Intellectual Property

US Bans Chinese Chip Maker Over Security Concerns

US Bans Chinese Chip Maker Over Security Concerns

The US Department of Commerce announced last Monday that is banning US exports to a Chinese chip manufacturer named Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company, Ltd., citing national security concerns. US companies are now prohibited from selling any products to Fujian Jinhua which is about to complete its new dynamic random access memory (DRAM) factory project. The Chinese company and its Taiwanese partner United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) is also currently embroiled in legal battle in the US and China with US hardware maker Micron Technology who are accusing them of pirating its chips designs.   Source: ZDNet

California Halts Enforcement of Net Neutrality Law, Awaits Final Court Decision

California Halts Enforcement of Net Neutrality Law, Awaits Final Court Decision

Last Friday, a federal judge approved an agreement between the US Justice Department, the State of California, and trade groups representing major providers to delay the implementation of the state’s net neutrality law. It is said that the agreement will likely put on hold California’s law for a year or longer while waiting for the court’s final decision on the administration’s decision to overturn the 2015 Obama-era open internet rules.     California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the decision should put them in the best position to uphold net neutrality for some 40 million Californians. He added that they […]

YouTube Urges Content Creators to Fight EU Copyright Directive

YouTube Urges Content Creators to Fight EU Copyright Directive

In a blog post this week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki warned content creators on the platform that the Article 13 of EU’s new copyright directive will pose a threat to their livelihood and called on them to take action immediately. Wojcicki explained that the new legislation, which is to be voted on next year, will make it too risky for  YouTube to host videos from smaller content creators as the platform will have to assume liability. She also argued that the platform’s Content ID already protects content owners by comparing content of new videos to a database of copyrighted video […]

China Bans 4000 Websites for ‘Harmful’ Content

China Bans 4000 Websites for ‘Harmful’ Content

State-run news agency Xinhua recently reported that the Chinese government had shut down some 4000 websites for hosting “harmful” content. Included in the content which were deemed illegal were copyright infringements and violent and pornographic material that promoted “improper values” and “vulgarity or obscenity”. However, the purge also included platforms offering ebooks. BBC analyst Kerry Allen said that Chinese people have become accustomed to such crackdowns that they are no longer reliant on such websites. The move also emphasizes that users should just read stuff that they pay for and not access subversive content.     Source: BBC

Court Allows ISPs to Charge Studios for Help in Hunting Pirates

Court Allows ISPs to Charge Studios for Help in Hunting Pirates

Canada’s Supreme Court recently ruled that internet service providers in the country may charge media makers for assistance in looking up the IP addresses and details of customers that spread and use pirated media. The ruling was made in a case involving Voltage Pictures vs telecom giant Rogers. The production company behind the movie Hurt Locker wanted to sue around 55,000 Rogers customers who allegedly bootlegged the studio’s films, but the provider wanted to charge $100 per hour for assistance. The court ruled in favor of Rogers, but said that the telecom should go back to a lower court to […]

German Court Delays Decision on YouTube Intellectual Property Case

German Court Delays Decision on YouTube Intellectual Property Case

A case involving YouTube’s potential violation of intellectual property rights will reportedly be delayed by as much as two years as Germany’s highest court has postponed its decision to seek the opinion of European Union judges. The case began in 2008 where YouTube was sued by a music producer who sought compensation from the platform and the user who illegally uploaded songs of British Singer Sarah Brightman. A Hamburg court ruled in 2015 that the Google-owned video platform must ensure that the rights violations resulting from illegal uploads are being stopped. However, YouTube was not ordered to compensate the producer […]

EU Approves Copyright Directive, Link Tax & Upload Filter

EU Approves Copyright Directive, Link Tax & Upload Filter

The European Parliament voted today in favor of a controversial piece of legislation which aims to give creators the right to demand compensation when their work gets uploaded or used online, and prevent users from uploading and sharing unlicensed copyrighted content. Critics called the decision “disastrous” and said that the directive’s Article 11 provision would not be effective in taxing platforms like Google News. Meanwhile, Article 13 would prove to be too burdensome to smaller platforms since scanning the data would require a lot of resources. Aside from this, the system is likely to be abused by copyright trolls and […]

EU to Vote on Controversial Copyright Directive

EU to Vote on Controversial Copyright Directive

European lawmakers this week will be deciding on a controversial copyright reform that is likely to affect how and what content is uploaded online. It is said that the directive, which is supported mostly by artists, authors and creators, aims to protect creators by forcing those who upload or link to their work online to pay. It will also hold websites such as Facebook and YouTube responsible for the content their users upload. However, critics say that the broad rules could impact parodies, remixes, and even articles and websites. The directive’s Article 13 in particular, was slammed and many have […]

Chinese Silicon Valley Investments a Risk for Startups

Chinese Silicon Valley Investments a Risk for Startups

Various interviews and publicly available information have shown that more than 20 venture capital firms in Silicon Valley have close ties to Beijing and other state-owned funding entities. However, the increasing hard stance of the US government against Chinese acquisitions may make it more difficult for startups to procure funding. Former CFIUS member and attorney Stephen Heifetz says that the current perception is that a lot of the tech transfer that the US government is worried about is being done in the startup world. It is said that President Donald Trump does not intend to clamp down on Chinese technology […]

Huawei Hits Back at US Lawmakers Over Research Funding

Huawei Hits Back at US Lawmakers Over Research Funding

Huawei’s rotating chairman Eric Xu hit back at several US lawmakers who called the company’s contribution to the research funding of over 50 American universities a “significant threat” to national security. Xu scathingly remarked that US congressmen Marco Rubio and Jim Banks had been “ill-informed” and are being “closed-minded”. The congressmen added in their open letter that Huawei’s Innovation Research Program were a core part of “China’s toolkit for foreign technology acquisition”. Xu added that the lawmakers showed not just ignorance of how science and innovation presently works, but also their lack of confidence in the U.S.’ competitiveness. Source: Reuters

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