Prime Time Crime


Copyrights and regulated markets


New York Times June 1897


Vested interest have done their best to cloud the copying of Intellectual property, a Government granted monopoly, with the counterfeiting of physical property which can put lives at risk.  Other related definitions:  Oligopoly   Free market   Regulated market 

The old school symbols of freedom, music and film, have become the new symbols of authoritarianism.   Using musicians and artists to justify censorship has a level of black humor and poetic justice to it, especially when you thrown in the total lack or accountability and responsibility asked for in return for the monopolies.

Greed and Corruption

Canadian Media



Guide to copyright law

Global Trade

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Michael Geist


US adds Canada to watch list 

WASHINGTON - The US added Canada to a priority watch list of countries that it says have failed to enforce intellectual property rights, citing concerns over poor border control and pharmaceutical practices.  (CP)  PREVIOUS:   USTR Canada    War on legal drugs   Expropriating pharmaceutical patents


Copyright infringement

LAS VEGAS - The Postal Service used the image of sculptor Robert Davidson's Las Vegas replica on a 2010 stamp design instead of the New York original.  (BBC)   Replica   Statue of Liberty


Trolls are stifling innovators

OTTAWA - Canada is now home to some of the toughest anti-piracy rules in the world, but the focus on infringement has come at a cost. Canadian copyright law is unquestionably supportive of cracking down on piracy, but it lacks the flexibility needed for new creativity and innovation.  (Michael Geist)  


Mint suing mint

OTTAWA - The Royal Canadian Mint is suing the Royal Australian Mint over a coin that celebrates the popular Possum Magic children's book series.  Their issue is not with the furry marsupial but with Australia's method for printing colour on to coins, for which Canada claims to own the patent.  (BBC) 


Sued for unpaid royalties

LOS ANGELES - Music streaming service Spotify has been sued by a music publishing company for $1.6B, for hosting songs it allegedly doesn't have the full rights to.  The suit states that under the US Copyright Act, each song has 2 copyright claims: one to the recording, and the other to the composition. Wixen claims that Spotify didn't obtain the composition rights in their deals, and is seeking damages of $150,000 per song, for over 10,000 songs.  (Guardian UK)


Copyright violation

Montreal's Olympic Stadium may be among Canada's most iconic buildings, but that doesn't mean it can be put on a T-shirt, a Montreal designer has been told.  The notice, sent out by SODRAC, demanded he stop producing the T-shirts.    (CBC)



LOS ANGELES - Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin has defeated a lawsuit that accused the band of stealing the opening riff in Stairway to Heaven.   (Guardian UK)   PREVIOUS:   Copyright case to trial   Led Zeppelin   Stairway to Heaven   Spirit   Taurus


Monkey loses

SAN FRANCISCO - PETA sought a court order last year allowing them to represent the 6-year-old monkey named Naruto and administer all revenue generated by the famous image as well as the accompanying ones generated by him using the camera in Sulawesi, Indonesia. (RT)   MORE:   PETA to appeal   PETA sues to give copyright for 'monkey selfies'   David Slater 


Copyright lawsuit

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Aquarium has filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement by a filmmaker whose documentary was critical of the facility's treatment of dolphins and beluga whales.  Gary Charbonneau's documentary Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered was posted on YouTube.   (CP)


Miners file suit

SANTIAGO - 9 miners, trapped for 70 days some 700 meters (2,295 feet) down a mineshaft in northern Chile, filed suit against their former lawyers for committing fraud.   (EFE)   The 33 film   2010 Copiapo mining accident


Panda fraud

BOSTON - A Massachusetts man has been accused of fraud and perjury by prosecutors for allegedly back-dating drawings that he used as evidence to sue DreamWorks.  (BBC)    MORE:   Man charged with defrauding   Po Kung Fu Panda


News anchor sues

NEW YORK - A Fox News anchor is suing a US toy company, Hasbro, for more than $5M over a toy hamster that she says resembles her and shares her name.  Harris Faulkner said the company's portrayal of her as a plastic hamster 'was demeaning and insulting'.   (BBC)   Harris Faulkner   Littlest pet shop hamster   


