Under UK copyright law, there is a fair dealing exemption where the purpose of the infringement is for the reporting of current events, but this does not cover photographs and definitely not publishing a person’s private photographs in national newspapers to show that they take holidays on beaches like the rest of the population.
British visitors to copyright-infringing websites will start to see warnings from the police in the place of banner adverts for Usenet and VPNs, in the latest phase of Operation Creative.
Lawyers from the Paramount movie studio took exception to Twitter user @555uhz tweeting the Top Gun movie frame by frame, and have had his account suspended.
The boss of Sports Interactive, the creators of Football Manager, has revealed the extent of piracy facing PC video game publishers.
Spotify leaves a DRM-free hole in their latest HTML5 web player, and Downloadify turns the streaming service into the best free music piracy tool around.
Today, the government published its response to the recent consultations about copyright exceptions, and just generally clarifying and modernising UK copyright laws for the digital age. In it they do address a number of key problems that have arisen in applying our outdated copyright laws to the digital age, but they avoid taking on the […]
It was never going to be easy for the entertainment industry to grab hold of Kim Dotcom, the owner of the infamous MegaUpload.com and other associated “Mega” companies. The latest twist in the story is that the search warrants used to raid Dotcom’s property were invalid due to being too general – indeed not naming […]
In what is likely to be a crucial decision in the ongoing legal dispute between Google and Oracle, Judge William Alsup has found that Oracle has no copyright claim regarding Google copying portions of its Java API, in a decision which will give developers much cause for relief, as finding in Oracle’s favour would have […]
Coming a couple of weeks after a jury failed to decide whether Google’s use of some lines of code from Java was fair use, the jury has found that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s patents in their use of Java. The case revolved around eight claims over two patents – namely RE38,104 and 6,061,52 […]
Ever since the birth of Napster, copyright holders have been successfully lobbying governments around the world to impose tougher legislation on their citizens to prosecute those caught sharing copyrighted movies, music, and software. However, these new pieces of legislation have done little to change people’s behaviour with Lund University’s Cybernorms research project finding that file […]