Opening the Book on Open Media – Hugh Stephens

5 10 2018

In a blog last week I talked about the role of Open Media in trying to undermine the democratic process and manipulate political opinion by orchestrating widespread anti-copyright astroturfing campaigns in Canada and elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »





Why tech giants have little to lose (and lots to win) from new EU copyright law – Maurizio Borghi

20 09 2018

File 20180919 158243 roiwue.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The new European Union Copyright Directive, passed recently by the European parliament after a vociferous campaign both for and against, has been described by its advocates as Europe striking a blow against US tech giants in the battle for control of copyrighted content online. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Copyright and Artificial Intelligence – Ed Klaris and Alexia Bedat

24 10 2017

A photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to take a selfie recently settled a two-year legal battle against an animal rights group about copyright over the image.  The lower court had denied the monkey a copyright, but the parties decided to settle before facing the appeals court. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Luxembourg: Deckmyn v Vandersteen, Court broadens concept of parody, and returns the hot potatoes to the national court – Dirk Voorhoof and Inger Høedt-Rasmussen

8 09 2014

image1The case of Deckmyn v Vandersteen (Case C-201/13) on parody considers a set of questions related to the right to freedom of expression conflicting with copyright, and the impact of the Information Society (Infosoc) Directive 2001/29.  In particular, it raises the question whether the parody exception must be given an autonomous and uniform interpretation throughout the European Union, despite the optional nature of the parody exception mentioned in Article 5(3)(k) of the Directive 2001/29.

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Copyright and Hyperlinking: Svensson, free to link or link at your risk? – Graham Smith

23 02 2014

IE-Forum Svensson retriever Sverige ABThe decision of the European Court of Justice in Svensson v Retriever Sverige AB (Case C‑466/12, 13 February 2014) has established some important points about the legality of linking under EU copyright law: Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Paramount Home Entertainment v BSkyB, You’ve been framed, an ISP blocking order – Paul Joseph and Adam Cusworth

6 02 2014

paramountIn the case of Paramount Home Entertainment International Ltd  v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd  ([2013] EWHC 3479 (Ch)) the High Court once again showed its support for copyright holders, granting six major film companies blocking orders under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 against the UK’s six main internet service providers, requiring the ISPs to block access to TubePlus and SolarMovie, two websites that had been providing access via an online database to (but not hosting) a large range of television programmes and films without the authorisation of the relevant copyright owners.  Read the rest of this entry »





Byline Banditry: A Call to Reform – Jonathan McCully

23 07 2013

BanditOn the 24th of June 2013, freelance journalist Sheron Boyle wrote a piece for the PressGazette detailing her concerns about a worrying practice which has become increasingly more prevalent in the newspaper industry; “byline banditry.” This is when a freelance journalist sells their first rights of publication to a paper, only to find after publication that their work is being accredited to the staffer for whom the freelancer had written the piece. Read the rest of this entry »