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?
Piracy might be theft, but it’s not the same as robbing someone of their material possessions.
Downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal, but is it morally equivalent to stealing a DVD?
Game of Thrones has been the most pirated television show in history. Will season 5 be any different?
Australians are amongst the top pirates of movies and television worldwide, but that may change in time.
Finding those responsible for illegal downloading on BitTorrents may prove a challenge.
How easy is it to find those responsible for movie piracy using BitTorrent technology, as in the Dallas Buyers Club case. Not as easy as you might think.
The Dallas Buyers Club ruling is a further attack on online privacy.
The Dallas Buyers Club court ruling has serious implications for online privacy.
The ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is only the most recent copyright ‘Controversy’ to erupt – just ask Prince.
Like ambulance chasers, gimlet-eyed entertainment lawyers have been trained to detect the most trivial copyright infringements.
Usefulness and value extends far beyond the century in which they were created.
Artistic works in the public domain may be free, but they form the basis of derivative works worth millions to the economy.
Marvin Gaye’s daughter speaks to the media after her family was awarded $7.4 million.
According to copyright expert Wendy Gordon, the judge bungled his instructions to the jury. From there, the outcome was inevitable.
Branding that will soon be lost.
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The argument that plain packaging encroaches on trademark rights is unconvincing – here's why.