U.S. LEXIS 3593 (U.S., May 14, 2012)


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