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The IPKat blog reports on copyright, patent, trade mark, info-tech and privacy/confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective.
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170 'Pirate' IPTV Vendors Throw in the Towel Facing Legal Pressure

170 'Pirate' IPTV Vendors Throw in the Towel Facing Legal Pressure | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Backed by two recent rulings from the European Court of Justice, anti-piracy group BREIN has pressured dozens of vendors of copyright-infringing IPTV services to halt their sales. Those who still fail to comply risk tens of thousands of euros in fines and potential prison sentences, the group warns.
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Music Canada Data Confirms Huge Increase in Streaming Revenues and Sharp Decline of Music Listening from Pirated Sources

Music Canada Data Confirms Huge Increase in Streaming Revenues and Sharp Decline of Music Listening from Pirated Sources | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Music Canada released a report on the so-called Value Gap last month which serves as the basis for its lobbying campaign for copyright reform in Canada. The industry lobby group has used the value gap rhetoric primarily as an argument to undo safe harbours for Internet intermediaries. As I noted earlier this year, the argument is poor fit in Canada. First, Canada has experienced massive growth of Internet streaming revenues, with the Canadian music market outpacing global competitors by almost any metric and revenues going to both the industry and creators.

Yesterday I posted on SOCAN generating a 10X increase in Internet streaming revenues with growth rates of over 100 per cent over the past year for songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The industry numbers from Music Canada and IFPI tell a similar story. According to industry data, the Canadian music market is growing much faster than the world average (12.8 per cent in 2016 vs. 5.9 per cent globally), streaming revenues more than doubled last year to US$127.9 million (up from US$49.82 million) growing far faster than the world average of 60.4 per cent, the Canadian digital share of revenues of 63 per cent is far above the global average of 50 per cent, and Canada has leaped past Australia to become the 6th largest music market in the world. In fact, as the chart below indicates, the growth of streaming revenues in Canada since the 2012 copyright reforms has increased significantly year-after-year with growth rates for the industry and collectives mirroring each other.
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Canada's Supreme Court to rule on Rogers copyright infringement case

Canada's Supreme Court to rule on Rogers copyright infringement case | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Canada's highest court has agreed to hear the copyright fee case between national ISP Rogers and American production house Voltage Pictures.
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Trump, Creative Rights, and Intellectual Property

Trump, Creative Rights, and Intellectual Property | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
As the director of several movies about American history, including Gettysburg, it has been a privilege to bring these stories — full of bravery, resilience, ingenuity, conflict and sacrifice — to the big screen for audiences around the world. The stories that creatives tell — some true, some pure imagination — are among the greatest of American exports. Not only do they inspire audiences in this country, they also tell America’s story to the rest of the world. To my knowledge, there is no more powerful American export. Right now, the U.S. is engaged in a trade negotiation with Canada
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Online piracy device heightens anxiety in Hollywood and Silicon Valley - Tech News | The Star Online

Online piracy device heightens anxiety in Hollywood and Silicon Valley - Tech News | The Star Online | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Jeffrey and Carrla Goldstein seem to have all the makings of a power couple from a reality TV show. But their ostentatious lifestyle has another side: A lawsuit accuses their company, TickBox TV, of being one of the most prominent and fastest-growing facilitators of online piracy.
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The end of the trilogy: PPCA and section 154(1) in the Copyright Tribunal

The end of the trilogy: PPCA and section 154(1) in the Copyright Tribunal On 22 November, the Copyright Tribunal handed down its third and hopefully final determination in the long-running dispute between the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and Foxtel.
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New Draft Action Plans On Copyright Limitations And Exceptions At WIPO

New Draft Action Plans On Copyright Limitations And Exceptions At WIPO | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
The World Intellectual Property Organization has grasped the nettle after years of discussion on the issue of limitations and exceptions to copyright, and provided draft action plans, one each for libraries, archives, museums, educational research institutions, and persons with other disabilities than sight impairment. The plans, being discussed in this week's committee meeting, include brainstorming sessions, studies, and regional seminars, and conferences to advance understanding and issues related to copyright for those particular actors.
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Kodi’s future hangs in the balance thanks to new legal threat for add-ons

Kodi’s future hangs in the balance thanks to new legal threat for add-ons | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Two developers that made add-ons for Kodi that could stream live sports, TV and films for free were sent cease-and-desist letters
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Special interview with Patricia Kelly, Director General of IP Australia

