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RIAA takes on stream-ripping in copyright lawsuit targeting YouTube-mp3

The Recording Industry Association of America, the British Recorded Music Industry, and other industry lobbyists have sued one of the world's leading websites. They say that Youtube-mp3.org facilitates copyright infringement by enabling so-called stream-ripping for the masses.
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International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property

9th Annual Workshop

CILP & the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada

July 12-14, 2017 

This year’s workshop will seek to explore all aspects of the circulation/control dilemma from historical and/or contemporary perspectives. Modalities of control that might be considered include: licensing practices; distribution and business models; collectivization; cultural appropriation; authors, inventors and ownership; criminal provisions; international trade agreements; technological means of control such as technological protection measures, anti-circumvention laws, search engines and aggregators; surveillance and policing by law enforcement agencies, ISPs, trolls; and organized resistance to corporate control by users and pirate movements.

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Updating EU Copyright Law in Digital Times | JD Supra

On September 14, 2016, the European Commission (Commission) presented the Copyright reform, a legislative “Package” to promote a “more competitive European copyright-based economy in the Digital Single Market” (DSM). In addition to the need to harmonize national copyright regimes, already defined in the so-called DSM Strategy (here), the Commission identified the necessity to modernize copyright rules and therefore presented in December 2015 the Communication “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework” (here).
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Copyright back in the spotlight with several impending decisions | University Affairs

Canada could see changes to its copyright landscape in light of upcoming legal and policy decisions. On the legal front, all eyes are on the impending ruling in the lawsuit brought against York University by Access Copyright, an organization that collects and distributes royalty fees on behalf of authors and publishers. Alongside the lawsuit, there is a long-standing debate around copyright tariffs that has yet to be resolved.
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VIDEO: experts on how to make copyright work again - International Communia Association

Can we make copyright serve users better? We asked several copyright policy experts from civil society organisations for their view on the current copyright reform: what are the biggest hopes, the biggest fears and their concrete plans to improve the current copyright regime to fit our digital society?
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Copyright after Brexit | The Bookseller

To Beijing, a place usually associated with smog and mystery. But after a suffocating European summer, this year’s Beijing International Book Fair provided a breath of fresh air. For after the Brexit vote and the ruthless turmoil that accompanied it came an opportunity to get back to what we do best, namely sell rights, strike deals and make friends.
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EU court ruling curtails measures rights holders can take to curb copyright infringement over Wi-Fi networks

Businesses that provide free Wi-Fi to customers can be held liable for copyright infringement carried out by people using their internet services on an anonymous basis, even if they are required to log in to access such services, the EU's highest court has ruled.
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Film, TV Industry Sounds Red Alert Over New E.U. Copyright Proposals

Europe and Hollywood industries are expressing their alarm at a proposed overhaul of European copyright law that they fear will further erode the territorial licensing system their businesses count on for revenue.
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Copyright fair use: Are we 'future-ready'?

The digital age is characterised by a proliferation of myriad platforms on the Internet that inform, educate, entertain, ridicule, promulgate ideologies, sell products and connect communities of individuals. Love it or loathe it, social networking sites are here to stay. Sites like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram invite each of us to share writings, photographs and videos.
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Why Culture must always be a Commons – Nick Poole

In case I haven’t already made it abundantly clear – I love museums, libraries and archives. I think that investing in professional communities who bring together and protect our shared heritage and make it available for use and enjoyment is one of the most important marks of an enlightened society.
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Wikimedia, EDRI, and others call for EU Copyright Package to uphold DSM fundamental principles

Wikimedia, EDRI, Application Developers Alliance, along with other associations advocating for digital rights and NGOs representing digital creators and platforms, addressed a letter [available here] to, among others, EU Commission's President Junker, Vice-President Ansip, and Commissioner Oettinger, urging the Copyright Package expected to be released on 15 September to uphold


"the fundamental principles of the Digital Single Market such as rights of citizens to freedom of information, access to knowledge and the limitation of intermediaries’ liability, which lie at the very foundations of the internet".

