Copyright & Media Update 2/22/2019

Can U.S. States Infringe Copyrights with Impunity?

THE ILLUSION OF MORE: If the Supreme Court agrees to hear Allen v. Cooper, copyright owners and constitutional scholars will both be watching closely.  The practical matter for copyright owners is whether a U.S. State, or agents of a State, may freely use copyrighted works without permission and remain immune from claims for infringement. READ MORE…

Tech Industry and Activists Still Hope to Sink New EU Copyright Rules

FORTUNE: European Union negotiators have agreed on a final version of the hugely contentious Copyright Directive, which aims to reform the bloc’s copyright rules for the digital age. The new rules would force all but the smallest and newest web services to do everything they can to stop users uploading copyrighted content without authorization, if the platforms want to avoid being directly liable for infringements. In effect, digital rights activists have long warned, this element—Article 13—means everyone has to install costly and unreliable upload filters. READ MORE…

Rhapsody Napster Reaches a Settlement In Its Mechanicals Class Action Lawsuit

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: We now know more details about Rhapsody Napster’s settlement with David Lowery. Nearly three years ago, Cracker frontman and songwriter David Lowery took Rhapsody International to court. Lowery, along with David Faragher, Greg Lisher, and Victor Krummenacher, had filed a lawsuit against Rhapsody on March 7th, 2016. He had asked the court to certify the lawsuit as a class-action, while also demanding injunctive and declaratory relief. READ MORE…

‘We Can’t Stop’ Lawsuit Against Miley Cyrus Should Move Ahead, Judge Recommends

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: The singer is being sued for copyright infringement over her track “We Can’t Stop,” and a magistrate judge doesn’t buy her arguments that the suit should be dismissed at this early stage. Miley Cyrus can’t stop a copyright lawsuit from a Jamaican songwriter — at least not yet. READ MORE…

EU Copyright Reform Advances

PLAGIARISM TODAY: On Wednesday, news came out that, after a mammoth three-day push, negotiators from the EU countries, the European Parliament and the European Commission had reached a deal on its proposed copyright reforms. This includes the two most controversial articles: Article 11 and Article 13. READ MORE…

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