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Indian IPL league manacles reporters

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

You can film our 20/20 matches, but you can’t put pictures on the web. Oh, and we can use any pictures you take as we like, for free. These are the reporting conditions proposedĀ for the IPL’s new cricket league. The UK’s Newspaper Publishers Association calls them “some of the most restrictive and burdensome access arrangements […]

Bloggers flout copyright

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I’m not a copyright Nazi. I think copyright laws could stand to be loosened. This is just an observation: some bloggers routinely breach other people’s copyright by posting large chunks of stories, columns and editorials. Where they exceed a reasonable extract for fair dealing purposes, these posts are infringing copies. But where they can be […]

Tribute to John Burrows

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

The University of Canterbury’s law school held a conference in honour of John Burrows last weekend. It was called “Law, Liberty and Legislation” and covered the broad sweep of issues that Professor Burrows has expertise in – from statute and contract law to media law (he’s written the leading texts in all three). On the […]

A potty Potter-right copyright case

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Good grief. JK Rowling is joining the Idiot Copyright Lawsuit club, suingĀ the folk who want to publish in book form the material on website the Harry Potter Lexicon. (She’s happy with the website). The book would be a sort of encyclopaedia of Potterworld. The sort of encyclopaedia, in fact, that she would like to write […]

Has John Edwards ripped off Coldplay’s “Clocks” too?

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Have a gander at this. Has US Presidential candidate John Edwards breached Coldplay’s copyright like John Key did? Or has his production team done just enough to tweak the track?

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