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Weekly copyright related summary of issues, congressional developments, judicial updates, administration updates, international updates and industry updates, provided courtesy of American Continental Group (ACG).read more
With popularity comes piracy, we know this as a defining characteric of the digital age. For all the initiatives and appeals to use legitimate, safe viewing channels, illegal torrents and piracy sites stubbornly spring back up to serve inconsiderate or unwitting fans.read more
I am pleased that 'The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015' introduced today by Senators Hatch and Wyden and Representative Ryan contains language that makes clear that adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights must be one of the United States principal negotiating objectives when negotiating any trade agreement governing intellectual property rights.read more
A presentation on "User-Generated Content: Liability Concerns and Safe Harbors" given by Simon Frankel during PLI’s Social Media 2015: Addressing Corporate Risks Conference in San Francisco on February 10, 2015. Frankel provides a brief overview of when site-operators can and cannot be held liable for users' contributions, and he looks specifically at the safe harbors under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the Communications Decency Act (CDA).read more
So, I stumbled across this TorrentFreak post by The Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde, in which he not only concedes that the “pirate movement” is dead but also exhorts the faithful to get over it and find new ways to further the “cause.”read more
When any Internet intermediary claims it’s too much of a burden to address requests for removing pirated content via sites or links they host, laugh gently (or loudly in their face, if it’s particularly egregious) and tell them to consider the beleaguered rights holder.read more