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Dolby sues Adobe for dodging license fees

Updated Audio specialist Dolby Labs is suing Adobe for copyright violation as the two companies sit at odds over licensing payments. A complaint [PDF] filed with the Northern California District Court accuses Adobe of violating its copyright on nine different media encoders and software routines. The complaint also alleges breach of …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Mar 2018
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Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to pay him)

Analysis Spotify has ended five years of speculation about an IPO, and has filed for a public share offering likely to make its founders – and large record labels – extremely rich indeed. But although that giant payday is built on the back of songwriters' "sweat and precog"*, Spotify still has trouble finding them to pay them. Even …

TVEyes blindsided: Fox News defeats search engine in copyright spat

A US appeals court has backed Fox News in the broadcaster's copyright-infringement battle against online telly streamer TVEyes. Essentially, TVEyes was showing clips of Fox News on its website alongside text transcripts of the reports. Fox News took the biz to a district court, alleging copyright infringement, however the site …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Feb 2018

Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

Updated Google's deal this month with stock-photo agency Getty to end their legal spat carries one very noticeable provision: the "View image" button will be removed from Google Images search results. The two sides on Friday announced a licensing settlement, er, partnership that will allow Google to continue carrying Getty-owned …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2018

Cox blocked! ISP may avoid $25m legal bill for letting punters pirate music online

American cable company Cox may not, after all, have to pay record label BMG $25m for letting its broadband subscribers illegally download and share copyrighted music online. The Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that a jury was given incorrect instructions when it decided in 2016 that Cox was liable for its …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Feb 2018

Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

BT and EE have appealed to the Supreme Court of the UK against an earlier ruling that made ISPs liable for the costs of blocking copyright infringement websites. The appeal was heard by five judges sitting in the highest court in the land – though half the legal arguments were based on EU regulations and directives. Telco …
Gareth Corfield, 31 Jan 2018

Rimini Street attempts to claw back more cash in Oracle copyright dispute

Oracle botherer Rimini Street has filed a court petition to recover another $32m from Big Red in the long-running copyright case. Fresh from its victory in clawing back $50m from Oracle earlier this month, the software support biz has filed a petition for a rehearing before all the judges of the Court of Appeals. The …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jan 2018
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Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

Iconic lads' mag Playboy is suing oddball internet culture website Boing Boing for linking to an Imgur archive featuring scans of centrefold models from over the years – a move described by the US Electronic Frontier Foundation as "frankly mystifying". Playboy Entertainment Group filed suit against the business behind Boing …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jan 2018
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US appeals court trims $50m off Oracle's take in Rimini Street law battle

A US appeals court has knocked $50m off Oracle's $124m winnings in its 2016 copyright case against Rimini Street. On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals largely upheld the enterprise software giant's claims that Rimini Street violated its copyright on software and support materials. But it tossed out the findings that …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jan 2018

You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball

Spotify has been accused of rockin' a little too freely by a Californian music company that claims the streaming biz failed to gain proper licences for its artists' songs. Wixen Music Publishing – which represents Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Black Keys, The Doors, and more – launched the sueball at Spotify at the end of last …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Jan 2018
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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month. According to Whois records,, and have their domain set to "serverHold", an ICANN code meaning the "domain is not activated in the DNS". Records for …
Andrew Silver, 23 Nov 2017
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Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman and several other senior Linux figures have published a “Linux Kernel Community Enforcement Statement” to be included in future Linux documentation, in order to ensure contributions to the kernel don't fall foul of copyright claims that have already seen a single developer win "at least …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2017

Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

The curious case of the monkey that took a selfie and was denied copyright for its efforts has come to an end, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer David Slater agreeing on a future stream of royalty payments to simian charities. The case kicked off in 2011 when Slater left a camera within …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2017
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Scientists, free software bods still worried about EU copyright proposals

European digital rights groups and open science advocates are mobilising against proposed EU copyright changes they say would hamper information sharing. At issue is a proposal, which first landed last year, to stop people uploading copyrighted material by applying a YouTube-like filter against content fingerprints. That …

Canadian ISPs do not Canuck around: Bloke accused of piracy grilled in his home for hours

If you thought American or British copyright fights were petty, consider the case of Canadian Adam Lackman – who had a bailiff, lawyers, and computer experts burst into his home, seize his gear, and grill him for hours. Lackman, a self-described tech entrepreneur, hosts the TVAddons website which links to plugins called addons …
Iain Thomson, 3 Aug 2017

House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

Pirate TV boxes may not be safe, IP champions FACT and Westminster Council, in the south of the UK, have claimed. "The safety issues we have found so far are to do with the device's power supply. It is not double insulated nor does it have another grounding system (it only has a two-pin plug) meaning if a short were to occur …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2017

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

Analysis Remember that selfie of the grinning monkey way back in 2014? It was taken by an Indonesian crested macaque named Naruto using the camera of wildlife photographer David Slater. And it is at the heart of a long-running copyright case that's now ended up before the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court in San Francisco. Why? Because it's …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jul 2017
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US Copyright Office suggests 'right to repair' laws a good idea

Last week, to little fanfare, the US Copyright Office took its first baby steps towards stopping auto-makers wrapping their software in copyright rules. The decision is important because auto-makers use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's “technical protection measures” (TPMs) provisions to restrict diagnosis and repair to …

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