« Taxation des GAFA : l’Italie donne l’exemple »

« Taxation des GAFA : l’Italie donne l’exemple »

En obtenant de Google la reconnaissance d’un « établissement stable » dans la Péninsule, Rome a pu prélever l’impôt sur son activité dans ses frontières, note dans une tribune au « Monde » Franck Cazenave, l’auteur de « Stop Google ». Il plaide pour que les autres pays européens fassent de même face aux géants […]

The ‘Value Gap,’ Transparency and ‘Despacito’: Takeaways From the 2017 MIDEM Music Conference

The ‘Value Gap,’ Transparency and ‘Despacito’: Takeaways From the 2017 MIDEM Music Conference

midemThe MIDEM conference, the June confab of music industry professionals and artists that takes place in Cannes, France, wraps on Friday, June 9, but not before a full assessment of four intertwining sectors: streaming, synch, marketing, and A&R. Some 4,200 delegates from all over the world were in attendance, according to organizers, marking a slight […]

Dutch Usenet provider ordered to reveal identify of copyright infringing user

Dutch Usenet provider ordered to reveal identify of copyright infringing user

A specialist Usenet provider in the Netherlands has been told to provide Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN with details about a former user who is accused of sharing copyright infringing material via the Usenet network. As previously reported, BREIN has stepped up its efforts in the last eighteen months to target prolific individual file-sharers, scoring some […]

Copyright Law In Europe Could Be About To Get Ridiculously Stupidly Bad In Ways That Will Undermine The Internet

Copyright Law In Europe Could Be About To Get Ridiculously Stupidly Bad In Ways That Will Undermine The Internet

from the this-is-so-dumb dept Over the last few years, the EU has been going through a pretty big copyright reform process. And it’s been quite the roller coaster with some good ideas and some bad ideas mixed in at times. MEP Julia Reda of the Pirate Party has been the point person in calling out […]

COLOMBIA: Aprueban 'Ley Pepe Sánchez' que protege a directores y guionistas

COLOMBIA: Aprueban ‘Ley Pepe Sánchez’ que protege a directores y guionistas

COLOMBIA: Aprueban El Tiempo / En último debate en la plenaria del Senado se aprobó, para sanción presidencial, el proyecto de ley que los escritores y directores audiovisuales en Colombia habían reclamado por años: la protección de sus derechos de autor ante la comunicación pública de sus creaciones. Detrás de la presentación y promoción del […]

Culture minister calls for prompt action on new copyright bill

Culture minister calls for prompt action on new copyright bill

Reza Salehi-Amiri TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri has urged the Iranian parliament to act promptly to approve the new copyright bill that was submitted last May. “We have encountered plagiarism and difficulties in the cultural field,” said Salehi-Amiri during the 7th National Conference on Copyright, which was held at […]

Blockchain Startup Binded Raises $950k in Seed Round to Democratize Copyright

Blockchain Startup Binded Raises $950k in Seed Round to Democratize Copyright

Binded , a Blockchain-fuelled copyright platform has announced closing on a $950k round of finance bringing the company’s total capital raised to $1.5M. Investors in the round include Mistletoe, Asahi Shimbun, Vectr Ventures, M&Y Growth Partners, Tokyo Founders Fund and Social Starts. Binded is a technology platform making copyright simple. Digital photographers and artists use […]

Senate Should Either Fix Or Get Off The Pot On Copyright Office Bill

from the copyright-office-modernization? dept The U.S. Senate is about to consider mostly pointless legislation that would make the nation’s register of copyrights—the individual who heads the U.S. Copyright Office, officially a part of the Library of Congress—a presidential appointment that would be subject to Senate confirmation. While the measure has earned praise from some in […]

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EU negotiators reach compromise deal on Marrakesh Treaty On 10 May, negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission reached a compromise on how to implement the Marrakesh Treaty in the European Union (EU). The Treaty will give the blind and other print disabled people better access to books. Commenting, Vice-President for the Digital Single […]

Copyright Protection in China – It’s Real, and It’s Spectacular

Copyright Protection in China – It’s Real, and It’s Spectacular

Okay, maybe not spectacular. But definitely real. An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, How a Plague on the Movie and Music Industries Became Their Chief Protector in China: Chinese search giant Baidu’s transition to creator and buyer of content has changed its priorities , sums up the change that is happening with China IP […]

Justice Department files for full-works licensing in BMI consent decree

Justice Department files for full-works licensing in BMI consent decree

miThe Department of Justice is appealing a September decision by federal judge Louis Stanton which contradicted the DOJ on the issue of fractional licensing. The DoJ filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, an action it had been planning to take for months. The Department of Justice’s August ruling […]

Digital Copyright Ruling Creates New Vulnerabilities for Moderated Online Platforms Blog AdLaw By Request

Digital Copyright Ruling Creates New Vulnerabilities for Moderated Online Platforms Blog AdLaw By Request

A recent federal appeals court decision may lead online platforms that post user-generated content filtered by moderators to think twice before posting copyrighted material. In Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (“DMCA”) safe harbor for “infringement of copyright by reason of […]

SoundExchange Expands Mission With Acquisition Of CMRRA, The Harry Fox Of Canada

SoundExchange Expands Mission With Acquisition Of CMRRA, The Harry Fox Of Canada

 SoundExchange has acquired Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA). The music licensing collective represents 85% of all songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada on behalf of music publishers. This move marks SoundExchange’s first expansion into the collective management of music publishing rights. CMRAA offers the Canadian music industry services similar to those of […]