Patent granted

A Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a 'space elevator' which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more easily.  (Telegraph UK)  MORE:   Thoth Technology     Canadian company gets patent   1895 space elevator 


Online piracy down

Netflix and the online video streaming craze are taking a bite out of online piracy.  (CBC)  

Value of trademark law

CALGARY - According to the letter dated Feb 8, 2018, Blanco Cantina must stop promoting its food and restaurant with the phrase 'Taco Tuesday' as the term was trademarked by MTY Food Group, the franchisor of the Taco Time Mexican food outlets, on May 21, 1997.  (CTV)   PREVIOUS:   Restaurants fight over trademarks    Canadian trademark law  


Take off, eh

At any moment, the average Canadian is basting in a vast landscape of trademarks: symbols, words or even basic sounds whose ownership has been fiercely staked out and defended. And they can all be found on the gargantuan Canadian Trademarks Database.  The National Post sifted through as much of it as possible to uncover these little-known gems from the world of Canadian copyright law.   (National Post) 


Copyright pirates

Farmers are attempting to get legislation passed in their states that would enable them, for the first time since the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), to repair their own tractors or get an independent mechanic to help.  If farmers so much as open the metaphorical hood to check out the computers they could be violating the federal act.  (Fox)  MORE:  Right to fix own tractor  


Trademark lawsuit

NEW YORK - A founder of Run-DMC filed a lawsuit accusing Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc of selling a wide variety of clothing and accessories bearing the pioneering rap group's name without permission.  (Reuters) 


TED trademark

Here's a news bulletin for anybody in Canada calling themselves 'Ted': the Canada Revenue Agency owns your name.   (CBC)


Documents leaked

BRUSSELS - Talks for a free trade deal between EU and the US face a serious impasse with 'irreconcilable' differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts.  (Guardian UK)   REPORT:   TTIP leaks   TTIP leak   Is TTIP dying?   TTIP  


Copyright lawsuit

NEW YORK - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its depiction of tattoos belonging to NBA stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in a popular video game.  Solid Oak Sketches LLC said Take-Two should pay damages for incorporating 8 tattoo designs, which the plaintiff had licensed from various artists, into its NBA 2K16 game.  (Reuters)


SCC copyright ruling

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited decision in SODRAC v. CBC, a case that has major implications for the role of technological neutrality in copyright.  (Michael Geist) 


Did not defame

VANCOUVER - BC Supreme Court Justice Catherine Wedge dismissed Laura Robinson's claim of defamation over statements John Furlong made in response to a 2012 story she wrote for Georgia Straight about his past.   (CBC)    JUDGMENT:   2015 BCSC 1690    MORE:   Did not defame journalist   Robinson Loses Defamation Suit    Defamation trial begins   Court case begins   John Furlong


Copyright attempt

TORONTO - Vancouver Dyke March organizers are outraged by Pride Toronto's recent attempt to trademark terms commonly used by grassroots organizations.   (CP)PREVIOUS:    Copyright board of Canada


Studios suing

SHENZHEN - One of China's top Internet companies, Xunlei, also runs one of its top tools for downloading pirated films. The MPAA is now suing Xunlei for violating an anti-piracy deal they signed in June 2014.    (Epoch Times) 

Copyright legal fees

NEW YORK - Lawyers for the Beastie Boys are asking a New York court to order the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly $2.5M in legal fees to cover their costs in a copyright violation case.  In June, a Manhattan federal court jury awarded the rappers $1.7M in damages.  (Irish Examiner)


Winter Olympics anthem

BEIJING - The composer of one of the official anthems of Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics is facing an avalanche of criticism over claims his song bears an uncanny similarity to Let it Go, the theme from Disney's blockbuster animated film Frozen.  (Guardian UK)    MORE:   Ice and Snow Dance v. Let it go    2022 Winter Olympics          


Here they come again

OTTAWA - A House of Commons committee starts hearings on a review of Canadian copyright law. A group called the Canadian Music Policy Coalition, which represents 17 music associations, is circulating a document containing concepts it would like to see enacted.  (Global)

Plan for taxes, internet tracking and blocking

2015 Canadian federal budget

Copyright term extension

Mickey Mouse in Canada

Legacy of Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse keeps changing copyright law  

