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UK Government Publishes Advice on ‘Illicit Streaming Devices’

The UK's Intellectual Property Office has today published advice on so-called 'Illicit Streaming Devices'. Noting the importance of ensuring that copyright holders get paid, the IPO warns that 'Kodi boxes' and 'Android TV boxes' present a threat to child welfare while presenting an electrical safety hazard to the public. Show More Summary

3 Count: Pirates of Pirates of the Caribbean

Filmmakers accuse Disney of stealing Pirates of the Caribbean, U.S. Copyright Office proposes to extend auto DRM exemptions and candy maker sued over fonts. The post 3 Count: Pirates of Pirates of the Caribbean appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

MLSs at risk of losing weapon against data theft

The U.S. Copyright Office is questioning the automated database copyright registrations it has granted to MLSs for decades. These copyright registrations protect the arrangement, selection and coordination of MLS compilations; and if...Show More Summary

Help needed by Nov. 13! Copyright Office proposes limiting registration for unpublished works to only five

Currently, you may register an unlimited number of photographs on one copyright registration application if the photographs are a collection of unpublished works by the same author and owned by the same claimant. See the Compendium at section 1119. Show More Summary

US libraries will continue to preserve old games

Libraries and museums will most likely have more time to preserve old games before they disappear completely. The US Copyright Office has announced that it plans to recommend the renewal of a DMCA exemption giving museums and libraries the right to preserve old games, so long as they require sever support that's no longer working. Show More Summary

Copyright Office Will Renew Previous DMCA Exemptions Without Much Fuss -- But Why Is This Even Necessary?

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For years we've written about the idiocy of the DMCA's 1201 triennial review. If you don't recall, Section 1201 of the DMCA is the "anti-circumvention" part of the law, saying that anything that gets around DRM is, itself, copyright infringement. Show More Summary

Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Establish a Group Registration for Unpublished Works

The United States Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for a limited number of unpublished works. The proposed rule would replace the current “unpublished collections” registration option. Among other...Show More Summary

Finding the DMCA Agent for a Website

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) is a wonderful tool for fighting copyright infringement. Check this article for information on how to use it. Fortunately, the U.S. Copyright Office has made it easier to find the DMCA service providers’ agents for you to notify about claimed infringements. Show More Summary

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Updated Version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition

Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett today released an updated version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. It is available on the Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/comp3/. This...Show More Summary

Copyright Office Begins Release of Refreshed and Updated Circulars

The U.S. Copyright Office today begins its release of refreshed and updated circulars to provide up-to-date and authoritative copyright information for a broad general audience. This release of 31 circulars represents a wide range of...Show More Summary

A Million ‘Pirate’ Boxes Sold in the UK During The Last Two Years

The Federation Against Copyright Theft, in conjunction with the police and Intellectual Property Office, has released a new report on the state of Internet piracy in the UK. Estimates suggest that at least a million set-top devices providing...Show More Summary

The 'Monkey-Selfie' Copyright Case Is, At Long Last, Over

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Six years after a macaque in Indonesia picked up photographer David Slater's camera and took photos of herself, three years after the U.S. Copyright Office supposedly settled the matter, and two years after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claimed standing and filed a lawsuit, PETA and Slater have settled the case. Reporter Sudhin […]

EFF will tell the Copyright Office (again) to protect your right to remix, study and tinker

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Every three years, the US Copyright Office has to ask America about all the ways in which Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (which bans bypassing DRM, even for legitimate reasons) interferes with our lives, and then it grants limited exemptions based on the results. (more…)

New UK IP Crime Report Reveals Continued Focus on ‘Pirate’ Kodi Boxes

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its new IP Crime Report containing the usual recap of the year's battles in the copyright arena. It also offers some interesting insights from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and Crown Prosecution Service. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

RIAA Rebuts Songwriter Moral Rights Critics: 'We love metadato too!'

We share at the full text of an open letter from the the RIAA to songwriter groups in response to their criticism after the RIAA's filed a letter with the US Copyright Office regarding its study of Moral Rights for creators. ___________________________ via Chris Castle's Music Technology Policy An Open...

Binded: Simple, One-Click Official Copyright Registrations

Binded may have the solution to your US Copyright Office blues. It's now offering one-click copyright registrations at cost. The post Binded: Simple, One-Click Official Copyright Registrations appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

Hey Alexa, Where’s My Money? An Update On 'Address Unknown' Royalty-free Windfall Loophole

A new update on the status of the exploitation of the 'address unknown' mass NOI filings to the Copyright Office has come out, thanks to Sydney-based Paperchain. Attorney Chris Castle shares a 70% rise in such filings, with Amazon still the champion exploiter, followed by Google and then Spotify. ________________________...

House Appropriation Committee Demolishes Hollywood's Excuses For Moving Copyright Office Out Of Library Of Congress

5 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As we've discussed there's this stupid big fight going on these days, in which some in Congress -- mainly at the urging of the legacy entertainment industry -- are looking to move the Copyright Office out of its historical home in the Library of Congress. Show More Summary

Hardcore UK Pirates Dwindle But Illegal Streaming Poses New Threat

The Intellectual Property Office reports that while UK infringement levels are stable, new threats are challenging progress. Around seven million people are consuming some level of copyright infringing content, but illicit streaming and stream-ripping are increasing in popularity. Show More Summary

What's wrong with the Copyright Office's DRM study?

5 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

This month's US Copyright Office study on Section 1201 of the DMCA identified many problems with America's DRM laws, which ban bypassing DRM even when no copyright infringement takes place. (more…)

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