News Media Alliance Launches Copyright Compliance Initiative

Today the News Media Alliance launched the News Media Licensing Initiative, a new program which aims to bolster global digital news distribution and consumption in compliance with the U.S. copyright system. The Alliance unveiled the new initiative at the FIBEP World Media Intelligence Congress in Washington, DC.

The News Media Licensing Initiative will be focused on educating media intelligence firms, called Media Monitoring Organizations (MMOs), on the importance of copyright compliance and ways that they can partner with news organizations in support of high-quality journalism.

Source: News Media Alliance Launches Copyright Compliance Initiative

Blockai Announces Instagram Integration For Instant Copyright Claims

Blockai, a blockchain-enhanced copyright platform for creative professionals, today announced a new integration with Instagram.

Using Blockai, it is even easier for photographers and artists to claim their copyrights. They just link their Instagram to enable the import of existing photos, and for new photos simply add the hashtag #blockai. A comment appears under the photo with a link to the copyright claim.

Source: Blockai Announces Instagram Integration For Instant Copyright Claims – Blockchain News

Librarians, Archivists, Call On WIPO Members To Create Safe Harbor Against Copyright Liability 

archives-flickrThe age of digitisation has opened new doors to distribution of information including for libraries and archives. However, librarians and archivists are often confronted with risk of liability for copyright infringement, nationally and in cross-border activities. This week, they asked the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committee to provide them not only with some exceptions to copyright, but with protection against liability.

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is taking place from 14-18 November. On the SCCR agenda is copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives. On 17 November, librarians and archivists took the floor to explain why an international standard protecting them against liability is indispensable.

Source: Librarians, Archivists, Call On WIPO Members To Create Safe Harbour Against Copyright Liability – Intellectual Property Watch

Is blockchain causing a music revolution?

Peer lending and crowdfunding have already greatly changed different industries. With the cryptosphere, there are now new ways of funding projects and selling products. It places all necessary tools directly in the hands of the project manager.

Without centralized databases and third party governance structures, all crucial decisions can be made by an artist himself, his manager, an artist’s team, or even via crowdsourcing in collaboration with fans.

Source: Is blockchain causing a music revolution?

Court: French law on digital versions of out-of-print books flouts EU directive 

A French law that allows royalty collectors to authorise the publication of digital versions of out-of-print books is not compatible with the EU copyright directive, Europe’s top court has ruled.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that authors must be informed about any plans to release their out-of-print books in this way so that they can object if they wish, and that the French law does not require this.

Source: French law on digital versions of out-of-print books flouts EU directive | Ars Technica UK

U.S. Copyright Office Reopens DMCA Safe Harbor Debate, Seeks Comments 

As it promised it would earlier this year, the U.S. Copyright Office is reviewing current safe harbor policies that say that YouTube and other internet companies cannot be held liable when their users upload and distribute content without licences, provided that they take it down when informed of the infringement.

To help guide their decision, the Copyright Office has opened a new comment period that it says will provide, “an opportunity for interested parties to reply or expand upon issues raised in written comments (previously) submitted and during the public roundtables held in May.

Source: U.S. Copyright Office Reopens DMCA Takedown and Safe Harbor Debate, Asks For Comments – hypebot

Internet Giants Warn of Mass User Terminations If Recent Appellate Ruling Left Untouched 

The recent appellate decision in the long-running lawsuit brought by record labels and music publishers against MP3Tunes didn’t get a tremendous amount of attention, but Google, Facebook, eBay, Twitter and other digital giants are aghast at the result and warning of dire consequences without a do-over.

On Oct. 25, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals gave copyright holders some big victories by narrowing the circumstances whereby internet service providers can claim safe harbor from copyright liability.

Source: Internet Giants Warn of Mass User Terminations If Recent Appellate Ruling Left Untouched | Hollywood Reporter