The two-year old copyright dispute between Australian ISP iiNet and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) will be heard in the High Court on 1-2 December 2011. As discussed in my post of 23 February 2011, the Federal Court in 2009 and 2010 found that iiNet did not “authorise” alleged copyright infringing activities by its customers. In [...]
The Canadian Copyright Board decided to extend the blank media levy to MP3 players (and other devices with embedded recording capability) starting in 2008. Perhaps the Board forgot that these same devices with internal/built-in recording capability can also be used to store and play legitimately licensed/purchased materials.
An Australian satirical cartoonist has been stopped from drawing politician Kevin Rudd in the parody likeness of Tintin. Bill Leak is the editorial cartoonist for The Australian newspaper. He has been threatened with legal action by Moulinsart SA in Belgium, which owns the commercial rights to HergÃ©â€™s famous character. Leak has been drawing Aussie opposition [...]