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Organisations representing copyright holders are pitted against digital businesses and online service providers in Australia's latest clash over intellectual property rules. Late last year the federal government tabled a bill that, if passed, will expand Australia's safe harbour rules. The proposed legislation will ...
Throughout the week, participants celebrated the essential limitations and exceptions to copyright that fair use and fair dealing provide, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. While fair use and fair dealing are employed on a daily ...

The Government of Vietnam has recently issued Decree No. 22/2018/ND-CP ("Decree No. 22") to replace Decree No. 100/2006/ND-CP dated 21 September 2006 detailing and guiding implementation of a number of articles of the Civil Code and Law on Intellectual Property regarding copyright and related ...
If you're reading this, you're probably well aware of Pepe the Frog, the cartoon character created by Matt Furie years ago that turned into quite the meme by the 4chan crowd. Over time, the meme morphed into one favored by Trump supporters and the alt-right (though, upset that Pepe has become too ...
The cartoonist who created Pepe the Frog has sued conspiracy-promoting website Infowars for selling a poster copying the character, which became hijacked by racist internet trolls and far-right extremists. The copyright infringement lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles, is the second that California-based ...
A government panel has issued a recommendation supporting the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) in its pursuit to collect copyright fee payments from music schools. The recommendation on Monday strongly hinted that the government will issue a decision ...

The lawsuit pinpoints one poster in particular as a source of copyright infringement. The poster features Pepe alongside InfoWars founder Alex Jones, President Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Roger Stone and others with the text "MAGA," short for Trump's campaign slogan, ...
Rearden LLC, the VFX firm that claims ownership to a popular facial motion-capture technology used in Hollywood, is not giving up on hopes of winning a copyright lawsuit against Disney, Paramount and Fox. On Tuesday, the plaintiff brought an amended lawsuit that tests a new copyright theory over ...
BlackBerry, a former messaging powerhouse, is suing Facebook, a current messaging powerhouse, for copyright infringement, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California. BlackBerry claims that Facebook "created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry's innovations," and ...
In the years since the Modernization Act, many educational institutions have paid Copyright Access nothing at all, taking advantage of the vague language of the act. The result has been an unmitigated disaster for Canadian educational publishing, with estimated losses of some C$50 million in payments to ...
I am here to speak about the importance of including provisions in NAFTA to protect the abilities of countries to have general and open public interest copyright exceptions. All three countries have such exceptions to varying degree. And all three are under threat from the agenda of some copyright holders in ...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represented Boing Boing in this case, said at the time that Boing Boing's reporting of the Playboy photos is protected by copyright's fair use doctrine. EFF Senior Staff Attorney Daniel Nazer stated that "journalists, scientists, researchers, and everyday people on the ...
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected photographer Co Rentmeester's copyright infringement claim against Nike, affirming a lower court decision that Nike's famous "Jumpman" logo and the photograph on which that logo was based are not "substantially similar" to a photograph by Rentmeester.
In the hour-long event, Wolff described the inner-workings of the Hollywood industry and his interactions with copyright law through licensing and royalty negotiations and disputes. He talked at length about what he had learned about contractual rights while creating scores for B-movies, many of which was ...
Copyright "safe harbour" rules aimed at ensuring the free flow of information by internet service providers without liability for infringing content are "distorting the digital market, profiting tech giants and leading to significant underpayment of Copyright owners," according to an international authors' industry ...
A US appeals court has backed Fox News in the broadcaster's copyright-infringement battle against online telly streamer TVEyes. Essentially, TVEyes was showing clips of Fox News on its website alongside text transcripts of the reports. Fox News took the biz to a district court, alleging copyright ...
In a victory for journalism and fair use, Playboy Entertainment has given up on its lawsuit against Happy Mutants, LLC, the company behind Boing Boing. Earlier this month, a federal court dismissed Playboy's claims but gave Playboy permission to try again with a new complaint, if it could dig up some new ...

