There's a different perspective on copying and redistributing other people's work in China — in fact, copyright as we know it was only introduced to the country's legislation in the 80s. Companies still have a different culture around copying others' work, especially since copyright violations are often still considered minor misdemeanors there. However, companies should absolutely still adhere to appropriate laws internationally — which is why we're calling out Xiaomi here. It's been caught ripping off an artist's work to promote products on the landing page of its Spanish website (which has since been updated to remove the image) — the icing on the cake is that the stolen property was commissioned by Xiaomi's competitor LG. Read More
Early this morning Bloomberg broke the news that the South Korean copyright suit brought against the Fortnite creator Epic Games by PUBG Corp. has been dropped. Apparently PUBG Corp. sent a letter of withdrawal to Epic Games Inc.’s attorneys on Monday, and as a result, the case has been closed. Read More
Unless you've lived under a rock, you're probably aware of the existence of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Epic's Fortnite. The former has been immensely popular on Android and the latter coming soon to offer some competition. According to a recent report by The Korea Times, PUBG has filed suit against Epic Games in Korea alleging that the latter violates its copyrights with the game Fortnite. Read More
We've all been there. You see something on TV - be it a sports game, comedy show, or a cultish HBO series, and you think: "I have to show this to <PERSON>!" And then you open up your phone and are like "omg you have to watch <THING>, it's insane!" Then you get a reply "link?" and you don't have a link because seriously how do you link to a TV, this is not a magical utopia world where cable companies want you to be able to do things like that, especially as they happen.
But what if there was an app that let you open up a list of currently broadcasting programs on television, pick the show you're watching, and then scroll through the timecodes to the 15 or 30 second clip you just have to send <PERSON.> And what if it were that easy: you copy a link to your clipboard and you get a URL where that clip exists on the web - instantly. Read More
On Monday of this week, Apollo - the default music player in Cyanogenmod - was released to the Play Store in both free and paid variants. As of yesterday, just four days after its release, both versions of the app have been pulled due to alleged copyright infringement.
Andrew Neal, the app's creator, took to his Google+ page to let users know what happened:
Hey, just to let those of you who noticed that Apollo and Apollo+ are no longer in the Play Store know, MusixMatch filed a complaint and had them removed for alleged copyright infringement due to the way that Apollo fetches lyrics.