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Posted in Copyright Julia Anne MathesonBrendan C. Quinn

Pirates of the Caribbean copyright suit must walk the plank

The Central District of California recently sank a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company’s Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, finding that numerous elements of the Plaintiffs’ allegedly similar screenplay were either lifted directly from the eponymous ride at Disney’s theme parks or constituted unprotected scènes-à-faire common to all tales about pirates.

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Posted in Copyright, Internet Alastair ShawNathaniel BoyerEugene LowZhen FengJosefine CronaPJ Kaur

UK, US, HK and China – Access denied: an international perspective on ISP blocking injunctions

While the UK Court of Appeal has opened the door for broadband ISP blocking to combat trademark or copyright-infringing activities (see our earlier report ), the picture in the United States, China and Hong Kong is more complex.

“‘It is, it is a glorious thing, to be a Pirate King,’ said W.S. Gilbert: but he was speaking of ship Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Internet Winston MaxwellCamille Pecnard

French Court: Important ruling on ‘must carry’ override issue in real-time streaming case

Leaving in place the lower court’s €1million damages award, the Paris Court of Appeals recently held that the live streaming website “PlayTV” infringed both the broadcaster’s “neighboring rights” in the broadcast, and the copyright in the underlying programs. This part of the decision is not a surprise. It confirms that picking up broadcast signals, and making the programs available via … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Internet Natalia Gulyaeva

RUSSIA: largest social network found liable for copyright infringement by users

ARBITRAZH COURT OF ST PETERSBURG AND LENINGRAD REGION, DECISION OF 15 OCTOBER 2012, NO. A56-16627/2011; 13TH ARBITRAZH COURT OF APPEAL, DECISION OF 21 JANUARY 2013

The Russian courts have adopted a new interpretation of copyright legislation, leading to successful copyright infringement proceedings against the Russian social network VKontakte.

VKontakte is currently the largest Russian social network with more than 100 … Continue Reading