Monday, April 30, 2012

A week in the world of IP


Weekly IP review (23-27 April)

Another week went by, so if you think you may have missed an important digital copyright and IP news, here is your chance to catch up on the latest updates.

Two copyright lawsuits generated high levels of social conversation and comments from both supporters and those against the Court decisions. Find out more about how a German court ruled that YouTube is responsible for the content uploaded by its users http://t.co/EGe8MrxP  and how this case draws attention in clarifying the responsibility of video sharing websites http://t.co/86rOHfUE , but also what does iiNet’s (Australia second largest ISP) Court victory against Hollywood mean for the copyright law  http://t.co/rW7n0B9g .

China is seeking public feedback on the newly drafted internet copyright regulations aimed at defining what an infringement of internet copyright includes. Read more about the new regulations at http://t.co/n4en4YJw .
Another patent story: Facebook paid Microsoft $550 Million to acquire hundreds of former AOL patents http://t.co/saM8os18

Good news for rights holders: European Court of Justice ruled that ISPs can be forced to disclose information to copyright holders who want to identify alleged illegal file-sharers.  http://t.co/7neb4Nt4
Interesting case to watch: In response to Associated Press’ copyright lawsuit, Meltwater sustains that this type of suit threatens all search engine, “challenging one of the core functions of the Internet”  http://t.co/PWgeiVJU

More Google trouble: Unlike Dropbox, Google Drive online storage service set the social world on fire with its unclear terms of service, which may push away the creatives who rely on retaining their copyright and IP rights http://t.co/p9TZVxFo . Moreover, Google faces another lawsuit for copyright infringement, this time in relation to its Music service launched last year, being accused of ripping off photographs of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane. http://t.co/4Tcxey3C. On the other hand, as Phase 1 of Oracle’s case against Google’s use of Java in its Android software draws to a close, Oracle has taken a pounding from Google’s lawyers. http://t.co/lv9qaZgz

It is now official: the highly controversial UK Digital Economy Act won’t be implemented until 2014. Wondering if that will ever happen... http://t.co/EFrWcZ2e

Find out more about The Linked Content Coalition, a new cross-media global project that has as goal a better management of copyright in the digital world. http://t.co/mFlXJEBu

Interesting move: Consumers International released its own IP Watchlist, ranking countries based on how pro- or anti-consumer local IP laws are. It seems that IP laws are finally being judged based on IP’s actual purpose: to benefit the people. http://t.co/PDQD71XB

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