The Cayman Islands Minister of Commerce Wayne Panton has announced that the island's legislation will be updated to reflect current UK copyright laws. The minister explained the aim is to offer stronger intellectual property protection that is in line with Britain. As of now, Cayman Islands copyright laws date back to the UK Copyright Act of 1956. Whilst the UK repealed that Act in 1988, the Cayman Islands law remained the same. In a release sent this week government officials said the UK had extended its current copyright Act to the Cayman Islands. The Act has been extended by the Copyright (Cayman Islands) Order 2015, which was passed by the UK Privy Council on 19th March. The new set of copyright laws will replace the UK’s 1956 Act in the Cayman Islands and in its place will be the extensions of the UK’s 1988 Copyright Act. The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. The territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica
A New York judge has thrown out the 2012 lawsuit from TufAmerica accusing the Beastie Boys of sampling 1980s funk trio Trouble Funk without permission on 1989’s Paul’s Boutique, according to Time. The judge ruled that TufAmerica, didn’t have the exclusive rights to the two samples in question. After Trouble Funk’s deal with Island Records was terminated, TufAmerica agreed in 1999 to administer copyrights for only two of Trouble Funk’s members; an agreement with the third member was reached in 2012, but the judge ruled that those documents don’t justify TufAmerica’s copyright claim saying "Putting aside the issue of whether the 2012 agreement and 1999 agreements can be read together, the 2012 agreement conveys nothing more than the bare right to sue" and adding "It has long been the rule that [w]here ... an agreement transfers nothing more than the bare right to sue ... [it] cannot be the basis for standing under the Copyright Act".
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And another update on the IPKat - this time on the ITV v TVCatchup case (  EWCA Civ 204) and another referral to the CJEU by the Court of Appeal (Lady Justice Arden and Lords Justice Kitchin and Underhill), dismissing TVC's appeal, and sending the case back to Luxembourg for a further preliminary ruling of the CJEU, this time on the "difficult question as to the scope of Article 9 of Directive 2001/29 and whether it permits the retention by a Member State of a provision such as s.73 of the CDPA which, in the particular circumstances set out in that section, affords a defence both to an allegation of infringement of copyright in a broadcast and of the copyright in any work included in the broadcast arising from the streaming of public service broadcasts to members of the public where that streaming takes place by wire (a) via the internet (but not including transmission by mobile devices via any mobile telephone network) and/or (b) to users situated in the original broadcast area. ... I am satisfied that a ruling on this question is necessary for this court to give judgment" (Kitchin LJ).
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