CC Greyweed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ unchanged You might have thought that the mighty Viacom versus YouTube case had settled all of the main issues about sharing platforms and copyright. YouTube won the 2007 case with the defence that it was an innocent platform that took down any infringing material when it was notified on it. This cleared the legal way for
The tsunami of bad news from and about the BBC calls into question another UK institution. The BBC is 9 years short of its centenary and some would like to see the BBC in its grave. Just to recap: Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall molesting people on BBC premises: expect claims for damages by victims
Teresa May is right to say the government would introduce legislation to underpin an independent regulation of the press if the press itself does not come up with a suitable plan, and soon. That’s a good negotiating tactic. Her legions of critics will say: “But it’s not Government policy, listen to the PM.” But there
Don’t expect that we will ever have total freedom of speech in content. It is an object of libertarians. But unobtainable. On the eve of Leveson’s report next week keep this in mind. He will propose restrictions on the freedom of speech of the press. And many will criticism him for restricting freedom of speech.
The US Congress is taking ”piracy” of US intellectual property seriously by proposing to attack the financial basis of foreign sites running copyright material without permission. Two acts are in Congress to let media owners force search engines to stop linking to “pirate” sites and stop US advertisers advertising. Wikipedia offline in protest The opposition
The EU is to formally investigate whether Apple and 5 European publishers are gouging the e-book market. Have they conspired to set prices and so rig the market, is the question. E-books more expensive than paper E-books are more expensive than paper editions, much to the surprise of many experts. Manufacture and distribution of paper
The government has taken one step forward and one step back in its policy over intellectual property (IP). The step forward is the appointment of IP attachés to UK embassies around the world. These attachés will pressure foreign governments to crack down on infringements of the IP rights of UK companies and citizens, it announced
The law may be slow because it is deliberate: but it gets there. Twitter may have seemed to be a bastion of private speech but a court order to Twitter from a California Court prompted by a UK case shows that it is not. A UK local council made Twitter reveal the details of a