Database on Flexibilities in the Intellectual Property System

Database on Flexibilities in the Intellectual Property System

At the sixth session of the CDIP, member states agreed to establish the Database on Flexibilities in the Intellectual Property (IP) System. It contains data drawn from WIPO documents on Patent Related Flexibilities in the Multilateral Legal Framework and their Legislative Implementation at the National and Regional Levels (namely CDIP/5/4 Rev. , CDIP/7/3 Add , […]

The tech industry is eroding copyright law. Here's how to stop it

The tech industry is eroding copyright law. Here’s how to stop it

YouTube’s website in March of 2010. (Richard Vogel / Associated Press) Suppose a band spends months making an album in expensive recording studios, and the band’s record label releases the album on iTunes. Imagine that, by the end of the first day, all the music has been posted on YouTube, where it is available for […]

YouTube-commissioned report tackles music-industry criticism

YouTube-commissioned report tackles music-industry criticism+”pdf”

We’ve heard a lot about YouTube and the ‘value gap’ from music rightsholders in recent months, but now YouTube is opening up a new line of defence against criticism from the music industry. Google’s video service has commissioned competition-law specialist RBB Economics to write a series of papers exploring YouTube’s impact on the music industry. […]

UK ad spend on piracy sites down 64%, reckons PIPCU

UK ad spend on piracy sites down 64%, reckons PIPCU

The City Of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit – aka PIPCU – reckons that there was a 64% decrease in the amount of cash going from top ad spending companies in the UK to copyright infringing websites last year. Since its launch in 2013, PIPCU has been an advocate of the ‘follow the money’ […]

ORiGiN Music and APRA AMCOS announce Pan-Asian Digital Licensing Agreement

APRA AMCOS and Sydney-based independent music publisher ORiGiN Music (Wally De Backer, Cookin’ On Three Burners, James Morrison) have signed a Pan-Asian digital and online rights licensing and administration agreement. Under the agreement, APRA AMCOS will represent ORiGiN and its represented publishing catalogues, including the recently signed Bucks Music catalogue, on a multi-territory basis throughout […]

Can music lesson schools be called ‘sanctuaries’ from Copyright Law?

Protecting the rights of copyright holders is fundamental for the development of culture. Discussions based on this principle are necessary. The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has decided on a policy to charge copyright fees for performances of music pieces at piano and other music schools, starting in January next […]

Toll of counterfeiting and piracy predicted to top $2.3 trillion as call made for governments to do more 06 Feb 17

New research estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, with job losses totalling in excess of 5 million. The research provides important data to policymakers. The challenge now is to ensure that they pay heed to it. The report, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy […]

Global impacts of counterfeiting and piracy to reach US$4.2 trillion by 2022

Global impacts of counterfeiting and piracy to reach US$4.2 trillion by 2022

A new report released today indicates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach US$2.3 trillion by 2022. Titled, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, the report provides estimates on the wider social and economic impacts on displaced economic activity, investment, public fiscal losses and criminal enforcement, and concludes that these […]

Global Impacts Study

Global Impacts Study+”PDF”

The 2016 report found that counterfeiting and piracy continue to grow at an astounding rate despite increased efforts by the private sector, governments, international government organisations and NGOs. BASCAP and INTA hope that better information on how counterfeiting and piracy undermine intellectual property (IP), innovation, economic growth and employment will better enable policymakers to make […]

Government agrees “principle of transparency” important for well-functioning digital market in Lords debate

Government agrees “principle of transparency” important for well-functioning digital market in Lords debate

The House Of Lords yesterday debated the need for more transparency for artists and songwriters over how their recordings and songs are being exploited in the digital domain, as Liberal Democrat lord Tim Clement-Jones put forward his previously reported amendment to the Digital Economy Bill. A representative of the government concurred that “the principle of […]

Ticketmaster launches new music division

Ticketmaster launches new music division

Ticketmaster in the US has announced that it is shifting a number of its existing services into a new unified music division, bringing in David Marcus to run it all. He’ll oversee the OnTour artist services operation, the Venues & Promoters ticketing platform, and smaller venue ticketing service TicketWeb. Marcus was most recently Chief Commercial […]

Songwriters: ‘good music data is your income ticket’

Songwriters: ‘good music data is your income ticket’

PRSMusic industry experts have called on songwriters, composers and producers to grasp the importance of managing their music rights and works’ data to ensure they get paid. Talking at the recent PRS Explores: Big Data event, experts from Soundcloud, PRS for Music and Auddly called on songwriters to grasp the importance of recording their songwriting […]

PPL’s neighbouring rights revenue jumped 34% to £49.1m in 2016

PPL’s neighbouring rights revenue jumped 34% to £49.1m in 2016

International collections of neighbouring rights money at UK recorded music licensing body PPL jumped 34% last year to £49.1m ($61m). The haul was PPL’s largest ever annual international collection, and came after four relatively flat years between 2012 and 2015 (inclusive). Revenue was collected from 33 countries in 2016, with major growth in contributions across […]

‘No Macarena for Trump’? A Response From Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

‘No Macarena for Trump’? A Response From Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

In a recent editorial in The American Spectator , automotive columnist Eric Peters accused BMI and ASCAP of a litany of wrongdoings in an intended explainer of how Performance Rights Organizations allegedly operate. Under normal circumstances, an article this thinly researched wouldn’t merit a response, but given that BMI was singled out by name and […]

