Iain McDougall: Beware the Covid copyright shakedown

Iain McDougall discusses the increase in copyright infringement claims during the pandemic.

Published 6 August 2020

Copyright crackdown risks ‘automated censorship’ of internet

The EU’s controversial copyright crackdown risks ‘automated censorship’ of the internet, the chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation will warn today.

Published 9 October 2019

US: Copyright troll lawyer jailed for 14 years

A judge in Minneapolis has sentenced lawyer Paul Hansmeier to 14 years' imprisonment for a scheme which saw him upload pornographic material to file-sharing networks before threatening to sue people who downloaded them, Ars Technica reports.

Published 17 June 2019

Jonathan Tait: Copyright Directive designed to help creatives

The Council of the EU this month gave final approval to the Copyright Directive – a highly controversial piece of legislation aimed at striking a fair balance between the profits made by internet platforms and the creatives whose content they make accessible to users. Although the rules are set to come into force in 2021 when the UK will (likely) no longer be part of the EU, the government has already said it plans to adopt the measures.

Published 1 May 2019

Jonathan Tait: EU Copyright Directive – is this the answer or will it leave creatives worse off?

Jonathan Tait comments on a controversial EU directive aimed at protecting copyright holders.

Published 14 February 2019