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McCarthy Tétrault LLP | Canada | 11 Nov 2010

Software sale or software licence? US appeals court draws the line in Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc. appeal

For software developers seeking to protect copyright in their works, a recent appeals court decision underscores the importance of carefully drafting shrink-wrap agreements so that those agreements are construed as licences and not sales agreements.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP | Canada | 11 Aug 2010

Modernizing Canadian copyright laws federal government introduces new copyright bill

At long last, the Canadian government has introduced its proposed copyright amendments.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP | New Zealand | 13 May 2010

New Zealand introduces graduated response bill

The New Zealand Parliament recently introduced the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which amends the Copyright Act, 1994, to provide new enforcement measures against the unauthorized sharing of copyright material over the Internet.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP | Canada | 13 May 2010

Australia's federal court finds ISPs aren’t liable for their subscribers’ copyright infringement

The Federal Court of Australia released its important decision in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v. iiNet Limited regarding the liability of Internet service providers (ISPs) for acts of copyright infringement by their subscribers.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP | USA | 11 Feb 2010

US Court of Appeals upholds i4i’s award and injunction against Microsoft

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released its decision in Microsoft's appeal against Toronto-based i4i Limited Partnership.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP | United Kingdom | 11 Feb 2010

UK Parliament introduces Digital Economy Bill, maps out graduated-response regime

The United Kingdom Parliament has introduced the UK Digital Economy Bill, which proposes wide-scale changes to a number of British laws including copyright, domain names, digital radio and television, and wireless spectrum laws.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP | France | 31 Oct 2009

French graduated response law passes constitutional hurdle

Earlier this year, the French Assemblée Nationale produced a draft law that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement graduated response systems for subscribers found to be downloading copyright-protected materials over the Internet.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP | USA, Canada | 17 Sep 2009

Global copyright protection: 2009 USTR report

On April 30, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its 2009 Special 301 Report, which is an annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement.

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