Topic / Copyright Infringement

OPINION: New copyright laws are not the answer to stop piracy

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Image: Dr Stephen Dann/Flickr (Creative Commons) Earlier this week, Kim Williams, CEO of News Limited, spoke at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast and called for new copyright laws to better protect digital property rights. Back in February, my colleague and friend Bruce Arnold opined a similar view, stating that in “the age of the internet and multinational business models, many of the existing laws are under […]

Telstra, footy codes win appeal against Optus TV Now decision

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Image: steakpinball/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Federal Court has today overturned a previous decision that found Optus’ TV Now service not in breach of copyright by showing the matches on free-to-air on a short delay of two minutes. It now means that it will most likely go to the High Court for a final decision. The three judges have noted two areas that the appeal will be looking at: first was […]

iiNet wins copyright case against Hollywood – is not liable for users’ piracy

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Image: steakpinball/Flickr (Creative Commons) So, if you have been living under a rock, iiNet has won its three year long case against the movie industry, sparing itself being liable for any copyright infringement of movies and music by users on its network. The High Court, in Perth, dismissed the case brought against iiNet by AFACT, saying in a summary, “The High Court held that the respondent, an internet service provider, […]

MegaUpload, Pirate Party to sue FBI for users’ lost files

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The Pirate Party in Catalonia and MegaUpload have announced that it will file a joint complaint against the FBI over their decision to seize the company’s assets, which meant users’ files were lost – some of which were copyright infringing, but many others were note. The Pirates in Catalonia, in collaboration with the Pirate Parties International, claims that it has caused “incalculable damage, far in excess of the losses claimed […]

MegaUpload Trial: NZ politicians question Kim Dotcom’s resident status

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Opposition politicians in New Zealand are calling for an inquiry on how MegaUpload’s founder Kim Dotcom managed to acquire residency status, despite having a fraud conviction for insider trading in Germany. Dotcom managed to acquire residency in the country under the “Investor Plus” category after investing $10 million in government bonds for more than 3 years. Immigration New Zealand said that he disclosed that, and based his residency application on […]

MegaUpload Trial: Kim Dotcom’s bail reserved, will be decided on Wednesday [UPDATE]

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UPDATED: The MegaUpload extradition trial has begun in New Zealand, with the founder of the file-sharing site Kim Dotcom seeking bail to be with his pregnant wife. However, Dotcom will now wait until Wednesday to hear if his application is approved. The decision for his bail application was expected to be made this afternoon by Judge David McNaughton. He has now reserved his decision until Wednesday. “Given the breadth of […]

Wikileaks cables reveal American involvement in iiNet trial

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Image: Tobias Vemmenby/Flickr (Creative Commons) Wikileaks has recently published more cables from the US embassy in Canberra. One such cable has revealed that there could have been American involvement in the trial against ISP iiNet and AFACT over copyright infringement. The cable was created by the then-ambassador for the United States Robert McCallum and was published on November 30, 2008. The cable, as seen by TECHGEEK.com.au, says that the United […]

Controversial NZ file sharing law PASSED!

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The New Zealand Government’s amendments to the Copyright Act, the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, that was introduced last night has passed today by its Parliament with support from all major parties.

AFACT brings iiNet case to High Court

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The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has announced that it plans to lodge an appeal with the High Court in its case against iiNet, alleging that the ISP has allowed its users to infringe on the copyright of the film and television studios it represents. It seeks to reverse the decision made by the Federal Court, dismissing AFACT’s appeal in its case, ongoing since 2009. The federal court found […]

Document leak shows EU pushing for jail time for copyright infringement

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A leaked document from the President of the European Union has revealed the European Union’s secret push for criminal prosecution in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an agreement that has been negotiated in secret. The document, leaked by French citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net (similar to Get Up! in Australia), reveals that the President wants criminal sanctions in one of the tougher parts of the treaty, Article 2.14 […]

iiNet victorious in AFACT trial

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iiNet has been given a huge victory against a long-running lawsuit by the film and TV studios represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT); which included Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warber Bros, 20th Century Fox, Disney and the Seven Network. The court finding that iiNet’s role in giving access to copyright infringers to BitTorrent does not mean that it is authorising the infringement, and is protected by a […]

Apple thinks different on Woolworths new logo, challenges trademark

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Woolworths, the largest supermarket in Australia, is currently revamping its stores with its new brand, and will replace the iconic “Safeway” brand to bring it aligned with the other supermarkets it owns across Australia. The new logo has been described by its Woolworths as a stylised “W” with a leaf on top, but Apple sees differently. Apple has decided that it will challenge Woolworths trademark application – submitted in August […]

YouTube finds creative way to stop copyright infringement – muting sound

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Notice anything wrong with the video? No Sound? Don’t worry, it’s not a virus, nor your computer; but just the video itself. YouTube may have found a way that could deter users from uploading copyrighted videos by just having the video muted instead of taking down the video as part of the law that makes up the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, also known as the DMCA. YouTube has had technology […]

RapidShare must remove copyright infringing content, court says.

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RapidShare may face itself without a viable business model if a German court ruling stands. The file sharing service was sued by a German copyright holder, and after telling the court that it was doing all that it could to screen out copyrighted material; the court found that its efforts were insufficient, raising questions about whether the company could do anything sufficient without incurring enough costs to sink the company. […]

Prince to sue YouTube

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Prince, one of those singers from the 80s (or was it the 70s), has now decided to do what most rich and successful people/companies do best… sue YouTube. “YouTube … are clearly able (to) filter porn and paedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorised music and film content which is core to their business success,” he said in a statement released today. Sheriff, a British […]