'Arrogant' Apple battles over copyright

'Arrogant' Apple battles over copyright

Summary: Apple is being sued for copyright infringement by Jigsaw Entertainment, an Australian TV production company. The iPhone app, Chopper Soundboard, contained material lifted without permission from one of Jigsaw's shows, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, and the company reckons that Apple should have done more to prevent its sale.

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Apple is being sued for copyright infringement by Jigsaw Entertainment, an Australian TV production company. The iPhone app, Chopper Soundboard, contained material lifted without permission from one of Jigsaw's shows, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, and the company reckons that Apple should have done more to prevent its sale.

The case has wider implications not just for Apple, but for anyone distributing software created by third parties. Is it enough to simply take developers' word that their apps don't contain infringing material?

On Patch Monday this week, we hear from Jigsaw's chief executive Nick Murray and Kay Lam-Beattie, principal of IdeaLaw, a firm that specialises in intellectual property law for the IT industry. Murray is confident that Jigsaw will win, but Lam-Beattie isn't so sure.

In another copyright-related story, Internet Industry Association chief executive Peter Coroneos explains why, in the wake of the iiNet case, the association's fast-tracking an industry code of conduct for dealing with allegations of copyright infringement.

There's also my usual look at some of last week's news headlines.

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Running time: 32 minutes, 05 seconds

Topics: Apple, Legal

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  • Pfft that's like the iiNet vs Movie Studios argument.
    anonymous
    • Actually it's very different. In AFACT vs iiNet, the issues were whether iiNet as a carrier was responsible. In this case, Apple is actually selling the infringing material and directly profiting. Very different legal situations.
      stilgherrian
  • About to press play, but judging by the title I really think I am going to enjoy this ;)
    EnsignR
  • It will be interesting to see what Apple makes of this: http://www.boingboing.net/2011/03/23/wipo-proposes-punish.html
    LordMortis