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Op-Ed: Technology at the forefront of stopping digital piracy

Traditional watermarks were added to documents to prove they were authentic, Digimarc has introduced an electronic version of the watermark to authenticate eBooks.

Wikipedia gives photo copyright to monkey

Nature photographer David J. Slater had his camera taken by a crested black macaque in Indonesia who then snapped "selfies." Slater wants to get royalties for the famous photos but managers say he has no right to payments since the monkey took the pics.

YouTube star Michelle Phan being sued for copyright infringement

Michelle Phan, a YouTube star with more than 6 million subscribers, is being sued by a dance music label for copyright infringement.

U.S. Supreme Court hammers Aereo with 6-3 ruling

New York - The United States Supreme Court came down hard today on tech-media newcomer Aereo, ruling against the company in a 6-3 decision. The judgement effectively destroys the Manhattan-based business, forcing them rebuild their profit model from the ground up.

Op-Ed: IKEA lawyers punish pro-IKEA blogger after 8 years of promotion

In business you want people doing additional, cool things with your products. It drives word of mouth. IKEA lawyers however do not want to risk their name being used to get this and shut down the "IKEAHackers" site.

Music industry joins legal battle against Megaupload

Washington - The major US music labels joined the legal battle against file-sharing website Megaupload, with a copyright infringement lawsuit against the site shut down by US authorities.

US film studios sue Megaupload for piracy

Washington - The top US film studios have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against defunct file-sharing website Megaupload, shut down by US authorities as part of a criminal probe of online piracy.

New Zealand legal blow for Kim Dotcom

Wellington - Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom suffered a legal setback Friday when New Zealand's top court ruled US authorities seeking his extradition do not have to reveal all the evidence they have against him.The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from Dotcom's law...

Google, Viacom settle YouTube copyright suit

New York - Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant's YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement."This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies o...

Samsung sues Dyson over 'hurt feelings'

South Korean tech giant Samsung is suing the British company Dyson over action taken last year by Dyson. Samsung is claiming that Dyson's action has "hurt" their brand and image.

Op-Ed: British Government blocking websites

We all know that China, Iran and some other governments block access to certain websites, but did you know the British Government does too?

Judge rules Sherlock Holmes to be within public domain

England's most famous detective, who has been the subject of many television shows and movies as of late, has been declared part of the public domain, according to a federal judge.

Op-Ed: The latest whine about copyright

London - The National Union of Journalists and other media lobbyists are continuing to pressurise the British Government for copyright "reform".

Spain to make providers of 'pirated' Web content walk the plank

Madrid - Well, not walk the plank exactly, but tough new laws are to be introduced in Spain and were set for approval in Parliament on Friday. The new laws call for six years in prison for linking to "pirated", copyright-protected material from webpages.

EU imposes computer & printer tax because users might copy books

The EU Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the member states have the right to tax computer and printer manufacturers because consumers might copy a book illegally, without regard to whether computer users own a printer or not.

Stevie Wonder backs new copyright treaty for visually impaired

Stevie Wonder, last week lent his weight to an appeal to more than 600 delegates gathered at a United Nations forum in North Africa urging them to conclude a new copyright treaty that would liberalise copyrighted works for the blind and visually impaired.

Op-Ed: CETA not about free trade but corporate control and profits

Ottawa - Harper is busy promoting CETA, the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement while on his travels in Europe. Critics claim that the agreement is less about free trade and more about extending the power of huge global corporations.

Op-Ed: Who is reselling your work on-line?

Have you written an article that has made a lot of money for someone else? You may have done, but if you have, how will you ever know?

Op-Ed: Six-strike plan imposed by Internet Service Providers

Washington - Beginning this week, major ISPs will start spying on US Internet users. With the new program, its a case of "six strikes and you are out" if they think you are pirating copyright-protected content.

TVShack founder strikes deal with feds, avoids extradition

Richard O’Dwyer, the founder of search engine TVShack.net, struck a deal with the federal government Wednesday in order to avoid extradition to the United States.

The Facebook copyright hoax — as told in headlines

A copyright notice from Facebook is making its way around the Web. The legal blurb is a hoax, and for some reason every news outlet in the world really, really, really wants you to know this.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren lobbies Reddit for ideas on legislation

Washington - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) lobbied Reddit users Monday for their ideas about new legislation that will affect the domain seizure process.

Kim Dotcom moves new ‘Mega’ website to New Zealand

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom announced on Twitter early Monday morning the relocation of his new business venture to New Zealand.

Op-Ed: The latest NUJ whine about Copyright

London - The National Union of Journalists is lobbying MPs to support what it calls decent copyright laws, which means? Journalists want to get paid whenever people use their own work, but don't want to pay anyone else for using theirs.

Sole rights to Superman go to Warner Bros./DC Comics

Los Angeles - A US court has ruled that Warner Bros. can retain the rights to Superman in full, despite the heirs' claim to part of the copyright.

New Zealand tactical unit raids Kim Dotcom’s home

Auckland - A new video released Wednesday reveals just how aggressive New Zealand police forces were when they raided Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s home in January.

Court rules it’s legal to embed, watch copyright-infringing video

Washington - A court ruled Thursday that myVidster did not infringe a pornographic production company’s copyright when it embedded copyright-infringing material on its website.

J. K. Rowling withholds new book from publishers, fears piracy

Author J. K. Rowling has decided to withhold her upcoming book from a handful of foreign publishers over fears of piracy.

U.S. Government, Twitter Ignoring Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom

Auckland - Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom made international headlines in January when his websites were seized by the U.S. Department of Justice. Now, though, a few organizations are doing their best to ignore him.

The anti-piracy pirate faces justice

Amsterdam - Royalty collection organization Burma/Stemra has been fined for not paying royalties for music used in an anti-piracy ad. An Amsterdam court has ordered Buma/Stemra to pay a fine of $24,474 U.S. and also to pay $201,878 U.S. owed.
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