Intellectual property

  1. ACTA Shot Down By EU; German, Austrian Music Industries Disappointed

    July 05, 2012 10:29 AM EDT The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in Strasbourg by a majority of 478-39 (with 146 abstentions) against ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. ACTA was signed by the European Commission along with ten nations including the U.S., Ca ...

  2. Victoria Espinel, U.S. 'IP Czar,' to Keynote World Copyright Summit

    June 03, 2011 2:23 PM EDT United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, often referred to as the "IP Czar" will be the keynote speaker for CISAC's World Copyright Summit taking place in Brussels next week (June 7-8). The two-d ...

  3. EU Proposes New Strategy for Intellectual Property Rights

    May 25, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The European Union has outlined plans for a new intellectual property framework to be implemented across its 27 member states, including legislation to tackle digital piracy and simplify pan-European digital licensing. "Ensuring the right lev ...

  4. Rights Holders Will Initiate Spanish Anti-Piracy Process

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The text of the Spanish government's proposed legislation to tackle illegal downloads has been published for the first time, and includes an important clarification. The Intellectual Property Commission, which will have the power to decide if ...

  5. BMI Aids White House With Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI has joined other U.S. Copyright organizations in supporting and commenting on the White House efforts to develop a coordinated intellectual property enforcement strategy. The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcemen ...

  6. RIAA, Other Groups Bend Copyright Czar's Ear

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect ...

  7. Spanish Collecting Societies Back I.P. Reform Plan

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The recently created group of four Spanish collecting societies, Ibercrea, has applauded the decision by the parliamentary culture commission to approve unanimously all the conclusions reached last week by the sub-commission on intellectual proper ...

  8. Spanish Societies Reject Concerns Over Anti-Piracy Law

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four Spanish collecting societies have dismissed a report by the district attorney's office's advisory body, the Fiscal Council, which gives a damning assessment of the government's proposed anti-download legislation. The Fiscal Cou ...

  9. Petition To Bolster Artist Rights To Be Delivered To Obama

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A letter to President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden asking the administration to pursue policies supportive of the rights of artists has garnered nearly 7,000 electronic signatures, according to the Copyright Alliance. "Artists and creators m ...

  10. EC Anti-Piracy Measures Soothe But Don't Satisfy

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says new European Commission measures on intellectual property rights are "good news for Europe's music sector," but rights-holders still want stronger anti-piracy legislation across Europe. The Commis ...

  11. U.S. Trade Report Adds Canada To IP Deadbeat List

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A report today by the U.S. government added Canada to a list of countries that fail to protect intellectual property. Canada joins the likes of Algeria, China, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Venezuela as countries with significant violations of c ...

  12. Opinion: Copyright Experts Must Be Proactive To Foster Change

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Earlier this year, BMI, in association with the Creative & Innovative Economy Center at the George Washington University Law School, launched Creative Industries in Transition, a series of symposia that focus on the future of creativity and in ...

  13. IP Bill Introduced In Senate

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A bipartisan group of senators introduced new legislation on Capitol Hill to address intellectual property rights enforcement. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) today (July 24) ...

  14. House Committee Passes PRO IP Bill

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The House Judiciary Committee today passed by voice vote the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, called the PRO IP Act, without amendment. The bill (H.R. 4279) authorizes additional resources and personnel to inv ...

  15. USTR Issues IP Watch Report

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Trade Representative today released its report on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection by the country's trading partners. The Special 301 Report, issued annually, is a policy tool for focusing on ...

  16. German Artists Team For IP Campaign

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German artists Herbert Grönemeyer, Peter Maffay, Udo Jürgens, Rosenstolz and Tokio Hotel are among the 200-plus signatories for a national campaign calling on greater government support for intellectual property. Prominent German artists, authors ...

  17. House Subcommittee Passes IP Bill

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A House Judiciary Subcommittee late last week passed a bill intended to strengthen the government's intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others had int ...

  18. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  19. Brit Gov't Calls For Co-operation To Beat IP Theft

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST A British government-commissioned report has recommended law-enforcement agencies and industry bodies share intelligence via a secure Web site, as part of a broader crackdown on copyright theft. It is one of nine proposals spelled-out in the Depar ...

  20. House Members Introduce IP Enforcement Bill

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee today introduced an intellectual property rights enforcement bill. They hope that the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007 ("PRO IP") will improve federal ...

  21. EMI Wins WIPO Domain-Name Case

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group has won a "cyber-squatting" case filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization. EMI entered a complaint with the Geneva-based patents and intellectual property authority on Aug. 14, disputing the Web site emi-musicgro ...

  22. Senators Introduce Enforcement Bill

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Tex., introduced a bill this week to strengthen federal government efforts to combat copyright infringement and counterfeiting. The Intellectual Property Enforcement Act would give civil copyright enf ...

  23. IFPI Lauds Anti-Piracy Trade Agreement

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has welcomed an agreement between the likes of the European Union, the United States and Japan to enter talks on strengthening the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Some of the world's leading markets on Tuesday committed ...

  24. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Pact Unveiled On Capitol Hill

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today unveiled an initiative for the United States and some of its key trading partners to negotiate what is being called an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). During a press conference held on Capit ...