Asia's first music creators alliance

Asia’s first music creators alliance

TOKYO — As internet access and incomes grow across Asia, so too has the size of the music market in the region — along with the need for copyright protection. Shunichi Tokura Last November saw the launch of the Asia-Pacific Music Creators Alliance (APMA), the first regionwide body established to protect creative rights in Asia’s […]

Le Top des blogs d’avocats qui vont vous faire aimer le droit

Le Top des blogs d’avocats qui vont vous faire aimer le droit

Si vous êtes à la recherche d’informations utiles et de chroniques croustillantes dans le monde du droit : vous êtes au bon endroit. Voici les 50 meilleurs blogs d’avocats français qui vont vous rendre amoureux du droit. Comme vous vous en doutez, il existe des centaines de blogs traitant du droit. Trouver la crème de […]

Finnish collecting society Teosto aims for innovation with Futures Lab

Finnish collecting society Teosto aims for innovation with Futures Lab

Collecting societies have often made easy targets in arguments about the music industry’s attitude towards technological change. Yet in 2017, the dinosaur stereotypes are crumbling – for some collective management organisations (CMOs) at least. From licensing hubs like ICE and Armonia, to SOCAN buying tech firms MediaNet and Audiam, to PRS for Music hosting a […]

US creatives welcome copyright reform proposal

CreativeFuture, the grass-roots coalition which unites those who value American creativity and innovation in the fight against content theft, has welcomed a proposal from the House Judiciary Committee, led by Congressman Goodlatte and Congressman Conyers, that “identifies important reforms to help ensure the Copyright Office keeps pace in the digital age”. “On behalf of creatives […]

It's Time To Modernize The Copyright Office

It’s Time To Modernize The Copyright Office

The new administration brings new promises. President Trump has his eyes on draining the swamp, taking on government bureaucracy, and going after the federal workforce. These promises will undoubtedly fuel a series of late night tweets and retweets galore. But if President Trump wants to make some actual bipartisan progress on modernizing government, he should […]

China IPR – Intellectual Property Developments in China

China IPR – Intellectual Property Developments in China+”PDF”

Justice Tao Kaiyuan of the Supreme People’s Court, who had been to the United States in 2015 delivering important speeches on rule of law, has recently published an article on “Giving Full Play to the Leading Role of Judicial Protection of IP Rights“ 充分发挥司法保护知识产权的主导作用”(Dec. 31, 2015). The article is receiving considerable attention in China, as […]

2016 Notorious Markets List Spotlights Fight against Global Piracy and Counterfeiting of American Products+”PDF”

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the findings of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2016, which highlights specific physical and online markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. This activity harms the American economy […]

Copyright Alliance calls on Trump to protect copyright holders

Copyright Alliance calls on Trump to protect copyright holders

The Copyright Alliance has sent a letter to Donald Trump urging the new President to “support a strong and vibrant copyright system in the US”. The letter also calls on Trump to “protect copyright holders from online theft and ensure that creators share in the massive profits being made by internet platforms from these copyrighted […]

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INTERNATIONAL World IP Day 2017: “Innovation – Improving lives” The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced that the theme for this year’s World Intellectual Property Day taking place on 26 April is “Innovation – Improving lives”. You can find out more about the campaign here . Japan/EU FTA “before the year is out” According […]

12 Things You Could Still Do If SOPA Had Passed

12 Things You Could Still Do If SOPA Had Passed

photo by tomasmikula Because today is the five-year anniversary of “Blackout Day,” the day millions of users were suckered into doing the internet industry’s bidding for no good reason, the always-relevant BuzzFeed offers us a missive published by the organization ReCreate Coalition called “12 Things You Can Do Because Congress Protected Internet Freedoms,” by which […]

Intellectual Property Backgrounds of President Trump’s Potential Supreme Court Nominees

Intellectual Property Backgrounds of President Trump’s Potential Supreme Court Nominees

President Donald Trump will soon announce his nominee to fill the vacancy left at the Supreme Court by late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. On September 23, 2016, the Trump campaign revealed that there are twenty-one candidates under consideration for the nomination. Below is a summary of the intellectual property backgrounds of President Trump’s twenty-one potential […]

Music copyright centre collects $3.2m in royalties

Music copyright centre collects $3.2m in royalties

More singers are now aware that payments are required for use of copyrighted songs. – VNSphoto Viet Nam News HCM CITY – The Việt Nam Music Copyright Protection Centre collected VNĐ72 billion (US$3.2 million) in royalties last year for registered composers and songwriters, an increase of 7 per cent over last year. The centre’s director, […]

Paul McCartney suit seeks to regain copyright interest in early songs

Paul McCartney suit seeks to regain copyright interest in early songs

Image of Paul McCartney from Paul McCartney is seeking a declaratory judgment that he is entitled to reclaim copyright interest in his early songs under termination provisions of the Copyright Act. McCartney filed the suit in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, report the New York Times , the Hollywood Reporter and the National Law Journal […]

Copyright Has A Real & Serious Free Speech Problem

Copyright Has A Real & Serious Free Speech Problem

from the something-needs-to-be-done dept This week has been Copyright Week , put together each year by the EFF and others, giving lots of people and organizations a chance to weigh in on a variety of copyright issues. Each day has its own theme, and in the past, I’ve tried to participate each day — as […]

Brexit : la Grande-Bretagne, le prochain paradis fiscal des entreprises ?

Brexit : la Grande-Bretagne, le prochain paradis fiscal des entreprises ?

