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A judgment by the European court has extended copyright to all literary and artistic creations, but cheese is still not protected.
South Africa seeks to amend its outdated copyright legislation.
South Africa's copyright law must not continue ignoring the principles of fair use.
Copyright, and copyright laws, will not always match expectations.
In an example of the law of unintended consequences, the Copyright Directive is likely to cement the US tech giants' grip, rather than provide space for others to grow.
Vincent Copley senior and Vincent Copley junior at Redbanks Conservation Park, Burra, in June, 2018. They are holding Ngadjuri book, with their grandfather and great-grandfather, Barney Waria, on the cover.
Photo: C.J. Taylor, Flinders University.
In the 1940s, the last initiated Ngadjuri man, Barney Waria, gave a series of interviews to anthropologist Ronald Berndt. Almost 80 years later, Waria's grandson wants to share this material with his family.
It's worth noting some key points about copyright and ownership before signing up to social media sites like Instagram.
The on-paper designs for furniture belong to the designer, just like any other artists. But things get more complicated when designs become physical objects.
How are furniture designers protected by law, and what is an 'original design' when aesthetics meets functionality?
'Cyberlocker' illegal streaming sites are in a constant cat-and-mouse struggle with law enforcement.
A man looks at sports publications at a Barcelona newsstand in 2017. The European Union is considering new regulations for the online use of news content.
A proposed EU copyright directive aims to make Google, Facebook and other online platforms pay to display snippets of news. But will it work, and what will be the costs?
Back to the drawing board: the proposed copyright reform is unworkable.
A new copyright reform law has many up in arms – they want you to do something about it before it comes up for a vote.
Information extracted from copyrighted material should not be seen as an infringement. Such analytical use is good for society.
Companies like Amazon create value for investors through their people, their invented systems and processes, and their physical presence.
Traditional accounting calculates a company's value by measuring physical assets and how much they owe. But we can tweak this for today's economy by including people and their ability to innovate.
'Parasitic' or copycat brands which mimic famous names are creating a market place of their own but they are treading on thin ice when it comes to copyright and intellectual property law.
There are many ways the not-for-profit GLAM sector - public galleries, libraries, archives and museums - could be protected from potential copyright damages claims.
Australia's plan to extend ISP 'safe harbour' copyright immunities to cultural institutions avoids more nuanced thinking about the nature and social value of culture, art and education.
Tim Rogers at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
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Tim Rogers has threatened to take legal action after one of his songs was included in Cory Bernardi's conservative Australia Day playlist. Rogers's case rests on obscure legal provisions known as moral rights.
Rapper Eminem performs in Santiago, Chile, in 2016.
Eminem is back and raging at Donald Trump - but for once the president has not retaliated. Maybe Slim Shady is just a bit too much like his core supporters.
YouTube and Facebook are protected from Australia’s copyright laws, since they already operate within the US safe harbours.
The government’s latest Copyright Amendment Bill is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't do enough to foster innovation.
Bootlegs - across formats - have experienced buoyancy within the music marketplace for the last 40 years or so.
Bootlegs will continue to be manufactured.
The future of the bootleg might just reinvent the official release.
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Digital and animal cultures pose a profound challenge to the law’s recognition of human uniqueness.
Copyright monitoring and enforcement would be an onerous and complex task for universities.
A recent Canadian court decision suggests universities should police any potential copyright infringements on campus and online. That's the last thing universities should have to do.
The digital age has added new challenges to copyright law.
An alternative to an open fair dealing right, or as a clarification, South Africa's copyright law could be amended with a specific provision to protect modern Internet uses.