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Q&A: Helping artists determine legal ownership of their content Special

Jessica Sobhraj, a veteran of Rumblefish/SESAC and now CEO & Founder of Cosynd, has created Cosynd to help artists and creatives legally determine ownership of content with their collaborators.

What the Copyright in the Digital Market EU proposal means Special

This month the European Parliament approved amendments to the controversial Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation intended to update copyright for the Internet age. Lawyer Ron Moscona offers an insight.

Will EU copyright overhaul 'break' the internet?

Apo - EU lawmakers have backed a major overhaul of copyright law that was hailed by some as a much-needed win against Silicon Valley, but its impact on ordinary web-users remains unclear.

Vote on EU online copyright reform splits usual allies

Strasbourg - The European Parliament votes Wednesday on a highly complex online copyright law that has split natural political bedfellows and pitted music and news companies against Google and Facebook.

EU copyright war 'a shame', says big tech lobby

Apo - Tech giants and open-internet activists, not always natural bedfellows, are fighting a proposed copyright law that returns for approval at the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Crippling costs of war reporting and investigative journalism

Paris - The cost of war reporting and investigative journalism is becoming prohibitive for media outlets, campaigners have warned.

Brussels gripped by lobbying war over copyright law

Apo - It has been dubbed one of the most brutal lobbying wars in Brussels history, pitting media firms and Paul McCartney on one side against Big Tech and internet freedom denizens on the other.

Leading journalists join call for EU copyright reform

Paris - Leading journalists from more than 20 countries joined a call Tuesday for European MPs to approve a controversial media reform aimed at forcing internet giants to pay for news content.

EU Parliament rejects copyright law in win for US tech giants

Apo - The European Parliament rejected Thursday a highly controversial EU copyright law proposal that has pitted Beatles legend Paul McCartney against internet giants and the creators of Wikipedia.

EU Parliament to vote on controversial copyright law

Apo - European Parliament lawmakers will vote Thursday on a highly controversial EU copyright law that has pitted Beatles legend Paul McCartney against the creators of Wikipedia.

Wikipedia down in several countries in EU law protest

Madrid - Wikipedia went down in at least three countries Wednesday in a protest at an upcoming European Parliament vote on a highly disputed law that could make online platforms legally liable for copyrighted material put on the web by users.

EU copyright law passes key hurdle

Apo - A highly disputed European copyright law that could force online platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay for links to news content passed a key hurdle in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Youtube partly liable for copyright breaches: Austrian court

Vienna - An Austrian court has ruled that video-sharing platform YouTube can be held partly liable for copyright breaches in videos uploaded by its users, in a ruling that may have far-reaching implications.

Oracle's big-money case against Google gets new life

San Francisco - An appeals court on Tuesday gave Oracle another shot at wringing billions of dollars from Google in a keenly watched legal battle over the use of freely available Java software code.

Net giants 'must pay for news' from which they make billions

Paris - Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits.

Interview: Protecting intellectual property with blockchain Special

A new blockchain based technology allows creators to protect their intellectual property and prove that it's theirs. According to co-founder Eric Klein, the platform even aims to replace lawyers in the future.

Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown

Sydney - An Australian court on Friday ordered internet providers to block more than 40 piracy websites after a successful case by leading film distributors, in a major ruling on online content sharing.

Rapper Eminem takes New Zealand political party to court

Wellington - Rapper Eminem launched court action against New Zealand's ruling political party on Monday, accusing it of using an unlicensed version of his hit "Lose Yourself" in a campaign advert.

Google has deleted over one million websites from search results

Google has reached a new milestone in its quest to remove unlawful websites from the Internet. It recently received its one millionth takedown request as the service continues to grow. Amongst the sites reported include NASA and The White House.

Illegal piracy-enabling Kodi streaming boxes seized by police

Five traders have been arrested for allegedly modifying Kodi streaming boxes that let you watch subscription TV channels for free. The set-top boxes were sold online for profit before the operation was closed down by copyright theft enforcement agents.

Paul McCartney sues to take back Beatles catalog

New York - Paul McCartney has filed a lawsuit to secure the copyright to the Beatles back catalog in a case that could have wide ramifications for the music industry.

On Halloween, the US Supreme Court ponders costumes

Washington - In a happy coincidence of the US judicial calendar, the Supreme Court on Halloween Monday is set to solemnly take up the subject of costumes and outfits.

Suspected boss of online piracy site Kickass Torrents arrested

Washington - The alleged boss of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, was hit with US criminal charges Wednesday, accused of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content.

Man says he invented the iPhone 20 years ago, sues Apple for $10b

A man has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging the company's iPhone, iPad and iPod products infringe on his designs for an "Electronic Reading Device" created over 20 years ago. He is seeking over $10 billion in damages from the company.

Chrome bug lets you download full Netflix movies for free

A recently discovered bug in Google's Chrome web browser makes it possible for anyone to download full movies from DRM-protected sources including Netflix and Amazon. Pirates could easily bypass Chrome's copy protection systems to access content.

Jury out in Led Zeppelin copyright case

Los Angeles - A US jury will deliberate for a second day Thursday on whether Led Zeppelin poached the opening to "Stairway To Heaven" from an obscure Los Angeles rock band.

Taylor Swift calls for copyright law reform

A group of artists, including Taylor Swift, U2, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney, have joined a campaign to get online copyright laws reformed.

E-music pioneers Kraftwerk lose copyright case

Karlsruhe - Germany's highest court Tuesday struck down a challenge by electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk against a hip-hop artist's two-second sample of their tune in a dispute that erupted almost two decades ago.

Google Books get OK from U.S. Supreme Court

Washington - Google's massive book-scanning project cleared its final legal hurdle Monday as the US Supreme Court denied an appeal contending it violates copyright law.

Lawsuit seeks to end 'We Shall Overcome' copyright

Los Angeles - Lawyers are seeking to put "We Shall Overcome," the emblematic song of the US civil rights movement, in the public realm after successfully fighting the copyright of "Happy Birthday to You.
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