Dans sa négociation avec l’Europe, la Grande-Bretagne brandit une menace : celle de devenir un paradis fiscal, juste aux portes de l’Union européenne. Suite au discours de Theresa May ce mardi 17 janvier, le Royaume-Uni a fait passer un message à l’Union européenne :”Si le pays n’obtient pas de bons accords commerciaux, il créera ici […]

Téléchargement illégal : quand les administrations reçoivent des avertissements Hadopi

Téléchargement illégal : quand les administrations reçoivent des avertissements Hadopi

On l’oublie parfois, mais la Hadopi n’envoie pas uniquement des avertissements aux particuliers : les connexions Internet des entreprises peuvent elles aussi être flashées sur les réseaux peer-to-peer. Le dernier rapport d’activité de la Haute Autorité nous montre d’ailleurs que les administrations sont également concernées. Aucun nom n’est donné, ni même aucun chiffre véritablement précis. […]

Digital copyright laws must protect content creators

Digital copyright laws must protect content creators

© Getty Images In a recent Hill op-ed, Public Knowledge’s Charles Duan and R Street’s Sasha Moss call for the Supreme Court to weigh in on a ten-year-old copyright case involving notice and takedown, copyright and a dancing baby. But their piece dances around inconvenient truths, and is predicated upon a rather “transformative” use of […]

Oi! Don’t You Understand Copyright?

Oi! Don’t You Understand Copyright?

A long time friend and photographer, Gavin Evans , had the good fortune to be commissioned to photograph David Bowie in London back in 1995. The shoot lasted just forty minutes but produced a powerful, graphic and insightful set of studio based images — you can see the images here — that have sat on […]

Artist Mobility to the US

Artist Mobility to the US

Recently, the music industry reeled in horror at news that the fee for US artist visas will soon increase from $325 (€302) to $460 (€429). I understand people’s annoyance, but the current outrage is misdirected. A little fee increase is not the problem with the US artist visa process. The problem is that the process […]

Audible Magic Accuses YouTube of Fraud Over Content ID Trademark

Audible Magic Accuses YouTube of Fraud Over Content ID Trademark

Audible Magic, one of the best known anti-piracy companies operating in the digital fingerprinting space, has filed a complaint against Google at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The California-based company says that YouTube’s registration of the trademark ‘Content ID’ was made fraudulently and should be canceled. Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technologies have been available […]

Research bodies seek changes to EU copyright proposals

Five key European research organisations have called on legislator to modify current EU copyright reform proposals, including broadening exceptions from copyright on text and data mining, to facilitate research and innovation in a digital environment – or risk impeding progress in one of the most dynamic parts of the economy. In a statement released on […]

TVJ wins US$125,975 in damages in copyright lawsuit against CVM

One of the attorneys for Television Jamaica Limited (TVJ), which has been awarded a total of US$125,975 in damages against its free-to-air rival, CVM Television Limited, in its copyright lawsuit, says the case serves as a reminder that persons should get permission before using protected material. “The ruling has clarified the circumstances in which exclusive […]

Blockchain For Music: The Promise and Problems

Blockchain For Music: The Promise and Problems

Know who owns rights to what is one of the greatest challenges currently faced by the music industry as well as those involved in it. Many believe Lire la suite de l\’article www.hypebot.com technology could be the answer to this issue by making royalty payments faster and more efficient whenever a song is consumed. __________________________ […]

German Parliament adopts new provisions regarding the share for publishers+PDF

The German Parliament adopted a new legislation on author’s contractual law and new provisions regarding the publisher share issue, as part of the new legislation. The new legal rules were finally approved by the Bundestag on December 15th and by the Bundesrat on December 16th. The publishers’ share provisions already entered into force on 24 […]

Blockchain could completely transform the music industry

Blockchain could completely transform the music industry

Image Credit: LuckyImages/Shutterstock Digital music really could use some help. Industry revenues are dipping due to piracy and illegal use of content . Singers and composers are being short-changed by music companies and streaming services . And business models built upon patterns and practices dating back to early 20th century, decades before the invention of […]

Cutting the Gordian knot: Blockchain and the music industry

Cutting the Gordian knot: Blockchain and the music industry

Audio Network’s head of product Matthew Hawn explains why blockchain technology has the potential to become a game changer for the music industry. British recording artist Imogen Heap is an advocate of using blockchain technology Every industry is on the lookout for its next great innovation – the application of the right technology at the […]

6 big data trends to watch in 2017

6 big data trends to watch in 2017

Image: iStock/AndreyPopov Major strides were made in big data and analytics in 2016, and companies will expect even more from those types of projects in 2017. So, what big data and analytics trends are on tap for 2017 that CIOs and big data project managers should be aware of? Here are six of them. SEE: […]

Justin Bieber, Usher Prevail in $10 Million ‘Somebody to Love’ Copyright Lawsuit

Justin Bieber, Usher Prevail in $10 Million ‘Somebody to Love’ Copyright Lawsuit

Getty Images Justin Bieber and Usher can breathe a sigh of relief. And maybe belt out a chorus of “Somebody to Love” in celebration. The singers have prevailed in a copyright lawsuit brought against them over the song “Somebody to Love,” with a judge dismissing the case on Thursday. The suit was dismissed with prejudice, […]

Bulgarian radio barred from playing new music in copyright fight

Bulgarian radio barred from playing new music in copyright fight

The station says it cannot play “95 percent of today’s modern music repertoire.” | Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images A spat over copyright means Bulgaria’s public radio broadcaster is banned from playing millions of contemporary hits and has to fill the airwaves will classical, jazz and folk tunes. Bulgarian National Radio, which is funded by […]

