Does Copyright hinder or help innovation?

I recently came a cross a new research paper through CNN.com written by Paul J Heald from the University of Illinois. The research paper studied a variety of different effects of copyright protection, including the effect of copyright on the free market. Heald tackled the popular argument currently put forward by most of the music…

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New intellectual property crime unit

An interesting bit of news that I accidentally overlooked is the  introduction of a new intellectual property crime unit in the UK. The unit is set to launch in September of this year, and it is assumed that it will have a heavy focus on specifically dealing with digital piracy. The UK will be the…

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Is the RIAA bullying people?

I recently found an interesting article on the Verge concerning the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). For those of you who do not know the RIAA, they are usually the party who levy lawsuits against people who (allegedly) pirate copyrighted material. Although by no means are they the only party, in my previous blog…

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No more wikipedia in Russia?

Russia recently passed a new anti-piracy bill set to come into force on the first of August 2013. Under the new legislation, copyright holders will be allowed to ask courts to block access to websites which hyperlink to material which is allegedly pirated. This is very similar to the whole SOPA/PIPA fiasco which happened in…

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UK creates new copyright hub

The UK has just taken a big step towards simplifying copyright by creating what is now being called the “copyright hub”. The copyright hub is a website (www.copyrighthub.co.uk), which has a database of copyrighted works(including music, pictures, video, etcetera) and has information relating to who owns the copyright. More importantly, a person or a business…

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Germany limits penalty fees for piracy

In a previous blog post I talked about the recent case of Sony BMG music v Tenenbaum, where the claimants, Sony BMG music, were awarded $675,000 (roughly £453,000) in damages for the piracy of thirty songs by the defendants by a jury. This is because the US’ Copyright Act allows a jury to award anywhere…

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