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Re:Create Recap – October 20, 2016

Public Records In Danger After University Of Iowa Claims Copyright. The University of Iowa recently blocked footage from its 2008 flooding for use in a documentary, reported the Des Moines Register on Oct. 19. In University of Iowa claims copyright law to block use of flood video, Jason Clayworth explains how, if successful, the Universities claim to block use of…

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Copyright on the Campaign Trail

At this point in the election cycle, the discussion about who will be elected as our next president dominates the 24 hour news cycle, water cooler conversations and our social media feeds. As political campaigns create videos, news clips, advertisements and other content to inform and influence the outcome of the election, they are coming into contact with an important…

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Re:Create Recap – October 6, 2016

Meet Becky Boop! Re:Create Profiles New Creators. Becky Boop started on YouTube “just for fun,” but her online presence has grown to 50,000 subscribers with five million views on her two channels, Instagamrr and Becky Boop. Rebecca Prince — the woman behind the Becky Boop name — started the channel to explore copyright, fair use, online harassment, and other internet…

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New Creator Profile: Rebecca Prince aka “Becky Boop”

Rebecca Prince started a gaming channel on YouTube “just for fun” but within two months, she had more than 10,000 subscribers tuning in to get her gaming tips and reactions. Since first starting her own channel in August 2014, Prince has established two popular channels, Instagamrr and Becky Boop, with a combined 50,000 subscribers and 5 million views. As her…

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The European Commission’s copyright proposal: the end of the Digital Single Market’s ambitions?

By: Maud Sacquet : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

“To make the EU’s single market fit for the digital age”, by “bringing down barriers to unlock online opportunities” was one of the priorities of the current European Commission. This objective would be reached by “improving access to digital goods and services”, creating “an environment where digital networks and services can proposer” and by “ensuring that Europe’s economy, industry and…

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Dirty 30 Demonstrates the Synergy Between the Internet and the Entertainment Industry

By: Jonathan Band : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

Today’s opening of the film Dirty 30 provides the latest example of the Internet helping grow the entertainment industry by providing new talent, distribution channels, and marketing opportunities. The film stars what has been called YouTube’s “Holy Trinity,” Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig, and Hannah Hart, and it is being released through streaming sites as well as movie theatres. Hannah Hart…

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Blurring the Lines in Music Copyright Will Hurt Artists and Online Hosts

By: By: Taylor Moore : Originally Posted On: CDT

For music copyright enthusiasts, the multimillion-dollar judgment issued in the “Blurred Lines” case was shocking, regardless of which side they take in the copyright debate. In the copyright infringement verdict against artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, a jury found the music duo guilty of copying the “total concept and feel: of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit song, “Got to Give…

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Public Knowledge Calls for Appeal of Misguided Consent Decree Decision

By: Shiva Stella : Originally Posted On: Public Knowledge

Last Friday, the federal district court overseeing the BMI consent decree rejected the Department of Justice’s interpretation, holding that it did not prohibit so-called “fractional licensing.” In an opinion with little meaningful analysis, the court dismissed DOJ’s reading of the plain language of the consent decree, calling the consent decree language merely “descriptive.” The following be attributed to Raza Panjwani,…

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How pirates shaped the internet as we know it

By: Sasha Moss : Originally Posted On: R Street

Today is “International Talk like a Pirate Day.” While it’s a lot of fun to act like a pirate, drink rum and catch up on Errol Flynn movies, piracy is also a serious issue with real economic and legal significance. As electronic devices become an increasingly ubiquitous part of our lives, the content we consume has moved from analog to…

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Copyright Supremacy: SONA’s Unsound Legal Theory

By: Raza Panjwani : Originally Posted On: Public Knowledge

Yesterday, the Songwriters of North America (SONA), a songwriter advocacy group, sued the Department of Justice over its interpretation of the antitrust consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI, the two largest U.S. performance rights organizations (PROs). The lawsuit alleges that the DoJ has, by simply reading the the words of consent decrees, unconstitutionally seized their property. While heavy on rhetoric,…

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