Event organisers to pay royalty for use of copyrighted songs: HC

Event organisers to pay royalty for use of copyrighted songs: HC

PRSAny event organiser, if using copyrighted music or songs in a party, would have to inform the copyright societies which will issue an invoice for payment of royalty along with proof of their rights as per an interim arrangement arrived at in the Delhi High Court between a firm and three such societies. To inform […]

Intellectual Property Strategy in China: A Talk with Dr. Paolo Beconcini

Intellectual Property Strategy in China: A Talk with Dr. Paolo Beconcini

Brands looking to do business in a foreign market have a laundry list of items to check off when charting their entry. One of the more important items on the list is safeguarding the company’s intellectual property. When it comes to IP strategies in China, an authoritative voice on the ever evolving topic is Dr. […]

UK formally decided to adopt GDPR | Igor Máté Dr. | Pulse | LinkedIn

As predicted earlier, as one of the measures considered inevitable to apply to staying in the single market, the UK government decided on adoption of the new EU data law, due to come into force in 2018.  The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduces strict penalties for companies that suffer data breaches, obliges them to disclose data disasters […]

BMG Asks Court To Uphold Copyright Verdict Against Cox Communications

In November of 2014, in an apparent first, record company BMG sued Cox Communications for copyright infringement because Cox’s subscribers were sharing pirated files online. Cox defended itself by arguing that it was protected by the federal copyright law, which immunizes Internet service providers from liability for users’ activity — provided that the ISPs have […]

Copyright and Compliance for All: 10 Business Resolutions to Increase Copyright Success and Security in 2017 Blog Beyond IP Law

Copyright and Compliance for All: 10 Business Resolutions to Increase Copyright Success and Security in 2017 Blog Beyond IP Law

Does your business run and maintain a website? Does it create or license website or other content? Does it run and implement software? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, but haven’t yet considered the importance of copyright to your business, here are 10 tips to ring in a safe and proactive 2017. The Digital […]

Songwriters vs. the DOJ

Songwriters vs. the DOJ

Federal law governs the licensing of music and songwriter collections. In particular, sound compositions that are broadcasted over the public airways or performed in commercial venues have to be licensed to compensate creators and their publishers. This is the law, and the right of ‘public performance’ is a key revenue source for music makers. The […]

What U.S. Tech Giants Face in Europe in 2017

What U.S. Tech Giants Face in Europe in 2017

For American tech behemoths like Google and Facebook, Europe can be both a blessing and a curse. The region and its 500 million consumers are one of the companies’ most important overseas markets. And in cities from Lisbon to Ljubljana, people often can’t get enough YouTube videos, Amazon purchases and Twitter messages. Yet policy makers […]

Trump on Copyright: How the Trump Administration will approach copyright law and potential copyright reforms

Trump on Copyright: How the Trump Administration will approach copyright law and potential copyright reforms

Donald Trump at the sixth season casting call search for ‘The Apprentice’ held at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, CA, on March 10, 2006. This month the International Intellectual Property Alliance published its report on the contribution of copyright industries to the US economy. It demonstrated the major economic benefits to our society that are […]

Facebook Developing Copyright ID System to Stem Music Rights Infringement

Facebook Developing Copyright ID System to Stem Music Rights Infringement

FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Mark Zuckerberg photographed on Nov. 19, 2016. As Facebook continues to grapple with its role in proliferating ” fake news ” amidst the heated U.S. election this year, it has another showdown looming on the horizon — this one with the music industry. In the wake of NMPA president/CEO David Israelite […]

Facebook veut automatiser la chasse aux vidéos violant le droit d’auteur

Facebook veut automatiser la chasse aux vidéos violant le droit d’auteur

À la demande de l’industrie musicale, Facebook travaille sur un système d’identification automatique des droits d’auteur qui rappelle fortement le Content ID de YouTube. Facebook est en train de développer un système d’identification des droits d’auteur , censé analyser tous les contenus vidéo publiés sur sa plateforme. Cette nouvelle méthode pour lutter contre la violation […]

Popcorn Time Launches New Torrent Tracker to Fight Copyright Monopolies

Popcorn Time Launches New Torrent Tracker to Fight Copyright Monopolies

The people behind one of the most popular Popcorn Time forks have announced a new contribution to the BitTorrent ecosystem. With beating “content monopolies” a stated aim, the team has launched Popcorn Tracker, a new stand-alone BitTorrent tracker to serve the masses. After bursting onto the file-sharing scene to wave of publicity, Popcorn Time has […]

Protect Copyright Laws That Create Real Jobs

Protect Copyright Laws That Create Real Jobs

Copyright is vitally important to the millions of us in every state who get up every morning to make an honest living in the creative industries or whose job orbits the creative economy. For example, over $200,000 per day is injected into local economies during a major film shoot, with much of the money going […]

RIAA Seize Domain Name of The ‘Wrong’ MP3Skull Website

In its continued quest to keep the Internet piracy-free, the RIAA has seized the domain name of yet another MP3Skull site. However, it appears that their most recent target has nothing to do with the original service, so it’s doubtful whether the music group’s actions are legally sound. Representing various major record labels, the RIAA […]

Productivity Commission re-ignites copyright wars by recommending ‘fair use’

Productivity Commission re-ignites copyright wars by recommending ‘fair use’

