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DIGITAL LIBRARIES: SOLUTION or PROBLEM FOR ORPHAN WORKS The definition of an orphan work includes any type of work subject to copyright protection, in which its author or his/her successors in title (rights holders) are not known or if known are not able to being located. This is the meaning given by the Directive 2012/28/EU […]

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The Key Facts about Trademarks

by Donnareflect on July 23, 2014

It’s thought that more than half of small businesses in the UK are failing to protect their intellectual property in an adequate way. Without intellectual property such as logos and company names being registered, rival companies can easily use them to make money – and their victims may find that they have no legal comeback. […]

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Credit to Howard Knopf (@howardknopf) for bringing this story to my attention. The relationship between copyright and freedom of expression is often overlooked. Yet these two legal spheres can interact at a delicate nexus. There is an inherent tension between copyright and free expression; a grant of copyright is also a grant to control a […]

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How can Intellectual Property be Enforced?

by Donnareflect on October 16, 2013

Once a legal right to intellectual property, either by way of copyright, trademark, registered design or patent has been granted then the owner of that property has the right to take legal action against any person who violates their rights under intellectual property law. This is known as IP Infringement and falls into the same […]

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The dance music brand the Ministry of Sound is reportedly suing Spotify for copyright infringement after Spotify reportedly refused to delete user playlists that copied the signature Ministry of Sound dance compilation albums. The lawsuit comes in the wake of the Ministry of Sound apparently warning Spotify in 2012 that failure to remove playlists which […]

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Royalties In Live Media Streams

by zchod on September 20, 2013

The new wave of media has paved the way for more on-demand entertainment. Live streams of shows, new music, and other publications have become a model for quick press and increased reach. While there are many things that artists and developers have to gain from streaming their content on the internet, sometimes there are legal […]

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Credit to Glen Gilmore (@SocialMediaLaw1) for bringing this story to my attention. Last month Twitter released the data from its semi-annual transparency report. The report details such things as account holder information requests from the government, the number of content removal requests and copyright takedown notices. Importantly all three categories were significantly up in the […]

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The well-known punk-pop band Green Day have won their legal battle against an artist after it was claimed that the band had infringed the artist’s copyright in one of their music videos. The case, reported at Reuters and The Music, originated from a video that Green Day produced for use in its 2009 global tour. This video, shown […]

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Registering Your Online Business

by Donnareflect on August 9, 2013

Registering your new business online is essential if you are to protect it and stop others from using things like your trademark. Many people have been put off by the idea of registration, assuming that the process is extremely complex and wondering if it is a necessity after all. Once you have decided to trade […]

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Copyright Hub Pilot Introduced in the UK

by Tom Cox on August 8, 2013

Ask yourself this question: if you find a photograph on the internet and want to reproduce it in your own creation what would you be required to do by law? It doesn’t have to be a photograph but any creative medium: a video, a piece of music or an excerpt text. A starting point would […]

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