copyright law

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

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... 

How AI and copyright would work

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 software applications

How Europe’s changes to copyright law will affect America

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 or run your

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

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 the shirt ca

Europe’s top court rules linking can infringe copyright if done for profit

Europe's top court has ruled that knowingly posting links to copyrighted material can be an infringement of rights holders' rights -- even though the copyrighted material in question is being hosted e

Facebook tries a new way to release open-source projects

Last week, Facebook launched Create React App, a new project that helps React developers get started with their new projects. Turns out, that was only part of the story. Create React App was also the

New Copyright Exemptions Mean You Can Hack Your Own Car And Jailbreak Your Tablets

U.S. regulators today announced new exemptions to a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that will make it possible for nerds to tinker with cars and gadgets without breaking copyr

Germany Passes New Internet Copyright Law After Watering It Down To Spare Google From Having To Pay

The German Bundestag passed an addendum to the country's copyright laws <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/technology/german-bill-limits-search-engines-free-access-to-news.html

German Proposal For Search Engines To Pay For Displaying Publishers’ Text Snippets Gets Expert Hearing. Google Dubs It “Bad Law”

Google is sounding a warning klaxon about a proposed law change in Germany which aims to strengthen copyright law for publishers by requiring search engines and online news aggregators to pay a royalt

Pinterest Copyright Issues Could Spur Changes To Terms Of Use And ‘Pin Etiquette’

Pinterest has had trouble brewing for a while over what some people say are frequent copyright violations that happen when users 'pin' photos on the site without permission from the photo's owner. But

SOPA Supporters On The Run

Support in Washington for the <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/sopa/">SOPA</a> anti-piracy bill in Congress (and its Senate equivalent, PIPA), is waning. After weeks of mounting uproar online,

Brad Burnham Explains Why SOPA Must Be Stopped

The Congressional Judiciary committee is debating a bill today called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011/11/16/soapopera/">nobody in the Internet industr

Why Big Media Is Going Nuclear Against The DMCA

When Congress updated copyright laws and passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in 1998, it ushered an era of investment, innovation and job creation.  In the decade since, companies l