Identities of online music swappers protected, EU court says – The Times

Posted July 18th, 2007 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“Copyright groups may not be able to demand that telecom companies hand over the details of people they suspect of swapping illegal music downloads, a senior legal adviser to the EU’s highest court said today. ”

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The Times, 18th July 2007


ISP told to block file-sharing in landmark case –

Posted July 6th, 2007 in copyright, EC law, internet by michael

“An internet service provider in Belgium must screen traffic for music piracy, a court has ruled in a decision which overturns conventional thinking on how two major European directives relate to one another.”

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Police aid piracy watchdog over filesharing claims at Honeywell – The Guardian

Posted July 2nd, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“The UK record industry has widened its anti-piracy net to the corporate world with an investigation into allegations of an illegal music filesharing network at a British office of the US industrial and aerospace company Honeywell.”

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The Guardian, 30th June 2007


Badge designs are protected by copyright, says High Court –

Posted June 22nd, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“Protection for unregistered designs may be stronger than previously thought, following a ruling by the High Court that found the designs of novelty badges had been infringed.”

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Mail on Sunday denied appeal over diaries – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2007 in confidentiality, copyright, news by sally

“The Mail on Sunday will be forced to return Prince Charles’ diaries after the House of Lords today rejected the paper’s request for leave to appeal the case.”

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The Guardian, 14th June 2007


Online music retailer ordered to pay £35m damages – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in copyright, damages, news, parallel imports by sally

“An internet retailer that broke a legally-binding promise not to sell imported CDs at almost half the price they sold for on the High Street has been ordered to pay the UK record industry £35 million, it emerged today.”

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The Times, 29th May 2007


Copyright extension back on Commons’ agenda –

Posted May 16th, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“A parliamentary motion calling for an extension to the term of copyright has been signed by 75 MPs. The reopening of the debate comes despite The Treasury’s backing for the recent recommendation not to extend copyright made by Andrew Gowers.”

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Copyright damages should not be punitive, says UK Government –

Posted May 14th, 2007 in copyright, damages, news by sally

“The Government has proposed a change to the damages available under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, ruling out the possibility of the award of punitive damages in civil cases of copyright infringement.”

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Trading Standards officers become copyright enforcers –

Posted April 12th, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“Trading Standards officers are now empowered to enter premises and seize goods and documents they believe to be involved in copyright infringement, now that changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act have come into force.” 

Full story, 11th April 2007