Monday, June 25, 2012

Review of the IP Week


IP weekly review (18 – 22 June 2012)

Another week has just passed and it was definitely notable for the mix of changes / revisions of existing copyright laws in different countries. There were some interesting, yet contrasting approaches highly debated both in the media and on social networks that deserve your attention.

One of the highlights is certainly Canada and the C-11 Copyright Modernization Act.  The long awaited copyright reforms have finally cleared the House of Commons as the C-11 passed its final vote at the Third Reading on Monday 18th June.  Expected to become law before the start of the summer recess, the C-11 doesn’t seem to please everyone as it adopts some controversial digital lock rules.

In Europe, a new research claims that a narrow reading of copyright law exceptions can result in an erosion of investment in new technologies. The study looks at the impact of copyright policy changes in France & Germany on venture capital investment in the Cloud, however represents a great resource for UK law makers as well.
   
On another hand, business secretary Vince Cable claims that changing copyright laws could bring an £8bn boost to the British economy. We look forward to seeing the facts. Meanwhile, the UK’s largest ISP, British Telecom, is the last one to join the blockade against the Pirate Bay, following a court order. Ironically, it didn’t take too long for users to find alternative ways of accessing the pirate website which recently appealed a copyright conviction in a Swedish court to European Court of Human Rights.

ACTA, the controversial anti-piracy agreement, is one step closer to rejection, as the European Parliament’s influential international trade committee voted against it on Thursday 21st June.  Find out more here.

Many negative reactions have invaded the social media world with regard to the recent copyright law revisions in Japan that could make watching YouTube illegal from October this year and downloading pirate content punishable with jail.

In contrast with Japan, Denmark chose to fight against digital piracy not by punishing the end users, but by focusing on creating better legal offerings for end users and education.  Moreover, the Danish ISPs and copyright holders have agreed on a framework that would see all ISPs in the country block access to copyright-infringing content if one of the providers is ordered to do so by a court.

And last, but not least, The Megaupload case might come to an end soon, as the site filed a court brief asking the judge to decide whether to dismiss criminal copyright infringement charges.

Have a great week and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @KLipcorp to get the latest news in the IP world.