Copyright & Media Update 10/13/17

Copyright Office Publishes Updates to Compendium

BY TERRICA CARRINGTON: The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices—often referred to simply as the Compendium—outlines the official guidelines for Copyright Office practices ranging from the registration and recordation processes to substantive determinations on issues like copyrightability, ownership and authorship. READ MORE…

Would Site Blocking (Disabling Access to Copyright Infringing Websites) Work in Canada? Quite Possibly—It Works Well in Australia and the UK.

BY HUGH STEPHENS: As the US, Canada and Mexico wrestle with the difficult task of “updating” NAFTA (judging by press reports of negotiating demands from the Trump Administration, the US wants to turn a Free Trade Agreement into a Managed Trade Agreement, with management in the hands of the US, but that is another story), among the issues to be looked at is the protection of intellectual property. When NAFTA was negotiated in the 1990s the internet was in its infancy. READ MORE…

These Are the Biggest Music Piracy Hubs In the World

BY DANIEL SANCHEZ: With so many YouTube to MP3 stream rippers, MP3 download, and torrent sites freely available, will the music industry ever win the war against piracy? Last year, the US government published a list of the top MP3 download, YouTube to MP3, and torrent sites.  Underscoring the difficulty in taking down these websites, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) may have inadvertently given piracy a boost. READ MORE…

Epic Games sues alleged Fortnite cheaters for copyright infringement

BY SHAWN NIGHT: Epic Games last week took a firm stance against Fortnite cheaters, banning thousands and promising to “do more” to curb the issue. This week, the developer and publisher proved that it wasn’t simply making idle threats by filing lawsuits against two alleged prolific cheaters. READ MORE…

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