The rise of piracy in the United Kingdom

A recent report by the office of communications (Ofcom) and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) shows that about 18% of internet users above the age of 12 “accessed digital entertainment media using an illegal service”. This is a slight increase from 16% of users which were reported to have done so in the previous quarterly…

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US Government requires broadcasters to pay artists

The United States Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, has confirmed earlier this month that she intends to provide a full public performance right for sound recordings. This in turn will require broadcasters (including radio broadcasters) to pay music artist(s) a fee for everytime their song is broadcasted. Although in reality most of this money will…

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Using Malware to Protect Intellectual Property

In my previous blog posts I mention a lot of different ways in which the music and entertainment industry is trying to protect their intellectual property. These range from providing a better user experience to straightforward banning of websites which infringe copyright. Late last month, BoingBoing.net spotted something in the report submitted to the US…

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Copyright in the digital age

We live in an age where anybody with a decent laptop is able to create their own music. This caused a rise not only in the independant and amature production of music, but also the rise in mashups and remixes. For those of you not familiar with the terms “mashup” and “remix”: “mashup” is used…

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Copyright infringment in music law

Copyright infringement is probably the most common type of dispute in music law today. This is mainly because when it comes to copyright in music the line between fair and unfair use is often blurred. A good example of when the line boundary not clear can be seen in the copyright dispute between Facebook and…

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The music industry and online videos

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year, you should be familiar with the hit South Korean pop  song “Gangnam Style” by Park Jae-sang (better known by his stage name Psy). Gangnam Style reached international success late last year, when it became the first South Korean pop song to top the…

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