Copyright & Media Update – 3/30/17

Here’s the 5 Page Bill That Puts the US Copyright Office In Trump’s Hands

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: The US Copyright Office is about to dramatically change.  Here’s the fast-tracked, 5-page bill that will perform that transformation. For those just tuning in, the US Copyright Office is about to experience its greatest change in decades.  Most important, the Office will fall under the direct purview of President Donald Trump.  Instead of the Library of Congress appointing the head of the US Copyright Office, the appointment will be made by the President himself. READ MORE…

Attribution and Citation on Facebook

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: The rules of attribution are not universal. They change drastically based upon a variety of variables including time, topic and medium. This means the requirements for attribution with a personal letter are not the same as a legal document, which isn’t the same as a research paper. This is something we generally know but don’t think about a great deal as usually make the switch instinctively. READ MORE…

Supreme court declines to hear Vimeo copyright infringement case

BY MEENA ANSARI: The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from record companies that want to pursue a copyright infringement case against music site Vimeo [corporate website] for hosting music by classic artists. Capitol Records and other record companies had sued Vimeo for hosting 199 unauthorized video recordings from artists such as The Beatles and Elvis Presley. The Supreme court decision lets stand the federal appeals court ruling that websites are protected from liability for music recorded before 1972. READ MORE…

DMCA Doesn’t Sheild Cloudfare from Anti-Piracy Injunctions, Court Rules

BY ERNESTO: When the RIAA targeted CDN provider Cloudflare with an injunction to block access to a known pirate site, the company objected. Cloudflare argued that the DMCA shielded the company from the broad blocking requirements. However, a Florida federal court has now ruled that the DMCA doesn’t apply in this case, opening the door to widespread anti-piracy filtering. READ MORE…

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