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Copyright woes for Google

Copyright woes for Google

Published: 26.09.05 at 10:31

Google's copyright woes continued last week, with news that US authors are to sue the online search engine in response to its attempts to digitise library archives. The Authors Guild filed proceedings in New York claiming Google's controversial plans to scan the archives of a number of top US libraries infringed its authors' copyrights. Google defended the scheme, claiming that only a small portion of each book would be available unless it's author gave permission. Nonetheless, a spokesman for the Authors Guild branded Google's plan "a brazen violation of copyright law" and the Guild look set to pursue their claim for damages plus an injunction to prevent any further scanning. Own-it suspects Google will be forced to limit itself to just scanning out-of-copyright works, as is already the case with a similar project in the UK. Get more on that story from The Times.

It seems Hollywood is taking infringement of its IP increasingly seriously Following on from a number of high profile criminal operations to stop movie piracy, six major studios have collaborated to fund a specialist anti-piracy unit. Walt Disney, Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal and 20th Century Fox have all contributed to setting up the Motion Picture Laboratory, also known as Movielabs. The unit, which has an initial budget of $30 million over two years, will focus on developing new technology to make film piracy more difficult. One idea the unit will be developing is a device that blocks people filming with camcorders in cinemas. Own-it would also like to see something that stops mobile phones ringing and prevents people eating popcorn too loudly. The BBC has the full details.

Finally this week, the ongoing saga of who gets what from legal music downloads entered another phase with Apple accusing the music industry of greed in relation to the amount of royalties it gathered from iTunes. Record labels are attempting to push up the amount of money they receive every time someone downloads a song from iTunes, a move that will push up the price of downloads for the consumer. Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, claimed record companies were being greedy as iTunes downloads are already more profitable than CD sales because online music overheads are much lower. The Apple CEO vowed to resist the move. Get the full story from the BBC.

Have a good week everybody and see you next time.

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Please note that this article provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.


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