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Around the weblogs - Afro IP covers some corruption and bribery by Ghanaian judges. IP Tango raves about a Geographical Indications event held at Bournemouth's CIIPM and sponsored by Grana Padano. 1709 reports on Prince, in a suitably Princely pose, and Universal, being told off for not considering fair use when they issued a takedown notice in 2007 for dancing babies. The target of the notice was a 29-second clip of two toddlers dancing to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" (sadly not the Ally McBeal baby.) AmeriKat coverage here.
Have your say - Don't forget that the UK IPO has an open consultation on Section 72 which closes October 8th. Sports rights holder will be hot on this one.
"The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) provides copyright owners with a range of rights allowing them to control the use of their works and to seek payment for this use. Among these rights are rights to control the showing, playing and other communication of works to the public. This includes the showing of a film or broadcast to a public audience.
Section 72(1) sets out an exception to these rights. It allows organisations which do not charge for admission to show television programmes to the public without permission from the owners of film and broadcast copyright in those programmes. If an organisation wishes to show broadcasts that contain other copyright elements, for example any original literary, artistic, musical or dramatic works, as well as most commercially produced sound recordings, it still needs the permission of the relevant owners of those works.
Recent court cases have highlighted both legal and policy issues in relation to the provision set out in Section 72, which the proposals set out in this consultation seek to address."Finally, Happy Birthday to Jacob Schick, who was the only inventor I could find with a birthday today. Famous for patenting the first electric razor and for renouncing his US citizenship in to evade tax, Schick introduced a new form of dermatitis to the modern world.