Copyright Articles

German Court Comes Down On Google’s Thumbnail Images

Either Google Germany’s lawyers aren’t up to snuff, or they’re just stuck in a really hostile environment.  Regardless, a new report indicates that two court rulings would have Google stop showing certain thumbnail images in its search results.

YouTube’s Video ID Successful So Far
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Lawsuits have long been the main way through which copyright owners have interacted with YouTube.  It seems that the Video ID program has achieved a sort of miracle, though, and made some owners like YouTube after all.

Apple Takes the “Tris” Out of iPhone Tetris
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It’s not been a good week for developers of well-established game knock-offs. Facebook favorite Scrabulous, a Scrabble-like game developed by two brothers in India was just removed in the UK and Australia, after already being forced down from the social network in North America last month.

IOC Forces YouTube Removal Of Tibet Protest Video
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The presence of the Olympic’s five interlocking rings in a video of a protest against Chinese control of Tibet led to the International Olympic Committee claiming copyright infringement.

Google Copyright Lawyer Seals His Blog
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Highly public position allegedly caused confusion with readers who attributed his personal views to be Google’s opinions.

YouTube Is Sued Yet Again

If Google has a legal achilles heel right now, it’s got to be YouTube. The search engine knew it was buying a can of worms, when it set aside $200 million in anticipation of potential lawsuits.

How Long Does It Take To Find Porn On YouTube?
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If you understood the subtitle reference, congratulations, you’re old enough to watch porn, and probably run for President. If you didn’t get it, you’re awfully young and let me explain something before we move on: My understanding is that there are dirty movies on the Internet; I am told dirty movies are also called "porn" and you can’t see them on TV or YouTube.

Narnia Estate Chronicles Lawsuit Over Domain
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CS Lewis’ estate is furious over the registration of narnia.mobi by an individual in Scotland and wants the domain reassigned.

Copiepresse Vexing Google With $77M Demand

Storing news articles from properties managed by Belgium’s Copiepresse returned as an issue for Google, as the newspaper group wants damages for Google’s normal indexing of their content.

EU Wants To Extend Copyrights For Musicians

The European Union’s internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy has proposed extending the copyright protection for music performers from 50 years to 95 years.

"It is the performer who gives life to the composition and while most of us have no idea who wrote our favorite song – we can usually name the performer, " McCreevy said. If the copyright protection is not extended thousands of European performers who recorded in the late fifties and sixties will lose all of their royalties over the next ten years.

Microsoft Canada Slapped Over Copyright Op-Ed
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Noted Internet law expert Michael Geist criticized an opinion piece appearing in a Canadian newspaper as “astonishingly misleading and factually incorrect.”

Fox Nabs Santa Pug From Flickr
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Television networks and sports leagues are pretty vigilant about protecting their content, and have gotten fairly nasty about it lately, especially in relation to the Internet. That righteous indignation doesn’t always go both ways, though, as these same entities can be lax when it comes to use of other people’s content.

Careful, That C&D Letter Might Be Copyrighted
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Here’s a case that’ll likely leave you with an icky feeling. A lawyer for a large company in Idaho copyrighted a cease-and-desist letter, and when an anonymous blogger posted the letter on his blog, the company subpoenaed the blog hosting company for the blogger’s identity in order to pursue copyright infringement claims.

Copyright Law and Common Sense

Jeremy Toeman asks for common sense in copyright laws and warns his congresscritter against the PRO IP act: “Common sense tells me that the maximum penalty for transmitting an MP3 file should not be over 1000-fold the maximum penalty of shoplifting a CD from a store.”

We aren’t going to have common sense in this, sorry. The political system is jiggered by those who have money and can pay for lobbyists, etc.

Experts Say ACAP Specs Not Up To Snuff

Publishers have come together to develop the Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP), a technical standard intended to dictate to search engines what they can index and what they can’t. One problem, though, as more technical minds have noted, is that the standard isn’t quite technical enough.

Nielsen To Launch Copyright Protection Service

The Nielsen Company has created a product that would enable media companies to track the distribution of their video content on sites like YouTube and MySpace.

Downloading Penalties Violate First Amendment

People who have believed downloading copyrighted content did not pose any kind of legal problem have faced plenty of legal troubles, but the real trouble comes as enforcement against illegal downloading makes people fear legal downloading.

Google Not Part of Copyright Pact

A group of major media and Internet companies on Thursday announced that they are setting up guidelines to deal with protecting copyrighted material.

Is Google’s YouTube Antipiracy Tool Enough?

Google has finally unveiled their copyright protection system for YouTube. The reactions have been mixed.

YouTube Finally Gains Anti-Piracy Tool

Google has faced a lengthy stream of complaints and a lawsuit from Viacom over the continued uploading of copyrighted videos by YouTube users. The debut of their long-awaited content ID tool could help its relationship with Hollywood.

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Google-owned YouTube has the following notice on their upload page:

Do not upload any TV shows, music videos, music concerts, or commercials without permission unless they consist entirely of content you created yourself. Please refer to our Copyright Tips page for some guidelines and links to help you determine whether your video infringes someone else’s copyright.

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