Copyright Law Changes in India
In June of this year, the Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012 came into force in India. The changes in the law may mark the start of a period of uncertaintly for the Indian entertainment industry as bodies with conflicting interests battle out their differing views on how the amendments should be interpreted. A copy of the new amendment […]
Is a copyright owners consent required for selling second hand books on e-bay?
The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether an eBay seller needs the consent of a copyright owner to import and resell books manufactured abroad. Though U.S. law gives such freedom under the first-sale doctrine, the idea of applying the rule to foreign works is novel. Unable to use the doctrine as a…
Rights Clearance Basics For Creators
An article written by Eldar Manor and published on the IndiEarth Blog: Creators setting out in the audio-visual industries may spend endless hours in pursuit of their creative desires. They may write songs, record them, create video clips and do other amazing things, but understanding some of the basic legal rights that make up their…
High court forces BT to block file-sharing website
Hollywood film studios won a landmark UK high court ruling on Thursday forcing BT to block access to an illegal file-sharing website accused of operating “on a grand scale”. (See The Guardian, Mark Sweney & Josh Halliday for full article).
Police raid Spanish copyright society in embezzlement case
Senior officials in Spain’s Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE), the country’s leading collection society for songwriters and composers, face embezzlement charges in the wake of a Friday raid on the organization’s offices. According to Spanish newspaper El País, the investigation is focused on José Luis Rodríguez Neri, the head of an SGAE subsidiary called…
Libraries should pay copyright owners based on number of works and borrowers, says ECJ
The compensation that music artists and film producers are due when their copyrighted material is made temporarily available to the public should not be exclusively based on set fees, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said. Organisations that loan or rent copyrighted material available to the public should have to pay compensation based on…
US Copyright Office To Amend Termination Regulations
The Copyright Office has amended its regulations governing notices of termination of certain grants of transfers and licenses of copyright under section 203 of the Copyright Act. The amendments are intended to clarify the recordation practices of the Copyright Office regarding the content of certain notices of termination as well as the circumstances under which…