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Month: April 2017

USA Copyright Office on FCC set-top-box proposed rule

The Proposed Rule would require multichannel video programming distributors (“MVPDs”) to provide qualifying third parties with access to copyrighted video content, as well as associated programming information, for use across a broad spectrum of products ranging from physical set-top devices to internet-based software applications.

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Retrospective: Collective rights management in the Digital Single Market – summary of responses to technical review

The Directive’s main objective is to ensure that collective management organisations (“CMOs”) act in the best interests of the rightholders they represent. The Directive sets out the standards that CMOs must meet to ensure that they act in the best interests of the rightholders they represent. It establishes some fundamental protections for rightholders, including those who are not members of CMOs. These include detailed requirements for the way in which rights revenues are collected and paid, how the monies are handled, and how deductions are made.

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Consumers’ FAQs on copyright: what are copyright levies?

There has been published a very useful guide for consumers and for anyone who is curious about copyright. This guide explains different things, relating to IP rights, in simple way. The project has been commissioned by the European Union intellectual property office.

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Sometimes Russian Roskomnadzor handles disputes on copyright infringement much better than courts

National sport channel has asked the court to apply “interim measures” in relation to web-site sports.ru in order to protect copyright in broadcasting television programs of “NTV Plus Sport” and “Our Football”. In other words, company asked the court to block web-site for copyright infringement of TV channels. The claimant asserts its programs were streamed without proper consent of right holder.

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Draft proposal for a directive on copyright in DSM – transparency obligation

Certain right holders such as authors and performers need information to assess the economic value of their rights which are harmonised under Union law. This is especially the case where such right holders grant a licence or a transfer of rights in return for remuneration.

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Allegations can’t serve as an evidence of copyright infringement

Microsoft Company is very famous and its products are widespread around the world, including Russia. The most popular program Windows has been installed in different versions on many millions of devices, and the fact is that not all copies of this program are duly licenced. In other words this program is installed and used on devices (who knows how many of them?) without any licence payment to Microsoft.

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What minimum threshold for box-office must be if the movie was funded by state budget in Russia?

Russian minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky proposed to implement new criteria in order to determine whether investments at the account of state budget were effective; in other words whether companies, who received state aid for production of movie, have made their job good and produced successful movie. It means the more people watched movie in cinema, the better company works.

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Amendments to coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries

Cultural and creative industries are generating an increasing number of jobs (that are difficult or impossible to relocate), and they are economically robust and are catalysts for innovation. Authors and performers are at the origin and the very source of CCIs. CCIs comprise a majority of small and micro-companies which main strength shall remain the short value chain between artists and creators and their final output and production.

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VPN and anonymizers can be forbidden in Russia

VPN and anonymizers are very popular among internet users who want to get access to blocked information or web-site. The desire to break taboos always is strong. The rumors are going around that Russian Roskomnadzor has developed a new draft law special for anonymizers and VPN.

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Public comment by National Religious Broadcasting Music License Committee concerning review of rules on collective rights management

Consent Decrees remain essential to foster competitive market pricing for music performance rights. SESAC exercises substantial market power as a licensing collective and should be subject to regulation comparable to that to which ASCAP and BMI are subject. Copyright law principles and market structure coalesce to eliminate competition in the marketplace for music performance rights. These combined factors give the PROs enormous market power insulated from competitive forces.

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