Copyright

New Europe Copyright Rules: Basic Fairness Or Punitive Media Subsidy?

Do you remember when we used to read these things called newspapers before the internet came around and practically made them unused?  These days, we’re getting all of our news from online sources, rather than physical medium.  Because of this, there is considerable pressure on other traditional media entertainment, which uses the argument that the …

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European Court Says That Linking To Illegal Content Is Copyright Infringement

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has, in a decision that’s controversial, ruled in favor of copyright owners and against hyperlinks.  In the CJEU decision, through qualified, has raised the possibility that publishers linking to infringing third party sites will be just as liable for infringement. Critics of this decision made by the CJEU …

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FTC Sues 1-800 Contacts Over Reciprocal, ‘Anti-Competitive’ PPC Bidding Agreements

In a legal action, 1-800 Contacts has been sued by the US Federal Trad Commission for allegedly pursuing “anticompetitive agreements with rival online contact lens sellers that suppress competition in certain online search advertising auctions.” According to the FTC: 1-800 Contacts entered into bidding agreements with at least 14 competing online contact lens retailers that eliminate competition …

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Copyright Bully Getty Images Complains To EU That Google Coerced It Into Image Search

Google is getting yet another formal antitrust complaint filed against Google today.  The complaint is being filed with the European Commission (EC)  This news was first reported by Time. There are some published reports that says Getting is claiming that there are high-resolution Google image search results that are being “scraped” from its customers’ sites and are …

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Columbia University Researchers Claim 28% Of Google’s URL Takedown Requests Are Invalid

Columbia University’s American Assembly and Berkeley has published a research paper that claims almost 30 percent of the more than two million URL takedown requests Google receives daily may not be valid. There is data that Google gives to the Lumen database, who is an independent, third-party research project that was created to analyze DMCA requests and …

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German Publisher Group Sues Google Again Under Draconian Copyright Law

If you’re a company with the size and influence of Google, you’ll probably grow to expect that you’re probably going to get sued for one reason or another – a lot.  Recently, another group has come to make a little money off of Google.  A group of German publishers has filed a civil complaint against …

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Google Received More Than 65 Million URL Takedown Requests In The Past Month

When it comes to the number of URL copyright removal requests sent to Google, the rate in which the search engine is getting them is climbing a quite a rapid rate.  It seems that, according to the newest transparency report data, Google has received 15,659,212 URL takedown requests based on copyright infringement during the week of November …

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JustWatch Claims Google’s Anti-Piracy Efforts Haven’t Hurt Streaming Sites

Remember when Google said that they were going to deal with illegal video streaming sites back in 2012?  It looks like, according to JustWatch, a search engine for legal video streams based in Berlin, has said in a published report that Google’s promise to come down on illegal sites hasn’t really been holding up. Back in August of …

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Piracy Groups Want Google To Remove The Whole Site After Valid DMCA Filings

It’s being reported by TorrentFreak that Google is opposing calls from piracy groups, such as MPAA and RIAA, to remove the whole site from the search results over copyright infringements. Google is using the DMCA content removal procedure, which is where Google takes down search results that link to specific pages with copyright infringements.  These piracy groups are …

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After Years of Litigation, Court OKs Google Book Scanning As “Fair Use”

In a panel, consisting o three judges, for the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, it was finally ruled that the full-text book scanning done by Google has been considered “fair use.”  What this means is that all of the books that Google scanned digitally is no protected from claims and copyright infringement.  At this point, …

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