Too often Techdirt writes about changes in copyright law that are only for the benefit of the big publishing and recording companies, and offer little to individual creators or the public. So it makes a pleasant change to be able to report that South…
Mozilla sees intellectual property legislation as a threat to the open Internet because it stifles creativity and innovation. The foundation, best known for its development of the Firefox browser, is now asking the NTIA to shield the Internet from bad policies while reforming outdated laws.
Tom Edwards, a Colorado-based potter who designed a “farting unicorn” mug that Tesla CEO Elon Musk became enamored with, announced last Friday that the two sides had reached an “agreement” over the use of the image. No terms were disclosed.
South Africa’s Proposed Copyright Fair Use Right Should Be A Model For The World – Intellectual Property Watch
Copyright laws the world over are under massive pressure to reform to fit the digital environment. One key area often in need of reform is in the exceptions to copyright that enable the digital practices.
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) will hold its annual Regional African Committee meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on 24 and 25 July.
Burberry, which has been in the cross hairs for burning tens of millions of dollars of its products, is far from the only firm to destroy unsold goods to maintain the exclusivity and luxury…
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and an artist have settled a row over a farting unicorn. Musk in February tweeted a photo of a mug made by Colorado potter Tom Edwards that showed a tooting unicorn powering an electric vehicle. Edwards initially thanked Musk for the exposure. But…
Some circuit courts have held that a work is “registered” and the copyright owner can sue an infringer as soon as the applicant files the application, deposits a copy of the work and pays a fee. This is known as the “application” approach.
A law firm deeply entrenched in so-called copyright troll activities in Finland broke copyright law itself, a disciplinary board has found. Hedman Partners sent out letters demanding large sums to make supposed lawsuits disappear but according to the Finnish Bar Association, it committed an offense when it obtained private subscriber data for one client but then used it with others.
Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against the alleged operator of the popular console ROM sites LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co. The sites are among the most notorious online hubs for pirated games, according to Nintendo, and face millions of dollars in potential damages.
Burberry, the upmarket British fashion label, destroyed unsold clothes, accessories and perfume worth £28.6m last year to protect its brand. It takes the total value of goods it has destroyed over the past five years to more than £90m. Fashion firms including Burberry destroy unwanted items to prevent them being stolen or sold cheaply.
In yet another example of a rightholder trying to claim intellectual protection where none exists, General Mills applied for copyright registration over a simple packaging label for its Larabar product comprised of just a few non-copyrightable elements that basically boil down to a word inside a box.
What if Pharrell and Robin Thicke invoked fair use in their “Blurred Lines” trial and told the jury that they borrowed a small part of the ’70s groove from Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” but gave it new meaning, a different character and new expression?
Esoteric copyright issues do not often traverse the tortuous halls of justice to wind up on the steps of the vaunted Supreme Court. But such is the sitch in the matter of Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v.
According to some reports, piracy of the final stages of the soccer World Cup in Russia thrived in social media. VFT found 2,637 pirate streams of the July 10 and 11 semi-finals on Facebook, YouTube, and Periscope, with close to 30 million views, and 3,653 streams of the France-Croatia final with more than 60 million views.