Mickey Mouse act heading to Canada

Monolithic veil of secrecy

Lobbyists have reportedly been given access

EU to extend copyright period

Dispute over Mouse logo

Mickey Mouse




Copyright extortion scheme

2 lawyers were charged with a 'massive extortion scheme' in which they uploaded X-rated films to file-sharing sites, sued the people who downloaded them - and collected millions from victims who feared public humiliation, prosecutors said.  Paul Hansmeier and John Steele actually produced some of the pornography, solely for the purpose of copyrighting it so they could file 'sham lawsuits' used to shake down their targets.  (NBC)

Copyright trolls arrested

Prenda Law

Indictment   .pdf 

Copyright enforcement

Feels like blackmail    


Blow to copyright trolls

Voltage v. Does  .pdf  

Teksavvy ordered to ID 'movie downloaders'

Copyright troll     


Piracy portals

HOLLYWOOD - The movie industry has gone head to head with Google in recent years, demanding tougher anti-piracy measures from the search engine.  This year the Warner Bros movie studio intensified its efforts and thus far it has flagged over 4M million allegedly infringing URLs.  With help from its anti-piracy partner Vobile, Warner asked Google to censor several of its own URLs from the search engine.   (Torrent freak)

SCC copyright rulings  

SCC reins in copyright fees  

SCC strikes down fees

Copyright infringement failure

CEG TEK International

Copyright troll  


Digital privacy act, isn't

OTTAWA - After years of false starts, Industry Minister James Moore unveiled the Digital Privacy Act, the long-awaited reform package of Canada's private sector privacy law.   (Toronto Star)

Attack on privacy

Amending digital privacy act 

Digital Canada 150 sucks

Federal digital strategy

Digital Canada 150   .pdf   

Copyright debate turns ugly

Who are Moore's 'Radical Extremists'?

Detailed look at Bill C-32: part 1

Copyright laws are the opposite of allowing 'market forces' to act

YouTube wins copyright battle with Viacom

Federal court clears up legal risks  

Copyright bill hits the home stretch

Welcome to restricted Canada

'Digital locks' take a hit  


Copyright bill to ban breaking digital locks  

Tony Clement    James Moore

Copyright lobby trump users

Media control  

Digitization of Canada's heritage left to Google

Protests surge online

Copyright currently hard to enforce: police

A Betrayal

Entertainment Software Association

Canadian Recording Industry Association

Lots of power, no responsibility

How the US got its Canadian copyright bill

Copyright bill would ban breaking digital locks 

Pro-copyright explainer    

Same old copyright bill



Spy network to be revealed

ECHELON is re-entering the headlines, and we are likely to learn more about the network's capabilities than conspiracy fans ever dreamed possible, all because of the copyright case against the defunct online storage company, Megaupload.  (Reason)

Raid was illegal

Megaupload Targeted

A new theory surfaced

Hurry up and kill Hollywood  

If Feds can bust Megaupload why bother with antipiracy bills?

What happens when a cloud service dies  

CNN: Megaupload

US copyright raid

US indictment

Kim Dotcom  

Data deletion

WikiLeaks & Megaupload  


Protect Intellectual Property Act   PIPA  

How SOPA would affect you  

Why legislative idiocy will never die

History of copyright law

Megaupload assembles criminal defense

US copyright raid in New Zealand

US Congress delays vote

Hollywood stops donations  

Laws make everybody fair game

US seizes websites

Combating Online Infringements Act (COICA)   

1st they came for the file sharing domains


What's in a Domain name?  


US lobbyists creating refugees

WINDSOR - On April 15, 2011, a day known as "Black Friday" in the world of online poker, the US government made it impossible for a person to be paid money for playing online poker in that country. It's now illegal for online poker sites to pay players if they are located in the US.   (CBC)  

Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 

US Federal Wire Act

Feds restoring 2 poker domains

Canadian founder of PokerStars

Poker news  

US crackdown on online poker  

FBI press release 

PokerStars   Full Tilt Poker   Absolute Poker     

Owners of gambling sites charged   

Online companies target of feds  

Online gambling    


Patent infringement

MADISON - A US jury ordered Apple to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm more than $234M in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company's iPhones and iPads without permission.   (Reuters)  

