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Vatican files ‘unique copyright’ on the Pope

The Vatican has announced that it has awarded itself a 'unique copyright' on the Pope's name, coat of arms, and any other symbol or logo associated with him.
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Leaked UK gov’t documents propose copyright changes without debate

Leaked documents, reportedly from a source close to the Labour government, suggest that the Secretary of State will be given power to make legislation passed without debate to amend the Copyright, Designs and Patents act.
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Verizon to send out notifications for RIAA

US internet service provider Verizon has had a notoriously rocky relationship with copyright owners, the ISP refusing to act as internet policeman to the point whereby rightsowners either have to take it to court or negotiate...
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German government planning new copyright law

The new coalition government in Germany has announced plans to rejig its copyright laws, with the aim of achieving "a high level of protection and an effective assertion of the copyright law".
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Industry execs call for three strikes legislation in the UK

EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti and Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy have both called for graduated response legislation in the UK, while speaking at the C&binet Forum conference yesterday.
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Pirate Bay appeal delayed due to… an appeal

The appeal of the four defendants in the Pirate Bay trial is likely to be delayed, due to a separate appeal concerning two of the judges.
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Consumer Focus wants copyright licensing reform to fight piracy

UK consumer watchdog Consumer Focus has joined the debate around illegal file-sharing with the slightly puzzling claim that copyright licensing reform is the secret ingredient.
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IFPI’s Banks promoted to director of anti-piracy

Jeremy Banks has been promoted to the new position of director of anti-piracy at the IFPI.
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ISP BT hits back at UK government’s anti-piracy plans

BT, the UK's largest ISP, has come out strongly against any plans to make ISPs police file-sharing. John Petter, boss of the company's consumer division, claims the costs for ISPs could be £1 million a day, and has some...
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File-sharer Joel Tenenbaum found guilty and fined $675,000

A federal jury has found defendant Joel Tenenbaum guilty of wilfully infringing copyrights, and ordered him to pay $675,000, which works out at $22,500 per song cited in the case.
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Donald Duck hearts The Pirate Bay!

There's a hoo-ha kicking off in Sweden, after an edition of the official Donald Duck comic showed him illegally copying music, before realising the error of his ways.
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Fair use defence slapped down as Tenenbaum P2P trial kicks off

The latest high-profile file-sharing trial in the US is underway, with defendant Joel Tenenbaum receiving an early setback when the judge in the case ruled that his proposed ''fair use'' defence would not be allowed.