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The ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is only the most recent copyright ‘Controversy’ to erupt – just ask Prince. Mike Blake/Reuters

The messy history of music copyright suits

Like ambulance chasers, gimlet-eyed entertainment lawyers have been trained to detect the most trivial copyright infringements.
Marvin Gaye’s daughter speaks to the media after her family was awarded $7.4 million. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

How the jury in the ‘Blurred Lines’ case was misled

According to copyright expert Wendy Gordon, the judge bungled his instructions to the jury. From there, the outcome was inevitable.
Marvin Gaye’s family has won damages of more than US$7.3 million in a case involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. EPA/Paul Buck

Blurred Lines may be the biggest music copyright case of 2015

A jury in the US has awarded damages of nearly US$7.4 million to Marvin Gaye's family in a lawsuit against singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Aren't we missing the point of copyright?
ISPs and telcos are finalising details of a plan that would issue ‘education’, ‘warning’ and ‘final’ notices to suspected copyright infringers. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Explainer: Australia’s ‘three strikes’ plan to curb illegal downloads

Following last week's release of a draft 'three strikes' scheme, the issue of online copyright infringement is again up for debate.
David Bowie famously issued ‘Bowie bonds’. Do artists have viable alternatives to copyright? EPA/Nils Meilvang

If copyright’s a dud, what business models do work for creatives?

Much of the creative work we value – whether it’s films, music, novels, or TV shows – requires a significant input of time and resources. The established method for raising the resources to fund such work…
If you’re in favor of copyright extensions – and aren’t a corporation holding the rights or a descendent of the original author – you probably need some sense knocked into you. Flickr

Why Batman and Rhapsody in Blue should be in the public domain, but aren’t

In 1998, if Congress hadn’t extended copyrights by 20 years, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind would all be in the public domain…
Australian creators understand that digital distribution is changing their industries – but they’re still materially affected by copyright infringement. AAP Image/MONA

Online infringement hurts: interviews with Australian creators

Music is no longer a treasured experience between artist and audience, people want easy consumption and access – Australian musician/ songwriter. Australian creators have been severely affected both financially…
Cultural icon, legal headache. That Hartford Guy

Courthouse Rock: Elvis’s legal legacy at 80

When asked in 1977 what he would do now that Elvis was dead, his manager Colonel Parker allegedly replied: “Why, I’ll just go right on managing him!”. In Parker’s mind, neither Elvis’ name, image, likeness…
If we want to maximise creativity, tying cash to creative output is a bad idea. tanakawho/Flickr

Why cash and copyright are bad news for creativity

Today we kick off our series devoted to creativity – examining what it is, what we know about it, and why it’s so important. Imagine you were asked to write a law that encouraged creativity. What would…
Problem solved. Jin Thai

Rubik’s Cube trademark puzzle solved by EU court

The Rubik’s Cube has confounded millions of people, including myself since discovering it in my uncle’s house as a child. And now the iconic three-dimensional puzzle has been the subject of an EU ruling…
Website blocking always fails – audiences will always find a way to watch Game of Thrones. Foxtel

Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia’s digital future

Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce…
If you have an empty home, you’d better fill it soon. Sergey Peterman/Shutterstock

New UK copyright law will do nothing to help young designers

You probably don’t think much about the derivation of that lovely shelving in your living room, or that sleek, stylish lamp. But many of them will be copies of designs from the 20s, 60s, 80s. And despite…
Few would argue piracy is not changing the industry, but is it really killing it? r5d

How piracy is changing the music industry landscape

While legal sales of recorded music continue to suffer from widespread music piracy, the popularity of live music appears to be enjoying an unprecedented boom, particularly in the UK where new stadiums…

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