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EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize copyright law

EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize copyright law | Copyright | Scoop.it
General digital strategy likely to collide with sectoral special interests.
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Hmmm, next step of my copyright understanding: the interaction between UK and EU law

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4 Ways Copyright Law Actually Controls Your Whole Digital Life

4 Ways Copyright Law Actually Controls Your Whole Digital Life | Copyright | Scoop.it
We all know that copyright law means you shouldn’t download copies of movies from shady torrent sites, and that you should pay for the music you listen to. We know it means people and companies hav...
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Nice summary of new exceptions. Particularly noteworthy for educational libraries is the new instruction parts and disability parts.

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Robin Thicke's sobering admission

Robin Thicke's sobering admission | Copyright | Scoop.it
Singer says he embellished his role in writing Blurred Lines and was high at every interview.
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Hmmm, enjoying the royalties and notoriety but not the copyright infringement lawsuits! 

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Politicians vs musicians

Politicians vs musicians | Copyright | Scoop.it
Eminem vs National isn't the first time musicians have taken politicians to task. Here's our top 10.
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Interesting ethical and moral dimension to copyright infringement where politicians use songs without permission created by artists largely politically opposed to them. Not so much about the money or IP theft but he principle of being associated with someone you actively disagree with. Billy Bragg and the BNP's use of "New England" springs to mind. Also, how the politicians and their advisors ignore the irony and sarcasm embedded in songs like "Born in the USA" to represent values the song is in fact holding up for ridicule. Most interestingly, how infrequently these politicians are sued for the infringement...

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Copyright and Marriage Equality Act Introduced to Protect Same-Sex Couples

Copyright and Marriage Equality Act Introduced to Protect Same-Sex Couples | Copyright | Scoop.it
Marriage equality and copyright law? Not two things you would typically think are connected, but they are.
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US copyright law amended to end discrimination against spouses in same-sex marriages.

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'Let’s Take a #Selfie,' Said the Monkey: A Case of Questionable Copyrights | WIRED

'Let’s Take a #Selfie,' Said the Monkey: A Case of Questionable Copyrights | WIRED | Copyright | Scoop.it
A recent monkey “selfie” took the media by storm, wowing the web and going viral on every major news site from the BBC to The Huffington Post. Circles of internet whisperers across the globe debated whether the photo’s copyright belonged to British wildlife photographer David J. Slater or, in fact, a crested black macaque who…
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If only every legal debate about copyright involved monkeys taking photos of themselves...

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EU Council Presidency Presents Paper On Tackling Copyright Infringement That's Little More Than ACTA Reheated | Techdirt

EU Council Presidency Presents Paper On Tackling Copyright Infringement That's Little More Than ACTA Reheated | Techdirt | Copyright | Scoop.it
The political machine of the European Union is undergoing a major makeover. Elections recently took place for Members of the European Parliament, bringing in many new faces. Later this year, a new array of Commissioners will take up jobs in the...
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Interesting take on the suggestion that information held by ISPs to track down terrorists could be used to combat copyright infringement.

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The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014

These Regulations amend the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“the Act”). Article 5(2)(b) of Directive 2001/29 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (OJ No L167, 22.6.2001. p.10) permits Member States to provide for an exception to the copyright and related rights provided under the Directive in respect of reproductions on any medium made by a natural person for private use for non-commercial ends. The second sub-paragraph of Article 6(4) of the Directive provides that Member States may take appropriate measures to ensure that rightholders make available to the beneficiary of an exception provided for in accordance with Article 5(2)(b) the means of benefiting from that exception, without preventing rightholders from adopting adequate measures (such as technological measures) regarding the number of reproductions which may be taken. These Regulations amend the way in which this exception is implemented in the UK.
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5 Hit Songwriters Talk "Blurred Lines," Creativity And Copyright

5 Hit Songwriters Talk "Blurred Lines," Creativity And Copyright | Copyright | Scoop.it
In the wake of the $7.3 million "Blurred Lines" verdict, songwriters for Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, and more talk candidly with BuzzFeed News about the trouble with copyright law and...
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Changes to copyright law - News stories - GOV.UK

Changes to copyright law - News stories - GOV.UK | Copyright | Scoop.it
The government is making a series of small but important changes to copyright law to make it better suited for the digital age.
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Q&A: Entrepreneur, activist Sina Khanifar on digital copyright reform

Q&A: Entrepreneur, activist Sina Khanifar on digital copyright reform | Copyright | Scoop.it
Digital rights activist and OpenSignal co-founder Sina Khanifar talks about his journey from entrepreneur to activist and his push for a broader reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
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Looking at how companies use US' Digital Millennium Copyright Act to restrict consumer choice.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek | Copyright | Scoop.it
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The exception to the exception of parody is the reputational risk of the copyright holder according to the ECJ

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Conan Doyle Estate Asks Supreme Court To Put Sherlock Holmes Back Under Copyright | Techdirt

Conan Doyle Estate Asks Supreme Court To Put Sherlock Holmes Back Under Copyright | Techdirt | Copyright | Scoop.it
For a while now, we've been following the lawsuit concerning whether or not Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain. Back in June the 7th Circuit appeals court ruled that Holmes was in the public domain, followed up by a more thorough slamming...
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Resurrecting copyright on characters from works now in the public domain.

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'Avatar' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Dismissed - TheWrap

'Avatar' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Dismissed - TheWrap | Copyright | Scoop.it
A suit filed by Roger Dean in 2013 was found wanting
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Interesting illustration of how ideas and common themes play in US copyright law.

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I’m fighting over copyright ‘cos It’s my pension —Orits Wilikis

I’m fighting over copyright ‘cos It’s my pension —Orits Wilikis | Copyright | Scoop.it
Orits Wiliki, one of the raves of the 90s on the Nigerian music scene, is still bubbling with talent, inspiration and  ideas. The reggae star tol...
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The human cost of copyright infringement.

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Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered

Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered | Copyright | Scoop.it
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Researchers given 'data mining' right under new UK copyright laws

Researchers given 'data mining' right under new UK copyright laws | Copyright | Scoop.it
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