Looks like the copyright police are starting to hit back at the internet in a big bad way. A German court ruled today that YouTube is entirely responsible for the content found on its service, and must actively filter music videos belonging to the GEMA, a music royalty group. Not only that, but the European Read The Full Story
Cox Communications is one of the largest cable and internet providers in the country. Cox has found itself in the middle of a legal battle with a pair of music publishers after Cox refused to disconnect persistent music pirates.
There’s a growing concern among independent music artists that the major record labels and the Internet giants that favor them are squeezing the smaller players out of the marketplace, The New York Times’ Ben Sisario reportsOne of the bigger and more recent issues surrounds YouTube’s upcoming paid music streaming service, which will reportedly have a free version and a $10 premium version that’s a
LONDON – The ride-hailing service Uber is about to have a head-on collision with Germany’s taxis and legal system.A court in Frankfurt has banned Uber’s most popular service from operating in the country until a hearing later this year on the legality of the product, which allows people to use their smartphones to book rides with freelance drivers.
The European Union is planning its most aggressive move yet to curb Google's growing power. According to the FT , the European parliament is considering a motion that would suggest Google unbundle its search engine from its other products. Google executives are said to be "furious" about the proposal, which they only found out about a couple days ago.
Google's "right to be forgotten" tool was grudgingly implemented in Europe back in May , but now privacy regulators are pushing to scale up the web search censoring system to cover global results, not just those localized to countries in the EU.
The police in Germany have issued an international arrest warrant for two brothers who are accused of carrying out a series of violent crimes as part of an online turf war between rival torrent file-sharing websites. TorrentFreak reports that the German police have started an international public manhunt to try to findKastriot Selimi, 25, and his brother Kreshnik, who is 22.
Days after Europe’s highest court said people could ask search engines to remove some links about themselves, Andy Donaldson started to receive phone calls, Mark Scott reports.Mr. Donaldson’s British company, Hit Search, had previously created a service for companies and individuals to monitor how and where they were mentioned across the Internet.
LONDON – Is Google a pirate? Does Rupert Murdoch really love hamsters?Those questions were at the center of a heated war of words on Thursday after News Corporation accused Google of being “a platform for piracy and the spread of malicious networks, all while driving more traffic and online advertising dollars to Google.”And Google’s response? “Phew, what a scorcher. Murdoch accuses Google of eating his hamster!”Confused? Maybe you need to Google it.But for many Britons, at least, the allusion to a 1986 headline in the Murdoch tabloid The Sun was instantly recognizable: “Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster”The article claimed that Mr. Starr had eaten a pet, although the British entertainer has repeatedly denied the episode ever took place.
It's rare that you'll find a story about Grooveshark that doesn't include the phrases "copyright," "lawsuit" or "legally questionable." This may change in 2015, however, as it appears that the company is about to turn over a new leaf and play nicely with the music labels.
Aereo is putting up a valiant effort, but they’ve been dealt another major blow in their fight to stay alive. The US Copyright Office has ruled that Aereo cannot be deemed a cable company under the terms of the Copyright Act. This comes after a Supreme Court ruling which effectively dug Aereo’s hole for them.
LONDON — Google is about to start a grand tour of Europe.The search engine company will soon send a group of executives and legal experts, including the company’s executive chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, around the region to explain Google’s stance on online privacy.
The Supreme Court ruling on Aereo is out , and the court has ruled against the upstart company and in favor of TV broadcasters. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that had ruled in favor of Aereo, a service that lets you stream live network TV on the internet.
Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). This is especially important when it comes to music.
BRUSSELS — The nominee to become the next antitrust chief for the European Union has said that keeping a close eye on American technology titans like Google and Apple will be among her top priorities if she is confirmed.