A fresh look at domain name management
Several factors should be addressed when companies are considering whether to change the way they manage their domain name portfolios, says Matt Serlin of corporate domain name registrar Brandsight.
The meaning of links
Whether the presence of an internet hyperlink could potentially be a copyright-infringing communication is a continuing question for the European courts. Peder Oxhammar and James Whymark of Baker & McKenzie report.
Choppy waters ahead for streaming services
Proposed changes to performance rights licensing could result in a big increase in costs for music streaming services, says Paul Fakler of Arent Fox.
Online dispute resolution: A radical solution
By 2017 there should be a new online dispute resolution court, called Her Majesty’s Online Court, so that many parties currently unable to use the small claims track can gain access to justice, as Gareth Dickson of Cooley explains.
Oscars special: And the winner is … piracy
Illegal downloads of movies reportedly increased by 385% worldwide after this year’s Oscar nominees were announced. TBO investigates.
Julia Reda interview: Uncharted waters
Harmonising and modernising copyright law that is well past its use-by date is the main aim of the Pirate Party’s sole representative in the European Parliament, Julia Reda. TBO speaks to her about her reasons for wanting the change.
Streaming services: Protecting the borders
The use of virtual private networks to enable paying customers to access streamed media content from other countries raises important questions about the protection of regional broadcast agreements, says John Illsley of Intangible Business.
Sony the lonely: the hack that stole Christmas
The cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment caused red faces as well as a possibly significant financial hit, but what did it say about the importance attached to the company’s IP? TBO investigates.
User-generated content: use your head
Brand owners are increasingly employing user-generated content in their advertising campaigns, but they should behave in a legally responsible way when doing so. Adam Rendle of law firm Taylor Wessing reports.
’Tis the season to be careful
As the big brands wheel out their annual yuletide advertising campaigns, TBO investigates the potential IP pitfalls they may encounter.
IP on the silver screen
The awkward question of whether individual performances on film can be copyrighted is set to be decided by the US Ninth Circuit. TBO reports.