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Gov’t urged to promote creative industries for economic growth

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:33 PM

The state think tank says copyright-based industries should be promoted, particularly those with outputs that can be delivered through the internet

French media take Google to competition regulator over copyright

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:52 PM

French Media say they will report Google to the French competition regulator over the company's refusal to pay news companies for displaying their content, defying a EU copyright law

Google deals blow to EU copyright law in France

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Google says it will not pay European media outlets for displaying their articles, pictures and videos in search results in France, in defiance of a new EU copyright law

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on September 3, 2019 the US multinational technology and internet-related services company Google logo, is displayed on a tablet screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Philippines among countries that buy books most often – Picodi report

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Almost 7 in 10 Filipino respondents in a report by the e-commerce platform say they buy at least one book a year

EU adopts controversial copyright reforms

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:33 PM

European Union countries adopt the reforms agreed upon last month by the European Parliament

European Parliament adopts copyright reform in blow to big tech

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Under the reform, European law for the first time holds platforms legally responsible for enforcing copyright, requiring them to check everything that their users post to prevent infringement

COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE. People take part in a demonstration in favor of the new copyright directive ahead of the vote on copyright in the Digital Single Market at the European Parliament on March 26, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

Google fights European copyright overhaul

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:08 PM

European Parliament may vote as soon as the week of March 10

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Will EU copyright overhaul 'break' the internet?

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The most contested aspect of the bill, Article 13, will require content sharing sites to deploy tools that harshly filter out copyrighted material from user posts

EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on September 12, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

EU parliament approves copyright law in blow to big tech

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Members of European Parliament (MEPs) meeting in the French city of Strasbourg voted 438 in favor of the measure, 226 against, with 39 abstentions

EU copyright war 'a shame,' says big tech lobby

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Taxing content indexing services by Google may have a negative net effect on the diversity of content and perspectives shown on the platform, says tech lobbyist

PUSHBACK. Siada el-Ramly, Director General of The European Digital Media Association (EDiMA), a lobby group for the tech sector, gives an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Brussels on September 10, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Europe's news agencies blast Google, Facebook for 'plundering' content

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Critics, however, say that the new proposed copyright law in Europe may restrict the usage of memes and remixes by everyday internet users who often use content without securing the rights

EU Parliament rejects copyright law in win for US tech giants

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The draft law is resisted by major US tech giants as well as advocates of internet freedom, with some campaigners warning it could even spell the end of viral 'memes' or jokes.

Wikipedia down in several countries in EU law protest

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:50 PM

In Spain, Italy and Poland, an explanatory protest statement about the upcoming vote comes up when the online encyclopedia is consulted

WIKIPEDIA. The Wikipedia logo is seen on a tablet screen on December 4, 2012 in Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Ed Sheeran sued for copyright infringement for ‘Thinking Out Loud’

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:06 PM

The musician allegedly copied from Marvin Gaye's 1973 song 'Let's Get It On'

ED SHEERAN. The 'Thinking Out Loud' musician is being sued for copyright infringement. File photo from his April 2018 concert in Manila by Stephen Lavoie/Rappler

U.S. court rules monkey does not own selfie copyright

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:03 PM

In 2015, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a US-based animal rights group, filed a suit on behalf of Naruto the macaque monkey, claiming the photographer had infringed Naruto's copyright since the monkey had taken the picture himself

NARUTO THE MONKEY. The viral selfie taken by a macaque monkey using the smart phone of nature photographer David J. Slater and which became the subject of a complicated copyright lawsuit is displayed at the Museum of Selfies, in Glendale, California.

Radiohead denies filing lawsuit against Lana Del Rey

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The pop star earlier tweeted that the band is demanding 100% of publishing royalties for her song 'Get Free'

RADIOHEAD. Reps for the English rock band say they have not filed a lawsuit against Lana del Rey. File photo shows the band playing the main stage at the TRNSMT Music Festival in Glasgow on July 7, 2017. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

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


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)

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Feb 18, 2013 - 8:54 PM

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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