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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
Piracy sites around the world continue to profit from U.S. advertisers of all sizes, according to new reports released this month by Incopro (report link) and the Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA – report link). The former reveals that 88 percent of all income from content theft in the European Union (EU) is based on advertising revenue, while the latter from DCA confirms that global piracy sites still make more than $200 million every year from the ads they display to users.read more
El legislativo de Florida ha aprobado el proyecto de ley sobre el origen real de productos digitales con apoyo de ambos partidos tanto en el senado como en la cámara de representantes. En su cláusula principal, el proyecto establece que los sitios web que distribuyen porciones sustanciales de grabaciones comerciales o de obras audiovisuales deben proveer información de contacto en un lugar visible. El próximo paso es que el gobernador de Florida, Rick Scott, firme este proyecto y lo convierta en ley.read more
The Florida Legislature has passed the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act” with bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House. In its key provision, the bill establishes that sites that disseminate substantial portions of commercial recordings or audiovisual works must provide contact information in a visible place. The next step is for Florida Governor Rick Scott to sign this bill into law.read more
The Florida legislature recently passed the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act.” The bill now sits on the desk of Governor Scott, awaiting his signature or, if tech interests have their way-the veto pen. The proposed law would require any website operator selling digital downloads provide contact information (name and address) in order to do business.read more
Today, Digital Citizens Alliance released Good Money Still Gone Bad, a follow up to last year’s Good Money Gone Bad on the revenue that stolen content sites make from advertisement. For 2014, the sample of 589 sites generated $209 million in aggregate annual revenue, with an 89.3% average profit margin for sites supported only by advertising. The report’s findings reveal the scope of online piracy’s impact beyond the creative community and contribute to dispel any misconceptions that piracy is some form of altruistic sharing.read more