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7th Circuit agrees: no copyright infringement by Elton John - JSOnline

7th Circuit agrees: no copyright infringement by Elton John - JSOnline | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a judge's decision to dismiss a man's claim that Elton John had stolen the lyrics for a hit song.
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New Draft Action Plans On Copyright Limitations And Exceptions At WIPO

New Draft Action Plans On Copyright Limitations And Exceptions At WIPO | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
The World Intellectual Property Organization has grasped the nettle after years of discussion on the issue of limitations and exceptions to copyright, and provided draft action plans, one each for libraries, archives, museums, educational research institutions, and persons with other disabilities than sight impairment. The plans, being discussed in this week's committee meeting, include brainstorming sessions, studies, and regional seminars, and conferences to advance understanding and issues related to copyright for those particular actors.
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Kodi’s future hangs in the balance thanks to new legal threat for add-ons

Kodi’s future hangs in the balance thanks to new legal threat for add-ons | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Two developers that made add-ons for Kodi that could stream live sports, TV and films for free were sent cease-and-desist letters
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Special interview with Patricia Kelly, Director General of IP Australia

Special interview with Patricia Kelly, Director General of IP Australia | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
The IPKat blog reports on copyright, patent, trade mark, info-tech and privacy/confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective.
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Site Blocking in Japan—A Call for Action

Site Blocking in Japan—A Call for Action | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
In my last blog I discussed the growing problem of online piracy in Japan, and the importance of site blocking as a potential remedy. Site blocking has proven to be a particularly effective remedy against rogue pirate sites that set up in jurisdictions beyond the reach of domestic law, as I have outlined in previous…
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Two key assumptions in the DOJ challenge to AT&T and Time Warner

Two key assumptions in the DOJ challenge to AT&T and Time Warner | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
AT&T and Time Warner want to merge. They don't really operate in the same market -- AT&T is a distributor (specifically through wireless and Direct TV) while Time Warner has content -- notably HBO, CNN and its Warner movie releases. The DOJ have a straightforward vertical merger concern: that the new entity will use its…
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What happens to Penn students who download content illegally over AirPennNet

What happens to Penn students who download content illegally over AirPennNet | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
An Engineering sophomore, who has collected approximately 200 illegally download films on his computer, received a warning email but did not face further repercussions. 
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The User Rights Database: Measuring the Impact of Copyright Balance

Today Sean Flynn and I are releasing the initial results of our research based on PIJIP’s Copyright User Rights Database. This research tool maps changes to copyright limitations and exceptions and other “user rights” from 1970 through 2016 in 21 countries of different development levels around the world. We intend to continue adding data from [...]
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Database Error - UK High Court Takes on Copyright Infringement of Cloud Databases

Database Error - UK High Court Takes on Copyright Infringement of Cloud Databases | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
A blog about Intellectual Property Law news, cases and legislation, made accessible to everyone.
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US Court Grants ISPs and Search Engine Blockade of Sci-Hub - TorrentFreak

US Court Grants ISPs and Search Engine Blockade of Sci-Hub - TorrentFreak | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," has suffered another blow in a US federal court. The American Chemical Society has won a default judgment of $4.8 million for alleged copyright infringement against the site. In addition, the publisher was granted an unprecedented injunction which requires search engines and ISPs to block the platform.
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Digital age changes all the rules on intellectual property

Digital age changes all the rules on intellectual property | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Congress and the courts can and should do more to protect creativity and innovation in the digital age.
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The Kodi Crackdown is Now Targeting Stream Providers Who Don't Host the Content Themselves

The Kodi Crackdown is Now Targeting Stream Providers Who Don't Host the Content Themselves | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Basically anyone helping pirates in any way is going to get into trouble.
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YouTube Backs BugPAC With $1 Million To Defend Against Potential C-Net Copyright Lawsuit

YouTube Backs BugPAC With $1 Million To Defend Against Potential C-Net Copyright Lawsuit | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
"Through this initiative, YouTube indemnifies creators whose Fair Use videos have been subject to takedown notices for up to $1 million of legal costs in the event the takedown results in a lawsuit for copyright infringement. This ensures those creators have a chance to protect their work, and makes the entire creative world better by educating people on both the importance and limits of Fair Use doctrine."
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Banner Universal Motion Pictures Ltd v Endemol Shine Group Ltd & Anor [2017] EWHC 2600 (Ch) (19 October 2017)