Apple litigation 

Smartflash says it is not a patent troll

US court rules for Apple



Tokyo court rules against Apple

Copy that  

Not everything deserves a patent

Patent which will never work 

US court rules for Apple  

Apple to seek US injunction against Samsung 

Apple turns its sights on Google's android

Apple, Microsoft behind troll

Rockstar launches patent attacks

Apple seeking to patent spyware  

Allen sues the net   Paul Allen

Patent madness

Apple v. Samsung  

Apple litigation  

South Korean court rules both infringed

'Violated each other's patents'

Modern 'market share' battle 


Your DNA belongs to you

WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court ruled that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.   (CBC) 

Lawsuit against US patent holder

Challenging DNA patents      

Court OKs patenting of human DNA if synthetic

Can you patent a disease?

Question the validity of patents

Pigs fly  

How human genes became patented in US

ACLU wants patents declared unconstitutional

US Patent Office gave a monopoly on our DNA



US DoJ drops name fight

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is giving up the legal fight over the name of the Washington Redskins.  The department said the Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam in favor of an Asian-American band the Slants means the NFL team will prevail in a legal battle to cancel the team's trademarks.   (CBS)

Matal v Tam

Slants win

Washington Redskins

US patent office cancels trademarks

Trademarks for the Washington Redskins (.pdf)

US Patent and Trademark Office

Redskins name controversy

Pro-Football, Inc. v. Harjo  

Washington Redskins trademark dispute 

Redskins should not have been registered  


Colour trademarked 

Pantone, a company with an effective monopoly over the colour specification industry, claims Minion Yellow 'projects playfulness and warmth and is suggestive of intellectual curiosity,' it turns out that intellectual property might be the real value its colour embodies.  (Guardian UK)

The company that owns almost every colour you can imagine
Minion Yellow

 Downloaders beware

OTTAWA - The final piece of the federal Copyright Modernization Act took effect on Jan 1, requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) and website hosts to relay letters from copyright holders to customers associated with the unique Internet Protocol (IP) address where the illegal downloading is alleged to have occurred.  (CTV)  COMMENT:   Notice the difference   2014 in tech law and policy   Images that turned out to be fake     

F**ked trademark in court

VANCOUVER - In a notice of civil claim, Susan Fiedler says she started fundraising F--k Cancer in 2008 - before Yael Cohen or Julie Greenbaum began using the term to raise money for charity.  'A big part of what I'm doing is really protecting my intellectual property,' said Fiedler.  (CBC)  PREVIOUS:   2 rivals teamed up    Canadian trademark law   Public domain   Anti-copyright   Example of US trademark laws


US Army pirated software

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has agreed to pay Apptricity $50M for pirating the company’s logistics software the US Army used beyond contracted parameters.  (RT) 

Canada Goose sues Sears

TORONTO - Canada Goose has launched a lawsuit against Sears, accusing the department store of selling knock-offs of its "highly distinctive" parkas.   (CP)   Canada Goose   


Site shut down

VANCOUVER - Gary Fung ran, a search engine for BitTorrent files, which helped users find virtually every type of copyrighted material, including music, movies, computer software, ebooks and pornography.  (CBC)    

E-book prices

The Kindle edition retails for $14.99 at But the book's publisher, Random House, charges Canadian libraries $85 per copy of the e-book.   (CBC)   MORE: 


Studios lose copyright lawsuit

WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court ruled that a copyright dispute over the 1980 Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull can go another round in court.   (AP)       

Band demands compensation

VANCOUVER - Skinny Puppy, the Vancouver industrial rock band that sent an invoice to the US military for allegedly using its music in Guantanamo Bay.   (CTV)    


Political parties don't like copyright laws

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is planning to change Canada's copyright law to allow political parties to use content published and broadcast by news organizations for free in their own political ads.  (CTV)    COMMENT:   Looting news for attack ads   

US SC rules against Aereo

WASHINGTON - The justices said by a 6-3 vote that Aereo Inc. is violating the broadcasters' copyrights by taking the signals for free.  (AP)   JUDGMENT:   American Broadcasting v Aereo   .pdf    Aereo ruled illegal      


