A New York federal judge quashed and/or limited adult film industry plaintiffs’ requests for early discovery in a copyright infringement case stemming from numerous “John Doe” defendants’ supposed illegal downloading of adult films. As a part of his analysis in this ruling, U.S. Magistrate Gary R. Brown held last Tuesday that an IP address is not sufficient evidence to identify a specific person in a case alleging that pornographic copyrighted material was illegally downloaded. According Magistrate Brown, “It is no more likely that the subscriber to an IP address carried out a particular computer function — here the purported illegal downloading of a single pornographic film — than to say an individual who pays the telephone bill made a specific telephone call.”
The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that national data retention laws do not prevent Internet service providers from sharing customer information that copyright holders can use to identify individuals that they believe have engaged in illegal file-sharing.
Facebook has yet another privacy SNAFU. For a time there, you could even see Mark Zuckerberg’s private photos.
Clever Branding Can Transform Your Company
, Even If You’re Selling the Same Old Stuff Everyone Else Is.
What to Do If Your Business Gets Hacked. This article provides a decent starting place. More on Data Security: How to Protect Your Employees’ SmartPhones from a Data Breach.
MusicRow is reporting that Karen Oertley has stepped down from her post as executive director of Leadership Music. Oertley replaced Kira Florita less than two years ago, via nashvillepost.com.
This is sooo true. I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore, via Dan Pallotta of the Harvard Business Review: s.hbr.org/uvc9Lq
Is the “Brain Drain” Now Headed in the Other Direction? Is the World’s Talent Leaving the US?
Franklin, Tennessee’s PureSafety, a provider of health and medical management software, has been acquired by Underwriters Laboratories, a global company out of Northbrook, Ill. The business is expected to stay in Franklin.
Congratulations to Nashville’s Sharon Edwards, CFO of brokerage Willis North America, who was named by industry magazine Business Insurance as one of its 25 ‘Women to Watch’ based on her “leadership, professional achievement and market influence,” via nashvillepost.com.
In more local business news, Gibson Guitar has purchased a suite of Florida-based companies that specialize in professional audio equipment, and created a new division — Gibson Pro Audio — based in Nashville.
Social Media is the “great equalizer” for small businesses.
The Nashville Predators are worth more than last year but still are bringing up the rear of the NHL.
Which carrier do you suppose has the fastest downloading and uploading cellular service in Nashville? Unfortunately, it is not mine.
reporter Erin Andrews filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit in Davidson County Circuit Court
last week accusing the West End Marriot of invasion of privacy, neglige
nce, and emotional distress stemming from a well-publicized incident in which an individual named Michael Barrett secretly videotaped her in the nude in 2008 and publicized it on the Internet. Barret, who is also a defendant in the lawsuit, was convicted of stalking Ms. Andrews in 2010, and was sentenced to two and half years in federal prison. Andrews is seeking $10 million in damages in the suit–$6 million from the Marriot and $4 million from Barrett. The Complaint alleges that Barrett called the Marriot and was told Ms. Andrew’s room number which enabled him to rent the room next to hers. Barrett then removed the peephole from Andrew’s hotel room door and filmed her without her knowledge as she was changing clothes. Andrews initially filed the lawsuit last year and withdrew it in order to file separate lawsuits in each of the cities where she was stalked and recorded by Barrett.