Record label’s fight backfires

Liberation music, an independent Australian record label, bit off more than they could chew when they picked a battle with Lawrence Lessig. Lessig is a world renowned copyright attorney gives lectures around the world on how the law governing intellectual property has yet to adapt to the digital age. Lessig uploads many of these lectures…

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Victory for the Village Person

Victor Willis is probably best known for being part of the 80s popular song and dance group “The Village People”. One of the Village People’s most popular song was YMCA, if you’ve ever been to any social gathering chances are you’ve heard it. In the early 80s, Willis assigned the lyrical copyright for YMCA, which…

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Vimeo in copyright trouble

Vimeo is a video sharing website similar to Youtube. However, Vimeo’s unique selling point is that nearly all of its videos are available in a very high quality. Vimeo is in some very hot water after a US district judge ruled that Vimeo may not be able to rely on the “safe harbor” rule to…

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Google refuses to play ball

Google is well known for working with various organisations around the world to combat piracy. This is despite the fact that recent studies have shown that doing so has very little effect. The process Google goes through is complicated, but the basic premise is as follows: an organisation makes a takedown request; Google reviews it;…

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Weatherley appointed as IP advisor

David Cameron has appointed Mike Weatherley as his intellectual property adviser. Weatherley has developed a pretty impressive CV over the years, from which one would assume he has strong connections with the music industry. Before assuming office in 2010, Weatherley was the financial director of record producer Pete Waterman’s, and the Vice President of the…

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Starships in copyright dispute

Nicki Minaj, a pop singer from New York, is in the news again but this time the controversy is to do with the alleged infringement for copyright. The song in question is her commercially successful song Starships, from her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Starships reached the number five spot on Billboard top 100,…

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Spotify sued for copyright infringement

Spotify just can’t seem to catch a break. The music brand, Ministry of Sound, has brought an action against Spotify for copyright infringement. However, interestingly enough, this time the action is not to do with the copyright of the actual music music, but rather the arrangement of the music. The issue is not that Spotify…

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Six strikes apparently strikeless

I’ve made reference in previous blog posts about the Copyright Alert System (CAS), which is also known popularly as the “six-strikes” measure. If you want to know more about CAS please read my previous blog post, which can be found by clicking here. CAS has now officially been in force for seven months, and despite…

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