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McFadden ruling vindicates mere conduit

Posted by Sam Frances on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 13:31

The Court of Justice of the European Union has returned its ruling in the McFadden case, confirming that mere conduit protections do apply to the owners of shops, cafés or other businesses offering...

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CJEU: Linking to infringing content can breach copyright

Posted by Sam Frances on Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 12:11

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that linking to copyright infringing content can itself constitute a breach of copyright. The ruling in the case of GS Media v Sanoma Media...

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Warner Brothers reports own site to Google as pirate site

Posted by Sam Frances on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at 15:29

The Warner Brothers film studio has asked Google to de-list several pages from the warnerbros.com website, in an incident which highlights the shortcomings of the DMCA notice and takedown system and...

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IPO: streaming up, piracy down

Posted by Sam Frances on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 17:39

Research commissioned by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) shows a fall in online copyright infringement, combined with a steep rise in the use of legal streaming services such as Spotify...

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Modernising IP enforcement: EU Commission report envisages “stronger involvement” of intermediaries

Posted by Sam Frances on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 16:09

In late May, the EU Commission published an inception impact assessment on its initiative to modernise the enforcement of intellectual property rights, giving an important insight into their attitude...

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CJEU: private copying levies cannot be replaced with funding through general taxation

Posted by Sam Frances on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 12:19

Private copying levies cannot be replaced by “fair compensation” to rightsholders through general taxation. This is the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in a case referred...

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