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Meeting with celebrity is not consideration for copyright assignment

Fraser Munden and Michael Glasz are professional filmmakers specialized in documentary filmmaking. They operate a production company under the name Thoroughbred Pictures Inc. which was incorporated in 2013. Fraser is responsible for the creative works and Michael is responsible for the administration of the company. Alexandre Choko, is a real estate agent who, at all relevant times herein, was a boxing promoter, author of a published work entitled “The Future of Boxing” and boxer.

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USA copyright office should help Russian cinemas to avoid payment of royalties for synch right

Russian collective management society this year has sued different cinemas for non-payment of royalties for synchronization right. According to current Russian law the Russian Authors Society has received state accreditation for collecting of royalties for synch right. State accreditation in collective management of rights means the holder of such accreditation can collect royalties in the name of right holders, who even did not provide authority to do it.

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Russian audiovisual right holders made online cinemas to use third party system of reporting

Online distribution of audio-visual content in Russia plays prominent and leading role in Russian internal market. The right holders take online distribution very seriously because it makes money even when the movie is not shown in cinemas. Anyway, the right holders are not happy with statistics provided by the online cinemas. On the basis of this statistics the cinemas calculate royalties and pay them to right holders. Right holders want statistics from the third party.

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Russian state duma proposed to make instagram bloggers incorporated and pay taxes

The more holder or owner of instagram account has followers the more popular he or she can be deemed. If the blogger is popular he can count on profitable advertisement contracts. Good contracts can generate good revenue for blogger. The deputies from Russian state duma think this way. They believe if the popular blogger makes good money the taxes from these revenues are to be paid to the state budget.

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Russians were proposed to deal with their personal data

The personal information of internet users, which they leave or provide it making purchases or using some service etc., is very valuable for advertisers and internet companies. For example, some video services work on advertising models, when users watch ads in return of access to their favorite movies or music. In order to define what ads to show the advertisers collect certain information about internet users.

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Russian authors’ society filed suit against music festival Nashestvie for missing royalties

Russian authors’ society, the Russian collective management organisation, having state accreditation for collection and distribution of royalties for public performance right in offline environment, has filed a suit against organizer of music festival Nashestvie 2018 for unpaid royalties.

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Strengthening the Press Through Copyright – why a publisher’s right is required

The briefing note by committee of legal affairs demonstrates that the new, related right for press publishers provided in Article 11 of the ‘Proposed DSM Directive’ is required to address pressing market failures in the area of the online press. The note also outlines why the proposed Article 11 is proportionate and the criticism raised against it by various stakeholders is not compelling.

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Opinion of advocate general on whether street musicians must pay VAT from donations made by passers-by

Mr. Tolsma (plaintiff) challenged a decision in which the Inspector of Turnover Taxes charged certain sums as turnover taxes on the Tolsma’s activity as the operator of a barrel organ. The plaintiff uses that instrument to play music on the public highway, on which occasions he solicits ‘remuneration’ from passers-by by rattling his collecting tin.

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Do street musicians have to pay VAT from donations made by passers-by

It appears from the case-file that Mr Tolsma plays a barrel organ on the public highway in the Netherlands. During his musical performance he offers passers-by a collecting tin for their donations; he also sometimes knocks on the door of houses and shops to ask for donations, but without being able to claim any remuneration by right.

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Commission referred Austria to the Court of Justice over the VAT treatment of resale rights of works of art

The European Commission has decided to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for incorrectly applying Value Added Tax (VAT) to royalty payments paid to artists for the resale of works of art.

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