Proposed amendments to Marrakesh Directive

Persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled continue to face many barriers in accessing books and other print material which are protected by copyright and related rights. Taking into consideration the social interests of granting such persons the right of access to information and the right to participate in cultural, economic and…

CISAC’s public comment on collective management rules review

The network of reciprocal representation agreements developed by CISAC and signed by its members ensures that author’s rights are protected and administered around the world and that each CMO is in a position to offer licensing solutions that cover broad repertoire. This system also ensures that royalties flow to authors wherever they are in the…

Russian Ministry of Culture considers idea to help Roskomnadzor to block pirate resources without court order

Russian Ministry of Culture (MinCult) proposed to develop a mechanism protecting national movies and preventing their illegal distribution in Internet. Sounds like a call. So, there is no legal proposal in the form of draft law. There is no draft law, but initiative is presented as legal proposal on portal of legal acts. It is…

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 Business Guidance – Defences and Professional advisers

If the act which is the subject of a threat is shown to be an infringing act, or an intended act that (if carried out) would be infringing, the threat is justified. Justified threats of infringement are allowed. A person having made a threat may defend themselves in an unjustified threats action by showing that…

Russian ministry of communication has explained what means mirror of web-site

Russian ministry of communication (MinCom) has developed draft of governmental decree in order to implement the law on blocking of mirrors of web-sites. The right holders and Russian Roskomnadzor will have opportunity to require MinCom to qualify one or another web-site as a mirror of web-site, the access to which has been blocked under Russian…

Viral videos are also should be paid for copyright

Rumble operates an open video platform that sources, validates, provides clearance management, distribution and monetization for video content. It is a content-creator-centric platform, whose main goal and core business model has always been to help video creators increase distribution and monetize their videos. Rumble allows video creators to host, share, monetize and distribute their video…

Russian ministry of culture proposed to “impose” private copying levy on smart watch

Russian ministry of culture (MinCult) intends to amend relevant governmental decree in order to collect private copying levy from smart watch. Amendments are already agreed in order to be proposed to government. At the same time it is also proposed to exclude digital video cameras from taxable equipment.

Proposal for regulation on the exercise of copyright and related rights for online transmissions of broadcasting in EU – ancillary online services

The ancillary online services covered by this Regulation (official document) are those services offered by broadcasting organisations which have a clear and subordinate relationship to the broadcast. They include services giving access to television and radio programmes in a linear manner simultaneously to the broadcast and services giving access, within a defined time period after the…

Draft third edition of USA copyright office compendium – compilations and collective works

A compilation or a collective work may be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, provided that it constitutes copyrightable subject matter. If the authorship involved in creating the compilation or collective work as a whole (i.e., the author’s selection, coordination, and/or arrangement) does not fall within one or more of the congressionally established categories of…