Review of the IP week

Weekly IP review (16-20 April)

It’s been again another pretty interesting week in terms of digital copyright and IP news.  Things are moving and one by one copyright laws start being reviewed, in a general attempt to cope with the fast pace of the digital age.

The Guardian dedicated a whole 7 days series to the ‘Battle for the internet’, offering some great insights into the current IP wars, from copyright to patents.

A must-read is Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin controversial opinion on the new “walled gardens”  Facebook and Apple, which both control what software can be released on their platforms.  Although later in the week Brin claimed that his views have been distorted, the article remains nonetheless interesting taking in consideration the scale of information Google itself owns (oh the irony...)

The Megaupload saga continues, as the fate of the huge amount of data remains unknown.  The following statement sounds both terrific and terrifying: “It’s a cache of data roughly equivalent to half of the Library of Congress and nobody quite knows what to do with it.”

Not surprisingly, pirate party representatives from more than 25 countries agreed at a conference in Prague to prepare a joint platform and campaign on web freedom for the elections to the European Parliament in 2014. Looking forward to their communications strategy

The US Center for Copyright Information (CCI) will oversee new copyright alert system aiming at discouraging p2p illegal file sharing. Find out why some of the measures are considered “Orwellian-sounding.”

Kiwi file-sharers are being monitored and warned by their ISP on behalf of the music industry with the so called “3rd strike” enforcement notice. Find out why the movie industry doesn’t bother to send the three warnings  but also who might be the first infringer of the controversial copyright regime .

While trying to renew its copyright system China has to deal with a lot of criticism both in the country and beyond, the main fear being that the new proposals remove too many of a copyright owner’s traditional controls over the works they create, buy or invest in.

Film & TV studios lost a landmark anti-piracy case against ISP iiNET in Australia, the court deciding that the ISP did not authorize copyright infringement among its customers.

However, there is still hope for EU rightsholders, as EU court ruled that Swedish ISP ePhone has to provide the necessary information to identify alleged pirates.

And last but not least, Google partly lost a copyright infringement suit in Germany, as it doesn’t do enough to remove illegal content from YouTube  

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