Copyright law

Controversial copyright rules will help close 'value gap' between content creators and service providers

Controversial new EU copyright rules will help help close the "value gap" between content creators and online service providers, an expert in IP law has said.

Published 26 April 2021

Netflix faces lawsuit over 'warm and empathetic' portrayal of Sherlock Holmes

The estate of the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is suing Netflix for copyright infringement because Sherlock Holmes is portrayed as too warm, empathetic and respectful of women in one of its upcoming films.

Published 26 June 2020

Colin Russell: I want to ride my (Brompton folding) bicycle

Colin Russell, trainee solicitor at William Fry, considers a recent European Court of Justice ruling that copyright protection can apply to a product's shape.

Published 18 June 2020

Olivia O'Kane: The case of the world’s worst opera singer

Olivia O'Kane, partner and head of media and entertainments at Carson McDowell, examines a recent English court case concerning the authorship of a screenplay.

Published 20 February 2020

Lower-value intellectual property claims can now be brought in District and Circuit Courts

Copyright law reforms allowing owners of intellectual property to pursue lower-value IP infringement claims in the District and Circuit Courts have come into effect as of yesterday.

Published 3 December 2019

Maureen Daly: Significant changes in Irish copyright law brought in by new Act

Maureen Daly, partner and head of technology and intellectual property at Beauchamps, writes on recent changes to Irish copyright law.

Published 21 August 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

EU member states to implement controversial copyright laws within two years

EU member states have two years to implement controversial new copyright laws following their adoption by the EU Council of Ministers.

Published 16 April 2019

European Parliament approves controversial copyright reform

The European Parliament has voted to approve a controversial new copyright directive which critics say will limit freedom of expression online.

Published 27 March 2019