copyright law

AI-generated content presents a second concern: What if AI bots infringe on third parties’ intellectual property rights?

Generative AI and copyright law: What’s the future for IP?

As millions of people are playing with AI-powered image-generation tools like DALL-E and Midjourney, new works of art are generated by the billions. Many of them are curiosities, some of…

Copyright law is going to get real interesting, y’all

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Netflix’s lawsuit against the ‘Bridgerton Musical’ could change online fandom

Netflix filed a lawsuit this weekend against two TikTok stars in their early twenties, Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, alleging that their Grammy-winning “Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” project infringed on the copyright of Netflix‘s original series “Bridgerton.” Early last year, the songwriting duo started penning impressive ballads about the popular Netflix show for fun, posting them…

5:56 am PDT • August 3, 2022
Netflix’s lawsuit against the ‘Bridgerton Musical’ could change online fandom

How should AI be considered in the context of copyright protection and authorship under U.K. law as it presently stands?

An AI for art: Copyright considerations for artificial intelligence

The U.K. is planning to tweak an existing law to allow text and data mining “for any purpose,” in a move that’s designed to boost artificial intelligence (AI) development across…

The UK wants to boost AI development by removing data mining hurdles

Google News is refreshing its desktop site with a new design that allows you to track global and local news on one screen. The redesign puts Your Briefing, Local news…

Google News launches a new desktop design with topic customization
AI

Can an AI be properly considered an inventor?

6:53 am PST • February 11, 2022

We are at the very beginnings of a long period of change in the interplay of technology and the law in terms of intellectual property, but it is equally clear…

Can an AI be properly considered an inventor?

In the latest bit of regulatory woe for Big Tech in Europe, Google is trying to settle a German antitrust investigation into its news licensing product by offering not to…

Google offers not to put News Showcase into search results in Germany as antitrust probe rolls on

In its latest move to placate European competition regulators, Google has offered a set of commitments to France’s antitrust watchdog — in the hopes of settling a costly (for it)…

Google offers behavioral pledges on news payments in France to try to end costly antitrust litigation

France has hit Google with a fine of half a billion euros after finding major breaches in how it negotiated with publishers to remunerate them for reuse of their content…

Google fined $592M in France for breaching antitrust order to negotiate copyright fees for news snippets
Crypto

No, NFTs aren’t copyrights

8:15 am PDT • June 16, 2021

When artists sell their digitally minted artwork as a non-fungible token, they usually aren’t selling the underlying copyright — but there are overlaps.

No, NFTs aren’t copyrights

A university student is suing exam proctoring software maker Proctorio to “quash a campaign of harassment” against critics of the company, including an accusation that the company misused copyright laws…

Proctorio sued for using DMCA to take down a student’s critical tweets

GitHub has restored the code of a project that the RIAA demanded it take down last month after finding that the group’s DMCA complaint was meritless. YouTube-dl, a tool that…

GitHub defies RIAA takedown notice, restoring YouTube-dl and starting $1M defense fund

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A court decision in favor of startup UpCodes may help shape open access to the law

For the past three years, UpCodes and its founders have been entangled in a copyright lawsuit filed by the International Code Council (ICC). Though both focus on the building industry (specifically, the codes architects and builders need to follow), the lawsuit deals with an issue that has wider ramifications: Is it possible to copyright the…

4:55 am PST • November 16, 2020
A court decision in favor of startup UpCodes may help shape open access to the law

Social networks are in for a rude copyright awakening. A new European Union law called Article 17 essentially eradicates safe harbor and requires that they’ve made their “best effort” to…

Pex buys Dubset to build YouTube ContentID for TikTok & more

Europe’s top court has set a new line for the policing of illegal speech online. The ruling has implications for how speech is regulated on online platforms — and is…

Europe’s top court sets new line on policing illegal speech online

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How Kobalt is simplifying the killer complexities of the music industry

Backed by over $200 million in VC funding, Kobalt is changing the way the music industry does business and putting more money into musicians’ pockets in the process. In Part I of this series, I walked through the company’s founding story and its overall structure. There are two core theses that Kobalt bet on: 1)…

3:05 pm PDT • September 11, 2019
How Kobalt is simplifying the killer complexities of the music industry

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How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn

You may not have heard of Kobalt before, but you probably engage with the music it oversees every day, if not almost every hour. Combining a technology platform to better track ownership rights and royalties of songs with a new approach to representing musicians in their careers, Kobalt has risen from the ashes of the…

1:09 pm PDT • August 9, 2019
How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn

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Can the law be copyrighted?

UpCodes wants to fix one of the building industry’s biggest headaches by streamlining code compliance. But the Y Combinator-backed startup now faces a copyright lawsuit filed against it by the International Code Council, the nonprofit organization that develops the code used or adopted in building regulations by all 50 states. The case may have ramifications…

10:00 am PDT • April 9, 2019
Can the law be copyrighted?

The European Parliament has voted to pass a controversial reform of online copyright rules that critics contend will result in big tech platforms pre-filtering user generated content uploads. The results…

European parliament votes for controversial copyright reform (yes, again)

A new U.S. Supreme Court decision is pitting entertainers and video game developers against one another in a high-stakes battle royale.

Fortnite, copyright and the legal precedent that could still mean trouble for Epic Games

Cory Doctorow doesn’t like censorship. He especially doesn’t like his own work being censored. Anyone who knows Doctorow knows his popular tech and culture blog, Boing Boing, and anyone who…

Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well.

Back in May, as part of a settlement, Spotify agreed to pay more than $112 million to clean up some copyright problems. Even for a service with millions of users, that had…

A long and winding road to new copyright legislation

Musicians are celebrating as the Music Modernization Act, an attempt to drag copyright and royalty rules into the 21st century, is signed into law after unanimous passage through Congress. The…

Copyright compromise: Music Modernization Act signed into law

European Union lawmakers are facing a major vote on digital copyright reform proposals on Wednesday — a process that has set the Internet’s hair fully on fire. Here’s a run…

What you need to know ahead of the EU copyright vote

The Wikimedia Foundation has sounded a stark warning against a copyright reform proposal in Europe that’s due to be voted on by the European Parliament next week. (With the mild…

Wikimedia warns EU copyright reform threatens the ‘vibrant free web’

Hold your horses. Geoblocks for stuff like Netflix and Spotify are still not being vanquished in this round of EU Digital Single Market regulation chess… 

At last an end to geoblocking in Europe? Nope, not by a long chalk…
AI

How AI and copyright would work

2:00 pm PST • January 9, 2018

It’s easy (and tempting) to get wrapped around the axle when it comes to the prospects for AI programs and their creation of original works. When works created by self-running…

How AI and copyright would work

Europe is considering changing its copyright law. At first blush, you might think that this couldn’t possibly affect the way you debate the news of the day online, upload family videos…

How Europe’s changes to copyright law will affect America

Imagine a Warhol painting. It’s an original work of art, protected by copyright. Now, imagine the painting printed on a shirt. Is it still a copyrightable work? Absolutely. Now, imagine…

Is the US Supreme Court decision regarding uniforms worth cheering for?