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Infringement of intellectual property rights over the Internet has grown to unprecedented levels and has impacted greatly many individuals and companies.

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Comment by Shepherd Mulwanda on January 17, 2013 at 9:24pm

To fight against piracy  OPSEC Limited  a United Kingdom-based company has been  engaged, for the supply of holograms to Zambia, which will be affixed on all audiovisual works.

Comment by Dom Robinson on January 17, 2013 at 4:13pm

A vaguely amusing but possibly pertinent comment: I was asked (via a facebook dialog) what should be the best response to a copyright infringement takedown notice. I gave the tounge in cheek response that one should respond claiming copyright on big parts of the text in the notice itself, claiming that you had written that text several years before when someone else had infringed your copyright. That would probably tie the lawyers up for a few years... :)

Comment by Luca Belli on December 15, 2012 at 12:43pm

A reading suggestion ;)

Private ordering and participatory policy-making: a copyright tale

Last month, the 7th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in Baku, gathering more than 1,600 participants willing to explore the various aspects of the “Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development”.

The IGF is an ecumenical forge of ideas where all Internet stakeholders can meet, speak their minds freely and try to connect the Internet-governance dots. The IGF it is not simply an annual event. It is a unique participatory process that allows all stakeholders to share their point of view and analyse some of the most relevant issues that have a direct impact on the evolution of the Internet.

I had the pleasure of being one of the participants at the Forum – as an Internet Society Ambassador – and to organise one of the IGF workshops, that was aimed at scrutinising whether Intellectual-property-rights protection might be reconciled with the freedom to impart and receive information online. The report of the IGF workshop N° 146 – Intellectual property rights and the freedom to share: are the two compatible? – may be found here whereas the workshop webcast may be found here.

Here are some thoughts that have inspired the organisation of the workshop as well as some of the discussion’s outcomes.


Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on September 3, 2011 at 2:10pm

I found this to be a very interesting situation:

"Record Label Execs Suddenly Upset That False Copyright Claims Can Take Down Videos"

What do our IPR experts and advocates think of this?:

"We already wrote about how a prankster used bogus copyright claims to takedown the videos of Justin Bieber on YouTube. It turns out that the mysterious prankster didn't just target Bieber, but also got videos by Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Shakira taken down. But what's funny is how some (anonymous, of course) record label execs are suddenly concerned about this process that involves taking down first and asking questions later. The article is a little strange in that it suggests a user needs to have "YouTube Partner status" to make a copyright claim. As far as I can tell that's not at all true. If it were, you'd see tons of copyright holders complaining that YouTube made them jump through hoops to be able to issue takedown notices. Either way, I'm still interested to see if the the labels actually decide to go after this guy. I'm guessing they won't, because the last thing they want to do is set a precedent over the filing of bogus DMCA takedowns."



Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on August 31, 2011 at 10:42pm

"Does The Punishment Fit The Crime? Is Manslaughter An Equivalent Crime To Copyright Infringement?"

Is this logical?


Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on August 23, 2011 at 12:34pm

Did you see this new court decision in the US?


Amazon, Dropbox, Google and You Win in Cloud-Music Copyright Decision



What does it mean for IPR?



Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on August 3, 2011 at 3:24pm

Is this legal pirating? or just backup and personal use? What do you think? -- Ginger


Format shifting may finally be legalized

By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 at 11:45

The Government is set to announce plans to legalise format shifting and ditch web-blocking plans.

Business secretary Vince Cable is expected to announce the changes in a speech at the British Library in London tomorrow, as he endorses the Hargreaves Review on intellectual property laws, according to a report in the Financial Times.

Comment by S.P.ANANDAN on July 21, 2010 at 4:18am
Gender mainstreaming in IPR is an important issue in India. I invite comments on the issue since rural women inventors are always neglected and ignored. How can we rectify gender bias?
Comment by S.P.ANANDAN on July 8, 2010 at 2:52pm
There was a discussion among our friends on IPR: IPRs must be made a compulsory subject in college law courses and in the Universities in India. I would like to invite comments from our members on this issue.
Comment by S.P.ANANDAN on July 2, 2010 at 12:31pm
I am happy to join the IPR group. I am already undergoing the Advance Phase of the IGCBP, along with Fahd A. Batayneh, under Carolina. More discussions will follow in this Group.

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