Special interview with Patricia Kelly, Director General of IP Australia | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
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Site Blocking in Japan—A Call for Action

Site Blocking in Japan—A Call for Action | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
In my last blog I discussed the growing problem of online piracy in Japan, and the importance of site blocking as a potential remedy. Site blocking has proven to be a particularly effective remedy against rogue pirate sites that set up in jurisdictions beyond the reach of domestic law, as I have outlined in previous…
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Two key assumptions in the DOJ challenge to AT&T and Time Warner

Two key assumptions in the DOJ challenge to AT&T and Time Warner | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
AT&T and Time Warner want to merge. They don't really operate in the same market -- AT&T is a distributor (specifically through wireless and Direct TV) while Time Warner has content -- notably HBO, CNN and its Warner movie releases. The DOJ have a straightforward vertical merger concern: that the new entity will use its…
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What happens to Penn students who download content illegally over AirPennNet

What happens to Penn students who download content illegally over AirPennNet | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
An Engineering sophomore, who has collected approximately 200 illegally download films on his computer, received a warning email but did not face further repercussions. 
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Updated NAFTA Negotiation Objectives Show Promise on Digital Trade, Balanced Copyright

Updated NAFTA Negotiation Objectives Show Promise on Digital Trade, Balanced Copyright | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
On Friday afternoon, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released updated objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Widely anticipated by industry and the trade community, the new objectives provide an overview of U.S. priorities for the agreement five negotiation rounds in. Under the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of …
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Creative sector scores win in EU Parliament copyright vote

Creative sector scores win in EU Parliament copyright vote | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
By Julia Fioretti
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Commercial TV broadcasters, football leagues and film producers scored a win on Tuesday when European Union lawmakers watered down a copyright reform aime
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Game of Thrones hacker charged by US prosecutors

Game of Thrones hacker charged by US prosecutors | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
US prosecutors charge an Iranian national with hacking into cable TV network HBO and stealing episodes and plot summaries for unaired programs including Game of Thrones, then threatening to release the data unless he is paid almost $8 million.
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National Party appeals Eminem ruling

National Party appeals Eminem ruling | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
High Court last month awarded Eight Mile Style about $600,000 in damages plus interest.
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Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform

Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
Blockchain technology can provide a win-win-win between the fight against censorship, verified traceability of digital artworks, and a fair remuneration for its creators. The copyright reform debate is a good opportunity to embed blockchain and create a better regulatory framework, argues Brando Benifei.
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Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat Last Week!

Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat Last Week! | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
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Florence court prohibits unauthorized commercial use of David's image

Florence court prohibits unauthorized commercial use of David's image | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
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The Pirate Bay & 1337x Must Be Blocked, Austrian Supreme Court Rules

The Pirate Bay & 1337x Must Be Blocked, Austrian Supreme Court Rules | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
After a prolonged battle through every stage of the Austrian legal system, the Supreme Court has now ruled that local ISPs must prevent their subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay. The case, filed by a collecting society representing around 3,000 artists, also involves top 10 torrent site 1337x and long defunct index h33t.to.
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WIPO Blog (SCCR 35) Day 4 – The True Meaning of Balance

WIPO Blog (SCCR 35) Day 4  – The True Meaning of Balance | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
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Illicit streaming devices - GOV.UK

Illicit streaming devices - GOV.UK | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
1. What is “illicit streaming” and what devices are commonly used? Illicit streaming is the watching of content without the copyright owner’s permission by any means, not just via hardware devices. This could be using a smart TV, laptop or mobile phone.
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Copyright Agency sues NSW Government

Copyright Agency sues NSW Government | Copyright news and views from around the world | Scoop.it
The Copyright Agency says it has been ‘pushed to the last resort’ and is suing the NSW Government over the non-payment of fees for copyrighted material being shared within and between state government agencies. The Agency is the industry body representing the copyright and licensing interests of thousands of Australian authors, publishers, photographers, and other …
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Friday’s Endnotes – 11/17/17

SCOTUSBlog Petition of the Day: Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v Wall-Street.com — The US Copyright Act requires a copyright owner to register her copyright with the US Copyright Office before she can file an infringement lawsuit.
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