Draft third edition of USA copyright office compendium – Typeface and Mere Variations of Typographic Ornamentation and Mere Copies

The copyright law does not protect typeface or mere variations of typographic ornamentation or lettering. A typeface is a set of letters, numbers, or other symbolic characters with repeating design elements that are consistently applied in a notational system that is intended to be used in composing text or other combinations of characters. Typeface includes…

Now it is clear how to define whether service falls outside regulation on audio-visual services in Russia

Few weeks ago in Russia it was adopted the law on audio-visual services operating in Russia. In order to implement and execute the new law Russian Roskomnadzor has drafted and adopted the rules defining what an audio-visual service is, where mainly the users upload their videos. Roskomnadzor has defined the procedure and criterions.

SGA’s public comment on collective rights management rules review

The four points on which SGA lends its full support to the PROs are: (1) the need to shift performance royalty rate-setting from rate court judges to private arbitrators; (2) the imperative for recognition of an evidentiary presumption that direct, arms-length licenses (the terms of which are fully disclosed) voluntarily negotiated by copyright holders who…

Proposal for regulation on the exercise of copyright and related rights for online transmissions of broadcasting in EU – rights issue

Through the principle of contractual freedom it will be possible to continue limiting the exploitation of the rights affected by the principle of country of origin laid down in this Regulation, especially as far as certain technical means of transmission or certain language versions are concerned, provided that any such limitations of the exploitation of…

Proposed amendments to Marrakesh Directive

Persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled continue to face many barriers in accessing books and other print material which are protected by copyright and related rights. Taking into consideration the social interests of granting such persons the right of access to information and the right to participate in cultural, economic and…

CISAC’s public comment on collective management rules review

The network of reciprocal representation agreements developed by CISAC and signed by its members ensures that author’s rights are protected and administered around the world and that each CMO is in a position to offer licensing solutions that cover broad repertoire. This system also ensures that royalties flow to authors wherever they are in the…

Russian Ministry of Culture considers idea to help Roskomnadzor to block pirate resources without court order

Russian Ministry of Culture (MinCult) proposed to develop a mechanism protecting national movies and preventing their illegal distribution in Internet. Sounds like a call. So, there is no legal proposal in the form of draft law. There is no draft law, but initiative is presented as legal proposal on portal of legal acts. It is…

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 Business Guidance – Defences and Professional advisers

If the act which is the subject of a threat is shown to be an infringing act, or an intended act that (if carried out) would be infringing, the threat is justified. Justified threats of infringement are allowed. A person having made a threat may defend themselves in an unjustified threats action by showing that…