Getty Makes Nonsensical Statement On Photographer Carol Highsmith’s Lawsuit For Falsely Claiming Copyright | Techdirt

We are reviewing the complaint. We believe it is based on a number of misconceptions, which we hope to rectify with the plaintiff as soon as possible. If that is not possible, we will defend ourselves vigorously. The content in question has been part of the public domain for many years. It is standard practice for image libraries to distribute and provide access to public domain content, and it is important to note that distributing and providing access to public domain content is different to asserting copyright ownership of it. LCS works on behalf of content creators and distributors to protect them against the unauthorized use of their work. In this instance, LCS pursued an infringement on behalf of its customer, Alamy. Any enquiries regarding that matter should be directed to Alamy; however, as soon as the plaintiff contacted LCS, LCS acted swiftly to cease its pursuit with respect to the image provided by Alamy and notified Alamy it would not pursue this content.

Source: Getty Makes Nonsensical Statement On Photographer Carol Highsmith’s Lawsuit For Falsely Claiming Copyright | Techdirt

Shock: Copyright ‘Bullies’ Can Be Negotiated With – TorrentFreak


Copyright holders are often accused of making YouTube users’ lives a misery, with their nonsense claims over supposedly infringing content. But while it’s easy to feel victimized by these powerful groups, sometimes the most ridiculous claims are easily ironed out.

Source: Shock: Copyright ‘Bullies’ Can Be Negotiated With – TorrentFreak

Zappa Threatens Zappa Over Zappa Plays Zappa | Techdirt

This month, the Zappa Family Trust, which owns the rights to Mr. Zappa’s music, informed Dweezil that he did not have permission to tour as Zappa Plays Zappa — the name is a trademark owned by the trust — and that he risked copyright infringement damages of $150,000 each time he played a song without proper permission.

Source: Zappa Threatens Zappa Over Zappa Plays Zappa | Techdirt

Linking to Pirated Content Is Not Copyright Infringement, Says EU Court Adviser – TorrentFreak


Linking to pirated content that is already available to the public can not be seen as copyright infringement under the European Copyright Directive. This is the advice Advocate General Melchior Wathelet has sent to the EU Court of Justice, in what may turn out to be a landmark case.

Source: Linking to Pirated Content Is Not Copyright Infringement, Says EU Court Adviser – TorrentFreak

Anne Frank Scandal: An Underreported Copyright Monopoly Abuse – TorrentFreak

The seminal Anne Frank’s Diary is elevated to public domain in a month and a half. But the foundation holding the copyright is trying legal trickery to extend its monopoly by decades, and almost nobody reports it as the fraud it is.

Source: Anne Frank Scandal: An Underreported Copyright Monopoly Abuse – TorrentFreak

Germany Says Taking Photos Of Food Infringes The Chef’s Copyright | Techdirt

In individual cases, shared pictures may be illegal. At worst, a copyright warning notice might come fluttering to the social media user. For carefully-arranged food in a famous restaurant, the cook is regarded as the creator of a work. Before it can be made public on Facebook & Co., permission must first be asked of the master chef.

Source: Germany Says Taking Photos Of Food Infringes The Chef’s Copyright | Techdirt

TPP’s Copyright Term Extension Isn’t Made for Artists—It’s Made By and For Big Content Companies | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The following comment was written by Canadian filmmaker, Andrew Hunter, sent to party leaders asking them to come out against the 20-year copyright term extension in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and stand for fair and balanced innovation policy. He emailed this comment as part of our TPP’s Copyright Trap campaign.

Source: TPP’s Copyright Term Extension Isn’t Made for Artists—It’s Made By and For Big Content Companies | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Desperate Rightscorp Burns Through More Piracy Millions – TorrentFreak

Piracy monetization company Rightscorp has published its results for Q2 2015 and it’s yet another three months of misery for the company. At the same time as paying out just $117K to its copyright holder clients, Rightscorp managed to run up $1.95m in expenses, leaving the company with operating losses in excess of $1.72m.

Source: Desperate Rightscorp Burns Through More Piracy Millions – TorrentFreak