China Steps Up Fight Against Online Music Piracy

25 08 2015

China has long been notorious for rampant music piracy, but Beijing is now taking bigger steps to crack down on illegal online distribution.

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Sky is still blue for Skype trademark in Europe

25 08 2015

In the decision dated 5th May, 2015, the General Court of the European Union concluded, upon examining the opposition by British SKY Broadcasting Group Plc (now SKY International) against Skype Ultd, that there is an existence of likelihood of confusion between the prior registered mark, “SKY” and the applied mark, “SKYPE” preventing the registration of the sign, SKYPE, in the European community.

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Ripping CDs and movies for personal use is once again illegal in UK

20 07 2015

Making copies of copyrighted music and videos for personal use is again illegal in the UK because of a ruling by the High Court issued today.

Today’s ruling quashes the 2014 regulation that made it legal to make personal copies of performances for private use as long as the person doing so has lawfully acquired the content and doesn’t distribute it to anyone else. That regulation allowed people to make backups or play songs or movies in different formats but didn’t allow selling copies or sharing them with family and friends.

But the High Court ruled last month that the regulation hadn’t been enacted properly. The personal use exception wasn’t immediately thrown out because other remedies could have been considered, but today’s ruling takes it off the books.

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India seeks more foreign investment but throttles IP rights through compulsory licensing

25 06 2015

A recent trend towards compulsory licensing has also raised red flags for many. In March 2012, the Indian Patent Office granted the country’s first compulsory license to a domestic pharmaceutical company for a cancer drug developed by Bayer AG. At a time when India’s economy is climbing to new heights and foreign investors are interested in entering the market, some find the fact that the Indian government would essentially commandeer foreign IP to be threatening.

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“Copyright trolling” movie studio gets hit with Godzilla-sized lawsuit

24 06 2015

Most mass-copyright lawsuits today are filed over pornographic material. One movie studio, Voltage Pictures, has tread its own path, combining a knack for making critically acclaimed mainstream films with a strong interest in suing online movie pirates. Voltage sued thousands of John Doe defendants it says downloaded The Hurt Locker and more recently sued hundreds for downloading the Academy Award-winning Dallas Buyers Club.

Now, the Japanese company that owns intellectual property rights to Godzilla says that it’s Voltage that has blown off copyright laws. In a lawsuit (PDF) filed yesterday, Toho Co. says that Voltage is promoting a new Godzilla film, starring Anne Hathaway, without its permission.

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