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Strasbourg, France - December 5, 2017: View of the European Parliament Building in Strasbourg

Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

Updated - Special Report Today's vote on Article 13 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in European Parliament has turned into a knife-edge referendum on whether European institutions can deal with Californian exceptionalism. Can the EU change the way Google's giant YouTube video service behaves, and "filter" repeat …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Sep 2018
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No do-overs! Appeals court won’t hear $8.8bn Oracle v Google rehash

Over eight years of feuding between Oracle and Google over the use of Java code in Android may be nearing its end following a Tuesday court ruling. The US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has declined [PDF] to re-hear the case in which it found Google to be in violation of Oracle’s copyright on Android API code. The Chocolate …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2018
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As porn site pounds hard on piracy laws, Cox pulls out prematurely

Analysis The US Supreme Court has been asked to take a good hard look at a critical piece of internet law that shields ISPs and websites from legal action when their users pirate copyrighted stuff. Porn studio Ventura Content has asked the court to review the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for the first time since it was …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2018
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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

An ISP based in Texas has complained to a judge that the music industry to trying to turn internet providers into the "copyright police." "This case is an attempt by the US recording industry to make Internet service providers its de facto copyright enforcement agents," reads the latest filing [PDF] in an ongoing court case …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018

Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

One of the attorneys behind notorious copyright operation Prenda Law has just agreed to plead guilty to a pair of felony counts. Paul Hansmeier agreed on Friday to a deal [PDF] that will see him take convictions on one count conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. In …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2018
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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

The European Court of Justice has determined that a website must get permission from the copyright owner of an image before it can use the picture itself – even if that photo or illustration is readily available elsewhere. That may seem like an obvious conclusion, however, the official advice delivered to the Euro court by its …
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Arista cats cough up $400m furball to satisfy Cisco in legal war truce

Arista has cut a deal with Cisco that leaves the former US$400m lighter, and ends nearly all of the long-running legal battles between the two networking vendors. The settlement was announced on what would have been the first day of a jury trial in the US brought against Cisco by Arista, which accused Switchzilla of allegedly …
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Here we go again: Monopoly case another round in Arista vs Cisco

Settle in and take you seats, Rocky Nine is about to begin filming, in the form of another round of litigation between Arista and Cisco. This time around, the upstart is on the front foot. In a case filed in 2016, Arista accused Cisco of abusing its monopoly position to control who could use its networking gear's famous and …
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European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

The European Parliament has kicked back a vote on proposed copyright law changes until September to allow tempers to cool and the agreed text to be re-examined. The decision was forced because 31 MEPs abstained, 318 voted against the European Commission's proposals, and 278 were in favour. Parliamentary rules require a plenary …
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Euro privacy watchdog raises eyebrows at mulled EU copyright law

Europe's top data expert has given a tentative green light to a proposed European copyright law – but warned that it needs to be very carefully written if it's not to distort markets or interfere with fundamental rights. European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli was asked to contribute his thoughts about …
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Call your MEP! Wikipedia blacks out for European YouTube vote

Wikipedia is appealing to its users to swing a knife-edge vote in the European Parliament – even though the crowdsourced encyclopaedia itself won a specific exemption from the legal changes the EU has proposed (PDF). As European Parliament's legal affairs committee mulls over votes to tweak the EU Directive on Copyright in the …
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Infamous 'Dancing Baby' copyright battle settled just before YouTube tot becomes a teen

Vid An infamous and long-running copyright lawsuit over a dancing baby has finally come to a close, albeit with a critical legal question unresolved. Lenz v Universal Music was a case brought back in 2007 by Stephanie Lenz after the music industry giant accused her of infringing its copyright in a home video of her toddler dancing …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jun 2018
This is the blockchain. Yes, THE blockchain

Amid 'idiotic blockchain phase,' EY and Microsoft tout smart contracts

In an effort to demonstrate there are actual uses for blockchain technology, global professional services biz EY and Microsoft have teamed up to offer companies a way to manage rights and royalties. Though the system is designed to serve any industry that deals with intellectual property licensing and royalty payments, the …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Jun 2018
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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

JURI, European Parliament's legal affairs committee, voted today to approve article 11 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which allows news publishers to seek payment for reuse of snippets of articles, in a narrow 13:12 vote. It also voted to back a more controversial measure, article 13 of the same …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2018

UN's freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans

The campaign against a key aspect of new European copyright legislation has picked up a significant backer: the United Nations' freedom of expression expert. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur, has sent a lengthy letter to the European Commission outlining his concerns about Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jun 2018
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Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

BT has won a UK Supreme Court battle over who should pay the costs of trademark infringement blocking orders – and it won't be internet service providers. Instead rights-holders must reimburse ISPs for the costs of blocking rights-infringing material, according to Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption. "There is no legal basis …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Jun 2018

Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

A large group of Internet pioneers have sent an open letter to the European Union urging it to scrap a proposal to introduce automated upload filters, arguing that it could damage the internet as we know it. The European Parliament's Legal Affairs (Juri) Committee will vote on the proposal contained in Article 13 of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jun 2018
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Word on the street: Rimini takes Oracle copyright battle to US Supremes

Rimini Street has urged the US Supreme Court to weigh in on its legal wrangling with Oracle as the costs awarded against it were "at least" 17 per cent higher because the case was heard in a Circuit court. In the latest development in the years-long copyright battle, software support biz Rimini has filed a petition for appeal …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Jun 2018

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