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The New Private Copying Exception: The UK Music Industry Wants to be Paid for It

Three UK music industry organisations, the Musician’s Union, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and UK Music, have recently launched a legal action seeking leave to apply for judicial review of the...more

12/16/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Music Music Industry UK

Searching High and Low: The Licensing of Orphan Works

Subject to a limited number of statutory exceptions, copyright works may be used only with the consent of those who hold the rights in them. Yet in some instances, rights holders cannot be identified or traced, leaving these...more

12/8/2014 - Canadian Intellectual Property Office Copyright Orphan Works UK

Proposed changes to copyright law regarding unpublished works

If you thought that all works by Lord Byron or William Shakespeare would definitely be out of copyright now, you wouldn’t necessarily be right. The general rule of UK copyright law is that copyright in a literary work...more

11/11/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement UK

Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon (3rd Edition)

In this edition: - Introduction - Advertising & Marketing - Brand Protection & Reputational Management - Copyright (EU) - Copyright (U.S.) - Data Privacy & Security -...more

4/24/2014 - Copyright Cybersecurity Data Protection EU FDA Social Media Trademarks UK

Linking to content made freely available does not infringe copyright

In an eagerly awaited ruling handed down on 13 February 2014 the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has decided that the owner of a website may, without the authorisation of the copyright holders, hyperlink to...more

2/17/2014 - CJEU Copyright Copyright Infringement EU Internet

EU Commission to investigate cross-border pay-TV movie services – a new Murphy’s law?

Executive summary - The European Commission has commenced antitrust proceedings against several prominent European pay-TV service providers and major U.S. film studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment,...more

2/4/2014 - Cross-Border EU European Commission Internet Streaming Motion Picture Industry

Is this the beginning of the end for TVCatchUp and section 73 CDPA?

Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (“CJEU”) judgment on 7 March 2013, in which it confirmed that TVCatchUp’s streaming service, which live streams all of the channels broadcast by ITV, Channel 4 and...more

10/14/2013 - Broadcasting Copyright Copyright Designs and Patents Act EU European Court of Justice Infringement Internet Streaming Television Broadcast Stations TVCatchUp

Collecting Societies Join Forces to Modernise Music Licensing in Europe

Summary - ..GEMA, PRS for Music, and STIM will collaborate to streamline national and pan-European music licensing and processing ..The collecting societies plan to create a licensing hub containing all their...more

8/29/2013 - EU Licensing Rules Music

High Court confirms that operators of a live sports indexing website infringe FAPL’s copyright

Following high-profile injunctions awarded last year against the major ISPs requiring them to block access to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing sites Newzbin2 and The Pirate Bay, in a new site blocking decision delivered on 16...more

8/6/2013 - Copyright Copyright Infringement ISPs Piracy Pirate Bay Sports Websites

Modernising the exceptions to copyright: the government consults on the draft amendments

Last December in the document Modernising Copyright the government set out its decisions to amend some of the current exceptions to copyright protection and to add some new ones. The Intellectual Property Office has now...more

6/25/2013 - Copyright Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Deadlines Infringement Parody Proposed Amendments Public Comment Universities

Copyright remedies: High Court rejects application for proprietary relief

Does a copyright owner have a proprietary claim to property purchased from the proceeds of an infringement of copyright? On 5 February 2013, Mr Justice Newey delivered a detailed judgment in the High Court that provides a...more

5/1/2013 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Remedies

CJEU protects the UK broadcasters from unauthorised live streaming in its recent decision in relation to TV Catchup service

On 7 March 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered a surprisingly short and succinct judgment following a reference from the UK High Court regarding the legality of an internet live streaming site...more

3/14/2013 - CJEU Copyright EU Infringement Internet Streaming Television Programming

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