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Court Tosses Claim on Unregistered Copyright, CEOs Demand Federal Privacy Law, Antitrust Probes Against Facebook, Google, Uber, Tencent and Car-Makers, and more
IP, Privacy and Antitrust This Week: Audible Files Motion to Dismiss Publishers Suit, Court Rejects Copyright Infringement suit over Gilda Radner Documentary, Tencent Music Shares Fall After Probe into Record Label Ties, Old Antitrust Laws May Hinder Probe into Facebook and Google, DOJ to Probe Automakers’ Emission Deals with California, SC Orders Investigation into Uber Practices, Conservative Party May be Liable for Data Breach, 51 Tech CEOs Demand Federal Data Privacy Law in Open Letter, and more.
Audible Files Motion to Dismiss Publishers Suit
The Amazon-owned audiobook company, Audible, has filed a motion to dismiss the suit and opposing the application for injunction filed by seven publishers last month. In their collective suit, the publishers had claimed that the Audible Caption feature, which converted speech to text, resulted in the unauthorized distribution of ebooks along with the audio book version. In its memorandum filed before the court, Audible has argued that the feature is not a paper book, e-book or any other cross-format product. It claims the sole purpose of this feature is to engage readers while listening to an audiobook, and comes well within the purview of fair use.
Court Rejects Copyright Infringement Suit over Gilda Radner Documentary
A copyright infringement suit brought by a journalist against CNN and Magnolia Pictures over a documentary on the life of the legendary comedian and actress, Gilda Radner, has been rejected by a New Yorkcourt. The journalist, Hillary Johnson, claimed that the audiotapes of her interviews with Gilda and used in the making of the documentary, “Love, Gilda”, were creative enough to claim copyright protection. However, thecourt refused to allow her suit for copyright infringement to proceed because she did not get the tapes registered or seek a declaration of ownership prior to the institution of this suit.
Tencent Music Shares Fall After Probe into Record Label Ties
Tencent Music Entertainment Group suffered a setback after the Chinese antitrust authorities started investigating its licensing deals with major record labels like Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. These labels have sold exclusive rights to the Chinese company which in turn, sublicences content to other smaller companies in China. The fee that such companies have