The Australian Government has just released the Productivity Commission’s report into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements . It’s a move that appears to have been designed to avoid some of the controversy of the copyright wars by releasing the report just before most Australians settle into their summer break. The report does something that is very […]

New Copyright Office Rule Creates Potential “Gotcha” for Blogs and Websites Hosting User-Generated Content

New Copyright Office Rule Creates Potential “Gotcha” for Blogs and Websites Hosting User-Generated Content

If your company operates a website or blog that hosts user-generated content, you’ll want to read this post carefully. We’re ringing the alarm bell on an important new U.S. copyright law development that, if ignored, could significantly increase your company’s potential liability exposure in connection with user-generated content . If your company hosts user-generated content, […]

The Copyright Office Report on Software-Enabled Consumer Products: Nothing to See Here

The Copyright Office Report on Software-Enabled Consumer Products: Nothing to See Here +”PDF”

The U.S. Copyright Office’s report on the role of copyright in the development and use of software-enabled consumer products, released last week, represents a missed opportunity to start an important discussion about the constraints software licenses can place on otherwise lawful activities. While the report acknowledges the existence of these constraints, it concludes that resolving […]

New Copyright Office Safe Harbor Rule Exposes New Liability Risks for Nonprofits

New Copyright Office Safe Harbor Rule Exposes New Liability Risks for Nonprofits

Many nonprofit organizations operate websites or other electronic communication forums that allow member-generated content to be posted in one form or another (uploads, comments, posts, contents, etc.). Often the nonprofit owner of the website has no idea what is being posted by its users and can be held liable for copyright infringement caused by user-generated […]

Facebook accusé par Bruxelles d’avoir communiqué des informations trompeuses sur WhatsApp

Facebook accusé par Bruxelles d’avoir communiqué des informations trompeuses sur WhatsApp

Après Google et Apple , Margrethe Vestager monte à l’assaut d’une nouvelle forteresse : Facebook . La commissaire à la concurrence a adressé mardi 20 décembre à la star des réseaux sociaux une communication de griefs, l’accusant d’avoir fourni des informations « fausses » ou « trompeuses » dans le cadre du rachat de WhatsApp […]

Capitol takes safe harbour on pre-1972 recordings case to Supreme Court

Capitol takes safe harbour on pre-1972 recordings case to Supreme Court

If you thought that Sirius and Pandora starting to do licensing deals in relation to pre-1972 sound recordings brought to an end all that debate around how, exactly, American copyright law works on golden oldies, well, not quite. As previously reported, US-wide federal copyright law only protects sound recordings released since 1972, with older records […]

Dossier Apple : l'Irlande attaque l'UE en évoquant un "viol de souveraineté"

Dossier Apple : l’Irlande attaque l’UE en évoquant un “viol de souveraineté”

Pour Dublin, l’enjeu est aussi de préserver son régime fiscal attractif : les multinationales emploient aujourd’hui 10% de la population active irlandaise. Dublin développe un argumentaire qui pointe l’ingérence supposée de Bruxelles. L’Irlande ne veut décidément pas récupérer les milliards d’Apple. Depuis fin août, le géant américain est sommé de rembourser par la Commission européenne […]

U.K. Music Pirate Handed Year-Long Prison Sentence

U.K. Music Pirate Handed Year-Long Prison Sentence

Arturo Orive/EyeEm/Getty Images The conviction and sentence is relatively rare in the still-robust ecosystem of online piracy. A British court has sentenced an Everton man who admitted to uploading and distributing pirated songs to 12 months in prison, a hefty sentence authorities and members of the music industry hope will send a message to other […]

In the 2017 Economic Report from the White House “PDF”

In the 2017 Economic Report from the White House, the bright spot for investment growth is Intellectual Property:  

Trump on Copyright: How the Trump Administration will approach copyright law and potential copyright reforms

Trump on Copyright: How the Trump Administration will approach copyright law and potential copyright reforms

Donald Trump at the sixth season casting call search for ‘The Apprentice’ held at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, CA, on March 10, 2006. This month the International Intellectual Property Alliance published its report on the contribution of copyright industries to the US economy. It demonstrated the major economic benefits to our society that are […]

CMRRA Announces Reduction In Online Licensing Administration Fee From 10.5% To 6%

To our valued music publisher clients, CMRRA is very pleased to announce a one year reduction to its online licensing administration fee from 10.5% to 6%. This fee applies to CMRRA’s licensing and royalty administration services related to music download and streaming services, such as iTunes and Spotify. The reduced administration fee will apply to […]

The True Value of Copyright

The True Value of Copyright

There’s plenty of intangible value inherent in one of our nation’s constitutionally protected property right’s – copyright. Copyright fosters creativity: the creativity at the heart of our favorite songs, movies, books, and artwork. It assures creators that the winding creative process – the writers’ blocks, the endless sketches, the sleepless nights in dark studios – […]

Copyright industries add $1.2trn to US economy+PDF

Joined by Members of Congress, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) – a private sector coalition of associations representing US copyright-based industries – has released a detailed report highlighting a record $1.2 trillion (€1.11trn) economic contribution by the core copyright industries to the US economy. The report – Copyright Industries in the US Economy: The […]

Goodlatte & Conyers Release First Policy Proposal of Copyright Review

Proposal on Copyright Office Reform Washington, D.C. – Today House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the first policy proposal to come out of the Committee’s review of U.S. Copyright law. This first proposal identifies important reforms to help ensure the Copyright Office keeps pace in the […]