  25. WIPO Organizes IP Conference

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) is hosting an international conference on intellectual property and the creative industries Oct. 29 and 30 at its Geneva headquarters. The confab , which is open to the public, will gather ...

  26. Brit Biz Rallies Politicians On IP

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intellectual property will be on the agenda when the British recorded music industry stages its own event tonight as part of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, south east England. EMI will jointly host the "Never Mind The Politics, H ...

  27. Whittingdale Opens-Up On Term Of C'right Decision

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The term of copyright issue reached a climax last Tuesday when the British government announced it would ignore the music industry's campaign for an extension, and sided instead with the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Gowers' Tr ...

  28. U.K. Biz Braced For C'right Term Response

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government will deliver this coming week its awaited verdict on the copyright term for sound recordings. Sources tell Billboard.biz, however, that the government may not follow a select committee's calls to extend the term of copyrig ...

  29. Countdown Starts On U.K. Gov't Reply To C'right Term Report

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has less than two months to respond on high-level recommendations for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings. House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman John Whittingdale explains that the c ...

  30. U.K. Parliament Committee Calls For C'right Term Extension

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended to the U.K. government that the term of copyright on sound recordings be extended beyond its current 50 year term. The copyright term should be "extended to at least 70 y ...

  31. British Biz Awaits Report On Copyright Term

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's long-awaited government report on New Media and the Creative Industries will be published tomorrow. The document, to be issued by the House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee, will recommend whether or ...

  32. Int'l Leaders Assemble For Piracy Meeting

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Officials from the European Commission and U.S. government met with business representatives in Geneva Thursday (Feb. 1) to develop new methods to deal with counterfeiting and piracy. The meeting was set in the context of a new wave of European an ...

  33. Gov't, Biz Urged To Unite On Piracy Battle

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright has called on governments and businesses to join forces in a rigorous alliance to combat piracy and counterfeiting. Wright appealed to broadband providers, Internet auction sites, financial intermediaries ...

  34. Thailand's King To Receive WIPO Award

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be the recipient of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Global Leaders Award in recognition of his contribution to intellectual property as an inventor and active proponent of int ...

  35. Gowers Review: 'Don't Change Copyright Term'

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a verdict which was widely anticipated in the British recorded music industry, Andrew Gowers' review on intellectual property has called on decision-makers to preserve the U.K.'s current term of copyright on sound recordings. The long ...

  36. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. Ahead of the publication of the Gowers review -- due around the chancellor's Dec. ...

  37. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound r ...

  38. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound r ...

  39. Brits Back Copyright Extension

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Almost two-thirds of the British public are backing the record industry's battle for extended copyright protection for local artists, according to a new report. Almost two-thirds of the British public are backing the record industry's ba ...

  40. U.S. Releases IP Enforcement Report

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Doc reveals strategies against counterfeiting and piracy. The U.S. government has developed a five-pillar intellectual-property rights strategy to combat piracy in China, according to a report released by the Bush Administration today (Sept. 28). ...

  41. Legal Matters

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fighting intellectual property theft is still high on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its Task Force on Intellectual Property released its first formal progress report. Read Susan Butler Fighting intellectual property theft is still ...

  42. EU, U.S. Join Forces To Stamp Out Piracy

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a new effort to crack down on the massive growth in piracy and counterfeiting of products. The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a ne ...

  43. EU, U.S. Join Forces To Stamp Out Piracy

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Strategy, task force to be endorsed June 21. The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a new effort to crack down on the massive growth in piracy and counterfeiting of products. EU trade commissioner Peter Mandels ...

  44. EU Pledges Vital Role For Intellectual Property

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (May 3) called for a new copyright protection culture in Europe, and promised measures to help businesses deal with various bureaucratic barriers to innovation while figh The European Commission today (May 3) called f ...

  45. Brit Review On Copyright Enters Next Phase

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury today (April 21) before the submission deadline for a government review on copyright. Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury tod ...

  46. Brit Review On Copyright Enters Next Phase

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury today (April 21) before the submission deadline for a government review on copyright. Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury tod ...

  47. Update: IP Legislation Flagged Up For Digital Services

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.S. legislation was introduced yesterday (March 2) designed to protect intellectual property transmitted over digital radio services. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.) introduced the Audio Broadcast Flag L U.S. legislation was introduced yesterday (Mar ...

  48. U.K. Sets Clock Ticking Over Copyright Term

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's term of copyright on sound recordings will come under the microscope as part of a new and thorough review into intellectual property rights, which was launched today (Dec. 2) by Chancellor o Britain's term of copyright on sound ...

  49. U.K. Sets Clock Ticking Over Copyright Term

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's term of copyright on sound recordings will come under the microscope as part of a new and thorough review into intellectual property rights, which was launched today (Dec. 2) by Chancellor o Britain's term of copyright on sound ...

  50. U.K. Sets Clock Ticking Over Copyright Term

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's term of copyright on sound recordings will come under the microscope as part of a new and thorough review into intellectual property rights, which was launched today (Dec. 2) by Chancellor o Britain's term of copyright on sound ...

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