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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

2 weeks 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?

3 weeks 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…)

Copyright Office Admits That DMCA Is More About Giving Hollywood 'Control' Than Stopping Infringement

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We already wrote about the new Copyright Office report on DMCA 1201 -- the section of the law that deals with the "anti-circumvention" provisions of the DMCA. That post focused on the realization by the Copyright Office that the current...Show More Summary

Countdown Clock Ticking on Digital Millennium Copyright Act Designated Agent Registrations

(Registered agent contact information must be ELECTRONICALLY filed with the Copyright Office by December 31, 2017) How much is peace of mind worth to you? Does $6.00 and less than an hour of your time sound about right? What if I told you that this alone would significantly reduce the likelihood that you will be...… Continue Reading

US Copyright Office Wimps Out on Right to Repair

Report recognizes rationale for right to repair, via tweaks to existing rule-making procedures under existing copyright statutory framework.

Copyright Office Realizes The DMCA Fucks With Security Research While The W3C Still Doesn't See It

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last week, the Copyright Office finally released a report that it had been working on for some time, looking specifically at Section 1201 of the DMCA. In case you're new around here, or have somehow missed all the times we've spoken about DMCA 1201 before, that's the "anti-circumvention" part of the DMCA. Show More Summary

Copyright Office issues 1201 report

last monthIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Available here. It's a lot to go through, but on first inspection they seem to be trying to address persistent problems, though in the main not by accepting the advice that participants had for them (like scheduling 1201 exemption proposals...Show More Summary

Copyright Office Releases Redlines for Draft Compendium

The U.S. Copyright Office today announces the posting of redlines comparing the current version of Compendium of Copyright Office Practices (Third), which was released December 22, 2014, and the public draft of Compendium (Third), which was released June 1, 2017. The redlines are available on the revision history portion of the Compendium webpage. Show More Summary

Copyright Office Introduces Online Supplementary Registration

The U.S. Copyright Office announces that, as of July 17, it will for the first time begin accepting applications for supplementary copyright registration—used to correct or amplify information set forth in a basic registration—through the Office’s online registration system. Show More Summary

Copyright Office Publishes Recent Review Board Decisions

The Copyright Office today announces the launch of an online database of decisions from April 2016 to present by the U.S. Copyright Office Review Board, which hears final administrative appeals of refusals of copyright registration. The decisions are searchable and include an index; new decisions will be added as they are issued. Show More Summary

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

Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett today released a revised draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. This draft includes the first proposed updates to the Compendium since its release in December 2014. Show More Summary

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

2 months 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 months 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 […]

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