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Copyright Works!

Aug 06. 2012
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Source: Sarah Saunders

BySarah SaundersAfter what must have been a very intense 8 months, 'Copyright Works - Streamlining Copyright for the Digital Age' by Richard Hooper and Ros Lynch has been published (I will call it the Hooper report).

Commissioned by the government, this independent report is ambitious in scope, bringing into one document the thoughts and experience of a variety of creative industry sectors, all with their own particular drum to bang.

About images and the words that go with them

The main points relating to the picture industry will be listed at the end, and if you are acquainted with all the various strands of thought which have informed the report, go straight there. Here's the background for everyone else....

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CEPIC Response to Google Agreement with French Publishers

Jun 20. 2012
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The framework agreement was announced on Monday between the Syndicat National de l’Edition (National Syndicate of Publishers), the Société des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) and Google, constituting a hard fought victory for the whole of the online book market ...

...and a first step towards the recognition of the need for the protection of cultural and artistic heritage.

After six years of dispute with Google, a framework agreement has been established, aiming to regulate and indexation of works unavailable for sale in paper versions (out of commerce books) and still under copyright. From now on, Google will only be able to digitize and exploit works with the agreement of the French publishers concerned.

This initiative constitutes a step forward in the spread of the e-book and the diversity of creation, as well as the respect of copyright.

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Picture Providers Reject Free Online Culture – A BVPA Statement

Jun 14. 2012
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ByBVPAAgainst the background of the World Intellectual Property Day (27th April 2012), the German Association of Picture Agencies (BVPA) has published a position paper which aims at providing a statement on the current discussion on copyright from the perspective of picture suppliers.

The discussion raises the suspicion that some young net politicians from all parties by aiming at gaining electors at the costs of creatives. A critical reflection of net political claims is necessary to protect the interests of copyright holders.

Five Points of the BVPA Statement

  1. The copyright law is acknowledged as a basic law according to Art. 14 and Art. 1, 2 of the German Constitution and as a human right according to Art. 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a significant law for the information society.

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Proposal to Reform Data Protection Rules

Mar 28. 2012
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Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of data protection rules to increase users' control of their data and to cut costs for businesses

Brussels, 25 January 2012 – The European Commission has today proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy. Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the 27 EU Member States have implemented the 1995 rules differently, resulting in divergences in enforcement. A single law will do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around €2.3 billion a year.

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BAPLA’s Response to the Consultation on the Digital Content Exchange

Mar 12. 2012
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ByBAPLABritish Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies on the Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) feasibility study.

On 4 January 2012, Richard Hooper, who is leading a feasibility study into a Digital Copyright Exchange, invited stakeholders within the creative industries to respond to a call for evidence which asks two questions:

  • First, whether they agree with the 'Hargreaves Hypothesis' - that the current copyright licensing system is not fit for purpose for the digital age
  • Secondly whether they agree with his proposed definitions, including the market definition.

This article was first publish on the BAPLA website: http://bit.ly/xmH8m3

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Who's the Producer?

Mar 12. 2012
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ByAntony GostynSky diver lands with a bump: SLATER v WIMMER

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Per Wimmer wanted to be the first person to take part in a tandem skydive over Everest and wanted to film the skydive. Stephen Slater joined the project as a cameraman on the basis that Wimmer would cover his travel costs but Slater would not be paid any fee. No written agreement was entered into. There was no express term addressing copyright.

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PACA: Antipiracy Statement

Mar 12. 2012
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ByPACAThe effect of piracy and unauthorized use on media licensing businesses should not be underestimated. As an industry, we face a threat that is hard to measure accurately and even harder to prevent.

But we do know its outcome: loss of revenue and an eroded ability to protect and monetize our creative property. PACA is taking a stand against theft, evangelizing its impact and what we can do to combat it. Weʼre reaching out to our members and sister trade organizations, publishing and publicizing information on piracy, and sharing our findings with representatives in government, especially those focused on trade and copyright. And we need you to join us in this critical fight.

  • Please find the complete report attached to this article

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PAN Report 2: BAPLA Meet The IPO

Feb 22. 2012
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ByJohn BaleanBAPLA discusses the Digital Copyright Exchange Feasibility Study with Richard Hooper

Following the last report PAN reporter John Balean attended the latest meeting between BAPLA and the IPO – Intellectual Property Office last week at the Press Association HQ in Victoria, London.

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Similar Photographs and Copyright Infringement

Jan 23. 2012
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ByCharles SwanTemple Island Collections v New English Teas. Can the copyright in a photograph be infringed by shooting a similar photograph?

The answer to this question has generally been thought to be yes. In the first UK judgment directly on this point the Patents County Court has confirmed this.

His Honour Judge Birss QC decided that a photograph of a red London bus against a black and white background of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, with a blank sky, was similar enough to another photograph of the same subject matter to infringe copyright.

The two photographs are reproduced in the judgment and can also be seen here.

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ASMP Submits Comments On Copyright Small Claims

Jan 21. 2012
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The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has submitted its comments on “Remedies for Copyright Small Claims” to the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Office asked for comments related to a study it is undertaking at the request of Congress to assess whether and how the current legal system hinders or prevents copyright owners from pursuing copyright infringement claims that have a relatively small economic value. The Office also asked for potential alternatives to improve the settlement of these claims.