Eleven Sports testing the old guard’s reserve
201810.11
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Eleven Sports testing the old guard’s reserve

When the lawful exploitation of intellectual property rights is contradictory to government legislation, the legislation normally wins. Since the 1960s there has been a “blackout” window of broadcasting live football between 14:45 and 17:15 on a Saturday. Early and late kick offs are televised, but the traditional Saturday 15:00 kick off has remained the preserve…

201810.09
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UKIPO awarded Artificial Intelligence research funding

The Industrial Strategy Regulators’ Pioneer Fund has recently awarded 15 public sector organisations funding to research artificial intelligence technologies that may have a practical application to their sectors. The UK Intellectual Property Office is one such organisation and will apply the funding to researching whether AI can assist in the filing process of patents, trademarks…

Twitch.tv blocked in China
201809.24
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Twitch.tv blocked in China

We have written here before about the uprising of streaming service Twitch, which although originally aimed at the online gaming and e-sports market, has since branched out in to all sorts of arenas such as “reaction” videos, TV highlights, and vlogging. It has not had much of a share in the giant e-sports market in…

201809.17
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Buying does not equal owning

In days gone by a purchase meant ownership. You buy a car, you own the car. It is then yours to do with as you please. You could keep it, sell it on to someone else, lend it to your mother-in-law, break it up for parts, or burn it to stay warm. The same went…

Is YouTube’s Content-ID fit for purpose?
201809.04
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Is YouTube’s Content-ID fit for purpose?

In the age of the explosion of digital piracy, it is no surprise that content hosts that allow user-uploaded content (like YouTube, Facebook and Twitch amongst thousands of others) have looked for ways to automate the copyright infringement checking process. Hosts generally check user-uploaded content with quite complex automated systems that attempt to recognise, flag…

IP protection in reverse
201808.29
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IP protection in reverse

Companies often fight tooth and nail to have their intellectual property removed from websites offering it up for free. Film producers spend millions of pounds per year preventing pirates from distributing their films, music producers and artists decry torrent sites, and companies the world over litigate over the illegal display of their branding where it…