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