European Court rules on open wifi

The Court of Justice of the European Union has made a troubling ruling regarding open wifi spots in the case of McFadden v Sony Music (C-484/14). This just following the also problematic case of GS Media makes it a rather bad week for balance in copyright. The case involves Tobias […]

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Can you copyright a recipe?

The BBC has announced that it will drop its online website for recipes in an effort to generate savings. This has raised quite a few eyebrows, with the hashtag #bbcrecipes currently the top UK trending topic on Twitter. This has prompted a very interesting legal discussion, can recipes be subject […]

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Can you copyright the Klingon language?

There has been a disturbance in the Force, have you felt it? Wait, wrong franchise. To Boldly Go Where No Copyright Suit Has Gone Before! Yes, Qapla’ ! Occasionally there are cases that seem to be tailor-made for legal geeks: Naruto v Slater; Lucasfilm v Ainsworth; DC Comics v Towle. […]

Andres Guadamuz

Cat selfies: the next copyright battle?

I admit that I am currently obsessed with non-human copyright. First monkey selfies, then I am writing an article on artificial intelligence and copyright. Now enter Manny, a cat that loves taking selfies with a GoPro camera. According to one site: “The gray kitty is fascinated by his human’s GoPro cameras. […]