While the battle over "Happy Birthday’s" copyright drags on, a college librarian in Kentucky has discovered the long-lost manuscript of the ditty’s earliest version. Tucked inside a sketchbook that was donated to the University of Louisville half a century ago is the only known manuscript of Mildred Hill's song "Good Morning to All," which evolved into the pre-candle-blowout soundtrack we all know so well.
The European Commission is considering reforms that could result in the removal of geographical restrictions on broadcasters' online content. It has opened a review of the EU Satellite and Cable Directive and is seeking the view of industry on what reforms to the framework should look like.
Rights holders are making noises about gearing up to employ legislation that will allow them to obtain court orders forcing ISPs to block access to piracy-linked websites. But exactly how the law will function in practice is still somewhat unclear.
Digital text and data mining opens many new research opportunities. Copyright and database legislation in the EU endows rights holders with greater control over follow-up research than in most other territories. According to a paper presented at the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP 2015) conference in Glasgow, organized by CREATe (Research Councils UK Copyright Centre), this is associated with significantly less data mining research in EU Member States compared to other major economies.
The DRM on Netflix's ultra-high definition content has been broken for the first time, allowing pirates to upload a 4K episode of Breaking Bad to a private torrent site. The episode weighs in at nearly 18GB because of the high quality.
On 27 July a draft bill was published in the Government Gazette that will affect all South Africans to some extent. The Copyright Amendment Bill of 2015 will overhaul the way copyright is dealt with in South African law. It has implications for how we use the internet, for what we're allowed to do with our digital purchases, for broadcasting, for how musicians are paid, and even for the resale of crafts. It is of some concern that there has not been much public discussion of the bill.
A man from Northern Ireland has been accused of being part of an operation which could have defrauded the film industry out of £120m. Paul Mahoney, 30, who has pleaded guilty, allegedly made £300,000 from advertising revenue on several sites, including the now-defunct streaming portal FastPassTV.
Social media star Josh Ostrovsky, a.k.a. “The Fat Jew,” has recently been confronted with evidence that he has engaged in copying jokes from others, causing Comedy Central to cancel a contract with Ostrovsky for a scripted series. The situation presents a number of legal questions that I will try to clarify.
The Italian designer Moschino and its creative director, Jeremy Scott, were sued to today in a California federal court by the Brooklyn graffiti artist Joseph Tierney. Tierney, who paints under the street name Rime, says Moschino’s designs for its last fall/winter season—including a much publicised gown worn by Katy Perry to the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute gala this spring—are copied from a mural, Vandal Eyes, that he was commissioned to paint in Detroit in 2012.
Sotheby’s Australia has countersued artists’ copyright agency Viscopy, accusing it of breaching the Competition and Consumer Act by refusing the auction house the right to publish images of artworks by John Olsen.
In a cross-claim lodged in the Federal Court, Sotheby’s alleges Olsen, and Viscopy acting on his behalf, reneged on an arrangement in place since 1983 in which the auction house was permitted to publish images of Olsen artworks in its catalogues to facilitate sale of the works on the secondary art market.
Yet unbelievably, if we are to take at face value the claims of Warner/Chappell Music, it is still in copyright.
An awful lot of people find it easier to take the claims at face value. They pay up, making Warner/Chappell a reported $2 million a year from the song. It even hit up the American Girl Scouts for a fee after they sang it at a camp.
The court has ordered a home-owner to strip out architectural features after finding the house was an infringement of copyright. A shared taste for French provincial architecture with tropical flourishes has raised a few interesting issues in the application of copyright law to building designs, particularly remedial orders (Coles v Dormer  QSC 224).
A few weeks ago, Kelly Mark was online, searching for some photos of a neon artwork she had made for a client, a shop in Seattle. She wasn’t happy with the images she had and hoped social media, with its appetite for ubiquitous documentation, might provide better.
Companies wishing to process, handle or distribute video content for the MPAA have to go to extraordinary lengths to become accredited by the Hollywood group. From background checks on all personnel and the banning of certain types of clothing, to food restrictions and personal searches, the MPAA hopes to keep content leakage to a minimum.
Britain's largest music copyright collective PRS for Music has sued SoundCloud for copyright infringement, saying the online audio-streaming firm did not agree on a licensing deal, the Financial Times reported.
In the wake of a catastrophic hacking episode, class action lawyers are rushing to pummel Ashley Madison with claims of deceitful data practices. Now, it may be high time for someone to do the same over its curious copyright notices, which the adultery site has used to smother unflattering news.
The Feed's Marc Fennell spoke to Village Roadshow's co-founder Graham Burke about changes to Australian copyright law that will see personal details handed over after multiple torrenting infringements.
On 30 July 2015, copyright and related rights-holders associations, the General Inspection of Cultural Activities (IGAC), the Portuguese Consumer Directorate-General, the Portuguese Association of Telecom Operators, the organisation responsible for .pt domain registrations DNS.PT, the anti-“piracy” group MAPINET, advertising associations, and (unidentified) consumer associations agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at protecting copyright and related rights online.
While the Duke of Cambridge’s request for global media to respect the privacy of his son, Prince George, has started a debate over the extent to which individuals in the UK can rely on legal measures to prevent the publication of intrusive photographs, the position is somewhat clearer in the United Arab Emirates with specific provisions of the UAE Copyright Law granting protection to persons who appear in photographs.
It’s the almost ubiquitous format for a copyright notice and you’ll be hard pressed to find a large company that doesn’t follow it. CNN, Fox News, Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal join forces with sites like TechCrunch and Ars Technica in following that convention.
It begins with a Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) proceeding for setting webcaster rates under a statutory license in Section 114 of the Copyright Act. The process, called “Web IV” because it is the fourth such proceeding under this section of the Copyright Act, was announced late last year and should conclude by the end of 2015. By mid-December, non-interactive webcasters like Pandora and iHeartMedia will know how much they must pay to stream (or “publicly perform”) recorded music to listeners from 2016-2020.
Copyright expert and professor Pam Samuelson, one of the most respected scholars of copyright law, has published a short paper explaining what she calls the "three fundamental flaws in CAFC's Oracle v. Google decision." As you may recall, that ruling was a complete disaster, overturning a lower court decision that noted that application programming interfaces (APIs) are not copyrightable, because Section 102 of the Copyright Act pretty clearly says that..
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