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  • Will 2012 see the copyright fightback?

    December 20, 2011

    Next year a range of cases and law changes will affect all copyright owners – from authors to musicians to film makers – but the dominant issue will be the increasingly global and bitter debate over who should be liable for clamping down on online infringement and how best to do it

  • SOPA vote delayed as lobbyists apply pressure

    December 16, 2011

    Following a markup attended by top industry lobbyists yesterday, a small but dedicated group of House Judiciary Committee members today forced the sponsor of controversial anti-piracy legislation to put off a final committee vote on the bill, possibly until 2012

  • China’s WTO anniversary – the trade mark verdict

    December 16, 2011

    As China celebrated the 10th anniversary of its accession to the WTO, there are signs that a decade of pressure may be leading to long-term gains in the battle against counterfeiting and piracy

  • The Managing IP quiz of 2011

    December 15, 2011

    Win a free place at a Managing IP meeting of your choice in 2012 by answering our 20 questions on developments in the past year

  • Interview: why collecting societies need a code

    December 15, 2011

    As the UK government consults on a code of conduct for collecting societies, Brigid Simmonds of the British Beer & Pub Association explains why she wants simplification

  • Court delivers blow to football fixture protection

    December 15, 2011

    Databases such as football fixture lists cannot be protected under copyright law unless there is an element of creativity in the way they are represented, according to the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU

  • Amended rogue sites bill faces key vote

    December 15, 2011

    The sponsor of legislation in the US House of Representatives targeting rogue websites has proposed significant revisions to his bill in anticipation of today’s vote in the House Judiciary Committee

  • UK government wants your views on copyright

    December 14, 2011

    The UK government has published detailed proposals to clarify and extend copyright exceptions, in response to this year’s Hargreaves Review on intellectual property

  • Pallante: US government needs power to seize rogue sites

    December 14, 2011

    The fight against online piracy requires “21st Century tools, and unfortunately that may include blocking websites”, US register of copyrights Maria Pallante said this week

  • Managing IP’s guide to the Dataco dispute

    December 12, 2011

    On Thursday, the Court of Justice’s legal adviser will issue his opinion in a dispute over the ownership of IP rights in football league fixture lists. Managing IP provides a preview

  • Soundtrack royalties under scrutiny

    December 07, 2011

    In the last of five copyright cases heard this week by the Supreme Court of Canada, justices weighed arguments as to whether broadcasters and cinema owners must pay a separate tariff for the performance of soundtracks

  • Tariffs on teacher copies debated in Supreme Court

    December 07, 2011

    To what extent teachers' textbook copying is "fair dealing" was debated before the Supreme Court of Canada on Wednesday, one of three copyright-related cases the High Court is considering this week.

  • Canada Supreme Court in copyright spree

    December 07, 2011

    Canada’s Supreme Court is hearing five cases this week, in a historic burst of activity that could fundamentally reshape copyright protection in the country

  • Case report: Supreme Court considers digital copyright cases

    December 06, 2011

    The Supreme Court of Canada yesterday heard the first day of oral arguments in two cases centred on whether copyright infringement is triggered through downloading of digital media

  • Reaction: What next for goods in transit?

    December 05, 2011

    INTA welcomed the guidance from the Court of Justice of the EU in last week's Nokia and Philips cases, but Customs agencies say it's business as usual. Now the focus will turn to legislative reform

  • EU court: All copyright works are created equal

    December 01, 2011

    Copyright protection for a portrait photograph is not inferior to that enjoyed by any other work, the Court of Justice of the EU said today in a judgment arising from photos of the Austrian hostage Natasha K

  • Analysis: Relief and concern for brand owners

    December 01, 2011

    First the good news: it will be easier for Customs to detain goods in transit following today’s Court of Justice ruling in the Nokia and Philips cases

  • Court gives wide scope to seize goods in transit

    December 01, 2011

    Ruling today in cases involving Nokia and Philips, the Court of Justice of the EU has clarified that Customs authorities can detain goods in transit, even where they are not explicitly offered for sale in the EU

  • High Court begins to hear iiNet v AFACT

    December 01, 2011

    A Canberra court room is hearing the final arguments this week in a long-running copyright dispute that could set out what ISPs need to do to avoid an accusation of authorising infringement

  • Chanel to seize hundreds of sites under court order

    November 30, 2011

    A federal judge in Las Vegas has authorised Chanel to seize hundreds of domain names of sites showing "good cause" that they are selling counterfeit products, and has ordered search engines and social media sites not to promote the sites through links

  • White House stops short of endorsing rogue sites bill

    November 30, 2011

    The focus of debate in Washington is on IP enforcement, but Obama administration officials at a White House event yesterday declined to weigh in on controversial House and Senate bills that would give the attorney general more power to crack down on copyright and trade mark violations online

  • Obama administration to educate public on fakes

    November 29, 2011

    US attorney general Eric Holder Tuesday announced a new public service campaign linking counterfeit products to criminal gangs and US job losses

  • Software protection not limited to code, says Advocate General

    November 29, 2011

    The functionalities of a computer program and its programming language cannot be protected by copyright, according to the Advocate General of the Court of Justice

