Category Archive for: ‘Copyright’

IP enforcement reforms proposed by the Obama Administration

The US Administration has recently released “The Administration’s White Paper on Intellectual Property Enforcement Legislative Reforms”.  This White Paper contains 20 recommendations on IP enforcement, and the implication is that the recommendations will form part of legislative amendments that are presented to Congress during the term of the administration.

The key recommendations set out in the White Paper are:

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Is the EU a “Community”? Forum shopping and database rights

Football Dataco and The Scottish Premier League are presently locked in litigation against Sportrader GmbH (a German company) and Sportrader AG (a Swiss company).  The claimants, amongst other things, assert database rights in Football Live, a compilation of data about football matches in progress, collected mainly by ex-professional footballers on a freelance basis at relevant matches (truly a case of combining business with pleasure!).  The defendants operate a service called “Sport Live Data” via betrader.com which provides live scores, results and other statistics, including UK foot

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What a Betty Boop boo… Court rejects family’s copyright appeal

In a recent judgment, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision in favour of a number of companies which license Betty Boop paraphernalia, including dolls, t-shirts, handbags etc.  

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A TRILLION dollars!

The internet has been awash recently with the story of the thirteen record companies who sued Limewire for $75 trillion (which is likely more money than even exists in the world today).  But is it true?  And is the widespread public disapproval of the record companies justified?
 

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Breaking News: EMI loses Men at Work “Down Under” decision to gum-tree sitting Kookaburra

The Full Federal Court has rejected EMI’s appeal of Justice Jacobsen’s decision that Men at Work’s song “Down Under” infringed Larrikin Music’s copyright in “Kookaburra sits in the Old Gum Tree”.  EMI will also have to pay Larrrikin’s costs of the appeal.

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Breaking news: “Hollywood bound for the High Court” – Film companies lodge special leave application in iiNet

In news just to hand, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has issued a press release on its website confirming that the film companies which brought proceedings against ISP, iiNet, in 2008 have lodged an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia.

Under the High Court Rules, any application for special leave must have been lodged by no later than 4pm today.

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Google Books Settlement rejected: is this the final chapter?

Google’s plans for commercialising the world’s largest digital library were stalled this week as US Judge Denny Chin rejected the Google Books Settlement, determining that it was not “fair, adequate or reasonable”.  His Honour found that:

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Tick Tock on the Clock but the allegations of copyright infringement won’t stop

Twenty Twelve is a mockumentary following the trials and tribulations of bumbling event organisers in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The Games, which was broadcast over two successful seasons in Australia – in 1998 and 2000 – was a mockumentary following the trials and tribulations of bumbling event organisers in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.  Déjà vu anyone?

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Federal Government proposes to eliminate copyright uncertainty for pharmaceutical companies

On 24 February, the Therapeutic Goods Legislation Amendment (Copyright) Bill 2011 was introduced in the House of Representatives.  This Bill proposes to introduce a specific exemption into the Copyright Act for “Product Information” documents.  A copy of the Bill, together with the Explanatory Memorandum, can be found here.

Backdrop for the amendments

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