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Spanish Publishers Suffer as Google News Closes Operations

Spanish publishers suffer as Google News closes Operations

Last week, Google closed its operations in Spain, in response to the new Copyright Law which has made it mandatory for Google, Yahoo and other news aggregators to pay licensing fee to all news publishers for using their stories or snippets in Google News. The regulation, expected to come into effect in 2015, will deal with websites that share pirated content. As per the law, Spanish Government will have the authority to penalize websites up to US$ 750,000 for directing links to the pirated content. Media companies from Anti Google Lobbying Group, AEDE (Association of Editors of Spanish Dailies) which pushed the...

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Development of Copyright Law in the UK

  Following recommendations given in an independent report by Professor Ian Hargreaves in 2011, the UK Government had come up with several changes in the Copyright Law, covering aspects of fair dealing for accessible formats for the disabled, research and education, public administration, parody and personal copies for private use. Of these, regulations allowing personal copies of legally-bought music to be made for private use under exceptions to copyright are facing strong resistance from the UK music industry. Having come into force on October 1, 2014, the law was one of the two delayed statutory instruments on the matter passed on July...

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Creative Commons Prints infringed by Flickr

Yahoo-owned image hosting website, Flickr, has issued an apology for using prints of images licensed under Creative Commons (CC) in its recently launched Wall Art paint service. The month-old service allowed people to purchase canvas or wood prints for images that were featured in Flicker’s CC gallery.   Yahoo had initially planned to retain all the earnings from the sales of CC images, while giving a 52% cut to the photographers of images not covered by CC. The wall art paint service did not violate any of the CC license terms. However, it stirred up controversy when a few CC photographers complained that Flickr was...

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Are LinkedIn Connections Trade Secrets?

This image depicts the trademark logo of Linkedin. This image is relevant because this post talks about whether Linkedin connections can be considered as trade secrets. Click on the image to view full post.

This question came up in an Employer-Employee trade secret dispute before a California Court. David Oakes was working in a sales position with a company called Cellular Accessories under an Employment Agreement with a clause to safeguard the company's trade secrets. As a part of his employment with Cellular Accessories, David established more than nine hundred contacts on LinkedIn and maintained the list on his computer. The list was updated whenever a new contact was made. On leaving the company, David retained his LinkedIn account, and obviously, its contacts, and started a competing company called Trinitas. Cellular Accessories sued David and...

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Royalties for Singers – Delhi High Court passes a favorable order

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For all of us waiting to hear of development in the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, yes, we have some news for you. It is not for Lyricists, or for Music Composers, but for Singers this time! The Indian Singers Rights Association (ISRA) has obtained a favourable order against one of the Delhi based clubs, Night Fever Club & Lounge, that has been playing songs and not paying Singers their due. The ISRA filed a suit against this lounge before the Delhi High Court on December 18, 2014 and have been successful in procuring a favourable order. The copy of the order states that the...

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Patent licensing agreement for Google and Verizon

Google has now entered into a patent cross selling agreement with Verizon after cutting similar deals with Cisco, Samsung and LG, in its pursuit to attain cutting-edge technology and fend off lawsuits. The contract will not give Google and Verizon access to each other’s patents, but will forbid them from filing lawsuits against each other over patent infringements of their existing patents as well as patents obtained by them over the next five years. The agreement will cover a wide range of products and technologies.   Google could have entered into the agreement to safeguard its interest in avoiding lawsuits over...

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University of North Carolina Records Extraordinary Growth in Technology Licensing Revenue

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University Of North Carolina (UNC)’s investment into new technology businesses paid off, last year, with its Office of Innovation Commercialization recording an exceptional growth in licensing revenue. UNC recorded US$ 7.9M from technology licenses - a whopping 160% increase in revenues from commercialization of innovation since its inception in 2009. UNC received a major boost in revenue from two of its biotechnology start-ups - Epizyme Inc. and Sarepta Therapeutics Inc., that started yielding results in 2013. UNC receives a lump sum when it sells a company. Mr. Andy Johns, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UNC said, “The path was paved years ago, it’s...

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Intellectual Property: EVENT- IP Litigation & Enforcement Summit

Date:                                     1-3 July 2015 Venue:                                  London, UK Agenda:                               To address the critical issues affecting us as a whole, including how to maximize profits, efficiency and protection whilst ultimately fostering a smootherIP litigation and enforcement system Link:                                     Click...

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Emancipation of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson

The image is from the BBC television show depicting Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. The post is about the expiry of copyright over Sherlock Holmes which is now in Public Domain. Click on the image to read post.

One might ask, how do 127-year-old immortal characters of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson achieve emancipation? The answer is simple: Sherlock’s free for all now, as a direct result of Leslie Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate Ltd[i]. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, US, vide Order dated June 16, 2014, clarified that the characters of the Sherlockean World, creations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are in the public domain now, as their copyright expired as early as 1997. With the exception of 10 Sherlock stories written between 1923 and 1927, the copyright has expired on all other 46 stories and...

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Intellectual Property and Licensing – Presentation by Dr. Kalyan at IIM, Bangalore

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This presentation, delivered by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala at IIM, Bangalore, gives an overview of intellectual property and licensing. Starting with an introduction to Intellectual Property and its species, Dr. Kalyan introduces some licensing concepts. Through recent cases and examples, Dr. Kalyan provides a basic understanding of the nature of licensing transactions and types of licenses.