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Riot Games sues mobile game developer for copyright infringement

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Riot s lawsuit against Shanghai Moonton Technology follows attempts to get the Google Play store and Apple App Store to take down the infringing games

Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US – NZ court

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Defense lawyers immediately vowed to appeal the decision and maintain the long running battle to stop Dotcom being sent for trial in the United States over piracy allegations

This file photo taken on August 29, 2016 shows internet mogul Kim Dotcom attending his extradition appeal at the High Court in Auckland. Dave Rowland/Pool/AFP

'Deadpool' is 2016's most illegally downloaded movie – torrent site

Jan 04, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Other comic book movies such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War dominate Torrent Freak s list

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Samsung wins over Apple in $399-M patent appeal

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:34 AM

UPDATED The justices ruled 8 0 that Samsung should not be required to forfeit the entire profits from its smartphones for infringement on design components

PATENT APPEAL. The US Supreme Court tossed out a $399 million patent award from Samsung over copying Apple's iPhone design.

Europol closes 4,500 websites peddling fake brands

Nov 29, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Europe s police agency cracks down on individuals trading counterfeit products via websites and social networks

The measures Google employs to battle piracy

Aug 24, 2016 - 3:48 PM

As big tech companies bolster their anti piracy front the hope is that it will become easier for content creators to protect their material

THE FIGHTING ISN'T OVER. The theater and the weapons have changed but piracy lives on. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria

Ed Sheeran sued for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye's song – reports

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:27 PM

Ed Sheeran is sued by the heirs of Ed Townsend who co wrote Marvin Gaye s Let s Get It On

ED SHEERAN. The singer/songwriter is accused of copying Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On.' File photo shows Ed at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2015. Photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Google says anti-piracy effort has delivered $2B

Jul 14, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Half of the music industry s YouTube revenue comes from fan content claimed via Content ID says Google s Katie Oyama

CHALLENGES AHEAD. More than a decade after its debut in 2005, YouTube faces challenges from many competitors. File photo by Samantha Sin/Files/AFP

Justin Bieber hit with 'Sorry' copyright suit

May 28, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Skrillex is also named in the lawsuit filed by indie artist White Hinterland

JUSTIN BIEBER. Indie singer White Hinterland files a copyright lawsuit over Justin's 'Sorry.' File photo by Paul Buck/EPA

Google wins long US court battle on book-scanning

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The US Supreme Court junks the petition of the Authors Guild saying that Google Books is covered by fair use under the copyright law

This photo taken on April 11, 2016 shows visitors gathering at Google booth during the 2016 China International Electronic Commerce Expo in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province.  The on-going China International Electronic Commerce Expo, which is being held in eastern China's Yiwu city from April 11 to 13, has attracted 1,185 e-commerce companies from 12 countries including Canada, France and Germany. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Spotify hit by new $200-million copyright suit

Jan 10, 2016 - 1:57 AM

Ferrick argues that Spotify took a now familiar strategy for many digital music services – infringe now apologize later

SPOTIFY. Image from Spotify website.

Anne Frank's diary goes online despite rights dispute

Jan 02, 2016 - 7:45 AM

But the Anne Frank Fund which holds the rights to publication says it had sent a letter threatening legal action if the diary was published

FAMOUS DIARY. Anne Frank chronicled her life from June 1942 to August 1944 while she and her family were in hiding in Amsterdam. Photo from Facebook/Anne Frank

US judge dismisses Jay Z 'Big Pimpin' copyright case

Oct 22, 2015 - 10:21 AM

The case against Jay Z where an Egyptian composer accused him of using a flute sample in Big Pimpin is dismissed

DISMISSED. The copyright case against Jay Z's song 'Big Pimpin' is dismissed. Jay Z is pictured above at the Grammy Awards in 2013. File photo by Paul Buck/EPA

Periscope, Meerkat streams of Mayweather vs Pacquiao land copyright blow

May 06, 2015 - 6:12 PM

The Fight of the Century wasn t just available through pay per view as users stream the bout on apps Periscope and Meerkat

Authors, artists stand up for copyright protection

Apr 26, 2015 - 5:08 PM

Authors should be aware of their rights over their works while the public should know basic copyright laws says the National Book Development Board

From left to right: Nida Ramirez of Visprint Inc (representing Bob Ong), Luisito 'Kuya Bodjie' Pascua, Beverly 'Bebang' Siy, NBDB Executive Director Graciela Cayton, National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, and RJ Ledesma. Rappler video screengrab

Philippines puts spotlight on books and copyright protection

Apr 22, 2015 - 10:37 PM

On April 23 the Philippines joins World Book and Copyright Day celebrations by celebrating authors and creators and the protection of their works

