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Lee and Li Attorneys at Law | Taiwan | 13 Sep 2021

Does selecting and playing unauthorised songs on a jukebox for the purpose of evidence collection constitute public performance?

If musical works loaded onto a jukebox are not authorised by the copyright owners, the act of making the jukeboxes available to unspecified persons may infringe the public performance rights of the musical works. A judgment rendered by the Taiwan Intellectual Property Court considered whether a copyright owner or agent selecting and playing unauthorised songs on a jukebox for the purpose of......
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Mirandah Asia | Indonesia | 13 Sep 2021

Indonesia creates official database of songs and expands mandate of music royalties collection agency

Since Joko Widodo was elected as president of Indonesia, he has been inching towards securing more legal rights to enable musicians, record labels and publishers to financially capitalise on their works. A new regulation obliges Indonesia's first national collection agency to create a database of songs, which is to be the foundation on which accurate royalties will be apportioned for......
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Lee and Li Attorneys at Law | Taiwan | 6 Sep 2021

TIPO explanations on draft amendments to Copyright Act concerning sound recordings

Some practitioners have raised concerns that the recent draft amendments to the Copyright Act could discriminate against the copyright of sound recordings. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has published explanations to address such concerns. The explanations were made in response to the content of the draft amendments passed by the Executive Yuan and are not formal regulations or orders.
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Schoenherr | Hungary | 3 Sep 2021

Particularities of Copyright Reform Act

Hungary was one of the first countries in Central and Eastern Europe to fully implement the EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive (2019/790/EU) and the EU Satellite and Cable Directive (2019/789/EU). This article takes a more detailed look at some of the new provisions of the Copyright Reform Act and the implications for the media sector.
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Lee and Li Attorneys at Law | Taiwan | 30 Aug 2021

Overview of Copyright Act draft amendments

In keeping with the rapid development of digital technology and the Internet, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has proposed draft amendments to the Copyright Act after considering various international treaties and the copyright legislation of other countries. The draft amendments add nine new articles to the Copyright Act and revise 37 other articles. This is the most significant......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 20 Aug 2021

NCC issues alerts on purchase and use of OTT TV boxes

"Over-the-top (OTT) TV boxes", also known as "internet protocol TV boxes", are small home electronic devices that can be used to download and stream media content. They are subject to the National Communications Commission's (NCC's) prior inspection and type approval before their introduction to the market. The NCC specifically prohibits device suppliers from offering any firmware or software......
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AKD | Netherlands | 16 Aug 2021

Copyright protection for adaptations of earlier creations

In a recently published judgment, Philips and Lidl disagreed over the appearance of certain electronic shavers. One of the key points of discussion was whether Philips's copyright claim, which was based on the appearance of one shaver, also included the features that had been incorporated in a previously released shaver or whether, to the contrary, protection could be claimed only for the......
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Nishimura & Asahi | Japan | 16 Aug 2021

Copyright licensees are stronger than ever before in Japan

Until the amendment to the Copyright Act entered into force in October 2020, copyright licensees were unable to assert their licences against new copyright holders in Japan. Due to the amendment, this is now possible. It is hoped that the amendment will facilitate copyright licensing transactions in Japan, as the unstable status of licensees has often been an obstacle in licensing......
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Mirandah Asia | Malaysia | 9 Aug 2021

Malaysia clamps down on illegal IPTV streaming devices

Illicit internet protocol television (IPTV) boxes are small home electronic devices that can be used to illegally download and stream media content including Hollywood blockbusters, TV series and live sports. Measat Satellite Systems, the biggest cable TV service provider in Malaysia, has scored a hat-trick of wins relating to IPTV devices at the IP High Court so far in 2021. This......
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Grünecker | Germany | 2 Aug 2021

Sony Music obtains blocking injunction against DNS resolver

The Hamburg Regional Court recently issued a blocking injunction to Sony Music against domain name system resolver Quad9. The order blocks internet users' access to websites with content that illegally infringes Sony Music's copyrights. The ruling is one of the first of its kind in Germany and its principles can also be applied to the infringement of trademark and design rights.
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