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.
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..
IP contributes just under 40% of EU’s GDP
IP rights represent 39% of the EU’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to the first ever EU-wide study of the contribution made by IP-intensive industries to the economy. The research, carried out by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM) also found that IP-intensive industries provide 26% of employment in the EU.
Novagraaf team races to 100th place in La Parisienne 2013
Last Sunday, 15 September, 30 female employees from the European offices of the Novagraaf Group took part in La Parisienne 2013, a 6.7K run in Paris in support of breast cancer research. Starting at 9.30am, under a glorious blue sky, the course took participants from the Pont d'Iena to the Champs de Mars, offering a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.
Voluntary code for policing illegal downloading
Broadband providers are being asked to create a database of customers illegally downloading music, films and books, which could be used to disconnect or prosecute persistent offenders.
The Premier League stops online piracy
The Premier League requested a court order forcing internet service providers (ISP) to block a popular football streaming website before the next season. FirstRow1.eu, operated from Sweden, links to various video streams showing football from around the world - a breach of copyright, the High Court ruled.
Counterfeit electronics on the rise
Figures released by the UK Border Force reveal a six-fold increase in the number of seized counterfeit electrical goods in the last four years. The most commonly seized goods include designer headphones, hair straighteners, chargers, vacuum cleaners and batteries.
Hosting provider Elcatel has to take down counterfeit sites
Hosting provider Elcatel was summoned last week by the Court in The Hague to take down eighteen websites that sell counterfeit products. If Elcatel doesn’t do so, they will have to pay €5000 for each day the websites remain active.