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Online platforms protest copyright directive ahead of final vote


Websites including Wikipedia, Reddit, Twitch and PornHub yesterday highlighted their concerns over the recently agreed European Copyright Directive.

Italy’s top court rules in major Yahoo takedown case

EU, Italy22-03-2019

A notice and takedown request does not have to include the URL of the infringing content, Italy’s Supreme Court has ruled.

Texas ISP denied safe harbour defence in DCMA trial


A US district court has ruled that Texas internet service provider Grande must proceed to a copyright infringement trial against a series of record companies without a safe harbour defence.

Gang jailed over ‘The Expendables 3’ torrent offences: PIPCU


Four UK-based men have been sentenced to prison after setting up an illegal torrent website for high-profile films and costing the industry approximately £8.5 million ($11.3 million).

Hells Angels suffer partial defeat in Australian infringement case


Melbourne-based online marketplace Redbubble is claiming victory over the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club after the Federal Court of Australia dismissed the bikers’ copyright infringement claims.

Philip Morris top UDRP filer as cybersquatting claims hit record high


Cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris filed the most Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy cases in 2018, according to statistics released Friday, March 15, by the World Intellectual Property Office.

UN human rights expert criticises EU copyright directive


David Kaye, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, has taken aim at the EU’s proposed copyright directive.

GDPR inhibits IP enforcement: MarkMonitor


The EU’s 2018 General Data Protection Regulation has had a significant impact on preventing online brand piracy, a software company has claimed.

Google, Spotify and Amazon to appeal against copyright royalty decision


Google, Spotify, Amazon and Pandora have appealed against a decision by the US Copyright Royalty Board, which would increase royalty rates paid to songwriters by 44%.

Ad watchdog urges FTC to sanction ‘deceptive’ influencers


An advertising watchdog has filed a complaint against social media influencers who allegedly failed to “clearly and conspicuously” disclose their relationships with brands when promoting products and services.

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