A round-up of the news in copyright this week

Music strife

The music industry is a constant source of copyright disputes. Only in the last few days we have news that Wu-Tang Clan are being sued for copyright infringement over their single “People Say”.

Website TMZ says the New York hip-hop group are facing the legal action from The Diplomats, a 1960s soul trio.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus has been sued for alleged copyright infringement over her hit single “We Can’t Stop”, according to Reuters.

Jamaican dancehall artist Flourgon, born Michael May, claims the 2013 song from Cyrus’ album Bangerz infringes on his 1988 track “We Run Things”.

In the complaint, May argues that Cyrus and her co-writers “substantially incorporated” his vocal melody, cadence, inflection and vocal rhythm.

Stifling software development

Acording to ZDNET, the developer platform Github has criticised an EU copyright directive arguing that it could stifle open-source software development.

Article 13 of the European Commission’s proposed Copyright Directive says service providers that store and provide access to large amounts of content uploaded by their users have to take measures to ensure that access to copyrighted material can be blocked.

The directive is mainly aimed at the unauthorised sharing of copyrighted videos and music online, but Github is concerned that the rules are wide enough to hit software development too.

What is fair use?

Also on ZDNET this week, news of the consultation document published by the Australian government seeking feedback on what “fair use” should look like in their revamp of copyright legislation.

In addition to the current fair dealing regime — which allows access to copyright content for criticism or review, parody or satire, reporting news, research or study, giving professional advice, and disability access — the government is considering adding the purposes of quotation; non-commercial private use; incidental or technical use; text and data mining; library and archive use; certain educational uses; and certain government uses that are of a “public interest nature”.

If you have views on this, you have until Monday 4th of June to put them forward.