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"The idea is that copyright holders can upload content into the YouTube Content ID system, and that system will then automatically patent match content against other YouTube videos," Tomczak told As It Happens host Carol Off. "In this case, obviously, there have been people that have uploaded white ...
A campaign to teach children about copyright infringement on the internet, is employing cartoons and puns on pop stars' names, to get the message across. Even its makers admit it is a "dry" and "niche" subject for a cartoon aimed at seven-year-olds. But the intellectual Property Office adds learning to "respect" copyrights ...

On Tuesday, Redbox suggested in court that Disney is engaged in copyright misuse and seeks "to stifle competition to more smoothly launch Disney's own digital content streaming service, maximize the price other services like iTunes and Amazon (and their customers) pay for Disney movies, and secure a ...
With the beginning of a new year comes a new step forward in Europe's copyright reform. After months of debates on the copyright directive proposal, the new Bulgarian Presidency should ask EU countries for political guidance on the new neighbouring right for Publishers (Article 11) and the mandatory ...
We're taking part in copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of copyright law and policy, and addressing what's at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that ...

COPYTRACK has already set a foothold in the market of copyright enforcement worldwide, so it´s one of the few ICOs of a company with a proven track record. Where the internet has facilitated communication and content distribution at a global scale, it has also raised new issues, particularly when it comes ...
TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement. As the story goes, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams had ...
With so many videos being uploaded to the Google-owned platform every day, YouTube's Content ID automated system is how it stays on top of copyright infringement, a problem for which it's been criticised in the past by the music industry. There were five claims of copyright infringement related to Dr ...
At least not enough for U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York to grant attorney fees and costs to a company that prevailed against fashion icon Louis Vuitton's copyright infringement suit on parody grounds. My Other Bag, as its name suggests, created a line of products using ...
Andy Frankham-Allen, creative director of the Haisman Estate, told the outlet: "Characters are considered creative works and are protected by copyright law. As such, we reserve the right to determine what is officially part of our intellectual property. "If derivative works are created without our permission, then ...
copyright litigation gone amok. The reality is more complicated. But only slightly. On Sunday, Ms. Del Rey confirmed a report in a British newspaper that Radiohead was considering suing her over her song "Get Free," arguing that it sounded similar to Radiohead's breakthrough 1993 hit "Creep." The band ...
Dave Davis joined copyright Clearance Center in 1994 and currently serves as a research analyst. He previously held directorships in both public Libraries and corporate libraries and earned joint master's degrees in Library and Information sciences and Medieval European History from Catholic University ...
A coalition of the most influential music industry trade associations have banded together to support most of each other's key copyright legislation, in a symbolic gesture likely to win brownie points with Congress members. Congress has been debating music copyright reform for about the last five years, but ...
copyright law. Yes I can feel your eyes start to lower a little bit at the thought of the topic, but it is crucial for artists to have a grasp of at least the basic concepts, why it is important and how to work within it at a very macro level. You may think this is something for a lawyer, manager or somebody else on your ...
Forty years ago, I was barely out of law school and had started a new job when a magazine client wanted advice about the new copyright law. Never having studied copyrights, I read and read and read, learning about copyright. What I found was a congressional bipartisan effort to create an intellectual ...
Until the 1970s, copyright terms only lasted for 56 years. But Congress retroactively extended the term of older works to 75 years in 1976. Then on October 27, 1998--just weeks before works from 1923 were scheduled to fall into the public domain--President Bill Clinton signed legislation retroactively ...

