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Month: November 2017

Russian vice premier of Russian government instructed to establish common digital music library

Olga Golodec, the vice premier of Russian government, at the meeting of All-Russian choral society has instructed its members to establish single digital music library. Such library must consist of sheets music, texts and recordings of exemplary performance of musical works.

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Criticism can be insulting but it is not copyright infringement

This action principally concerns whether critical commentary on a creative video posted on YouTube constitutes copyright infringement. Matt Hosseinzadeh filed action in response to a video created by Ethan and Hila Klein, in which they comment on and criticize Hosseinzadeh’s copyrighted video. The Kleins’ criticism and commentary is interwoven with clips from the Hoss video.

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BMI’s answer to DOJ’s appeal on full-work licencing

This appeal presents a single question: does BMI’s Consent Decree prohibit BMI from licensing a fractional interest in the public performance right to a musical work (commonly referred to as “fractional licensing”), when BMI does not control the entirety of the public performance right for that musical work? As demonstrated below, the answer to this question is no.

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Nintendo has won more than 11 mln in circumvention and copyright infringement case

In 2012, Parliament amended the Copyright Act, RSC 1985, c C-42 to add prohibitions against circumventing technological protection measures (TPMs) and trafficking in circumvention devices. In doing so, Parliament explicitly recognized the importance of TPMs for protecting copyrighted works, particularly in the video game industry.

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The Russian courts find out whether quotation is only for textual works or it can be also for images

The case is about quotation of images. One media house (defendant) has published in its articles and on its web-site the photographs of Russian popular blogger Varlamov (plaintiff). Varlamov did not like it and has filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement. He lost the case. The court of first instance ruled it was simple quotation – copyright exception. Varlamov appealed.

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You should have at least interest in copyright in order to bring a copyright suit

Greg Young is an individual who works in visual art publishing. Beginning in 1992, Young did business under the d/b/a “Greg Young Publishing” (“GYP”). Beginning in 2007, he began using the d/b/a “Greg Young International” (“GYI”). On December 18, 2007, he created GYPI, a California corporation. Young has worked with a number of visual artists. Since 2010, Young has been the licensing agent for Scott Westmoreland, an artist who creates landscape and beach-themed art.

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It was proposed to ban dubbed movies on Russian TV

The member of legislative assembly of Leningrad region, Vladimir Petrov, has proposed to ban dubbed movies and programs on Russian TV. He believes non-Russian language content must be broadcasted only “with original sound and Russian subtitles” if necessary.

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IPO guidance on implementing collective rights management directive: investigation and enforcement activities

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is obliged to have regard to information which is received regarding behaviour or activities which may constitute a breach of the Collective Management of Copyright Regulations. However (with the exception of a request from a national competent authority in another member state), the IPO is not obligated to take any particular action in response to such information.

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Some issues with trademark when it consists of surname

Kerry Earnhardt is the co-founder and CEO of KEI, the son of Dale Earnhardt (a professional race car driver who passed away in 2001), and the stepson of Teresa Earnhardt. In addition to racing cars professionally from 1992–2006, Kerry Earnhardt has developed other business ventures through KEI, including the EARNHARDT COLLECTION lifestyle brand. KEI has licensed the mark EARNHARDT COLLECTION to Schumacher Homes, Inc. for use in connection with custom home design and construction services.

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Retrospective: digital rights – background, systems, assessment

The copyright environment consists of three main aspects: rights (what can be protected by copyright) and exceptions (e.g. copies for private use or for public libraries); enforcement of rights (sanctions for making illegal copies and for trading in circumvention devices); and management of rights (exploiting the rights). In the online world, management of rights may be facilitated by the use of technical systems called digital rights management (DRM) systems. The paper sought to provide policy guidance on the use of technology at an important time.

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