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Month: January 2017

Russian Ministry of culture mulls over idea to make social networks responsible for user’s content

Social networks attract users with help of content. You can sign up to certain social network and enjoy with other users or community, similar to you, with content, sometimes original or very interesting. Why people use social networks? They can communicate with a phone or at personal meeting. They consume content, discover something new and spent their time with a meaning.

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Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Amazon in e-book investigation

The European Commission is inviting comments on commitments offered by Amazon to address competition concerns relating to parity clauses in contracts with publishers. The clauses may breach EU antitrust rules and result in reduced competition among e-book distributors, and less consumer choice.

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Cut off internet and don’t worry be happy, believes Russian president’s councilor on internet

Many developed countries work hard in order to provide informational security in national interests. They adopt new laws, adapt to new digital realities, but internet, at least most part of it, is not banned. But sometimes it is easy to simulate hard work, instead of to do it. The only way to provide informational security in Russia is to enforce restrictions on internet like in China, believes German Klimenko, Russian president’s councilor on internet.

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Russian Ministry of Culture proposed to support Russian cinematography at the expense of Hollywood

Russian minister of culture, Vladimir Medinsky, believes it should be done much more in order to support Russian cinematography. How this goal could be achieved? Restrict opportunities for Hollywood. Why Hollywood? Perhaps because there have been produced more successful and popular movies?

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Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry – rights licencing

In relation to digital content, the sector inquiry investigates the presence of territorial restrictions and geo-blocking in the online distribution of digital content. The sector inquiry also examines the prevalent copyright licensing models for online distribution and their possible impact on competition, in particular, with respect to market entry and the possibility of developing new business models or new services.

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Draft proposal for a directive on copyright in DSM – cultural heritage institutions

For the purposes of Directive, works and other subject-matter should be considered to be permanently in the collection of a cultural heritage institutions when copies are owned or permanently held by the cultural heritage institution, for example as a result of a transfer of ownership or licence agreements.

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2016 report on EU customs IPR enforcement

In 2015, customs authorities made over 81.000 detentions, consisting of a total of 43.7 million articles. The domestic retail value of the detained articles represented over 640 million euros. This report contains statistical information about the detentions made under customs procedures and includes data on the description, quantities and value of the goods, their provenance, the means of transport and the type of intellectual property right that may have been infringed.

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New idea how to resolve a problem with mirrors of pirate websites in Russia

People like good music, movies and other entertaining content, especially when the interest to such content is really high thanks to advertisement or high ratings. Producing of such content requires time and money and right holders expect to make good money on their assets. And when they see their content on pirate website, certainly they make everything, what they can, in order to block the access to their content disseminated illegally.

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Proposed reform of U.S. Copyright office

The Copyright Office should remain part of the Legislative Branch where it can provide independent and timely advice to Congress on copyright law and policy. Furthermore, the Copyright Office should have autonomy over its budget and technology needs.

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The SOCAN’s public comment on collective management rules review

SOCAN is Canada’s music performing rights society. Pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act (the “Acf’), SOCAN carries on the business, on a not-for-profit basis, of granting licences for the public performance and communication to the public by telecommunication of musical works in Canada.

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