Banner Universal Motion Pictures Ltd v Endemol Shine Group Ltd & Anor [2017] EWHC 2600 (Ch) (19 October 2017) | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
MR. JUSTICE SNOWDEN: Introduction This is a case management conference in a claim relating to a TV gameshow format called "Minute Winner" which was devised and committed to writing by 2005 by Mr Derek Banner. Mr.
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The Pirate Bay & 1337x Must Be Blocked, Austrian Supreme Court Rules

The Pirate Bay & 1337x Must Be Blocked, Austrian Supreme Court Rules | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
After a prolonged battle through every stage of the Austrian legal system, the Supreme Court has now ruled that local ISPs must prevent their subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay. The case, filed by a collecting society representing around 3,000 artists, also involves top 10 torrent site 1337x and long defunct index h33t.to.
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WIPO Blog (SCCR 35) Day 4 – The True Meaning of Balance

WIPO Blog (SCCR 35) Day 4  – The True Meaning of Balance | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
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Illicit streaming devices - GOV.UK

Illicit streaming devices - GOV.UK | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
1. What is “illicit streaming” and what devices are commonly used? Illicit streaming is the watching of content without the copyright owner’s permission by any means, not just via hardware devices. This could be using a smart TV, laptop or mobile phone.
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Copyright Agency sues NSW Government

Copyright Agency sues NSW Government | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
The Copyright Agency says it has been ‘pushed to the last resort’ and is suing the NSW Government over the non-payment of fees for copyrighted material being shared within and between state government agencies. The Agency is the industry body representing the copyright and licensing interests of thousands of Australian authors, publishers, photographers, and other …
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Friday’s Endnotes – 11/17/17

SCOTUSBlog Petition of the Day: Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v Wall-Street.com — The US Copyright Act requires a copyright owner to register her copyright with the US Copyright Office before she can file an infringement lawsuit.
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Computer and Internet Updates for 2017-11-06 | Barry Sookman

Computer and Internet Updates for 2017-11-06 | Barry Sookman | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Computer and Internet Updates for 2017-11-05 2017-11-06 Canadian Literature in Canadian Schools and the Duration of Copyright Protection 2017-11-06 US Court Grants ISPs and Search Engine Blockade of Sci-Hub #googlealerts #feedly 2017-11-06 2017-11-06
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Live TV piracy now 'a multi-billion' industry thanks to popular 'Kodi boxes'

Live TV piracy now 'a multi-billion' industry thanks to popular 'Kodi boxes' | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
People are paying to illegally stream live sport using IPTV boxes because they offer cheaper services than TV providers
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The Little Black Box That Took Over Piracy

The Little Black Box That Took Over Piracy | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
After torrenting's long fade,"fully loaded" Kodi boxes became the pirate's method of choice. Now, a legal crackdown looks to stop its rise.
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Canadian Literature in Canadian Schools and the Duration of Copyright Protection (Don’t Mix Apples and Oranges)

Canadian Literature in Canadian Schools and the Duration of Copyright Protection (Don’t Mix Apples and Oranges) | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
If you are fundamentally opposed to any consideration of extending the term of copyright protection to benefit authors and creators, and if you are sufficiently creative in twisting logic, then you can find justification for your position just about anywhere. This is exactly what Michael Geist has done in taking a study released by the…
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Access Copyright Calls for Massive Expansion of Damage Awards of Up To Ten Times Royalties - Michael Geist

Access Copyright Calls for Massive Expansion of Damage Awards of Up To Ten Times Royalties - Michael Geist | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
The Canadian government's consultation on reform to the Copyright Board recently closed and the 60 written responses were just posted online (my response - which focuses on the public interest role of the Board - can be found here). I will have a more fulsome review of the responses in the weeks ahead, but in the meantime one of the most radical recommendations, from Access Copyright, is worthy of comment. The copyright collective has called for a massive expansion of damage awards, seeking a new statutory damages provision that could result in damage awards ten times the size of actual applicable royalties.
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CBS sues man for copyright over screenshots of 59-year-old TV show

CBS sues man for copyright over screenshots of 59-year-old TV show | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Asked about the lawsuit, CBS says only that plaintiff will "end up on boot hill."
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“You own it, you better never let it go”: New Zealand’s National Party found liable for copying Emin

“You own it, you better never let it go”: New Zealand’s National Party found liable for copying Eminem’s 'Lose Yourself' The High Court of New Zealand has found that the National Party of New Zealand infringed copyright in Eminem’s award-winning and ‘highly original’ song Lose Yourself, by using...
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