THE EDITOR: When music is provided at a Carnival event, the event promoter is charged with the responsibility of securing a Carnival event licence for a set fee in order to fully cover the use of all musical content at the event. In TT, the three collective management organisations (CMOs) that are vested with ...
On an almost continual basis rightsholders are calling for tougher anti-piracy measures on top of more restrictive and punitive copyright law. It's undoubtedly a threat to current Internet freedoms as we know them. But really, is anyone truly surprised that entertainment companies still hate their content being ...
After a week of rumors that pointed to a new musical lawsuit on the horizon, spooky songstress Lana Del Rey has confirmed Radiohead is in the process of suing her for copyright infringement. This alleged infringement stems from Del Rey's song "Get Free" -- off her newest album Lust for Life -- which the ...
The BBC reports Tomczak has been hit with five copyright infringement claims generated by YouTube's automated system. And rather than have his video removed or account shut down, the companies behind the claims have elected to leave Tomczak's video up and simply commandeer any ad revenue it ...
The U.S. copyright Office instituted a new electronic registration system, where online service providers can protect themselves from copyright infringement lawsuits. companies that have an online presence can unknowingly be liable for intellectual properties, such as poetry, novels, songs and movies, that ...
A councillor from Poundmaker Cree Nation says the use of the likeness of Chief Poundmaker in an upcoming release of an instalment of a popular video game is a "lesson learned" that the band may need to use copyright laws to protect his image and story. Milton Tootoosis said he was caught off guard ...
In Blizzard Entertainment v. Lilith Games (Shanghai) Company, a federal court denied a motion for partial summary judgment for alleged copyright infringement involving some of the biggest names in the video game industry. The case -- in which Blizzard Entertainment and Valve Software sued mobile ...
It used to be the case that if a copyright transfer represented only a small portion of a much larger transaction document (such as might occur in connection with an overall corporate asset transfer or other M&A activity), the Office would require the complete document package, including voluminous ...
RICHMOND, VA (CN) - Gary Thaxton has owned an independent auto repair shop in downtown Richmond, Virginia, since 1975. He's seen thousands of cars come in and out of his garage, but newer models, with complex computer systems that he lacks the software and hardware to fix, pose a problem for ...
Users of the Unreal Engine Marketplace have recently noticed that Epic has been clamping down on assets that infringe on other people's copyrights and IP, including real-world guns. The engine developer has responded by posting a Q&A on the Unreal Engines forums to reaffirm its commitment to uphold ...
Law360, San Jose (January 4, 2018, 4:03 PM EST) -- Pop star Taylor Swift, Sony ATV and Universal music Group struck back Wednesday at two songwriters who allege that the singer's chart topper "Shake It Off" steals lyrics from their 2001 song, calling the claim "frivolous" and saying that copyright doesn't protect short ...
Wixen music, a leading US music publisher, has accused the Swedish-based firm of using artists' music "without a licence and without compensation". The company handles copyright management and royalty compliance for artists including Tom Petty, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Neil Young and Missy Elliot.
Epic Games is clamping down on the sale of copyright-infringing assets on the Unreal Engine Marketplace. Some have noticed the engine maker stepping up its game in recent weeks, with one user tweeting that "guns that look like actual guns aren't allowed on the UE4 Marketplace anymore." In an attempt ...
Should a company be able to shut down competition by asserting copyright in a collection of software commands? Tech giant Cisco Systems thinks so: it's gone to court to try to prevent its competitor, Arista Networks, from building competing Ethernet switches that rely in part on commands Cisco argues it ...
music streaming giant Spotify has confidentially filed to go public -- moving forward with an unusual plan to list its shares directly on the New York Stock Exchange -- even as it faces a new $1.6-billion lawsuit alleging copyright infringement. Calabasas music publisher Wixen Music Publishing Inc. is suing ...
In 2017, major entertainment companies continued their quest for power to edit the Internet by blocking entire websites for copyright enforcement--and we've continued to push back. Website blocking is a particularly worrisome form of enforcement because it's a blunt instrument, always likely to censor ...
This week, let's take a look at what happened in the copyright world. While some of the issues covered last week -- such as a shake-up of the House Judiciary Committee leadership and USPTO leadership -- would also apply to copyright, here are five other issues that caught my attention last year:.
Platform safe harbors have been in the crosshairs of copyright industry lobbyists throughout 2017. All year EFF has observed them advancing their plans around the world to weaken or eliminate the legal protections that have enabled the operation of platforms as diverse as YouTube, the Internet Archive, ...
Later, IPRS withdrew its application for the re-registration and continued its business of issuing or granting licenses in copyright works as owners of the works by virtue of assignments. In the case of M/s Event and Entertainment Management Association v. Union of India (CM No. 48304/2016) which ...
You may think there is one simple hard-and-fast rule of copyright law: You cannot transfer a copyright without a written instrument signed by the copyright owner. It's right there in section 204 of the copyright Act. But writings and signatures today can be electronic, and as a recent case illustrates, the ...
File this under irony, because Apple has just lost a copyright battle against an Italian company named "Steve Jobs". The legal feud began back in 2012 when two brothers, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, realized that Apple surprisingly hadn't trademarked the name of its founder and decided that Steve ...
All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without prior permission of the Norwalk Reflector, Sandusky Newspapers, Inc. or its entities or in the case of third party materials, the owner ...
The surge in software copyright registrations showed growing innovation and copyright protection awareness in China's software industry, and the policy to abolish the software copyright registration fee, issued on April 1, added momentum in the surge, according to the CPCC. Software copyright refers to ...
In 2017, major entertainment companies continued their quest for power to edit the Internet by blocking entire websites for copyright enforcement--and we've continued to push back. Website blocking is a particularly worrisome form of enforcement because it's a blunt instrument, always likely to censor ...
Beijing, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese clothing company is suing Apple for copyright infringement of the Apple App Store logo, a court in Beijing said Tuesday. Clothing label KON claim the Apple App Store logo closely resembles its own, which the company has been using as a merchandise trademark ...
There are different intermediaries for obtaining licences to these rights. "copyrights first arose in 1454 with the Gutenberg press, which added a reproduction value metrics to performance. These two metrics underpinned the music industry up until the digital age," says copyright lawyer Graeme Gilfillan.
As Instagram and other social media platforms have fully ingrained themselves into our every day lives, sharing photos with friends, family, colleagues and the world at large has become second nature. Given that, I'm pretty confident in saying that the first thought that crosses your mind when sharing that ...
At the end of October, the US Patent and Trademark Office renewed a rule allowing anyone to 'jailbreak' a 3D printer to use unapproved filament. For those of you following along from countries that haven't sent a man to the moon, a printer that requires proprietary filament is DRM, and exceptions to the ...
... that opened up access to law and ultimately resulted in more options for online legal research today. Alan Sugarman founded HyperLaw in 1991 to publish electronic law treatises linked to case law. HyperLaw successfully challenged Westlaw's copyright claims to the text and citations of court opinions.
Archivists, academics and researchers should be able to circumvent copy protections to curate and study multiplayer video games. That is according to Public Knowledge, which is pressing the copyright Office to expand the video game exemption to include multiplayer games that involve accessing and or ...
Back in 2014, the MMG boss filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the dance music duo over their hit track "Party Rock Anthem." The song included the line "Everyday I'm shufflin'," an obvious reference to the hook on Ross' 2006 "Hustlin'" single. Though most fans agreed the line was a ripoff of ...
Washington, D.C.--The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked the librarian of Congress today to limit the legal barriers people face when they want to repair and modify software-enabled products, so that they--not manufacturers-- control the appliances, computers, toys, vehicles, and other products ...
Questions like, "If a human can learn from a copyrighted book, can a machine learn from [it] as well?," Reben recently posited to Engadget. Much of Reben's art, supported by non-profit Stochastic Labs, seeks to raise such conundrums. "Doing something that's provocative and doing something that's public, ...


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