Bootleg DVD operation

OAKVILLE - 3 southern Ontario men are facing charges following an investigation in what's being called the largest counterfeit DVD burning and manufacturing operation in Canadian history.  (CBC)   MORE:   Cops bust junk DVD ring     

Patent verdict

PITTSBURGH - Marvell Technology Group Ltd said it will try to void a $1.17B damages award imposed by a federal jury that found the chipmaker had infringed two patents held by Carnegie Mellon University.  (Reuters)   MORE:   Chipmaker faces patent fine


Sherlock Holmes fanfic authors: You're now free to write your hearts out.  The characters, settings and other elements of the detective franchise are officially in the public domain, a federal judge has ruled.   (Washington Post)   JUDGMENT:   US courts Ilnd 280181-40-0   Free Sherlock

Efforts underway to sue

MONTREAL - At the center of the effort is Canipre, the only anti-piracy enforcement firm that provides forensic services to copyright-holders in Canada.   (CTV)  MORE:   Anti-piracy firm a pirate   We are tracking you   NSA warrantless surveillance controversy   Big Brother  


Harper Lee sues agent

NEW YORK - Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has sued her literary agent for allegedly duping her into assigning him the copyright on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.  Guardian UK)

Status of textbook industry

TORONTO - First-year OCAD University students were given a pricey lesson in surrealism when their mandatory $180 art textbook was found to be missing a key ingredient - the art itself.  (Toronto Star)  


Family loses copyright fight

NEW YORK - An attempt by the family of singer Bob Marley to obtain the copyrights to some of his best-known recordings has been thwarted by a judge in New York.   (BBC)   RELATED:  Life hints from a professional artist   How to steal like an artist  Artists lose to big business over song rights

Fake goods

TORONTO - Police in Toronto have filed 21 charges in an investigation involving millions of dollars in fake goods and products, including wine, cosmetics and male-enhancement medications, such as Viagra.  (CBC)   MORE:   21 charged


Bummer for big business

Bands that emerged in the '90s were among the last to feel the oversight of major labels, radio play and music television. The internet revolution has made those cultural gatekeepers increasingly irrelevant  (CBC)

Studios win website blocking order

LONDON - Hollywood studios have won a landmark High Court order to force BT to block its millions of broadband customers from accessing Newzbin2, a website that offers links to pirated films.   (Telegraph UK)


Where the movie pirates are

HOLLYWOOD - New data uncovered by TorrentFreak shows that the MPAA might want to start in-house, as plenty of copyrighted material is being shared by employees of major Hollywood studios.  (TorrentFreak)   MORE:   Where the music pirates are   BSA guessed at piracy rates   Lobbying board of Canada

Fashion industry settles

NEW YORK - After filing a lawsuit over Alexander McQueen's designs featuring the biker club's trademarked name and "death head" skull logo, the Hells Angels have settled with the fashion house as well as retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and, and at quite a cost to the three companies. (NY Magazine)


Universities vs copyright group

TORONTO - Some universities no longer feel the need to pay for the services of Access Copyright which has provided a pool of protected intellectual work for almost two decades while distributing royalties to the writers, artists and publishers it represents.  (CBC) MORE:   Copyright Board of Canada Copyright Board tariff #5   .pdf    Copyright charge   New threat to copyright 

Defendant running up costs

LAS VEGAS - Righthaven - the copyright enforcement partner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post - since March 2010 has filed at least 249 lawsuits against website operators and message-board posters alleging material from those newspapers was re-posted online without authorization.   (Las Vegas Sun)   MORE:  Righthaven victims   Copyright trolling for dollars


Record breaker

After being honored with an Oscar for best motion picture last year, the makers of The Hurt Locker have now also secured the award for the biggest file-sharing lawsuit the world has ever witnessed.    (TorrentFreak)   US Copyright Group    You might be out $20K

Counterfeit suit

VANCOUVER - Three Canadian companies caught selling Louis Vuitton and Burberry knock-offs committed more than just a fashion faux-pas, say lawyers for the haute couture giants, who are suing the companies in federal court.   (CP) 


