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It's Not If Artists Deserve "Moral Rights" Recognition, But How Music Industry Should Achieve It, says RIAA

The U.S. Copyright Office has requested comments on regulating the right to receive full credit for artistic works, often called "moral rights." The U.S. does not guarantee this level of recognition, even though "these rights have a long history in international copyright law," according to the Copyright Office. ___________________________________ The...

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

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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...Show More Summary

Copyright Office Adopts Final Rule to Address Disruption of Copyright Office Electronic Systems

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule to address the effect of a disruption or suspension of any Office electronic system on the Office’s receipt of applications, fees, deposits, or other materials. The Copyright Office received...Show More Summary

Free the Copyright Office

2 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : Soapbox

A bill that just cleared its first congressional hurdle takes a step toward modernizing the Copyright Office and giving it more independence, argues the Authors Guild's Mary Rasenberger.

Can cops get a fair trial in America?

Can cops get a fair trial in America? by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2017 Lock your doors. Hide your children. Police officers, be on alert: Al Sharpton’s cop-bashing circus is back in full swing. Harlem’s godfather of racial hoax crimes is in Oklahoma this week to stir up trouble as jury selection begins in […]

Pilot Program for Bulk Submissions of Copyright Registration Applications

Photographers often are also writers or bloggers. So it’s good news that the U.S. Copyright Office has published a public notice announcing a pilot program that will allow for the bulk submission of copyright registration applications...Show More Summary

Senate Introduces Register Of Copyrights Selection, Accountability Act

After passing in the U.S. House easily, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 was just introduced to the Senate and, if passed, will modernize the copyright office and help allow it to develop apart from the Library of Congress. ___________________________ Guest post by Chris Castle of...

Canada and Switzerland Remain on US ‘Pirate Watchlist’ Under President Trump

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its yearly Special 301 Report, highlighting countries that fail to live up to U.S copyright protection standards. Effective enforcement of IP rights is a core issue for...Show More Summary

3 Count: Past the House

Copyright Office reform bill passes in the House, Pharrell Williams and Marvin Gaye file new brief in Blurred Lines case and Khloe Kardashian sued. The post 3 Count: Past the House appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

House Votes Overwhelmingly To Make The Copyright Office More Political & To Delay Modernization

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This isn't a huge surprise, but unfortunately, today -- after a mostly ridiculous "debate" on the House floor full of claptrap and bullshit about how important copyright is to "protecting jobs" (despite this bill having nothing to do...Show More Summary

House Passes Hollywood-Supported Bill To Have POTUS Appoint Copyright Chief – Update

UPDATED, 1:59 PM: The House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to pass a Hollywood-blessed bill to require that the head of the Copyright Office be nominated by the president and subject to Senate confirmation. The Register of Copyrights post currently is appointed by the Librarian of Congress. Show More Summary

Why Is Congress In Such A Rush To Strip The Library Of Congress Of Oversight Powers On The Copyright Office?

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the past few weeks, we've written a few times about this weird urgency among some in Congress to rush through a pretty major change to Copyright Office oversight. I wrote a deep dive piece over at The Verge discussing the issues at...Show More Summary

John Deere just told the copyright office that only corporations can own property, humans can only license it

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

John Deere has turned itself into the poster-child for the DMCA, fighting farmers who say they want to fix their own tractors and access their data by saying that doing so violates the 1998 law's prohibition on bypassing copyright locks. (more…)

Copyright Office Modernization Through an Artist's Lens

[Op-Ed] Copyright Office legislation is moving through Congress, and the House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill when they return from Easter Recess. In this op-ed, leaders from five leading advocacy organizations come together to explain why this debate is important for all creatives. ____________________________________ Guest post...

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