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MPs call for copyright changes

Many successful musicians, actors and writers are struggling to make a living as a result of gaps in copyright protection, a lack of support for freelancers and unpredictable returns from music streaming, UK MPs have warned. A report, Creator remuneration, from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons, highlights the precarious […]

April 10, 2024By Colin Mann

Clearplay taps MyStreme

MyStreme ihas announced partnership with the specilaist in studio-approved content filtering, Clearplay. This partnership is a major leap forward in MyStreme’s promise to its investors, and a major expansion for Clearplay’s audience, which is currently limited to PC users. Clearplay provides its customers with the ability to filter content depending on preferences for language, nudity, […]

September 29, 2023

More writers sue Chat GPT

A group of novelists, including John Grisham and Jonathan Franzen, are joining the suit filed by the US Authors Guild against OpenAI over its chatbot technology. They accuse the company, backed Microsoft, of infringing on their copyrights by using their books to train its popular ChatGPT chatbot. They say that OpenAI’s chatbots can now produce […]

September 20, 2023

MPs call for AI copyright exemption rethink

The UK Government must follow through on its pledge and abandon plans to allow AI developers the free use of existing music, literature and works of art for the purposes of training artificial intelligence to come up with new creations, according to an all-party group of MPs. In its second report on connected technology, the […]

August 30, 2023By Colin Mann

Sky awarded damages for rights infringement

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, represented by Elizabeth-Jane Walsh BL, a licensee in Callan Co Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland has been ordered to pay €32,538 in damages for infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises.  An Order for costs has also been awarded against the licensee. […]

July 26, 2023By Colin Mann

Heavy fine for Sky Sports infringer

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, a licensee in Donegal, Ireland, has been ordered to pay €16,188 in damages for infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises. A permanent court injunction prohibiting the licensee from showing Sky programming in the premises without the correct commercial viewing agreement from Sky […]

June 20, 2023By Colin Mann

Italy challenges ‘digital mafias’

Italy’s Camera dei deputati  (Chamber of Deputies), the lower house of the Italian Parliament, has approved in its first reading and unanimously new measures to fight the illegal distribution of copyright-protected content. The initiative brings on board the Communication Authority (AgCom), the National Cybersecurity Agency and Internet Service Providers. The target of the new anti-piracy […]

March 24, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Scotland: Licensees hit with copyright infringement fines

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, licensees in Glasgow have been ordered to pay £10,000 (€11,410) in damages for infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises. Sky sought and was awarded a permanent interdict in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, which prevents the below licensees and anyone acting on […]

March 17, 2023By Colin Mann

EBU supports copyright protection treaty

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has issued a statement confirming that it supports the work of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in pursuing the adoption of a WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty. “The adoption of a WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty would harmonise the copyright protection granted to broadcasting organisations by setting minimum standards internationally,” said, […]

March 8, 2023By Colin Mann

Survey: 1 in 4 Australians watch pirate content

Research conducted for the Attorney-General’s Department has revealed the rate of Australians accessing online content unlawfully remains extremely high. In November 2022, the country’s government announced a review of copyright enforcement mechanisms to ensure Australia’s copyright laws remain fit-for-purpose and better able to adapt to evolving technologies and behaviours. The 2022 Consumer Survey on Online […]

February 10, 2023By Colin Mann