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Re:Create Recap April 3, 2020

**How The Internet Is Supporting Creators During COVID-19** Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music & Others Pledge Millions To Support Music Industry. Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM and Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL, and YouTube Music announced contributions to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide financial support for musicians and music industry workers in need. Spotify pledged up to $10 million in donations and…

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How Copyright Limitations and Exceptions Facilitate Social Distancing

By: Jonathan Band : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

People practicing social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been able to migrate many daily activities to the online environment thanks to copyright limitations and exceptions. Internet Access. The starting point, of course, is Internet access. Internet access enables us to purchase groceries and other necessities online; send work-related emails and participate in video conferences; continue classes at…

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Fair Use in South Africa

By: Jonathan Band : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

This is a cross-post by author Jonathan Band which can be found on ARL Policy Notes.* This week is Fair Use Week, an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is reviewing the eligibility of South Africa (SA) for trade preferences because the SA Parliament has passed a Copyright Amendment Bill…

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Re:Create Recap March 12, 2020

Online Copyright Infringement Declining With Help Of America’s Balanced Copyright Policies. Despite misleading claims by the entertainment industry, data shows that copyright infringement is on the decline worldwide thanks to America’s notice and takedown system and increased access to legitimate content. Furthermore, a recent analysis indicates that over 99% of the problem comes from countries other than the U.S. Check…

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Re:Create Recap February 27, 2020

The DMCA Works: Reddit & GitHub Release Transparency Reports. TorrentFreak reported on both Reddit and GitHub’s recently released transparency reports, including the number of copyright takedown notices in 2019. Though there was a significant increase in the number of Reddit takedown notices, 27% of them were denied because no actual infringement was found, among other reasons. “While this might be…

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Re:Create Recap February 13, 2020

DMCA Original Bill Author Praises Its Record Of Success. Senator Patrick Leahy, an original co-author of the the bipartisan bill highlighted its success in opening remarks at the hearing: “The DMCA has been a success for 22 years…Congress needs to ensure any adjustments are balanced and protect innovation and copyright.” ReCreate Coalition Lauds DMCA’s Bipartisan Origins, Continued Effectiveness. Following the…

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Re:Create Recap January 31, 2020

Media Outlet Fears Bankruptcy Due To Excessive Statutory Damages In Copyright. The Orange County Breeze, a southern California online news outlet detailed the challenges it faced after receiving a DMCA takedown notice for a low-resolution photo published with an article years ago. While conducting an internal review of other potential copyright liability, the publisher informed readers the outlet was suspending…

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Re:Create Recap January 16, 2020

Save The Date: Copyright Week 2020: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will host its annual Copyright Week celebration January 20-24. Focusing on the themes of fair use and creativity, copyright and competition, remedies, the public domain and copyright and democracy, the focused week is an opportunity to comment and engage with others about the need for balanced and fair copyright…

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