Blurred lines

Blurred Lines come into sharp focus

As the year draws to a close so does the long-running copyright battle over hit song Blurred Lines which has finally ended. In a Christmas present that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams could have done without a California Court has confirmed that Blurred Lines is indeed a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit ‘Got…

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A good type of writer’s block

Last month we reported on The Department of International Trade’s consultation on prospective trade agreements. This month we are pleased to see that The Bookseller has reported on the response submitted by The Society of Authors which sends a loud and clear message to the government that copyright must not be watered down and used…

YouTube

Youtube CEO dislikes EU Directive Article 13

YouTube have issued their first official statement regarding the European Union Copyright Directive. In her letter to YouTube Creators published yesterday October 22nd, Susan Wojcicki (https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/), set out that the proposed Article 13 of the Directive as currently written threatens to shut down the ability of the platform to operate, with EU users potentially facing…

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AI hits the wrong note – artificial intelligence still some way to go when detecting copyright infringement

James Rhodes is a classical pianist. He recorded himself playing Bach in his living room and posted the recording on YouTube as he has done on countless other occasions. YouTube immediately removed the video claiming infringement in 47 seconds of the video. Almost immediately stories were circulating on the internet headed ‘Sony Owns Bach’. As…