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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.

ECJ Judgment triggers download ban discussion


In contrast to many other countries, downloading copyright protected works from unlawful sources was permitted under the Dutch Copyright Act. In the Dutch system of fair compensation in regard to private use, by means of levies on empty carriers, it was thought that this compensation could cover the private copies via ‘illegal’ downloads as well. “No”, is the resounding verdict of the..


UK IPO launches anti-piracy app


Music Inc. app is a joint initiative between the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and music industry representative group, UK Music. It contains a game designed to raise awareness among (young) people of the effects of piracy on the creative industries, while also encouraging them to take up careers in music. Caution: this article contains spoilers!


Getty seeks to combat piracy by allowing free access to photos


The world’s leading photo library Getty Images has announced that it will provide free access to its image archive for non-commercial use, acknowledging that many of its pictures are already being copied anyway. More than 35 million images – including famous shots of Marilyn Monroe and Barack Obama – will now be available without cost to blogs and social media sites. However, many of..


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.