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Square Enix announced that it brought a declaratory judgment suit against SNK Playmore as a response to previous accusations of copyright infringement. SNK sued Square Enix in May, claiming the Final Fantasy publisher used copyrighted SNK characters without permission in the High Score Girl manga. ...

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Google has a tumultuous history with the German publishing industry, which has long taken issue with the search giant's indexing of news stories. Starting next week, Google Germany will no longer display summaries and image thumbnails for news sourced from many local sites, leaving only headline l...

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that libraries have the right to digitize books and distribute them to dedicated reading terminals without first obtaining the publisher's permission. The decision rests on exceptions built into the EU Copyright Directive for reproducing ...

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The concept of someone recording films at movie theaters for pirating purposes seems so outdated. Yet, that's still happening in some parts of the world, apparently. Most recently, there's the case of Philip Danks, a 25-year-old UK man who just got sentenced to 33 months of jail time after using h...

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While sites like The Pirate Bay are busy improving the experience for the torrent-loving crowd, Google's facing the task of processing an extreme amount of removal request for pirate links. According to a recent transparency report on the matter, Google is now seeing more than 1 million DMCA take...

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When it comes to the right to take the mickey out of famous songs, movies or books, the UK has always cast envious eyes toward the US. That's because a Brit couldn't parody something unless they'd been given direct permission from the creator or paid for a license. That meant for most people, maki...

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By now you're likely aware that the US Supreme Court decided Aereo's service was a violation of copyright law, labeling it a cable system. The outfit then sought to carry on the same statutory license cable companies pay broadcasters royalties to stream content from local stations in District Cour...

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Since SoundCloud's one of the biggest places to share mixes, recordings and podcasts, it obviously has to grapple with a lot of copyright issues. That's the reason why it reportedly approached record labels to cut licensing deals months ago -- deals, which are now real close to going through, at l...

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You probably didn't know it, but the legality of what you're doing right now has been a hotly debated issue in EU courts -- reading articles online. For the last four years the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) have been trying to determine if...

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A Swedish court convicted Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde for copyright infringement back in 2012, but he never served his eight-month jail sentence -- despite an Interpol warrant, the piracy advocate has been living in Germany for years. His freedom has come to an abrupt halt, though, as police...

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Nintendo is planning a revenue-sharing affiliate program for those using gameplay footage of its games on YouTube. Video bloggers and "Let's Play" creators alike will need permission from the publisher to broadcast their gameplay clips, according to two tweets from the publisher (as translated by G...

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Last week, Wizards of the Coast filed a lawsuit accusing Cryptozoic, the studio behind upcoming MMOTCG HEX, of "willful infringement of intellectual property rights," among other patent and trademark infringement claims. Cryptozoic has responded this week with a statement rejecting what it's callin...

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