CEA, Microsoft Others Complain to FTC on Copyrights
The Computer and Communications Industry Association on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against several major copy right holders in the sports, entertainment and publishing industries, alleging that the companies have misled customers as to the nature of copyrights.
Among CCIA members signing on to the complaint, according to the New York Times, were Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo, as well as the CEA. Those named include sports leagues Major League Baseball and the National Football League, entertainment companies NBC Universal and Dreamworks, and publishing giants Harcourt and the Penguin Group.
At issue in the dispute are the copyright infringement warnings- the FBI warning shown before movies, the “shall not be reproduced or rebroadcast without the express written consent” warning during baseball games- which the CCIA feels mislead consumers away from using copyrighted materials lawfully.