Intellectual Property Office

  1. U.K. Parody Laws Set to Come Into Effect

    September 30, 2014 1:10 PM EDT A small but significant change to U.K. legislation comes into effect Wednesday (Oct. 1) that will enable people to freely parody copyright protected video, film and TV works without fear of reprisal or legal challenge. The new laws ­-- actually ...

  2. U.K. Arrest In P2P Pre-Release Investigation

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the U.K. in connection with a group leaking pre-release music on P2P file-sharing networks. He was arrested in Portsmouth following a joint enquiry by trade body the BPI and IFPI, in conjunction with the City ...

  3. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  4. U.K. Govt Warns Biz On File-Sharing

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has begun consultation on a proposed digital rights agency to encourage legitimate online entertainment services and reduce piracy, while warning that it will consider far-reaching legislation to tackle P2P activity if the biz ...

  5. Taiwan Establishes IPR Court

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's first IPR Court was inaugurated on July 1, marking the latest in a series of moves by the Taiwanese government to improve intellectual-property rights. The court, which is modeled after similar courts in the United States, Japan and ...

  6. Taiwanese IPR Court To Begin Hearing Appeals

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan will modify its legal system in July by adding a special appellate court dedicated exclusively to intellectual property matters. The court's judges will be well-versed in IPR issues and assisted by patent specialists, says Margaret Che ...