Copyright & Media Update 3/1/2019

The Troubling Plagiarism of Father Thomas Rosica

PLAGIARISM TODAY: Father Thomas Rosica has built a reputation for himself as an amazing communicator for the Catholic Church in Canada. The CEO of Salt + Light Media, a Toronto-based Catholic media organization, a regular guest columnist in many of the nation’s major newspapers and a former president of St. Michael’s College, Rosica has been heralded as one of the best and most important English-language communicators the church has. READ MORE…

Fair Use Week Again. But Why?

THE ILLUSION OF MORE: Well, it’s Fair Use Week again.  Sixth annual. I suppose one must say something.  Though what I really want to say is Why?  What exactly happened in 2013 to provoke the idea that we needed this celebration?  The fair use doctrine had been part of the federal copyright law for forty years, and its common law precedents began percolating in the mid to late eighteenth century.  So, why did this somewhat arcane aspect of copyright doctrine, which very few people have reason to think about, suddenly demand of a week’s worth of attention? READ MORE…

Fortnite Faces Yet Another Dance-Related Infringement Suit — This Time for Using ‘The Running Man’

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Epic Games is facing yet another lawsuit over its use of a dance in the wildly popular online game, Fortnite. This time, two former University of Maryland basketball players are suing over the use of the ‘Running Man’ emote in the game, which you can see in the video below. READ MORE…

Carlton Dance Not Eligible for Copyright, Government Says

NEW YORK TIMES: The United States Copyright Office said that a dance first popularized on the TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” could not be copyrighted by the actor who created it, according to court documents filed this week. READ MORE…

TikTok hit with record fine for collecting data on children

CNN BUSINESS: China’s big global success story on social media has run into trouble in the United States. Popular video-sharing app TikTok has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle allegations that it illegally collected personal information from children under the age of 13, such as names, email addresses and their location. The US Federal Trade Commission said in a statement Wednesday that the TikTok fine is a record for a child privacy case. READ MORE…

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