Pharrell, Thicke ordered to pay Marvin Gaye heirs over 'Blurred Lines'

Mar 11, 2015 - 7:35 AM

The 8 member California panel finds that the pop stars lifted parts of Gaye s 1977 hit Got to Give It Up in writing their 2013 mega hit

Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and T.I. in a scene from the 'Blurred Lines' video. Image courtesy YouTube

Mouse artist goes ear-to-ear with Disney in trademark row

Sep 04, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Electro musician deadmau5 says he will not be bullied

Shakira hit song 'Loca' a copy – judge

Aug 21, 2014 - 4:20 PM

In a 40 page ruling Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the song was a replication of one written by singer and composer Ramon Arias Vasquez known as Arias

In this file photo, Colombian singer Shakira (C) performs during the FIFA World Cup Kickoff concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 June 2010. Jon Hrusa/EPA

US cellphone unlocking law a temporary solution?

Aug 03, 2014 - 10:24 PM

The cellphone unlocking law may be timely but it may also be a temporary solution unless cellphone unlocking is made permanently legal

UNLOCKING SMARTPHONES. File Photo from AFP

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Sweden

Jun 02, 2014 - 9:39 AM

Sunde s arrest on Saturday leads to his serving the sentence for violating copyright laws he received from an appeal court in Sweden in 2010

PIRATE BAY. A file photo dated 16 February 2009 showing file-sharing site Pirate Bay founders Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (L) and Peter Sunde (R). Bertil Ericson/EPA

Rappler values transparency and accountability

Oct 20, 2013 - 10:11 PM

Journalism is a public trust To remove any doubt of our intent we disclose the full context of our recent errors

Bieber tweet stirs piracy talk

Jul 10, 2013 - 6:39 PM

Justin requests fans to send him a UFC fight video presumably pirated

PIRACY? UFC Head calls out Bieber on tweet requesting a video of a popular match

Film, music industries go all-out against piracy

Mar 01, 2013 - 12:05 PM

The program is meant to educate rather than punish and direct consumers to legal alternatives

HEED THE WARNINGS. Your internet connection may slow down or get completely cut off. Screen grab from YouTube (ITCrowdChannel)

Rappler Newscast | February 18, 2013

Feb 18, 2013 - 8:54 PM

DFA to Filipinos in Sabah: leave peacefully | ABS CBN chair posts bail for libel case | Isko Moreno: Arrest is politically motivated

Apple loses rights to iPhone trademark in Brazil

Feb 13, 2013 - 11:34 PM

Apple can still sell its smartphones in Brazil with the iPhone name but Gradiente has the option of suing for exclusivity

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Jan 16, 2013 - 11:56 AM

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China court orders Apple to pay for copyright violation

Dec 28, 2012 - 7:36 PM

Apple was ordered to pay a fine of 165 908 to 8 Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights

Copyright shift? Not true, says Facebook

Nov 27, 2012 - 10:40 PM

No change in the company s policy on the ownership of users information or the content they post to the site

POLICY CHANGE? Not true, says Facebook. Screen grab from the Facebook Newsroom page

Two sentenced to US prison for copyright piracy

Nov 03, 2012 - 9:28 AM

Two members of an Internet piracy group were sentenced to prison Friday November 2 on charges stemming from unauthorized online distribution of first run films officials said

Google cuts deal with publishers, ends case

Oct 05, 2012 - 7:16 AM

Google and US publishing firms reach a deal to end 7 year of litigation

Google backs off patent complaint against Apple

Oct 03, 2012 - 8:04 AM

Google owned Motorola Mobility withdrew a patent complaint filed with a US commission but remained quiet Tuesday October 2 as to the reason for the legal ceasefire

Strict anti-piracy laws come into force in Japan

Oct 01, 2012 - 4:35 PM

Controversial laws punishing Internet users who download pirated files with fines or jail terms came into force in Japan on Monday October 1

Apple to meet Swiss rail firm over clock dispute

Sep 22, 2012 - 12:02 AM

Swiss national train operator SBB claims that Apple used without agreement its famous clock design on a new application for iPad and iPhone

Oracle appeals US$306-M settlement in SAP lawsuit

Sep 04, 2012 - 11:07 PM

The case is far from over

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P1.1-B worth of pirated goods seized in 2011

Jul 07, 2012 - 10:52 AM

The seized pirated materials were 123 higher than the Optical Media Board s total haul in 2010 of P535 M

Wikipedia founder speaks out over student's extradition

Jun 25, 2012 - 8:40 AM

Jimmy Wales launches a petition against the extradition to the United States of a British student who created a website allowing people to watch films and TV shows for free