SiriusXM agrees to pay up to $99M in copyright class action brought by Turtles members

SiriusXM agrees to pay up to $99M in copyright class action brought by Turtles members

Flo and Eddie, members of the ’60s rock group the Turtles, have been making the rounds on the concert circuit as well as in the courts. Photo by Brian Hineline/Retna Ltd. SiriusXM has agreed to pay up to $99 million to settle three class action suits claiming the satellite radio service infringed musicians’ copyrights for […]

Spain Announces New Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy

Spain Announces New Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy

Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo said a special prosecutor’s office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda. As residents know already and visitors soon learn, the […]

La bataille de la révision du droit d’auteur s’annonce difficile

SUISA :La bataille de la révision du droit d’auteur s’annonce difficile

Chers membres, en décembre 2015, le Conseil fédéral a lancé la procédure de consultation sur un avant-projet de révision du droit d’auteur. La réforme proposée se basait sur un compromis trouvé au sein de l’AGUR12. Mais d’autres idées avaient également été ajoutées, provenant de l’administration ou de certaines interventions parlementaires. Par Vincent Salvadé, Directeur général […]

Des sénateurs exigent un examen de toute urgence de la Commission du Droit D’Auteur

Des sénateurs exigent un examen de toute urgence de la Commission du Droit D’Auteur

La lenteur extrême de l’administration des droits d’auteur au Canada lèse les artistes canadiens. Les longs délais associés à l’établissement, par la Commission du droit d’auteur du Canada, des redevances à verser pour l’utilisation de certaines œuvres protégées risquent de compromettre la production, la stabilité et le succès des compositeurs et des musiciens du Canada. […]

Canadian authors and musicians sign open letter to Heritage minister demanding creator-first policies and copyright reform

Canadian authors and musicians sign open letter to Heritage minister demanding creator-first policies and copyright reform

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly More than 1,000 notable Canadian authors, theatre professionals, and musicians have signed an open letter to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly asking for consideration during the federal government’s ongoing review of its cultural policies. The signatories include writers such as Dennis Lee, Frances Itani, Gary Barwin, Rosemary Sullivan, and […]

Will net neutrality survive Donald Trump?

Will net neutrality survive Donald Trump?

When FCC chairman Tom Wheeler passed the Open Internet Order in February of 2015 , it was the culmination of decades of work. After countless advocacy campaigns and legal fights, the order classified internet providers as common carriers — falling under Title II of the Communications Act — which prohibits the companies from blocking or […]

YouTube Ripping, A Copyright Wildfire

Is everything on the internet free? Should it be? Once digitized and uploaded, art can go viral, which as a content creator, you might think is a good thing. For artists and copyright holders, however, this can mean endless use of copyrighted material without proper permission and seemingly no way to stop the spread. Trying […]

Zone Téléchargement : pour la Sacem, « il n’y a plus d’impunité pour les pirates »

Zone Téléchargement : pour la Sacem, « il n’y a plus d’impunité pour les pirates »

Deux ans après avoir porté plainte, la Sacem a obtenu la fermeture du site Zone Téléchargement, lundi. Entretien avec David El Sayegh, secrétaire général de la Sacem. David El Sayegh, secrétaire général de la Sacem. PAGES_Lionel Lundi 28 novembre, la gendarmerie nationale a annoncé la fermeture de Zone Téléchargement , le principal site français permettant […]

Tradeshift Launches Joint Ventures in China to Meet Accelerating Demand for Supply Chain Digitalization

Latest investments support China’s $140B ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative and global trade growth SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 29, 2016– Tradeshift, the leading business commerce platform, today announced two new joint ventures in China to connect millions of trading partners, digitalize the transactions between them, and offer accessible trade-based financial services to SMBs in the region. […]

Google Asked to Remove a Billion “Pirate” Search Results in a Year

Google Asked to Remove a Billion “Pirate” Search Results in a Year

Copyright holders asked Google to remove more than 1,000,000,000 allegedly infringing links from its search engine over the past twelve months. A new record, in line with the continued rise of takedown requests and the increase in pressure on Google to do more to tackle piracy. Copyright holders continue to flood Google with DMCA takedown […]

The Demise of the TPP and its Impact on Copyright

The Demise of the TPP and its Impact on Copyright

Source: shutterstock.com For all intents and purposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead—or at the very least it will be in a state of suspended animation for a considerable period to come— given that President-elect Trump has announced that he will initiate the process to have the US withdraw from the Agreement on Day 1 […]

L’après-Brexit : la vision du DG de la Société générale, Vers la fin du CDI, Uber en Afrique… et plein d’autres infos | LinkedIn

Demain tous freelances ! A en croire les résultats d’une étude du McKinsey Global Institute rapportée par Eric Hazan, 3 à 6 millions de salariés français envisageraient d’opter pour l’indépendance. Un boom qui pourrait stimuler la croissance, en favorisant la concurrence, mais sous réserve d’adapter les filets de protection sociales… Vous réactions en cliquant sur […]

Want to Keep Your DMCA Safe Harbor? New Copyright Rules Require Reregistering

Want to Keep Your DMCA Safe Harbor? New Copyright Rules Require Reregistering

Click here to view original web page at www.jdsupra.com If you have a website, you need to reregister your designated agent with the Copyright Office. If you don’t, you will lose the safe harbor protections for copyright infringement liability afforded by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). A new Copyright Office rule requires reregistration every […]

