Dividends at Cartamundi, outdated copyright laws and tech job cuts

Published date23 March 2023
The Belgian owners of game-maker Cartamundi received almost €31 million in dividends from Ireland in the years before closing its Waterford factory with the loss of 234 jobs, corporate records reveal. Generations of children and adults have played board games such as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Connect 4 and Cluedo in the decades since the former MB Games set up in Waterford in 1977. Arthur Beesley and Ian Curran report

In her weekly column Karlin Lillington argues that mainstream corporate conglomerates across film, music, publishing and art which benefit from outdated copyright laws and push for "fair use" restrictions are not going to be the ones supporting digital public access, for "the public want and the public good".

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