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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
Many would agree the Copyright Office needs to adapt to the relevant copyright issues of the 21st century. As former Copyright Alliance CEO and new Clinical Professor at George Mason University School of Law Sandra Aistars said earlier this year in an op-ed for The Hill, “[t]here is one issue in the ongoing copyright review process everyone should agree on: step one in any review of the Act needs to focus on modernizing the Copyright Office itself.” Recently, the Sixth Circuit touched on issues of registration and copyrightability of cheerleading uniform designs in a case that illustrates both the guidance Copyright Office expertise provides to courts dealing with challenging and complex copyright doctrines and the opportunities enabled by a more modern and robust Office.read more
This past week Facebook reached a milestone when, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg, more than one billion users logged on to the social media site in a single day. Part of that growth has come from video views (4 billion per day) and so this week Facebook also announced it would (finally) tackle the online piracy that has long plagued the site.read more
Jay Rosenthal is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of MS&K and a member of the Entertainment & New Media Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in public policy, transactional, and litigation matters in all sectors of the entertainment industry, but with special emphasis on the music and movie industries.
In part one of this interview, Marla Grossman talked with Jay about his legal practice. Here is part two.read more
The creative community has been buzzing this past week in response to the NY Times Sunday Magazine piece by Steven Johnson, “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t.” Not surprisingly, feedback in the Times comments section was decidedly negative. As the week’s progressed we’ve also seen a number of thoughtful responses in commentaries published across the web.read more
20 prominent piracy sites have been blocked by a district court in Denmark, in the latest move from a Scandinavian country fighting back against online piracy. The action stems from the continued hard work of Rights Alliance, who earlier this year achieved a block on 12 other important sites in Denmark’s piracy ecosystem.read more