Opinion: A recent report has indicated that Facebook intends to begin monetising videos via 'mid-roll' — short video ads that will cut in after 20 seconds of a video. The revenue from these ads will be split with the creator through a system similar to YouTube's — which is hugely problematic when so many popular videos on Facebook don't actually belong to the people who uploaded them.
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The Australian Government has just released the Productivity Commission’s report into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements.
A day and a half — or less. That's how long there is until Amazon's new show The Grand Tour comes out, streaming on Amazon Prime. When do we get it in Australia? Not for at least another couple of weeks.
Two months — or more. That's how long there is until the BBC's visually stunning Planet Earth II airs in Australia, on standard definition free-to-air TV.
I want to watch both these shows, a lot. But I can't. Unless I pirate them, or use a VPN.
YouTube's automated — and somewhat zealous — copyright infringement system has struck again, this time close to home. Popular channel "Dash Cam Owners Australia", responsible for the compilation videos that appear frequently on Gizmodo, has been annihilated after a large number of "bogus" claims were made against its clips.
The English language is a voracious eater, consuming words and digesting them into whole new things. Sometimes words that used to be trademarked by companies pass into generic use — like escalator, thermos, and aspirin. And sometimes words live in limbo: still trademarked, but used all the time as generic terms. Here are 15 of those words.
Following on the heels of CBS' extremely detailed lawsuit against the fan film Axanar, we now hear that another Star Trek fan film has been told that it should probably stop. This time, it's Star Trek: Federation Rising.
Village Roadshow will team up with Hollywood heavyweights in the Australian Federal Court to force internet service providers to block customers' access to a website that streams copyrighted movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Deadpool. This move is the first major test of Australia's new site-blocking laws under the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 introduced in the middle of last year.
Songwriter, musician, and dedicated music copyright activist David Lowery has retained a law firm and filed an ambitious class action lawsuit against Spotify. He's suing on behalf of all the artists — which could be literally any number of artists — that he claims Spotify is stiffing.
What do you do when you face millions dollars in fines for committing a crime that didn't necessarily hurt anyone? (Though it does hurt an industry.) If you're Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, you make an art project that highlights how ridiculous those fines seem.
YouTube announced today that it's going to cover the legal costs of copyright lawsuits facing a few videos that they believe are strong examples of fair use. This is one of those situations where good PR and good work actually coincide.
You may have read that the European Commission intends to prevent hyperlinks to copyrighted material. The good news is that this isn't true, but the bad news is that there is a real proposal to change copyright law that could change how we use hyperlinks — the bedrock of the world wide web.
Decrypting copyrighted materials is, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an illegal act. This week, the US Library of Congress issued a set of exemptions to the DMCA's decryption ban, which many outlets, including Gizmodo, hailed as "victories" and "big wins." They're not. At best, the new rules allow people to do things they legally had the right to do all along.