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French Publishers and Facebook Sign Copyright Agreement

On Thursday, Facebook announced that it has signed an initial copyright agreement with lobbyists for several French news publishers. This paves the way for Facebook to pay for the news content it uses on its online platforms in France. This initial agreement includes a document that consists of a few pages, referred to as a …

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Google Slammed with $593M fine in News Copyright Brawl

The French Competition Authority, the country’s antitrust watchdog, has fined Alphabet’s Google $593 million after the company failed to comply with orders on how to approach talks with France-based news publishers during their copyright fight. This fine is in response to international pressure on Google, Facebook and other online platforms for a more equitable sharing …

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Mining Magnate Must Pay Twisted Sister for Copyright Breach

A court has ordered Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer to pay damages of A$1.5 million (U.S. $1.2 million) to Universal Music for infringing on Twisted Sister’s copyright for their 1984 hit, “We Not Gonna Take It,” which he used in political ads. The lawsuit claimed that Palmer used the song, with altered lyrics, in advertising …

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Feathers Flying Over Phillie Phanatic Licensing Battle

The fight over who owns the Philadelphia Phillies’ mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, has highlighted a provision in the copyright law that allows the original creator to reclaim rights decades after they’ve signed them away. The team is in a copyright licensing battle with Harrison/Erickson Inc., a design and marketing company that sold the rights to …

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