Category Archives: Intellectual Property and File Sharing
1. Apple v Motorola in Germany – user interface features Citation: C.I.P.A.J. 2012, 41(3), 122-123 Subject: Intellectual property; Information technology; Telecommunications Keywords: European patents; Germany; Infringement; Mobile telephones; User interfaces Documents: Legal Journals Index Abstract
Anti-piracy pact falters after protests: delay follows internet campaign (Article – Newspaper)
Source: Financial Times, February 23, 2012, 9. Also reported in Guardian, February 23, 2012, 22
Subject: Intellectual Property; Communications/Media/IT – Information technology; International Law – International law
Keywords: Copyright; Counterfeiting; EU law; International law; International trade; Treaties
Added: February 23, 2012
1. The Pirate Bay could be blocked in UK: file sharing site unlawfully shares copyrighted music, says UK high court (Article – Newspaper)
Source: Guardian, February 20, 2012, Online edition. Also reported in Daily Telegraph, February 21, 2012, 15
Subject: Intellectual Property; Communications/Media/IT – Information technology
Keywords: Copyright; File sharing; Internet service providers; Musical works; Online infringement; Websites
Six days pass since the seizure of Megaupload.com and since the DDoS attacks using the old LOIC (Low orbit Ion Cannon) software made by anonymous back in 2010 for operation payback. This software was downloaded by thousands Worldwide as the download page shows. The latest report showed that over 27 000 computers may have take part in the attack using the LOIC soft.
The recent decision from the US to close megaupload has brought fears to similar domain owners. As legal advisor I know that when deciding a later case with similar facts the court will run to a recent ruling, which in this case will be the megaupload ruling.
As we have seen the last twenty four hours a massive DDoS attack is taking place on major governments and entertainment websites. They have been the main target of the Anonymous group in retaliation for the megaupload.com closure by the Feds yesterday. It was said that over 20, 000 computers participated in the DDoS attack operation and the number is still raising fast. The number of the websites that went down today raise too. We try to track down all the websites that either have been DDoS or hacked (Defaced, dumped) and update our list. These sites where reported down in twitter with hashtag #OpMegaupload #OpBrasil #OpIreland. Below is the full list of the websites that where attacked by anonymous.
Update: List continues @?p=420
For over a decade now the progress of digital technology and the establishment of new technology with first example the internet had a big impact on copyright law. In this new environment where everything that can be copyrighted can be digitalized, and anything can be digitalized can be distributed at a finger click in almost no time. The advent of technology has changed the way copyright works. Before a couple of years going into a music shop and steal a music CD was consider to be theft but since the internet downloading a track does not look like theft any more. Since the Internet the cost of making perfect reproductions of work has reduced dramatically but in top of that it allows these reproductions to be disseminated as easily and cheap as never before. It would be unimaginable in a digital era not be able to control reproduction. The European Community in an attempt to harmonize copyright, the last directive the so called Information Society directive, attempts to set new standards for author rights to control the use of their work in respect to reproductions, communication to the public by any means and the distribution.
The aim of this research is to evaluate how broadly the right of reproduction has been interpreted by the European Community to provide protection to just 11 words and by providing this protection whether exceptions can be apply in order to balance this right.
For over five centuries now copyright has played a controversial part protecting the rights of authors. What started to stop the coping of books now has extended to a level that will not just stop the copy of a book by a printer but also a music track or software. The new age of technology however brought new challenges for the courts as to the respect of how copyright infringement can take place. International organizations implement several legislations over the years in order to stop copyright infringement even with the most sophisticated ways. The latest legislation implemented by the European Union, the Information society directive and has an objective to stop this various sophisticated ways of infringing copyright and protect the authors work. This directive provides the right of communication to the public, which provides the author to prohibit or authorize someone to access his work. Whether the steps taken by the international organizations have achieved their purposes is something that will be discussed below.