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EU Copyright Proposals Expected to Help Music Industry Fight Piracy

The abundance of free tunes uploaded to the internet each day has been making it hard for the music industry to sell versions of the same songs. Now, European officials have a potential solution.
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'No Artistic Merit': Expert Witness Ends Belarus Photographer's Copyright Battle

This photograph, of the Northern Lights sparkling above a village in Belarus, has no artistic merit whatsoever -- according, that is, to a recent court ruling in a copyright dispute between a well-known photographer and Belarus's state-run television network.
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Podcast ABC Radio National The future of copyright

Copyright in the modern world: what needs to change so our creative industries can thrive?
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Copyright Loophole Could Undermine Important Consumer Protection Bill

There’s a bill making its way through Congress that would protect consumers’ freedom of speech by limiting unfair form contracts. The Consumer Review Fairness Act (H.R. 5111), introduced by Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and cosponsored by several representatives, would address two shameful practices: contracts that bar customers from sharing negative reviews of products and services online, and contracts that attempt to assign the copyright in customers’ reviews to the businesses themselves (who then file copyright takedown notices to have negative reviews removed).
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Don’t let copyright box us in

The Federal Communications Commission is currently considering rules that would free cable and satellite television subscribers from the tyranny of the set-top box.  Doing so would surely make the world a better place. 
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To boldly go… the librarian's role in text and data mining

The relatively new exception to copyright law that we enjoy in the UK, permitting text and data mining (TDM) for the purposes of non-commercial research, offers potential to further knowledge and make scientific and medical breakthroughs. Importantly, the new exception states that any contractual clause which purports to restrict this exception is automatically null and void.
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EU Introduces New Copyright Rules That Can Change Internet Forever

According to Yahoo Finance, in order to boost European Union's digital economy, some of the European leaders come with the idea to force video sites to ensure their users don't uploaded copyrighted content and to allow newspapers bill search engines like Yahoo and Google for showing snippets of news stories. The proposal has been made public in a press release.
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Quite So, India's High Court Announces That Copyright Is Not A Divine Right

An interesting case here in India about whether students can patronise a photocopying shop which produces pages of textbooks. The decision is that the students may indeed do so – in seeming violation of the more normal copyright rules. However, the logic they use to get to this decision seems about right. In essence, the students never were going to buy the books therefore the photocopying isn’t reducing the sales of the books – thus it’s OK.
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Photocopying books for students does not infringe copyright: Delhi High Court

In a judgment that will bring relief to students across the country, the Delhi High Court has held that photocopying of sections of various prescribed reference books, even in form of “course packets”, for the use of students does not violate the copyright of the publishers.
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Europe proposes copyright reform to help scientists mine research papers

The European Commission has announced long-awaited plans to make it easier for researchers to harvest facts and data from research papers — by freeing the computer-aided activity from the shackles of copyright law.

Software can rapidly analyse millions of online articles and data sets at speeds humans can’t match, an activity known as text and data mining (TDM). Scientists hope that this could reveal patterns in scientific knowledge and generate new hypotheses.
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No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them.

Even with Facebook, Netflix and other digital distractions increasingly vying for time, Americans’ appetite for reading books — the ones you actually hold in your hands — has not slowed in recent years, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
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Optimal 21st Century Copyright?

1709blog...post from our friend Amanda Harcourt, who updates us from the 11th Annual European Policy for Intellectual Property conference with a very interesting take on Optimal 21st Copyright Policy”

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The Internet’s Own Instigator

For the past 25 years or so, Carl Malamud’s lonely mission has been to seize on the internet’s potential for spreading information — public information that people have a right to see, hear, and read. “Heroes for me are ones who take risks in pursuit of something they think is good,” says Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and a frequent collaborator of Malamud’s. “He is in that category.”
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Beatles Shea Stadium Show Takes Spotlight in Copyright Spat

A half century after Sid Bernstein pitched the idea for the Beatles’ ground-breaking performance at Shea Stadium in 1965, the company bearing the famed music producer’s name needs some help getting the rights to the concert.
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