News about copyright
Numerous books are written, countless pictures taken and large amounts of new music and pieces of art are created every day. But, alongside that creativity comes the risk of copyright infringement. These days, it's simple to download music or films from the internet without the creator of that work's knowledge or approval. Similarly, books, photographs and works of art are routinely (and illegally) being copied and distributed. That’s why copyright issues are in the news so frequently. You can follow all the developments in this area in our copyright news.
Watch out for a counterfeit Rolex
Rolex should be able to stop counterfeit watches entering the European Community, where they’re considered infringing the Intellectual Property Rights of Rolex. This seemingly logical right was nevertheless subject of a discussion that led all the way up to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), who had to clarify when the holder of Intellectual Property Rights is able to take (legal) action..
The Swissness project: ‘Swiss made’ label under review
New ‘Swissness’ law seeks to control the use of geographical indicators, including the Swiss flag and Helvetic Confederation coat of arms, to signify that a product or service originates from Switzerland. Under current legislation, any company is able to use the symbols whether or not they are based or manufacture their products in the country.
No infringement on LA Fingers image
Renowned photographer/video director Estevan Oriol had filed a lawsuit in August 2013 against Swedish fashion brand H&M and fashion house Brandy Melville for the use of his copyrighted image known as "L.A. Fingers." A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit this week.
Is linking to a website copyright infringement?
Website owners “may, without the authorization of the copyright holders, redirect Internet users via hyperlinks, to protected works available on a freely accessible basis on another site,” the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) in Luxembourg said last week. The CJEU provided advice to the Court of Appeal in Svea, Sweden, in a case pitting Swedish journalists against Retriever Sverige, a media..
Sherlock Holmes: A study in US copyright
In comparison to most countries the US maintain a relatively long period for protection of copyrighted works published between 1923 and 1977. In the curious case of Sherlock Holmes this led to a rather confusing, thereby quite fitting, practical problem where some of the Sherlock Holmes stories (published before 1923) entered the public domain quite some time ago, where as the last 10 Sherlock..
New Beatles releases due to copyright law
Apple Records has put out 59 previously unreleased versions of Beatles’ songs last week. The tracks, which are available as downloads, include outtakes, demos and live performances. Recent changes in European Union copyright laws put unreleased performances into the public domain 50 years after they are recorded. This may be the reason for the company’s actions.
US government pays out $50m in piracy case
The US government has agreed to pay $50 million as part of a settlement agreement, after it was accused of pirating ‘thousands’ of copies of military software. Apptricity, based in Texas, has provided logistics programs to the US Army since 2004. The company said it had discovered last year that its software had been installed on many more machines than had been licensed.
Google defeats copyright challenge to its digital library
Google’s long-running dispute with the US Authors Guild took a step towards resolution this month, after the search engine company overcome a 2005 legal challenge to stop it scanning and uploading excerpts from millions of books to its digital library.
Disney drops multimillion copyright claim
Walt Disney and some other movie and TV studios have asked a federal court to dismiss their initial copyright-infringement case against the file-sharing website Lime Wire and its founder, Mark Gorton.
UK launches new police unit charged with targeting IP crime
The City of London Police and the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced last month the establishment of a 19-strong police unit focused on IP crime online. Operational since mid-September, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) will be working with a wide range of national and international partners from public authorities and private industry to build a comprehensive..