US takes a hit

The creation of ZookZ was made possible by the 2007 WTO ruling that awarded Antigua $21M annually in the form of abrogated rights to US-produced entertainment, meaning Antiguan firms can copy and sell - free of charge - up to $21M each year in entertainment properties otherwise licensed by American entertainment firms.  (Poker News)     Internet belongs to the US  

US trademark laws out of control

WASHINGTON - On May 3, just two days after Usama bin Laden was killed in a raid on the Al Qaeda leader’s Pakistan compound, Disney filed trademark applications to use the name "SEAL Team 6" on everything from entertainment, toys, video games, clothing, footwear - even Christmas ornaments and snow globes.  (Fox)   RELATED:   GOP scared by Copyright paper


Copyright lobby goes after itself

Members of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, including the Big Four (Warner Music Canada, Sony BMG Music Canada, EMI Music Canada, and Universal Music Canada), face the prospect of damages ranging from $50M up to $6B due to their use of artists' music without permission. (Ars Technica)   MORE:  Record industry faces liability    SOCAN's secret copyright submission

No trademark on free speech

OTTAWA - Trademark and copyright protections exist to prevent commercial free-riders from exploiting the investments that businesses make in their products and marketing.  These protections are not designed to insulate corporations from public criticism.   (Toronto Star)  PREVIOUS:  SLAPP  Censorship in Canada   Canadian Bar Association (CBA)   Excess copyright    


Copyright claim

Just as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa looks for a new name, a city councillor claims he owns the current one.  (Toronto Star)  PREVIOUS:  Canadian intellectual property office 

All jokes fit into 8 categories

LONDON - Alastair Clarke, a British evolutionary theorist, identified eight patterns which all jokes could fit into no matter where you come from in the world. . (Telegraph UK) 


EU rejects global anti-piracy

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament rejected a global agreement against copyright theft, handing a victory to protesters who say the legislation would punish people for sharing films and music online.  (Reuters) 

EU free trade talks would retool copyright laws

What happens when you upset Disney 

Hypocrisy and the ACTA

Secret treaty

Canadian Consultation Report

Big Brother  

The quiet unravelling of democracy

ACTA Aug 25 text  .pdf  

What is ACTA?


Can Canada's version be stopped?  

Companies can't use trademark law to indefinitely perpetuate exclusive rights

Copyright raids  

Liberals, Bloc and NDP support motion to extend copyright tax

Copyright overreach goes on world tour

Abuse of power

Internet censorship

Net firms start storing user data


Law eases net snooping

OTTAWA - Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart in a public letter to Industry Minister Jim Prentice and Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner, Stoddart cautioned against using forthcoming copyright legislation to undermine privacy.  (Tyee)    


The copyright MPs

The concerns of copyright reform

Big Brother surveillance



Dead people signing

WASHINGTON - Fight for the Future's says that some of the comments were posted using the names and details of dead people.  The FCC has voted two-to-one to reverse net neutrality laws enacted in 2015.  Almost 2.8M comments have been filed on the FCC's plans since the consultation opened at the end of April.  Last week it was reported that hundreds of thousands of comments supporting the proposals had been posted by bots.   (BBC) 

FCC's decision on net neutrality


Net neutrality prevails     

US court sets aside net neutrality

Net neutrality 

Homeland already copyright police

A looming legal crises on the Internet

Federal Communications Commission

Commissioner on Internet Regulation

Government Planning 'Insider' ACTA group

Turning Net into a virtual police state

India cuts off 25M cellphones

Kempton Lam   Corey Doctorow

Michael Geist   Howard Knopf

Canadian DMCA: What you can do

They're shrinking the internet

How the Grinches stole 'net neutrality'

The letters of the law

Music copyright law is junk

Joke stealing   

Save the Internet 

Canadian content

Government of Canada webpage 

CAB attacks CRIA



Court jails Pirate Bay founders

STOCKHOLM - A court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay, the world's most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case. (BBC)


Pirate Bay founders defiant

Jail for breaking copyright

Protecting an old business model

Beached but not sunk

Guilty of copyright infringement

What does verdict mean for innovation?


