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Copyright and the US primaries: From Adele to Neil Young, why do artists keep getting Berned by politicians?
Mar09

Copyright and the US primaries: From Adele to Neil Young, why do artists keep getting Berned by politicians?

From Trump to Clinton to Cruz, there is no presidential campaign that doesn’t involve the candidate strutting onto the stage to an ‘inspirational’ song. But what if the artist is not ok with the politicians encouraging voters to ‘Feel the Bern’ or ‘Make America Great Again’ with their tune? This has been the case during the current US presidential primary elections, with Adele, Neil Young, REM, and Steven Tyler (amongst others) all...

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PayPal cuts off payments to UnoTelly Netflix-unblocking service
Feb06

PayPal cuts off payments to UnoTelly Netflix-unblocking service

Move comes after Netflix promises crackdown on people watching content restricted to other countries A Canadian company that helps people watch U.S. Netflix from Canada can no longer accept PayPal after the online payment processor cut off its service. “On February 3rd, 2016, Paypal has severed payment processing agreement unilaterally and without prior warning,” Toronto-based UnoTelly said on its blog Thursday....

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Balancing Copyright Owners’ Rights With ISP Immunities
Feb03

Balancing Copyright Owners’ Rights With ISP Immunities

HIGHLIGHTS: Courts continue to search for the proper balance between copyright owner rights and Internet Service Provider (ISP) immunities in copyright infringement claims, as demonstrated in BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, et al. v. Cox Communications, Inc., et al. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor provision protects ISPs from indirect infringement claims from copyright owners as long as the ISP implements an...

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USA IP: Intellectual property protection vital to Louisiana
Dec07

USA IP: Intellectual property protection vital to Louisiana

The American economy of today looks far different than it did only a short time ago. The manufacturing prowess of the post-World War II years has evolved into a research-driven, Internet-based 21st-century world. Information has replaced industrialization as the touchstone for the American workforce. This changing economy has resulted in severe economic dislocation for many as society struggles to find ways in which to adapt to...

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Copyright Office issues DMCA exemptions for automotive software, jailbreaking smart TVs
Nov09

Copyright Office issues DMCA exemptions for automotive software, jailbreaking smart TVs

The U.S. Copyright Office has just released its latest round of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the 1998 law governing the protection of copyrighted materials with respect to digital technologies and the Internet. The DMCA criminalizes acts of circumventing digital rights management (DRM) tools employed by software developers which, for instance, are designed to prevent someone from copying a video game or...

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Copyright Captures APIs: A New Caution For Developers
Nov05

Copyright Captures APIs: A New Caution For Developers

Google v. Oracle . It’s a sensational case. A battle of tech heavyweights — and a software copyright case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Millions of dollars are at stake. And the ramifications for software entrepreneurs are significant. The facts are not in dispute. Google copied a portion of Oracle’s Java application programming interface ( API) to create the Android operating system — the most installed mobile...

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