Marvin Gaye was in the way
202006.04
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Marvin Gaye was in the way

Protests are being held across the world following the death of George Floyd,  a black man who was killed while being restrained by police after being falsely accused of using a counterfeit twenty dollar bill in Minnesota, USA  In the wake of George Floyds death, people have been lining the streets protesting against police brutality…

WIPO launches IP cataloguing scheme
202005.28
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WIPO launches IP cataloguing scheme

On 27 May, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (“WIPO”) launched a new online service called ‘WIPO PROOF’.  This new service allows users to catalogue strong evidence of an intellectual property asset’s existence at the time of uploading a digital file or format.  This service, which is similar to A©ID’s existing Databank service, is to run…

It isn’t music to Spotify’s ears
202005.26
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It isn’t music to Spotify’s ears

Spotify is a leader in music streaming services and has approximately 286 million users globally.  Spotify offers two main services: a basic (and free service) and a premium service.  The main difference is that the basic service is funded by advertising, and users often complain that songs are and playlists are disrupted by intrusive adverts. …

The Epic giveaway
202005.18
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The Epic giveaway

Epic Games has a varied and diverse range of games in its arsenal, ranging from multi-platinum global successes, to niche and specialist games more usually made by boutiques or individuals. Given the sheer number of games it owns, in January 2020 it launched a system where each week it gives one up for free download…

Copyright “TikTok” Ticking Time Bomb
202005.11
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Copyright “TikTok” Ticking Time Bomb

TikTok has rocketed in popularity. Millions of people are now uploading clips of themselves on the app lip-syncing to music. The growing popularity of the app, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis, is raising questions about copyright infringement of the music played in the videos. Earlier in the year TikTok struck deals and entered into license…

COVID-19’s effect on digital piracy
202004.30
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COVID-19’s effect on digital piracy

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen a sudden shift in how people are living their lives.  One third of the world’s population is currently on some sort of lockdown restriction.  As for the UK, most citizens are required only to leave their homes for limited exercise or the necessities: key workers excepted. Research by Opsec…

The ethics of counter-piracy       
202004.29
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The ethics of counter-piracy       

Generally speaking, countermeasures against digital piracy are pretty uncontroversial.  Blocking orders, IP address disclosures from internet service providers, and domain takedowns are just some of the usual tactics adopted to remove digital content from an internet bursting at the seams with pirated videos, music, and games. However, anti-piracy group Rights Alliance is currently running a…