European Parliament Passes Widely Criticized Copyright Directive

The European Parliament has passed the Copyright Directive, a controversial new law that will make tech companies liable for copyright-infringing content hosted on their platforms, against the warnings of campaigners who say that the law risks chilling free speech online.

'I'm sorry', Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

Vatican Hires Lawyers to Protect Pope’s Image

VATICAN CITY (AP) – God’s love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it

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Macaca Monkey Loses Selfie Suit

On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that a monkey who took selfies cannot be the copyright owner of the photos.

Macca monkey selfie (Wikipedia / Public domain)

Kim Dotcom Loses Extradition Case

A New Zealand judge has ruled that the MegaUpload owner Kim Dotcom, along with three of his colleagues, will be eligible for extradition to the United States


‘McDunald’: Cuban Businesses May Face Legal Fight for Using U.S. Trademarks

A Reuters report takes a look at a new challenge facing the world of Cuba’s lax trademark enforcement: “normalization” of relations with the United States allowing American corporations to challenge copyright violations by small business owners using names like “McDunald” for their burger huts.


European Commission Plots Web-Breaking Copyright Reform

The European Commission, the most powerful body in the EU, is planning web regulation described by one politician as “its most dangerous yet.” Draft documents, leaked by bloggers, shows the Commission planning to regulate hyperlinks, one of the foundational forms of communication on the web.

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‘Happy Birthday’ Loses Copyright, Hollywood Loses $5K a Day

Warner/Chappell Music will no longer collect about $5,480 per day on royalties for the copyright to “Happy Birthday to You” after federal judge George King ruled Tuesday in Los Angeles that the 1893 lyrics weren’t subject to copyright protection anymore.