World Intellectual Property Day – Copyrights vs. Fundamental Rights

While the members of the European Parliament were busy again formulating another version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the European Commission invited to a workshop called ‘World Intellectual Property Day‘, just across the aisle. Copyrightsholders and their lobbyists presented an absurd wish list. Topping the wish list for the new IPRED is an indirect liability…

German Games Award for a ‘Killer Game’!

As the first of it’s genre, Ego Shooter “Crysis 2” won the award for ‘Best German Game’ the Deutscher Computerspielpreis (German Computer Game Award) this Thursday evening. Frankfurt based developer Crytek convinced gamers worldwide with outstanding quality and technology innovations. The Award is funded by the German government authorities to highlight games with outstanding impact…

Megaupload is not getting to trial

New Zealand is not really a hotspot for news, but today the NewZealand Herald might face server overloads as it just published an article that criminal charges against Kim Dotcom in the United States may never get to trial due to major sloppiness of the agencies in charge. Dotcom’s file-sharing company had never been formally…

Canada’s national copyright office doesn’t understand copyright – Boing Boing

Canada’s official, federal IP Office website offers a quiz to help the public learn about copyright – but the “correct” answer to one important question is in fact wrong, suggesting that some legitimate copying practices are infringement. What constitutes a copyright infringement? * Reproducing an article without the owner’s permission * Playing songs on the…