Copyright archive

  • Copyright law makes format shifting legal
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    Copyright law makes format shifting legal

    By 3 August 2011

    The Government has announced that it is to make changes to copyright law, legalising the practice of transferring video and audio files from one format, say a CD, over to another - in this age most likely being a digital file. The current law states that...

  • DVD and CD ripping to become legal in UK - thanks to Hargreaves Report
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    DVD and CD ripping to become legal in UK - thanks to Hargreaves Report

    By 18 May 2011

    A review into the UK's copyright laws has been completed, and it proposes several changes that will bring the country more in line with the digital age. The report presented by Professor Ian Hargreaves was commissioned by the Prime Minister to address...

  • Premier League teams up to take on ISPs in Digital Economy Act row
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    Premier League teams up to take on ISPs in Digital Economy Act row

    By 31 January 2011

    The Digital Economy Act - you remember that, right? (it caused quite a fuss when it was introduced last year)? Well, it looks as if the fuss is set to return as the Premier League has teamed up with eight other organisations including the Producers' Alliance...

  • Pirate Bay sunk in raids... For a couple of hours
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    Pirate Bay sunk in raids... For a couple of hours

    By 8 September 2010

    Hugely popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, was completely down for a few hours yesterday after police in up to 14 countries raided numerous locations believed to contain its servers. The bulk of the action was undertaken in Sweden, although the UK,...

  • Google wins copyright lawsuit
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    Google wins copyright lawsuit

    By 24 June 2010

    Google has won its high profile legal battle with media giant Viacom in a ruling that could have major ramifications for copyrighted content.  Viacom, who owns MTV and Comedy Central amongst other things, had filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the big...

  • Pirate Bay's ISP receives Hollywood injunction
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    Pirate Bay's ISP receives Hollywood injunction

    By 13 May 2010

    The Motion Picture Association of America has obtained a preliminary injunction from a German court for CyberBunker, the ISP responsible for hosting Swedish website The Pirate Bay. According to Torrent Freak the injunction, taken out against CyberBunker's...

  • Limewire loses in copyright case
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    Limewire loses in copyright case

    By 13 May 2010

    Limewire has lost its case with 13 major US record labels, in a lawsuit which originally began in 2006. Lime Wire LLC, the parent name for the P2P sharing software, and its founder Mark Gorton, were judged to have infringed upon copyright and engaged...

  • Pirate Party fails to score electoral success
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    Pirate Party fails to score electoral success

    By 7 May 2010

    While the UK wakes up to a hung parliament in the wake of May 2010's general election, many commentators are suggesting that none of the main parties achieved much electoral success. That includes one of Britain's newest and geekiest parties - Pirate...

  • RIAA & MPAA propose anti-infringement app
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    RIAA & MPAA propose anti-infringement app

    By 16 April 2010

    The RIAA and MPAA - trade bodies for the USA's major music labels and film studios respectively - have proposed the creation and use of anti-copyright-infringement software, based on the antivirus software installed on most PCs. In a submission (PDF)...

  • Bono demands greater web copyright policing
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    Bono demands greater web copyright policing

    By 4 January 2010

    Bono has weighed into the filesharing debate on the side of the major labels, in an editorial marking the beginning of a new decade in the New York Times. The musician lists 10 things he'd like to see in the 2010s, including a desire for the internet...

  • BlueBeat claims it owns copyright in Beatles tracks
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    BlueBeat claims it owns copyright in Beatles tracks

    By 5 November 2009

    Hank Risen, the owner of BlueBeat.com, which was found last week to be selling MP3s of the Beatles' catalogue for as little as 15p per track, has defiantly stated that he owns the copyrights in the songs that he's selling. EMI filed a lawsuit against...

  • Disney sells millions through iTunes
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    Disney sells millions through iTunes

    By 11 May 2007

    Figures have been released from The Walt Disney Company's most recent fiscal quarter, and the company have reported very strong sales through Apple's iTunes store, totalling 23.7 million television episodes and two million movies, according to Disney...