Resale Right Reaches New Global Milestone with Prof Ricketson Study Presented at WIPO SCCR

Resale Right Reaches New Global Milestone with Prof Ricketson Study Presented at WIPO SCCR

Click here to view original web page at www.cisac.org The joint CISAC , EVA and GESAC campaign to promote the international adoption of the resale right has achieved a new milestone with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). The campaign has been encouraging WIPO and […]

Proposal for copyright reform: European Commission stands with creators and the cultural industries

Click here to view original web page at www.keanet.eu On 14 September 2016, the European Commission (EC) unleashed its proposal for a new Directive on copyright in the framework of the Digital Single Market strategy, announced by the Juncker Commission in May 2015. KEA identifies four main novelties in the draft proposal: a new intellectual […]

Students beware: Illegal downloading on campus is risky

Students beware: Illegal downloading on campus is risky

Click here to view original web page at www.macleans.ca A student watches Game of Thrones on his computer. (Photo illustration by Levi Nicholson and Richard Redditt) Despite the latest episode of Game of Thrones being just a few mouse clicks away, students looking to save a quick buck may want to think twice before pirating […]

How the music industry can still be saved

How the music industry can still be saved

Neal Mohan, chief product office at YouTube Unattributed The music industry is in transition. Between piracy and digital distribution, there has been huge destruction of value among legacy players and a lot of handwringing over the fate of music. But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope. One major player at the world’s second-biggest search engine […]

BMI Responds to DOJ Appeal of Fractional Licensing Ruling

BMI Responds to DOJ Appeal of Fractional Licensing Ruling

Click here to view original web page at www.bmi.com Dear BMI member, As you know, on September 16 federal Judge Louis Stanton issued an order rejecting the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recent interpretation of the BMI consent decree, concluding that BMI is free to engage in the fractional licensing of musical works. As we […]

Sirius XM reaches pre-1972 royalty settlement with The Turtles

Sirius XM reaches pre-1972 royalty settlement with The Turtles

Click here to view original web page at rainnews.com Sirius XM has settled its California royalty case with two members of The Turtles. The parties have been locked in legal proceedings for years about the treatment of recordings made prior to 1972, when federal copyright law was enacted. Flo & Eddie, the company representing Turtles […]

Don’t Lose Your Digital Millennium Copyright Act Safe Harbor Protection!

Don’t Lose Your Digital Millennium Copyright Act Safe Harbor Protection!

Click here to view original web page at www.natlawreview.com Register Now – Legal Marketing Association LMA New England 2016 Conference Boston Nov 14-15 2016 The U.S. Copyright Office ’s new electronic system for copyright-agent registration and maintenance goes into effect on December 1, 2016, and with it comes new rules. Beginning December 1, all online […]

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ICMP outrage at Berlin court ruling on authors’ royalties

ICMP is deeply concerned at Monday’s Berlin court ruling, which says that the “VG Wort” decision of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) shall not only be applied to statutory claims like private copying levies but also to exclusive rights. The ruling in effect states that collective managem ent organisation (CMO) GEMA may no longer […]

Intellectual property under President Trump

Intellectual property under President Trump

Click here to view original web page at www.managingip.com 0 President-Elect Trump (photo: Michael Vadon) Donald Trump ran a campaign focused on the creation and retention of jobs in the United States. The President-elect has spoken of taking a strong stance against the exportation of jobs and manufacturing to China in particular. Trump has also […]

U.S. Copyright Office Undecided About Future of DMCA Takedowns

U.S. Copyright Office Undecided About Future of DMCA Takedowns

The U.S. Government’s Copyright Office has launched a new consultation seeking guidance on the future of the DMCA’s takedown process and safe harbor. Through a set of concrete questions, they hope to find a balance between the interests of copyright holders, Internet services and the public at large. The past week has been quite a […]

Will President Trump Be Tough on Online Piracy?

Will President Trump Be Tough on Online Piracy?

The people of the United States elected Donald Trump as their next president this week. The election outcome came as a total surprise to many, who are now wondering what’s in store for the next four years. According to some, The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites are in for a rough ride, but is […]

Trump win spells end of MPAA-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership accord

Trump win spells end of MPAA-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership accord

A handful of protesters rally in Sydney, Australia, in 2014 as government officials and private industry negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed and controversial 12-nation trade pact dealing with everything from intellectual property to human rights, effectively died Friday. Congressional leaders from both parties told the White House they would no […]

Artists Rights Society: U.S. Petition in Favor of the Artist Resale Right

Artists Rights Society: U.S. Petition in Favor of the Artist Resale Right

Visual Artists Receive No Royalties or Residuals for the Later Sale of Their Works To view the petition on ARS’ website, please click here. Visual artists are the only members of the creative community in the U.S. that do not receive residual payments for the later sales of their works. Composers and lyricists will collect […]

Should The European Commission Penalize Google?

Should The European Commission Penalize Google?

In April 2016, The European commission accused Google of abusing the market leadership of Android to prevent rivals from competing with alternative software and services. Google is now dismissing the claims . The stakes are relatively high – a potential fine of $7.4bn to be precise, 10% of Google’s global revenue. I’m not a legal […]

US elections: Music industry executives outline their copyright wish list

US elections: Music industry executives outline their copyright wish list

The US elections will take place on November 8, 2016. On that day, US citizens will not only elect a new President of the United States but also renew Congress, as a total of 34 Senate seats (out of 100) and all 435 House of Representatives seats are up for election. Music Week asked music […]

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