The actress Scarlett Johansson is suing the author of a bestselling French novel which featured a fictional character that resembles her, in a legal action which could test the limits of creative expression.
This week, the German government published their new German online copyright law, through which publishers will gain the exclusive right to the commercial use of their publications on the Internet, in the Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt). The law will go into effect on August 1st.
Yes. :-( I'll be extra careful not to post German text or about German references online until the judges have had enough cases to define with enough clarity what "smallest pieces of text" and the exeptions theirof might mean. And after the dozen years that will take, the chance that anybody reads German online is likely minuscule anyway. :-(
Hear, hear! "Woodger's case is just one instance of a persistant problem, one that indicates that large companies need to be more diligent about avoiding even accidental infringement of artists' works. If companies fail to perform even basic checks to see if images are infringing, they're placing an undue onus on artists to identify products that infringe on their own works." #copyright
No surprises here: Final Fantasy fanfic/fanart/fanvids are one thing, but hoping that Square Enix overlook you asking for money through Kickstarter to make your FFVII fan project is something else entirely #copyright#gaming#finalfantasy
Enabling people to use orphan works is a great idea, but the devil is going to be in the detail of 'diligent search'. But the bit about paying market rate for the use in case the copyright owner is later identified is commendable. #copyright#orphanworks