We have received a copy of the complaint filed with the FTC by the Computer & Communications Industry Association against such content owners as Universal, NBC Universal, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Dreamworks Studios, and others, for misrepresenting copyright law in their "copyright warnings".
The case is
In the Matter ofThe complaint starts off saying:
Misrepresentation of Consumer Fair Use and
National Football League, NFL Properties,
Inc., NFL Enteprises LLC
Major League Baseball, Major League
Baseball Properties, Inc., Major League
Baseball Advanced Media, LP
NBC Universal, Inc., Universal Studios, Inc.,
and Morgan Creek Productions, Inc.
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.,
DreamWorks LLC, a Viacom property
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
This complaint concerns the systematic misrepresentation of consumers’ rights to use legally acquired content by certain copyright-holding corporations. These corporations have engaged, and continue to engage in, a nationwide pattern of unfair and deceptive trade practices by misrepresenting consumer rights under copyright law, and in some cases threatening criminal and civil penalties against consumers who choose to exercise statutorily or Constitutionally guaranteed rights. These false representations violate the letter and spiritand then goes on to provide very specific examples of false and deceptive statements by the content owners, attaching selected examples as exhibits.
of the Federal Trade Commission Act’s prohibition against unfair or deceptive acts or
practices in or affecting commerce.
Non-pdf versions of the full complaint are available online here at Groklaw (without exhibits) and here at Defend Fair Use (with exhibits).
Complaint in "Matter of Misrepresentation of Consumer Fair Use and Related Rights* (Full version, including exhibits, in *pdf format)
* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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