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Link Here 22nd February 2018
bell logo Bell Canada caught encouraging its employees to write into a consultation supporting the introduction of internet censorship as if they were 'concerned citizens'

See article from huffingtonpost.ca

 

  Images of compromise...

Google tweaks its Image Search at the behest of Getty Images


Link Here 18th February 2018
google images logoGoogle has tweaked its Google's image search to make it slightly more difficult to view images in full size before downloading them. Google has also added a more prominent copyright warning.

Google acted as part of a peace deal with photo library Getty Images.  In 2017, Getty Images complained to the European Commission, accusing Google of anti-competitive practices.

Google said it had removed some features from image search, including the view image button. Images can still be viewed in full size from the right click menu, at least on my Windows version of Firefox. Google also removed the search by image button, which was an easy way of finding larger copies of photographs. Perhaps the tweaks are more about restricting the finding of high resolution version of image rather than worrying about standard sized images.

Getty Images is a photo library that sells the work of photographers and illustrators to businesses, newspapers and broadcasters. It complained that Google's image search made it easy for people to find Getty Images pictures and take them, without the appropriate permission or licence.

In a statement, Getty Images said:

We are pleased to announce that after working cooperatively with Google over the past months, our concerns are being recognised and we have withdrawn our complaint.

 

 Offsite Article: Forgive her Lord for she knows not what she does...


Link Here 17th February 2018
doj logo US Judge rules that embedding a tweet can be copyright infringement

See article from torrentfreak.com

 

  Opposing fake copies of copyright law...

BT and EE go to Supreme Court opposing unfunded court requirements to block trademark abusing websites when there is no law to enable such blocks


Link Here 31st January 2018
Uk Supreme CourtTwo broadband providers, BT and EE, have gone to the Supreme Court in London to appeal two key aspects of an earlier ruling, which forced major UK ISPs to start blocking websites that were found to sell counterfeit goods.

Previously major ISPs could only be forced, via a court order, to block websites if they were found to facilitate internet copyright infringement. But in 2014 the High Court extended this to include sites that sell counterfeit goods and thus abuse company trademarks.

The providers initially appealed this decision, not least by stating that Cartier and Montblanc (they raised the original case) had provided no evidence that their networks were being abused to infringe Trade Marks and that the UK Trade Mark Act did not include a provision for website blocking. Not to mention the risk that such a law could be applied in an overzealous way, eg requiring the blocking of eBay because of one seller.

The ISPs also noted that trademark infringing sites weren't heavily used, and thus they felt as if it would not be proportionate for them to suffer the costs involved.

In April 2016 this case went to the Court of Appeal (London) and the ISPs lost and so the appeal to the Supreme Court.

 

 Offsite Article: Linkmate of the month...


Link Here 30th January 2018
boing boing logo Playboy brands Boing Boing a clickbait site with no fair use defence and so is liable to court action to ban links to unapproved 3rd party content

See article from torrentfreak.com

 

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