Google must stop letting pirates aboard the “HMS Creative Industry”

Google is facing widespread criticism in the UK today for its “derisory” attempts to curb music and film piracy. The UK Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has urged Ministers to reinforce planned copyright laws with tougher sanctions against music and film pirates. As an organisation with a long-standing commitment to the protection of … read more

Against the Goliaths of the online marketplace the law must stand behind David, says Reding

Yesterday the European Commission’s Vice President Viviane Reding addressed the EU Consumer Summit on the issue of enforcement. Ms Reding reaffirmed the vital importance of consumer defences, particularly in times of economic crisis, saying that consumer spending accounts for 56 per cent of the EU’s GDP but that its full potential could only be tapped … read more

“A strong IP regime is an engine of growth, NOT a barrier” says UK broadcaster

This morning ICOMP attended the UK Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s eighth evidence session to explore the ways in which broadcasters and broadcasting associations are supporting the creative economy and areas in which the UK government could contribute. Among the panel of witnesses were representatives from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and BskyB. Among the … read more

Copyright for the Real World

At the 2012 Intellectual Property and Innovation Summit in Brussels on Monday, Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda declared that the existing copyright protection model is outdated and stifles innovation across the European Union, saying that “it makes it harder for individuals to create content and it’s not the best way to boost creativity … read more

Online Travel Sector Faces a Significant New Challenge

Google has stepped up its assault on the online travel sector by announcing the acquisition of Frommer’s, the leading online and print travel guide business.   Frommer’s follows earlier acquisitions of ITA, the number one travel software and database provider, and Zagat, the leading restaurant review site.  These acquisitions are part of a strategy to leverage Google’s monopoly … read more

CEPIC Response to Google Agreement with French Publishers

The framework agreement was announced on Monday between the Syndicat National de l’Edition (National Syndicate of Publishers) the Société des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) and Google, constituting a hard fought victory for the whole of the online book market, and a first step towards the recognition of the need for the protection of cultural and artistic heritage. … read more

World Intellectual Property Day – 26 April 2011

Today marks the 11th annual World Intellectual Property Day, an event established by theWorld Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to dispel the notion of IP rights as recondite legal or business issues and “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life”. The day is also dedicated to “celebrating creativity, and the … read more

A Cross and a Clove of Garlic

It seems that the saga of the Google Books Settlement has been dragging on for years. We may now be approaching the denouement. Hostility to the Google Books Settlement has been widespread, with its defenders increasingly isolated as the full implications and impact of the proposed settlement become appreciated. Four principle concerns have been expressed. … read more