UK Copyright

'Happy Birthday to You': No Longer a Copyrighted Work

Wayne Beynon | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Wayne Beynon

It's a song that's famous across the English-speaking world, and undoubtedly the most performed song ever written.

A 30th Birthday Wish for Film in All Its Formats

Liz Bales | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

The 16th September 1985 was a landmark moment for British film fans. Thirty years ago today, film went on sale on our high streets for the first ti...

Busted! Twitter Is Using Copyright Rules To Delete 'Stolen' Jokes

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter is beginning to monitor 'stolen' tweets by deleting posts that infringe on the copyright of others. The crackdown started after a user on t...

One In Ten Reading Illegal E-Books

J.N. Paquet | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
J.N. Paquet

If the illegal download of eBooks were one day to become a widespread activity, we could end up with the current authors being the last generation of authors making a living out of their work.

This Artist Stole Other People's Instagram Pics And Casually Sold Them For £60K

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

Richard Prince might just be the world's worst artist, if you can even call him that. Known for toying with the boundaries of appropriation, Prince...

Legal Tips for Bloggers

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

As a law student I often get asked by friends and friends of friends who have online blogs such as this, small online stores or who use Wordpress or similar website development programs, how they can protect their work online and when they might fall foul of copyright laws...

Is This The 'Stupidest Copyright Claim Ever'?

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Tech

A German copyright group has caused outrage for demanding Google remove links to Skype, Java and the Raspberry Pi in one of the most breathtakingly br...

These 10 Brilliant Parody Videos Are (Probably) Not Illegal Any More

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

We like the base, base, base, base, we like the buttery biscuit base. Parodies which mix together clips from music, films or TV shows, have now bec...

Monkeys, Ghosts And The Ocean 'Cannot Claim Copyright'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Tech

What do ghosts, monkeys, elephants and the Holy Spirit have in common? None of them can claim copyright in America. That's according to the US C...

This Monkey Business Is Serious

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmijn de Boo

Apparently, US copyright law means that "non-human authors" do not have the right to automatic copyright of any photographs that they take. In the weird world of copyright, both an underlying image and subsequent alterations resulting in a final image are needed to have copyright bestowed on a person.

You Can't Infringe Copyright by Browsing the Internet

Andrew Tibber | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

If you're reading this post (or viewing anything online for that matter), you're making on-screen and cached copies in the course of browsing the web. And if you were asked whether you were infringing copyright by making those copies, you would probably laugh (because how could the internet possibly function if that was case?).

When Pirate Film and TV Sites Serve Up Nasty Surprises, Why Go Back for More?

Liz Bales | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Tech
Liz Bales

On top of malware, these rogue sites are rife with credit card cons. Two in three of the 30 analysed are guilty of that trick, and more than three in four people who admit to visiting pirate film and TV sites say they've fallen victim to these sorts of scams at some point.

Fancy A Coffee At Sffcccks?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Westerners could become confused as they walk through the eastern Chinese town of Wuxi. After all, everything looks almost the same... But walk a l...

Cats Can Only Entertain Us for So Long

Joivan Wade | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Tech
Joivan Wade

10 years ago, Youtube was just distant thought in its founders heads. It now has over a billion users and almost 15 million videos about cats. Not only is it making cats well famous, but it is changing the way people watch film and is opening up the world of filmmaking to people who couldn't have got there before.

Students' Rear Of The Year Competition Slapped With Copyright Order

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student paper who ran a rear of the year competition has been slapped with a copyright infringement claim after copying a "long-established" idea. ...

Using This Font Illegally?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK

After telling illegal immigrants to 'Go Home', it seems the Home Office's notorious 'racist vans' may themselves be illegal. A French designer has ...

'I Have A Copyright'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

On the 50th anniversary of perhaps one the most famous speeches of all time, broadcasters will be playing clips of Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Drea...

We Are All Starving Artists Now: Why Web 2.0 is About Meaning Not Money

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Tech
Eric Kaufmann

The internet helps creative people circulate their content to millions, gaining influence, meaning and occasionally fame. Yet monetizing this goodwill is like wringing blood from a stone. Why? Because the internet unites three impulses that once lived separate lives.

Premier League To Crackdown On ISPs That Allow Football Live Streaming

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Sport

The Premier League is to take legal action to make internet service providers block a website which streams live football matches. According to the Pr...

Is the UK Government Trying to Kill Off Photographers

Edmond Terakopian | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Edmond Terakopian

Regardless of if you're a proud parent taking pictures of your children or a professional photographer photographing news, weddings, portraits, landscapes and so on, all photographs uploaded to the internet will soon be in danger of getting stolen and used without your permission.

Supreme Court Drags Internet Law Into the 21st Century

Francis Ingham | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Tech
Francis Ingham

Something rather fundamental happened last week in Parliament Square. Not Lady Thatcher leaving Parliament and beginning her final journey to St Paul's - momentous event though that was. It took place on the opposite side of the Square, in the Supreme Court.

'I Burst Into Tears When I Read The Judge's Comments'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK

Richard O'Dwyer's mother Julia has spoken of her utter relief after her 24-year-old son signed a deal to avoid extradition to the US over copyright in...

Richard O'Dwyer Signs Deal To Avoid US Extradition

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman and Felicity Morse | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK

British student Richard O'Dwyer has signed a deal to avoid extradition to the US over copyright infringement allegations, the High Court has been told...

UK Police 'Demanded Google Remove YouTube Video Accusing Force Of Racism'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Tech

A British law enforcement agency demanded that Google remove a video from YouTube criticising the force of racism. Google said that the request was...

Asymmetric Extradition - The American Way

Annie Machon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Richard O'Dwyer is the Sheffield student who is currently wanted by the USA on copyright infringement charges. Richard has lived all his life in the UK, and he set up his website there. Under UK law he had committed no crime. However, the American authorities thought differently.