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  • 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

  • Why France’s piracy watchdog is missing teeth

    October 07, 2011

    French courts might soon decide whether 60 alleged internet pirates should be fined or be cut off from the internet after they ignored final warnings about infringing copyright

  • Interview: Chris Johnstone of Music Choice

    September 29, 2011

    The original advocate of reforming collecting societies explains why the system is such a mess, but the European Commission can do little about it

  • Collecting societies make their case in Europe

    September 27, 2011

    Members of collecting societies across Europe are heading to Luxembourg this week to tell Europe’s General Court why they should not be forced to offer cross-border services for collecting and distributing royalties for music

  • Google finally signs books deal in France

    August 09, 2011

    The completion of Google Books’ first deal with a publisher – Hachette, in France – might also be the only way forward for the book-scanning project in the US

  • The cost of an infringement notice in New Zealand: $21

    July 15, 2011

    New Zealand’s government has confirmed the price that a rights owner must pay an ISP when sending an infringement notice and set out what information needs to be provided

  • Interview: Hadopi is about education, not repression

    July 05, 2011

    “I am the person that everybody hates,” admitted Marie-Françoise Marais, president of Hadopi – the organisation set up to enact France’s controversial three-strikes law cracking down on online file sharers

  • G8 stresses patent quality and WIPO’s role

    June 01, 2011

    The G8 included two paragraphs asserting support for IP rights in its declaration last week. Though abstract, they highlight the areas most likely to be targeted by future legislation

  • Belgian court upholds Google headline ban

    May 11, 2011

    Google has been told it infringes publishers’ copyright by reproducing their headlines, in a decision by the Belgian Court of Appeal

  • G20 is best forum to tackle piracy - Gurry

    February 04, 2011

    Francis Gurry believes the key to tackling online piracy is regulation of intermediaries such as ISPs. That requires international regulation best suited to the G20

  • Why India objects to ACTA

    February 03, 2011

    ACTA will undermine future agreements and fail because of its narrow focus, an Indian official argued today. The EU, Mexico and Japan vehemently disagreed.

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