The UK’s future relationship with the European Union, and the implications for UK regulation, are full of uncertainty. For example, how much of the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy the UK will maintain is unclear. Here, Professor Alison Harcourt of the University of Exeter looks in detail at the DSM initiative’s copyright package, and the potential impact of the UK leaving the EU on UK and other European stakeholders.
I am delighted to provide an overview of my interpretation of the UK’s exceptions to copyright following the successful amendments to UK copyright law in 2014. These are clearly not legal advice, but my interpretation.
For attorneys of a musical bent or musicians of a legal bent, Rolling Stone magazine has posted transcripts of the direct and cross-examinations of one James Patrick Page, also known as Jimmy Page, the guitarist for the bands The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. The occasion was the trial in the copyright infringement lawsuit against Led Zeppelin and its music publishing company by two members of the band Spirit who wrote and performed the song "Taurus" back in the '60s.
A 'drafting error' in Australia's safe harbour regime means the country's schools could cause the country to be in breach of its obligations under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a government hearing has been told.
Without the more extensive safe harbour provisions under the proposed Copyright Act amendments, Australia will be in breach of its obligations under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to the Copyright Advisory Group.
The TPP, signed by all 12 member states in February, will regulate trade between Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Brunei, and Chile.
Despite the end of American Idol this summer after a 15-year, record-setting run, reports of the death of reality TV are greatly exaggerated. Non-fiction shows, from NBC's Little Big Shots to the U.K.'s pastry-based hit The Great British Bake Off, to countless international iterations of singing competition formats Got Talent, The X Factor and The Voice, are testament to the genre's staying power.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion ("DIPP") recently issued an office memorandum pursuant to receiving representations from various stakeholders for guidance with respect to the applicability of the provisions of Section 31D of the Copyright Act, 1957 (the "Act") to internet broadcasting organizations (as opposed to only the radio and television broadcasting organizations).
“Affordability” should never be an impediment to access knowledge and information, but that is a reality in India. A lot of attention and effort is being spent on primary education, but in so far as higher education is concerned, concerted efforts are conspicuous by their absence.
The use of the famous Abbott and Costello vaudeville routine "Who's On First" in the Broadway play "Hand to God" is not shielded by the fair use defense to a claim of copyright infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said Tuesday.
In enacting the “anti-circumvention” provisions of the DMCA, Congress ostensibly intended to stop copyright “pirates” from defeating DRM and other content access or copy restrictions on copyrighted works and to ban the “black box” devices intended for that purpose. In practice, the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions haven’t had much impact on unauthorized sharing of copyrighted content. Instead, they’ve hampered lawful creativity, innovation, competition, security, and privacy.
The global copyright organisation, IFRRO, passed a resolution at its Asia Pacific Committee meeting recently expressing strong concerns about potential copyright law changes in Australia.
The meeting of 21 representatives from 10 countries has written to the Australian Government and parliamentarians, urging them to reject the Productivity Commission’s copyright recommendations should the final report (to be delivered this month) reflect the Commission’s draft recommendations.
Could a copyright lawsuit involving a renowned photographer of American iconography enable a new kind of scam in which ne'er-do-wells send out threatening letters demanding licensing fees for public-domain works—and that those actions are both legal and unstoppable? It could, in the form of an unintentional side effect that has cropped up at the edges of copyright law.
Changes in the law enable researchers to make copies of copyright material for computational analysis. This guide outlines the implications of the new text and data mining copyright exception1 for researchers, research support services and librarians in UK universities.
U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was removed from her job Friday morning (Oct. 21) by the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, who has authority over the Copyright Office. Officially, Pallante has been appointed as a senior adviser for digital strategy for the Library of Congress, although it’s clear she was asked to step down. Karyn Temple Claggett, currently associate register of copyrights, has been appointed the acting register.
Is there nothing new under the sun? In this series of articles we will examine how 21st century digital technology has given artists a set of tools that have dismantled traditional definitions of originality and is challenging the notions of copyright that came to dominate much of the 20th century
Anytime that academic authors sue each other over a journal article, it is worth attention in this space. A couple of weeks ago, the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts ruled in such a case, and the ruling raises some interesting points to consider for those of us involved in working with scholarly publications.
MCDONALD’S is facing a string of lawsuits for copyright infringement from graffiti artists who claim their work was stolen for the fast-food chain’s gritty, urban-themed restaurants. The revamped design, which the company dubs “Extreme”, has been rolling out in stores across Europe over the past year. Last October, Brits took to social media to slam the “ghetto” design.
After months of study, European regulators have finally released the full and final proposal on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, and unfortunately it's full of ideas that will hurt users and the platforms on which they rely, in Europe and around the world. We've already written a fair bit about leaked version of this proposal, but it's worth taking a deeper dive into a particular provision, euphemistically described as sharing of value.
The copyrights to the telenovela that gave birth to the current U.S. television series "Jane the Virgin" belong to RCTV networks, a U.S. magistrate judge has ruled, and not to a screenwriter who wrote the series over a decade ago while working for the network in Caracas, Venezuela.
In July we published the 6th wave of our ongoing Online Copyright Infringement (OCI) Tracker, which looks at what people in the UK do online. It covers six areas: music, film, TV, books, video games computer software.
The big question is whether this shows if people’s online behaviours are starting to change?
As reported by this blog, on 14 September last the EU Commission unveiled its second copyright package, ie a new set of proposals [the first being the proposed regulation on cross-border content portability in December 2015] aimed at improving the existing EU copyright framework as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy (DSMS).
Among the contents of the package, so far what has attracted the greatest degree of attention is the Commission's proposal for a directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive).
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