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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Puppets protect intellectual property

In my previous blog posts I have discussed the various methods adopted by the music industry, governments, and even ISPs to protect intellectual property. These range from blocking websites, placing excessive financial penalties, and even installing malware onto computers. However, Youtube has now officially implemented the friendliest (and possibly the most unique) method of combating…

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ISPs and Copyright

Geo-blocking (also known sometimes as region locking) is another popular method by which content creators can protect their intellectual property. This form of intellectual property protection is seen primarily with physical media such as DVDs and Blu-Rays which are designed to only play on dvd players from specific regions. With the recent expansion of online…

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What’s in a name?

Artists in the modern day are faced with the task of selling a brand along with their music. So in the music industry, it is not rare for copyright and trademark disputes to happen over a name, idea, or image of an artist rather  than their music. A good example of this is seen in…

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How much is too much?

We have to keep in mind that there are situations where parties are able to use another’s intellectual property without infringing any legislation. This is often referred to as fair use. The line between what is fair use and  breach of legislation may be difficult to determine. Earlier this year, the German Bundestag (the constitutional…

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