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Warning Letters by Waldorf Frommer related to “American Ultra”

Have you received a file sharing warning letter by Waldorf Frommer in relation to the title “American Ultra” and are now wondering what the next steps should be?
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Copyright law: BGH accepts PC and printer levy

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has ruled that PCs and printers sold before 2007 belong to those reproduction devices to which a copyright levy should be applied.
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ECJ: creating cached copies does not infringe copyright law

When internet users browse the internet, cached copies of the pages they view are created. In a landmark judgment, the ECJ has ruled that such cached copies do not infringe copyright law. The judgment will have ramifications for the debate surrounding the legality of streaming.
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Bitkom: reform of copyright law long overdue

The technology association, Bitkom, has called on the European Commission to consider fundamental reforms to copyright law to make it more suitable for the demands of the digital world. More →

YouTube ‘blocked video’ message ruled illegal

The collecting society, GEMA (Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte), has succeeded in legal action against YouTube concerning the ‘blocked video’ message displayed when videos cannot be viewed. More →

ECJ: web links do not infringe copyright law

The European Court of Justice has ruled that providing web links to copyright-protected works which are freely available on the internet does not infringe copyright law. More →

GEMA calls for fee on embedding copyright-protected YouTube videos

The collecting society, GEMA (Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte), has called for internet users to pay a licencing fee to embed copyright-protected YouTube videos on websites. More →

Are YouTube converters legal?

With file sharers coming under increasing pressure from warning letters in Germany, the use of YouTube converters has become popular. But is it legal to convert YouTube videos into MP3 format. More →

VG Media calls for private broadcaster share of copyright levy

For years the collecting society VG Media has been calling for private broadcasters to receive a share of the copyright levy which is paid to cover the right to make private copies by individuals of copyright-protected material. VG Media’s new director recently gave the debate new impetus. More →

An overview of file sharing and anti-piracy in Russia

A new legislative framework on anti-piracy in Russia is designed to protect copyright holders by allowing authorities to block websites. But the legal provisions have been criticised for infringing civil rights. Here is an overview of how the legislation works in practice. More →