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What Makes a Copy-Cat a Copy-Cat? The Complex Case of Architectural Copyright

When an eminent jurist asks, “What does a copyright of an architectural work truly protect?” you may be certain the question is not rhetorical. The …

Beastie Boys, GoldieBlox Fight Over ‘Girls.’ Is It Copyright Infringement or Fair Use?

<b>UPDATE 2</b>: The Beastie Boys released this statement Monday:<p><i>Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial "GoldieBlox, Rube</i> …

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Geotagged Wildlife Photos Help Poachers Kill Endangered Animals

If you care about endangered animals that are hunted for their parts, here’s something important you should keep in mind: make sure you scrub the GPS …

UK copyright tweak in June will finally allow ripping of CDs

Fifteen years after the first MP3 players went on sale in the UK, it will soon be legal to copy music you've bought on to them from a CD you own.<p>Updates to the UK's copyright laws mean that from June, "ripping" CDs and putting them on to portable players like Apple's iPod will no longer be against …

UK copyright law change will let you rip CDs starting June 1

Remember the good old days of ripping CDs? Well, the UK will soon allow its citizens to do just that without any fear of reprisal.<p>Starting June 1, UK consumers will be allowed to make personal copies of media they own, the country's Intellectual Property Office announced recently. The discs should …

Rooney Scholes, 3, Can't Have Name on Easter Egg Because of Copyright Breach

A three-year-old boy named after Wayne Rooney was apparently denied an Easter egg with his name on it because staff feared "copyright issues."<p>According to the <i>Manchester Evening News</i>, the boy's mother wanted just "Rooney" on the Thornton's egg in Bury, but her request was turned down.<p>As a …

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Tech Weekly Podcast: Jim Killock on why UK online culture is no joke

This week on Tech Weekly with <b>Aleks Krotoski</b> we discuss planned changes to the UK's copyright laws that would protect people who engage in online parodies using film clips and acknowledge that copying a CD on to an mp3 device for personal use should not be illegal. <b>Jim Killock</b> from Open Rights Group, …