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

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.  Continue reading

Byline Banditry: A Call to Reform – Jonathan McCully

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. Continue reading

Does copyright control browsing? Meltwater in the UK Supreme Court – Graham Smith

nla1Back in July 2011 I commented on the Court of Appeal judgment in Newspaper Licensing Agency v Meltwater ([2011] EWCA Civ 890) and explained how the reach of digital copyright had accidentally been increased beyond that in the offline world.  That was as a result of accepting that transient and temporary copies created in computer memory count as copies for copyright purposes.  Continue reading

Case Law, Court of Human Rights, The Pirate Bay v. Sweden, Copyright versus Freedom of Expression II – Dirk Voorhoof and Inger Høedt-Rasmussen,

the-pirate-bay-logoOnly a few weeks after the Strasbourg Court’s judgment in the case of Ashby Donald and others v. France (ECtHR 10 January 2013, see our Inforrm post here) the Court of has decided a new case of conflicting rights between copyright and freedom of expression. The case of Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi (The Pirate Bay) v. Sweden, Appl. nr. 40397/12 concerned the complaint by two of the co-founders of “The Pirate Bay”, that their conviction for complicity to commit crimes in violation of the Copyright Act had breached their freedom of expression and information.

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Case Law, Court of Human Rights, Ashby Donald v France, Copyright versus Freedom Expression – Dirk Voorhoof and Inger Høedt-Rasmussen

catwalk (1)In the case of Ashby Donald and others v France (Judgment of 10 January 2013) the Court of Human Rights has, for the first time in a judgment on the merits, clarified that a conviction based on copyright law for illegally reproducing or publicly communicating copyright protected material can be regarded as an interference with the right of freedom of expression and information under Article 10 of the European Convention. Such interference must be in accordance with the three conditions enshrined in the second paragraph of Article 10 of the Convention. Continue reading

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