Category Archive for: ‘Copyright’

To Kill a Mockingbird: The Inside Legal Story on Harper Lee’s Dispute

She’s been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; she’s won a Pulitzer Prize; her only novel has sold over 30 million copies and it’s been made into an Academy Award winning film.  You would think that Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, would be raking in the royalties and enjoying her golden years following the huge success …

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Orphans for sale – changes to UK copyright laws

What do dusty long-forgotten prints in the British Library, your latest Instagram masterpiece and Oliver Twist have in common? Answer: There’s a fair chance they’re all orphans. The term “orphan” is used to describe copyrighted material where the rights holder is not known or cannot be found after conducting a “diligent search”.  The UK has passed legislation which aims to …

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Will filming Times Square now require negotiating with hundreds of copyright owners?

On 8 April 2013, The Motion Picture Association of America, along with the International Documentary Association and Film Independent, filed an amicus brief[1], supporting the NFL in their fight against (the very litigious!) Frederick Bouchat. Bouchat’s fight with the NFL and the Ravens (an NFL team) started many years ago in 1996, when he sent off a drawing he created …

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De-mining the DMCA’s Safe Harbor: UMG v Veoh

As well as being home to the world’s largest film and music companies, the US is the intellectual, entrepreneurial and technical leader of the digital age. There is an inherent tension between the media and IT industries, for it is the IT service providers, software companies and website owners whose services and infrastructure facilitate copyright infringement of their users. Herein …

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A Textbook Copyright Dispute – SCOTUS Rules Against Publishers

The Supreme Court of the United States of America decided 6 to 3 this week that a person who owns copyright in a book subsisting under US law cannot restrict the importation and resale of legally produced foreign copies, in the landmark decision Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 568 U.S. ___ (2013) on the US doctrine of “first …

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Today’s update from the High Court – IP special leave applications refused

The High Court today heard special leave applications in two IP cases – however, in both cases Chief Justice French and Justice Gageler declined to grant special leave. The first case was Ucorp’s application for special leave to appeal from the Full Court’s decision regarding an implied licence in respect of the copyright in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Acohs …

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Six strikes and you’re…? New US approach to reducing online copyright infringement

The Copyright Alert System (CAS), more commonly referred to by its ‘six strikes’ moniker, began operation in late February in the US. Under the CAS, internet subscribers whose accounts are used illegally to share copyright material may receive one or more alerts from their internet service provider (ISP).  If the subscriber receives five or six alerts (a.k.a strikes), their account …

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“Holy Unfavourable Judgment Batman”…Batmobile found to be a protectable character

Can you guess the movie character from the following description: “…oddly-shaped head and facial features, squat torso, long thin arms, and hunched-over posture”. Got it? It makes sense when you know the answer (E.T.). But which movie character fits the description “swift, cunning, strong, and elusive?” Apparently, the Batmobile. DC Comics has succeeded in its court proceeding action against Mark …

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