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Pirates lose their ad money thanks to VPN?

VPN allows circumventing geographical restriction of access to certain web-site if it is blocked. But most web-sites, including those “pirate”, rely on advertising; their most part of revenue is derived from advertising. One informational agency spoke with operator of one so called pirate site. What exactly distributes such site it is unknown, but the operator says some interesting things.

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How to choose between actual or statutory damages – simply inform the court

When Robert Smith (aka Bigg Robb) recorded his song Looking for a Country Girl, he probably was not looking for a legal battle, too. But Bernard Thomas (aka Bishop Bullwinkle) copied the beat from Smith’s song to make a new one – called Hell 2 Da Naw Naw – and suddenly became famous. Understandably upset at his work being copied, Smith informed Thomas of the issue and attempted to negotiate a resolution. When that failed, he sued and won.

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SWD Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules – options for the use of protected content by online services

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No policy intervention. This option would rely on the voluntary deployment of technologies by user uploaded content services, which will continue to apply their own terms and level of transparency as to the functioning of the technologies.

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Third edition of USA copyright office compendium – publication issues of sound recordings for copyright registration purposes

For sound recordings, publication is the distribution of phonorecords of a work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership or by rental, lease, or lending. Offering to distribute phonorecords to a group of persons for purposes of further distribution or public performance constitutes publication. A public performance of a sound recording does not, in and of itself, constitute publication.

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Russian writer believes Smeshariki (Kikoroki) are plagiarized from his works

One Russian writer has sued the creators of cartoons Smeshariki (Kukoriki) – popular Russian cartoon serial – for plagiarism. He believes the screenplays for certain series have been plagiarized from his literary works. And he knew it thanks to Siberian scientists. They have developed new system “anti-plagiarism” which revealed multiple rip off in cartoons.

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RKN is ready to help Russian book publishers to sign anti-piracy memorandum

Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor (RKN) has stated it is ready to be the platform for dialogue between search engines and publishers of electronic and traditional books in order to conclude anti-piracy memorandum for books. Previously it was singed anti-piracy memorandum for audio-visual works between major Russian right holders and Russian internet companies, the Google was not the signatory of memo and likely would not the signatory for books’ publishers memo.

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Russia and the special 301 report 2019

The Special 301 Report (Report) is the result of an annual review of the state of IP protection and enforcement in U.S. trading partners around the world, which the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974. This Report provides an opportunity to call out foreign countries and expose the laws, policies, and practices that fail to provide adequate and effective IP protection and enforcement for U.S. inventors, creators, brands, manufacturers, and service providers.

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Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules – use of protected content by online services

It is a problem, because rightholders have no or limited control over the use and the remuneration for the use of their content by services storing and giving access to large amounts of protected content uploaded by their users.

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Third edition of USA copyright office compendium – the author of sound recording

Generally, the applicant should provide the name(s) of the individual(s) who created the sound recording, and should not name the performing group as an organizational author, unless the group is a legal entity and the sound recording is a work made for hire. Naming the individuals as the authors of the sound recording rather than the performing group creates a clearer public record, because membership in the performing group may change over time.

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The Notorious Markets List 2018

This list highlights prominent and illustrative examples of online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial piracy and counterfeiting. A goal of the List is to motivate appropriate action by the private sector and governments to reduce piracy and counterfeiting.

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