  • Aussie ISPs give helping hand to rights holders

    November 29, 2011

    Copyright owners in Australia may be given the power to warn consumers who are suspected of downloading illegally and could even access their personal details before taking court action

  • Commission to kick-start talks on levies

    November 25, 2011

    The European Commission has given a former commissioner what it calls the “challenging task” of reviving moribund talks between copyright owners and technology manufacturers over copyright levies

  • What the Sabam decision means for rights owners

    November 24, 2011

    Today's decision by the Court of Justice will make it harder for rights owners to force ISPs to help them fight illegal downloading

  • Sabam loses ISP blocking case

    November 24, 2011

    Courts in EU member states cannot issue wide-ranging orders forcing ISPs to block users’ access to copyright-infringing material, Europe’s highest court ruled today

  • The next steps for a digital copyright exchange

    November 23, 2011

    The UK government has chosen a former deputy chair of the country’s communications watchdog to lead a feasibility study into the creation of a digital copyright exchange

  • Managing IP’s guide to the Sabam v Scarlet dispute

    November 23, 2011

    Tomorrow, Europe’s highest court will hand down an important ruling clarifying whether rights owners can ask courts to force ISPs to prevent users from accessing copyright-infringing material. Managing IP explains more

  • Congress targets counterfeit drugs

    November 18, 2011

    Counterfeit pharmaceuticals were a focus of the House and Senate this week, as legislation was introduced in both bodies and a House hearing highlighted another bill aimed at thwarting online sales of fake drugs

  • Ericsson calls for file-sharing debate

    November 18, 2011

    Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson has published an opinion paper in Australia that reveals the extent of the disagreements there between copyright owners and internet service providers over online enforcement

  • Swedish ISP suffers blow from CJEU

    November 17, 2011

    Sweden can require an ISP to reveal the name of a subscriber, despite having not implemented data retention law, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU said today

  • Artists sue CBS for providing P2P software

    November 17, 2011

    Musicians and actors led by billionaire Alki David have again sued CBS Interactive and CNET for facilitating “massive copyright infringement in naked pursuit of profits”

  • Costco prevails in copyright misuse case

    November 17, 2011

    A California court’s recent decision may be the “silver lining” for those who felt the Supreme Court had erred in Costco v Omega, said one lawyer on Friday

  • Google challenges rogue sites bill

    November 16, 2011

    A House bill that targets so-called rogue web sites has sparked a battle between technology companies and IP owners that some members of Congress called the most volatile in more than a decade

  • UK court seeks clarity over broadcasting rules

    November 16, 2011

    The High Court in London is to ask Europe’s top court to clarify whether live internet streaming of free-to-air channels is lawful

  • Are you ready for 3D printing?

    November 16, 2011

    IP owners need to rethink the way that they exploit and enforce their IP rights if they want to meet the challenges of a technology that could revolutionise manufacturing

  • Collecting society seeks copyright levy from ISPs

    November 15, 2011

    ISPs in Belgium are resisting calls from the country’s collecting society Sabam to pay a levy to compensate rights owners for making copyright material available online

  • UK judge slams “incoherent” copyright law

    November 09, 2011

    A UK IP judge has described copyright law in the country as “past its sell-by date” and says that the sooner people face up to the fact the better

  • Interview: José Rodrigo Roque Díaz on IP challenges in Mexico

    November 07, 2011

    With a new president likely to oust him as director-general of IMPI, José Rodrigo Roque Díaz is in a race against time to improve IP awareness in Mexico. Refusing to play the part of lame duck, Roque spoke with Managing IP about his ambitious plans for the Office

  • Dyson defeat disappoints design industry

    November 04, 2011

    A Court of Appeal ruling last week against Dyson was another missed opportunity for registered designs in Britain, say lawyers

  • Hill leaders promote anti-piracy bills

    November 02, 2011

    Bipartisan bills targeting online infringement will continue to advance, supporters of the legislation vowed Wednesday at a Capitol Hill press conference

  • Should Congress or the market solve copyright challenges, asks registrar

    November 02, 2011

    The US register of copyrights has asked lawmakers to consider whether the mass digitisation of books requires them to change the law on copyright, or whether the challenges it poses should be met by businesses

  • Brazil gets tough with Google over copyright violations

    November 02, 2011

    Google’s recent report on government requests for content removal shows that Brazil has made the most tracked claims that concern copyright infringement

  • South Africa passes “useless” traditional knowledge law

    November 01, 2011

    Last week the South African parliament passed a law to protect traditional knowledge that most observers consider to be an expensive waste of time

  • Zediva unlikely to succeed in appeal

    November 01, 2011

    Movie-streaming service Zediva was too clever for its own good, according to one law professor

  • Interview: Eleanor Sharpston on the point of the advocate general

    October 31, 2011

    In an exclusive interview with Emma Barraclough, Eleanor Sharpston explains the role of advocates general at the EU’s Court of Justice, the barriers to creating an IP tribunal and why she admires the ingenuity of parallel traders

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