  • Viacom orders YouTube to take down 100,000 clips
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    Viacom orders YouTube to take down 100,000 clips

    By 6 February 2007

    Cable channel provider Viacom has demanded that YouTube remove more than 100,000 video clips that it says violates its copyright after talks between it and Google proved fruitless. The clips are from Comedy Central shows as well as those on Nickelodeon,...

  • YouTube user claims to have cracked HD DVD copy protection
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    YouTube user claims to have cracked HD DVD copy protection

    By 28 December 2006

    A YouTube user claims to have done what no one has done before by cracking the AACS copy-protection used on both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. Going by the name of Muslix64, the hackers has posted a video on YouTube advertising his code cracking methodology,...

  • Universal Music sues MySpace
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    Universal Music sues MySpace

    By 18 November 2006

    Universal Music has sued MySpace alleging the social networking site has allowed its users to post millions of its songs and video online in violation of copyright law. The lawsuit alleges that MySpace, encourages copyright infringement by taking proactive...

  • Makers of Roxio sue rival Nero over patent infringement
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    Makers of Roxio sue rival Nero over patent infringement

    By 17 November 2006

    SONIC Solutions, makers of the Roxio disc burning software has reported that it has filed a Patent Infringement Complaint Against its German competitor Nero AG and Nero Inc. for infringement of one of Sonic's video editing patents. The complaint, filed...

  • MySpace employs new technology to prevent copyright violations
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    MySpace employs new technology to prevent copyright violations

    By 31 October 2006

    MySpace.com is bowing to pressure from record companies and is integrating newly-developed technology to detect and block unauthorised copyrighted music uploading on to the website. The technology is licenced from private company Gracenote, and allows...

  • ippr urges Chancellor to change music copyright laws
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    ippr urges Chancellor to change music copyright laws

    By 29 October 2006

    UK copyright law should be changed to include a "private right to copy" that protects users of the iPod and other MP3 players, according to a new report published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr). According to the Institute, the...

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    Microsoft plugs hole in DRM software

    By 29 August 2006

    Microsoft sprang into action after a technology blog published a story about a piece of software that could strip the DRM from downloaded Windows Media files. After engadget writers posted a story to say that they had successfully stripped the DRM from...

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    DVD copy-protection may transfer to physical media

    By 14 August 2006

    Changes are afoot at the DVD Copy Control Association, the industry body that consists of the information tech industry, the consumer electronics industry, and video content producers, including film studios. The DVD CCA is planning to change its rules...

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    Dixons group to sell its shares in The Link to O2

    By 21 June 2006

    Dixons Stores Group (DSG) is to sell its share in The Link stores to O2 in a deal worth £30 million. DSG owns a 60% stake in The Link, while O2 has the remaining shares. The sale is another move by DSG to concentrate more on online retail than on highstreet...

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    DRM causing difficulties for libraries

    By 7 June 2006

    The British Library's Chief Executive, Lynne Brindley, is warning that DRM systems are creating unintended consequences that affect how digital material can be stored and disseminated by libraries, which have traditionally been protected by special exceptions...

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    Google to Wi-Fi San Francisco

    By 7 April 2006

    Google has won its bid to cover San Francisco with blanket Wi-Fi access suggesting that a series of similar schemes could soon be rolling out across the US and beyond. In a statement by the Department of Telecommunications and Information Services (DTIS)...

  • Google update Google Toolbar for Firefox
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    Google update Google Toolbar for Firefox

    By 6 April 2006

    Google has updated its toolbar for Firefox users boosting feed integration with the Google Personalised Home and a number of other feed readers. “We've made searching better by including previous queries, spelling corrections, and suggestions for popular...

  • Google to sell a further 5.3 million shares
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    Google to sell a further 5.3 million shares

    By 30 March 2006

    Got a spare $2,093,394,000 to hand? Thought so. Well rather than blowing it on the biggest beer fest you could ever possibly imagine, you can use it to buy the 5.3million new shares that are to be issued by Google. Google announced today that it intends...