Thomas Edison remains the poster child of American invention 89 years after his death.
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The story of invention in America typically features larger-than-life caricatures of white men like Thomas Edison while largely ignoring the contributions of women and people of color.
The changes for allow access to orphan works and put beyond doubt the right of academics to quote from copyrighted works.
Los 3 de la Habana, perform their song The Trump Song at a rally in Florida.
As you would expect the two US election campaigns differ greatly in their approach to songs.
How Banksy’s glib response to a trademark challenge backfired and lost him a two-year legal battle.
In an industry beset by appropriation, the licensing of an Indigenous artwork for use in a tattoo is a rare sign of respect for the intellectual property rights of artists.
Educational institutions have long been concerned about the risk of being sued for copyright infringement, and a mass movement online introduces new issues.
University instructors should have more leeway in using copyrighted materials during the coronavirus pandemic.
As news media revenues tumble still further amid the COVID-19 recession, the government has pledged mandatory rules to force tech giants to pay for using news content.
Back row (From L-R): Banky W, Ted Sarandos (Netflix Chief Content Officer), Kate Henshaw, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Felipe Tewes (Netflix Italian & African Originals Director), Omoni Oboli, Ben Amadasun (Netflix Africa Licensing Director) and Akin Omotoso
Front Row (L-R) Mo Abudu, Adesua Etomi, Dorothy Ghettuba (Netflix African Originals lead) , Kunle Afolayan, Kemi Adetiba and Ramsey Noah.
For Nollywood to fully compete at the global level, it should adopt a smart, proactive approach.
Fewer books will be available to South Africans, and the books remaining under copyright will be more expensive, if the country gives in to US pressure to extend its copyright term.
Banksy’s Valentime’s Day mural was defaced with pink spray paint soon after it appeared.
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The defacing of a new Banksy mural in Bristol has raised some interesting legal questions.
Italian authorities who seized the special Christmas edition crisps seem to be unfamiliar with EU guidelines on food labelling and protected ingredients.
Joachim Phoenix as the title role in the Warner Bros. Pictures film Joker.
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The use of a song written by a convicted sex offender in the film Joker has caused controversy over royalty payments.
Sued: Katy Perry.
The US pop singer has been ordered to pay a Hip Hop artist for copyright infringement. But the judgment lowers the bar on musical copying.
The Indigenous flag flies above Victorian Parliament in 2017.
As the flag’s copyright owner, Luritja artist Harold Thomas has the right to grant licences to whomever he pleases. Asking the government to buy back his copyright licence could be seen as an appropriation of Aboriginal property rights.
Erik Brunetti believes his FUCT clothing brand deserves a trademark.
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A trademark law scholar explains why the impossible-to-apply standard, dating back to the early 20th century, is ineffective and needs to be abolished.
A visitor enjoys the art of Banksy exhbition at the Mudec Museum in Milan.
Banksy’s legal team has won an action to stop unauthorised products featuring his work alongside an Italian museum exhibition.
By changing our approach to author rights, we can help writers earn more.
Here are five lessons we can learn from elsewhere to help Australian authors earn more money.
Australians are full of good ideas. Many made their debut in the pages of The Conversation.
The Conversation played host to really important new ideas in 2018. Some will take years to develop. Others will never come to fruition. But they’re important.
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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.