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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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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