The US Supreme Court has ruled that creators can’t sue someone for copyright infringement before they’ve obtained a copyright registration certificate. In a unanimous decision, Justice Ginsburg clarifies that applying for a copyright registration is not sufficient. Major copyright holders are not happy with the decision, but for some others it may offer hope.
The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Cloudflare, Google, and Facebook, is warning the U.S. Government against “onerous” copyright laws other countries are implementing. These laws lead to increased liability for US companies and create an increasingly hostile environment for them to operate in.
In the wake of reports during 2018 that the MPAA was open to accepting new members, Netflix has now officially joined Hollywood’s industry group. It’s the first time that a dedicated streaming service has been welcomed as a member of the movie and TV show trade association.
A report from a UK tabloid, which suggests that funding for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit might be in question, has been refuted by the Intellectual Property Office. The paper claims that the unit might be funded by industry players but commitments had “fallen through”. The IPO says that there are no such plans and it intends to continue funding the unit.
The publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series is suing Netflix over its interactive Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch.
We must ensure adequate protection of our intellectual property and avoid infringing on the intellectual property rights of other social media users.
The Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT) is shutting down. According to the Board of Directors, it lacks sufficient funding after several members gave up their support. The organization was reportedly plagued by a variety of scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment against a senior executive.
With record companies licensing more than 45 million tracks to hundreds of digital services around the world, consumers have fewer reasons than ever to pirate music. Nevertheless, a new report by IFPI reveals that 38% of global music consumers still obtain content illegally. While torrent sites and cyberlockers used to be enemy number one, stream-ripping is now the biggest threat.
Honeypot Pornography: Anti-Piracy Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering, Perjury, Mail and Wire fraud
Paul Hansmeier, one of the lead attorneys behind the controversial law firm Prenda, has pleaded guilty to mail, wire fraud, and money laundering. The Pirate Bay provided important evidence in the case, where Hansmeier and his colleague were found creating and uploading porn movies to file-sharing sites to extract settlements from alleged pirates.
A copyright owner possesses certain legal rights over his intellectual property and the use of that property. The state via its legal mechanisms creates a property right; it then grants sovereignty over that property to its owner. Computer programs are one such intellectual property, and under Nigerian law the owners of these programs enjoy these rights subject to certain restrictions. Other considerations with computer programs include copying their functionality, the doctrine of fair dealing and enforcement of the intellectual property right.