Intellectual Property

Kodak Launches Blockchain-based Image Rights Management, Own Currency

Kodak Launches Blockchain-based Image Rights Management, Own Currency

Kodak recently announced its foray into blockchain technology with the launch of the KodakCoin cryptocurrency. According to the company, its “photo-centric” digital currency will help participating photographers get paid for licensing their work and to sell their work on the KodakOne platform. Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said that by using blockchain technology, they are able to provide photographers with a digital ledger of rights ownership where they can register and license their work. Clarke added that their platform should give photographers control over their intellectual property rights, and that the blockchain and cryptocurrency buzzwords were “the keys to solving what […]

Spotify Slapped with $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit

Spotify Slapped with $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit

Music streaming giant Spotify was recently sued for allegedly using songs without a license and compensation to music publishers. A company called Wixen Music Publishing Inc. filed the suit which seeks $1.6 billion in damages in a California federal court. Wixen holds exclusive rights to songs such as Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, “Light My Fire” by the Doors, (Girl We Got a) Good Thing by Weezer and works of artists such as Stevie Nicks. Spotify had already paid $43 million in a previous class action lawsuit which alleged that the company had failed to pay royalties for some of […]

New EU Consumer Protection Cooperation Law Includes “Vaguely-worded” Clause on Website Blocking

New EU Consumer Protection Cooperation Law Includes “Vaguely-worded” Clause on Website Blocking

Last Tuesday, the EU passed a new Consumer Protection Cooperation regulation which grants additional powers to the consumer protection agencies in the bloc. However, it also included a vague clause that would allow the agencies to take down websites without judicial review, as explained by EU Parliament member Julia Reda in a post on her blog. According to CPC documents, the regulation is intended as a measure against scam websites or those that violate EU consumer protection laws. However, MEP Reda pointed out that the regulation could be abused since it does not require any mandatory oversight. Opinions on social […]

IEEE Standard Bugs May Compromise Intellectual Property in Plaintext

IEEE Standard Bugs May Compromise Intellectual Property in Plaintext

Researchers from the University of Florida have recently uncovered several vulnerabilities in the IEEE P1735 electronics standard which is used to protect software and hardware from being reverse engineered, and allows them to work with other products while remaining encrypted. The study yielded a number of issues, including one which allows attackers to bypass encryption safeguards and access underlying IP information. Another significant flaw allows attackers to embed trojans using the standard. The researchers published their findings in a paper called “Standardizing Bad Cryptographic Practice” which was published last September. Source: Bleeping Computer

Pirate Bay Users May Have to Mine Cryptocurrency to Keep Using Site

Pirate Bay Users May Have to Mine Cryptocurrency to Keep Using Site

Reports from a few days ago revealed that popular torrent site Pirate Bay had experimented using a cryptocurrency miner on the site’s users. Some of the visitors reported seeing an uptick on their CPU usage, and it was eventually uncovered that the site was using a cryptocurrency miner from Coinhive to mine Monero, a cryptocurrency. The miner has since been taken down, and the operators of the site confirmed that they did it to see if it was a viable source of funds instead of ads. Observers have commented that while the concept of websites using visitor’s space PC power […]

RIAA LAwsuit Shuts Down Youtube-MP3. Org

RIAA LAwsuit Shuts Down Youtube-MP3. Org

As part of the settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it has been reported that YouTube-MP3.org, considered to be the most popular YouTube ripping site online, will be permanently shut down. The website, which is currently has an Alexa ranking of 335, allowed users to rip MP3 files from YouTube URLs. Because of its popularity, it became a big target for actions against copyright infringement, with plaintiffs including Warner Music, the Universal Music Group, Arista Records, Atlantic Records, Sony, and Elektra launching a lawsuit against the website’s owner Philip Matesanz of PMD Technologies. Experts say that the […]

Australia Cracks Down on 59 More Pirate Sites

Australia Cracks Down on 59 More Pirate Sites

ISP’s in Australia have been ordered by the country’s federal court to take down popular pirate sites such as EZTV, YTS, Demonoid, RARBG, 1337x and Putlocker. In addition to the numerous other pirate sites blocked in the continent, around 160 more have been blocked via two orders, which came at the request of film studio Village Roadshow and broadcaster Foxtel. Piracy had been a significant problem in Australia in the past. One notable case involved US film Dallas Buyers Club where 4,726 unique IP addresses were found to have downloaded the film over peer-to-peer network BitTorrent. In 2016, the Hollywood […]

Trump Government Launches Probe Into China’s Intellectual Property Practices

Trump Government Launches Probe Into China’s Intellectual Property Practices

Washington, USA – It was reported last Friday that the US will formally be investigating the alleged theft of US intellectual property by China. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that the issues merited a thorough investigation. The theft is said to cost the US an estimated $600 million, but attempts to launch action against by previous administrations had been rebuffed. Trump had spoken against China’s trade practices numerous times in the past, and the probe is the first significant step the administration is taking on the issue. Source: Reuters

Google Researchers Create Algorithm That Can Remove Stock Photo Watermarks

Google Researchers Create Algorithm That Can Remove Stock Photo Watermarks

Earlier this week, Google researchers were able to remove watermarks on stock photos using an algorithm. The algorithm is able to detect repetitive watermarks after analyzing a portal’s images. It then creates a mask that removes the semi-transparent layer from the images to restore it to its original state. However, minute variations on the watermark’s position, shape, or transparency can prevent the algorithm from reconstructing the original photo. The researchers informed the stock photography portals of their findings, which were also presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR 2017) Source: Bleeping Computer

Music Piracy is Now Done via “Stream-Ripping”

A study by the Intellectual Property Office and PRS for Music found out that “stream-ripping” is rapidly becoming the most popular way of pirating music in the United Kingdom. Stream-ripping sites copy and distribute illegally “tens, or even hundreds of millions of tracks” monthly, as claimed by record labels. The research also revealed that 15% of adults in UK regularly use the service. Out of that number, 33% come from the 16-24 age bracket. IPO’s Chief Economist Pippa Hall says that pirates are quick to find innovative infringement tactics to new piracy solutions. A single service is believed to service […]

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