Last week, the European Parliament's MEP in charge of overhauling the Eu's copyright laws did a U-turn on his predecessor's position. Axel Voss is charged with making the EU's copyright laws fit for the Internet Age, yet in a staggering disregard for advice from all quarters, he decided to include a ...
All information carried by the Yonhap news agency, including articles, photographs, graphics, audio and video images, and illustrations (collectively, the content) is owned by the Yonhap News Agency. The use of the content for any other purposes other than personal and noncommercial use is expressly ...
If you're a frequent Google images user, you'll likely soon notice a change when it comes to searches featuring professional, copyrighted photos. Google has reached an agreement with Getty Images that sees the search giant getting a "multi-year" license for Getty imagery, in turn ending the photo ...
Content owners will have a new tool to fight copyright infringement on Instagram. The photo and video-sharing application this week added a tool that lets content owners scan uploaded videos to search for those infringing on protected material. The tool, facebook rights manager, comes from Instagram's ...
Online platforms have enabled an explosion of creativity -- but the laws that make this possible are under attack in NAFTA negotiations. We recently launched EveryoneCreates.org to share the stories of artists and creators who have been empowered by the internet. This guest post from Public ...
Australian creators struggle to understand copyright law and how to manage it for their own projects. Indeed, a new study has found copyright law can act as a deterrent to creation, rather than an incentive for it. Interviews with 29 Australian creators, including documentary filmmakers, writers, musicians and ...
Wiz Khalifa is reportedly being sued for copyright infringement. Georgia rapper Cymple Man (born Dustin Bennett) claims that Khalifa's (real name Cameron Jibril Thomaz) 2016 song "Most of Us" rips off his 2010 song of the same name, as Billboard points out. The two Rappers allegedly crossed paths in ...
(CN) - A bevy of products beneficial to consumers would be in circulation if not for one obscure copyright law companies use to protect their profits at the expense of their customers, a report issued this week claims. The Electronic Frontier Foundation compiled "The Catalog of Missing Devices" to ...
It's as Canadian as a copyright clash can get. A Vancouver artist is suing B.C. Lottery corporation for allegedly using her distinctive maple leaf design without permission on scratch and win tickets tied to Canada's 150th birthday. In a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Kim Hunter says the three ...
This is an odd case to raise the America Invents Act. It is a continuation of the break between Conservative Eagle Phyllis Schafly (d.2016) and some members of her Eagle Forum (including her daughter Anne Schafly Cori - the break was precipitated by Phyllis Shafly's support of Donald Trump's ...
In late March, television personality Dr. Phil McGraw is scheduled to go to trial against a former employee named Leah Rothman, whom he accuses of copyright infringement. If Dr. Phil gets his way, a jury won't hear of Rothman's claim that working on the show caused her hair to fall out. If Dr. Phil gets his ...
NEW YORK (CN) - A New York federal judge dismissed a copyright suit claiming U2 stole a 12-second guitar solo on its 1991 album "Achtung baby" from a British blues guitarist's instrumental track. Guitarist Paul Rose, 51, filed his copyright lawsuit in the Southern District of New York in Feb. 2017, claiming ...
In addition to accusing U2 of ripping off his guitar solo, Rose's copyright file also claimed the percussion in the U2 song "accentuates the same points in the bass line" as his own work. In his opposition brief, Rose asserted that the U2 song had "the same attitude, attack, style and overall approach.".
The boundaries between appropriation and plagiarism, fair use and copyright infringement are notoriously blurry in contemporary art -- just ask Patrick Cariou. Not only are these issues complex, but people in the art world rarely discuss them openly and honestly. More often than not, they are dealt with in ...
Please do include a note saying: "Source: Greenpeace (http://www.greenpeace.org)" and reproduce any byline or copyright information provided in the original. Articles and text from third party sources remain the intellectual property and copyright of those third party sources, and permission for use should be sought from ...
The 126 signatories, including directors Alan Parker, Stefan Ruzowitzky and Agnieszka Holland, are pushing for the European Union to adopt a law that would force online platforms to better compensate copyright holders. A total of 126 prominent European screenwriters and directors, together with their ...
Either way, by US copyright rules of the time, any copyright that existed in the 1940s published version expired sometime ago. However, Ludlow music argued that the version filed with the copyright Office in the 1960s was an evolution of the song and therefore a derivative work subject to a separate ...
A New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit against U2 and Universal music Group, alleging the band copied parts of a relatively unknown song to create a guitar solo on their 1991 Achtung baby single "The Fly." The suit was brought by English musician Paul Rose last year, claiming copyright infringement ...
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TickBox, a streaming video platform, suffered a major setback on Tuesday as a federal judge issued an injunction intended to block the company from providing copyrighted content. The six major studios, plus Netflix and Amazon, filed suit in October as part of a broader crackdown on OTT devices that use ...
This Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, photo shows music streaming apps clockwise from top left, Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and Google on an iPhone in New York. A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music Publishers by more than 40 percent. The decision ...
KARR: Gamboa found lots of older versions of "We Shall Overcome." The judge in the case had already stripped copyright from the song's first and most famous verse. After Gamboa's deposition, the music Publishers backed down. Now that the song's in the public domain, Gamboa says, anyone can use it, ...
Finally, I get a call from [Atlantic Records Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs] Michael Kushner: 'Schmuck, didn't you put two and two together? The reason you weren't in the meetings is because you're the guy.' It's a very exciting time in music law: There's a copyright reform process and a ...
Whether you are trying to make conversation over dinner at a restaurant or trying to get the attention of the bartender at a club, music is always in the background - sometimes making the abovementioned tasks almost impossible. In order to have the right to play music, venues have special licenses.
Beijing, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- China launched an online platform Wednesday to mediate copyright disputes to free all parties involved and mediators from traveling. Applicants can choose mediators from other cities since all steps, including application, testifying, cross-examination and mediation, are to be ...
In an unprecedented departure for the organization, it has set now set its sights on federal law promulgated by a federal statute, the copyright Act. A few years ago, the ALI started a somewhat similar project regarding insurance liability law, but rolled that back after public objection regarding the myriad ways in which ALI's ...
A cat made famous online because of its permanent scowl has been awarded $710,000 (£500,000) in a copyright case by a California federal court. Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of US coffee company grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat's image. The company only had rights to use ...
If you've gone to YouTube to watch an unofficial upload of a TV episode, or even a single scene from your favorite anime, you've probably seen the weird things uploaders do to stop YouTube from taking down their videos. Your show might be sped up a bit, the voices pitched down, the video flipped ...
To what degree should internet services be shielded from liability for the copyright infringements of their users? With the NAFTA negotiations underway this has become a hot topic once again. Content industry groups believe that these safe harbors should be tightened, while Internet law experts and ...
Later this month, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will launch their sixth round of negotiations for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Recent news coverage has focused on whether the Trump Administration will withdraw from the agreement or not. As civil society ...
WASHINGTON -- Much of the attention around the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement has focused on President Donald Trump's threats to withdraw if no substantive progress is made. But there is yet another copyright battle emerging between showbiz and tech, this time over just ...
Federal copyright law doesn't give artists and labels the right to control most ways music recordings are played in public. That's how FM and AM radio stations work. That's how stores playing soothing "don't you want to buy something?" music work. And that's how restaurants playing music at an ...
Today the American Law Institute (ALI) will vote to approve the first part of a legal resource on copyright law that will be used by courts to decide cases. The result could lead to changes in how laws apply that would weaken copyright protection -- and ultimately result in a transfer of wealth from creators to ...


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