It’s never made sense that Australians pay more for books that those in the US.
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The government has agreed to the Harper competition review recommendation on parallel imports on books, but there's still a long way to go on IP reform.
Any change that affects the web, affect people.
A treaty that allowed copyright owners to decide how and when their content was made available to the public has been interpreted too broadly by some.
How to deal with copyright when books are digitised.
Google has won again in its efforts to create a searchable digital library of books. But many author groups still believe the project infringes their copyright.
Amazon caused a stir when it unilaterally removed George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 from Kindle e-readers in 2009.
Enforcing copyright protection in the digital age has become complex. South Africa should tread carefully as it amends its copyright laws.
Trump is getting protective over his trademark 'Make America Great Again'. But it might not be such a good idea.
How many of these are still protected by copyright?
Copyright lasts the life of the author plus 70 years before it enters the public domain. But the author and their family are often not the beneficiary. Perhaps it's time for shrink that term.
It’s a visual metaphor…
Intellectual property laws, 19th-century legislation struggling for relevance in the 21st century, are well overdue for reform.
TTIP has stumbled on a block of Feta, among other things.
The US may be closer than people think to a deal over geographical indications, laws that protect products based on their location such as Champagne, Darjeeling tea and prosciutto di Parma.
A former employee of Vodacom has taken the cell phone group to South Africa’s highest court. He claims to have invented the popular “Please Call Me” service but never got paid for it.
Vodacom's battle with its former employee over the "Please Call Me" service brings home global disputes over intellectual property rights. Do South African laws adequately protect innovators?
Open access is crucial for South Africa and other developing countries.
South Africa does some amazing research but cannot share it globally because of restrictive copyright laws or unreasonable policies and embargo periods set by publishers that limit their audience.
A pause, not a halt in legal attempts to claim money from people who illegally downloaded the movie Dallas Buyers Club, which starred Jared Leto (left) and Matthew McConaughey (right).
The Federal Court has said no to an attempt to claim potentially thousands of dollars from people who illegally downloaded the movie Dallas Buyers Club. But the downloaders are not in the clear yet.
It’s an abuse of copyright to use it to stifle creativity – even the everyday, unglamorous kinds.
High-stress scenarios, flavoured with competitive chefs, and garnished with a panel of celebrity judges ... what could possibly go wrong? The copyright spat between channels Seven and Nine is illustrative.
An important sticking point in TTIP negotiations has US and European representatives fighting over food labels.
It's one of the best-known songs in the world and it's the copyright preserve of music publishers Warner Chappell. But possibly not for much longer.
Men at Work were found liable for copying two bars from Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree – a ‘fair use’ exception would have prevented this.
A new book and documentary tell us more about the story behind Men at Work's song Down Under – and the court case it eventually led to. They also prompt questions about current Australian copyright law.
Taylor Swift hopes to outfox the counterfeiters.
The singer-songwriter has signed deals with two Chinese retailers to sell authentic merchandise in the country in hopes of stemming the tide of knockoffs.
BitTorrent site Pirate Bay is one of those often targeted in anti-piracy legislation.
The government's new anti-piracy bill is not the best solution to online piracy. What really works is easily accessible and affordable legal means to acquire the latest content.
Lock and load.
An EU court has ruled that Lego's iconic mini-figures are a protected trademark and so cannot be copied. Here's why.
Copyright keeps appearing where it’s not wanted.
A decision against Google in its court case against Oracle this week could lay the ground for upheaval in the industry.
Australians who illegally downloaded Dallas Buyers Club could soon be receiving letters asking for payment.
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How much might Australians caught illegally downloading Dallas Buyers Club be charged for their indescretion?