Copyright News Round Up

Copyright News Round Up

Week of December 1, 2017 
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Friday’s Endnotes – 12/01/17
Copyhype | Miranda Mulholland brings crucial message to Ottawa in ‘Redefining Success in a Digital Marketplace’ speech — “On Nov. 22, Miranda Mulholland brought an important and timely message to Ottawa as she delivered a keynote speech at the Economic Club of Canada.

A Bill in Congress That Will Empower a New Generation of Creators
Copyright Alliance | This year, the Copyright Alliance had the opportunity to present a panel at VidCon, where we met a new generation of creators who are making waves in the digital space on sites like YouTube, Daily Motion,, Vimeo, and HitRecord.

Art Sentenced to Death at Guantanamo Bay
Copyright Alliance | Last week, the Miami Herald reported that “after years of letting [Guantanamo Bay] captives own their artwork”—even allowing the detainees to gift or sell their artwork, or display it in exhibits like the one at John Jay College in New York—the Pentagon has now declared that the artwork is “U.S. property.”

A Quick Update on the Display Right
The Illusion of More | In a recent post, I described how the “server test,” established in the Perfect 10 case, obliterates the display right for visual artists on the internet. I further opined that the “server test” is an irrational standard and also stated that Perfect 10 may not be the final word on the matter.

A New NAFTA Must Protect the Rights of Copyright Owners and Creators
Mister Copyright | Last week, the fifth round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations closed in Mexico City with tensions high and little progress made towards a modernized trade deal.

A Copyright Alliance Thanksgiving
Copyright Alliance | I have been at the Copyright Alliance for just over two years and, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d take a few minutes to take stock of ten things I am thankful for … and five things I am not so thankful for.

Meet the New Boss, Worse Than the Old Boss?
David Lowery | What follows is based on my notes and slides from my talk at SF Music Tech Summit. 

Debunking Criticism of the Copyright Small Claims Act
Mister Copyright | It’s been six weeks since the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act (H.R.3945) was introduced to Congress by a bipartisan coalition of Representatives, and while there’s an abundance of support among politicians, creators, artists’ rights organizations, and the Copyright Office, some have been critical of the legislation.

What Does a Supervising Sound Editor Do? A Conversation with Owen Granich-Young 
CreativeFuture | Glasses clink and silverware clatters in a restaurant. A motorcycle on the street zooms past. Someone at the next table orders a drink. We hear sounds like these everyday but our ears instinctively tune them out as we focus on the main plot of our daily lives.

Site Blocking in Japan—A Call for Action
Hugh Stephens Blog |In my last blog I discussed the growing problem of online piracy in Japan, and the importance of site blocking as a potential remedy.

The Suspension of IP Provisions in the TPP Negotiations and NAFTA: What’s the Connection? 
Hugh Stephens Blog | The image above poses the classic riddle; is the glass half full (i.e. positive and moving toward fulfilment) or the opposite, half empty.

Tips for Avoiding Pirated and Counterfeit Goods this Season
Copyright Alliance | It’s that time of year, again! Soon, stockings will be hung by the chimney (with care, of course), dreidels will be spinning, and the sweet smell of cookies and hot cocoa will fill many a home.

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