Net firms quizzed on speed limits

LONDON - Bosses at six of the UK's top net providers are being asked to explain why consumers do not get the broadband speeds firms advertise.  The six executives are being questioned by Ofcom's Consumer Panel which acts as the regulator's customer champion.   (BBC)   

Misleading RCMP data

OTTAWA - At the heart of counterfeiting debate are repeated claims that it is a growing problem in Canada that results in billions of dollars in losses each year. Responding to an Access to Information Act request for the sources behind the $30 billion claim, Canada's national police force last week admitted the figures were based on "open source documents found on the Internet."  (Toronto Star)


Johnson & Johnson sues Red Cross over use of Cross Emblem

NEW YORK -  Johnson & Johnson (founded 1886), the health-products giant that uses a red cross as its trademark, sued the American Red Cross, demanding that the charity halt the use of the red cross symbol on products it sells to the public.  (AP)   MORE:  International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (founded Oct. 29, 1863)

Guitars down, comrades

LONDON - Millionaire rock stars are traditionally more synonymous with conspicuous consumption than the workers' struggle, but artists have formed a new organization to stand up for their rights.  It will have a six-point manifesto, including fair compensation after deals between labels and technology companies, and a "use it or lose it" approach to copyright so that recordings don't go unreleased.  (Guardian UK)  


AP stories

The Associated Press (AP) doesn't get to make it’s own rules around how its content is used, if those rules are stricter than the law allows.  (TechCrunch)


AP goes after bloggers

Copyright infringement alleged by AP




'Patent troll' faces blow

WASHINGTON - The decision could potentially prevent Personal Audio LLG legally requiring media groups to pay it if they update their sites to show new episodes.  The US Patent Office has now invalidated critical parts of related intellectual property rights it had previously granted to Personal Audio in 2012.  (BBC)    

Texas patent court strike again

'Patent Trolls' may live or die by ebay ruling

Patent troll tracker

Bush signs DVD 'sanitizing bill'

Microsoft claims i4i's evidence is 'irrelevant'

Texas patent central

Patent troll 

Belgian papers win Google copyright suit

Bad Google

Fine for Google over French books

TorrentSpy loses Calif. copyright lawsuit

Google sued over patent

Settlement reached in BlackBerry patent case

Search engines challenged 

French court rules against copy protection



Seconds that shaped 1,500+ songs

ATLANTA - Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs - but the band behind it never made any money from it.  Over the years, it has become one of the most sampled drum beats of all time.  (BBC)   

Amen break   

7 seconds of fire

Long delayed compensation  

New plan, new set of problems

Happy Birthday to you



Song in public domain

Happy Birthday

Warner Music Group

How it feels to be sued for $4.5M

Excess copyright

MP3s illegal, grounds for lawsuit

Blurred lines

Pharrell Williams  Robin Thicke Marvin Gaye

Blurred Lines

Jury rules

Why he settled copyright dispute

Sam Smith    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

I Won't Back Down     Stay with me 

Rise of Sweden's Pirate Party

Feds query labels about music prices

Copyright invalid



Another RIAA court victory

Canadian copyright law 'remarkably complex'

Everybody is still guilty

Canadian Private Copying Collective

Music Industry Needs Dose Of Innovation

Court says file sharers don't have to be named

Fox expands digital copy to iTunes

Single-mother must pay $80K per song

RIAA ruling dismissed

Jammie Thomas

ISPs pledge not to 'spy' on web users

Music industry to tax down-loaders

Net firms in music pirates deal

Radiohead's revenge is sweet

Jury finds Thomas liable for infringement

Copyright infringement

Hollywood puts squeeze on Canada

Bit brother sees Internet as up for grabs

Music Companies grab share of YouTube sale

Tone deaf Sarmite 'Sam' Bulte

That's what friends are for

Sony/BMG sued by artists

Canadian Music Creators Coalition

Spitzer subpoenas companies price-fixing

Sony BMG faces lawsuits

Viruses use Sony anti-piracy CDs

Sony anti-piracy software triggers uproar

DVD region code system

New bill would punish students 

US copyright law 

Recording Industry vs. The People

Music companies sue 8,000 more

Piracy law unnecessary

Time Warner settles fraud charges

Copyright walks fine line on civil liberties

International Media Control

Canadian Media Ownership

The 36 plots

Woman takes on Recording industry alone 

Court: No free music samples

Bootlegs: A short history

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