Creative Commons: The 2021 CC Global Summit Keynotes Are Here!

Creative Commons: The 2021 CC Global Summit Keynotes Are Here!. “We have exciting news…we published the keynotes from the 2021 CC Global Summit! Alongside the 170+ sessions that took place at this year’s virtual event, we hosted five keynotes from global leaders in the open movement, who shared their work in open data, science and health, software and law. We’re excited to share these recordings of the keynotes with you today!”

By the People: Transcribe Early Copyright Applications (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: By the People: Transcribe Early Copyright Applications. “The Library’s newest crowdsourcing campaign, American Creativity: Early Copyright Title Pages, is now online and ready for your amusement, education and transcription. It features the great (and not so great) ideas of yesteryear in copyright applications from 1790 to 1870, which recorded the young nation’s attempts to capitalize on the present and transform the future. It’s the largest By the People crowdsourced transcription campaign so far.”

Hollywood Reporter: Marvel Suing to Keep Rights to ‘Avengers’ Characters From Copyright Termination

Hollywood Reporter: Marvel Suing to Keep Rights to ‘Avengers’ Characters From Copyright Termination. “Disney’s Marvel unit is suing to hold on to full control of Avengers characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, Thor and others. The complaints, which The Hollywood Reporter has obtained, come against the heirs of some late comic book geniuses including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Gene Colan. The suits seek declaratory relief that these blockbuster characters are ineligible for copyright termination as works made for hire. If Marvel loses, Disney would have to share ownership of characters worth billions.”

Flickr Blog: A Look at Nearly Two Decades of Creative Commons Licenses on Flickr

Flickr Blog: A Look at Nearly Two Decades of Creative Commons Licenses on Flickr. “The Creative Commons licenses were added to Flickr in 2004, two years after the nonprofit Creative Commons released its first set of copyright licenses. As of September 2021, nearly two decades after their introduction, Flickr has the honor of being home to more than 500 million Creative Commons licensed works, making Flickr one of the largest repositories of openly licensed works online. Today, as part of the year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Creative Commons, we’ve compiled some data related to how Flickr members use Creative Commons licenses.”

New Yorker: The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books

New Yorker: The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books. “Libraries can buy print books in bulk from any seller that they choose, and, thanks to a legal principle called the first-sale doctrine, they have the right to lend those books to any number of readers free of charge. But the first-sale doctrine does not apply to digital content. For the most part, publishers do not sell their e-books or audiobooks to libraries—they sell digital distribution rights to third-party venders, such as OverDrive, and people like Steve Potash sell lending rights to libraries.”

Techdirt: Mystery Over Fake Section 1201 Takedown Claims Sent By ‘Video Industry Association of America’ Deepens

Techdirt: Mystery Over Fake Section 1201 Takedown Claims Sent By ‘Video Industry Association of America’ Deepens. “The Section 1201 DMCA notices have continued to flood Google, but now they are being supposedly sent directly by the Video Industry Association of America, with whoever is sending these dropping the pretense that they’re coming from the US Copyright Office. But that isn’t actually clearing much up other than to highlight, again, that the organization doesn’t actually exist and is coming from Russia.”

Prospect: How intellectual property laws zapped the comic creatives

Prospect: How intellectual property laws zapped the comic creatives . “To understand the comics industry today—and indeed the derived films, television and video game spin-offs—perhaps requires an understanding of the law more than lore. What can be done with characters and storylines is strictly regulated by an intricate and lucrative system of permissions and licences. This dominance of law is not new; legal issues have dominated from the very beginning of superhero comics in the 1930s, because of the very nature of the creative and commercial process.”

University of Exeter: Giving performers copyright over their work could protect them from deepfake technology, study shows

University of Exeter: Giving performers copyright over their work could protect them from deepfake technology, study shows. “Regulating the abusive use of deepfake technology is challenging because it was unforeseen by intellectual property policy-makers at the time current laws were designed. Currently performers are legally entitled to control the records made of their work, but this doesn’t apply to digital impersonation such as those generated by deepfakes. New research by Dr Mathilde Pavis, from the University of Exeter Law School, suggests existing performers’ legal rights should be reformed, so they have copyright over their performances instead.”

New York Times: Locast, a nonprofit streaming service for local TV, is shutting down

New York Times: Locast, a nonprofit streaming service for local TV, is shutting down. “Locast, a nonprofit streaming service that piped local broadcast signals over the internet, is shutting down after a federal judge ruled against the organization in a rare case tackling the legality of network content delivered online. The organization said it was ‘suspending operations, effective immediately,’ and it added that Locast was meant to “operate in accordance with the strict letter of the law,” but had to comply with the ruling, with which it disagreed.”

Legal Cheek: Museums legal threats to Pornhub are an ‘exhibition of hypocrisy’

Legal Cheek: Museums legal threats to Pornhub are an ‘exhibition of hypocrisy’. “As Burcu Günay points out, throughout history museums have progressed from merely exhibiting collections to being centres for observation, learning and questioning. Attempts to restrict access to these culturally important artworks goes against this trend. It also contravenes the values espoused by International Council of Museums (ICOM), where both France and Italy are influential. Although debate has recently become fraught over the extent to which museums should play an active role in society, the ICOM agrees that museums have a core social public function. Accessibility is therefore key to achieving these goals.”

PSA: Universal Music Group Has Copyrighted The Moon. That is All. (Techdirt)

Techdirt: PSA: Universal Music Group Has Copyrighted The Moon. That is All.. “I know, I know, you’re thinking, ‘The moon? Is Timothy having another stroke while writing a post?’ First off, my personal health is none of your concern. And secondly, nope, because a video recording of the moon as seen from Greece, which included no audio, was blocked all over the place due to a copyright claim made by Universal Music Group.”

Techdirt: Fake ‘U.S. Copyright Office’ Imposter Gets Google To Delist URLs On Section 1201 Grounds

Techdirt: Fake ‘U.S. Copyright Office’ Imposter Gets Google To Delist URLs On Section 1201 Grounds. ” The notices claiming to be from the Copyright Office indicated they were sent on behalf of the Video Industry Association of America, which doesn’t appear to exist based on a Google search I performed. Even if it does, the Copyright Office is not a party to these sorts of takedown requests on behalf of any organization. The URLs targeted appear to be mostly related to stream-ripping sites, but not just sites that offer that service. Instead, some of the URLs targeted merely mention sites that offer stream-ripping services, which is how several TorrentFreak posts got targeted.”

Techdirt: Copyright Scammers Getting More Sophisticated, Just As The US Is About To Make It Easier For Them

Techdirt: Copyright Scammers Getting More Sophisticated, Just As The US Is About To Make It Easier For Them. “These scams are different than standard copyright trolling, in which there may even be a kernel of truth in the initial copyright claim. Here, the scammers are just phishing for logins or other private data, and using the ridiculously overbroad power of copyright statutory damages to frighten people into coughing up the information. And, not surprisingly, the scam is evolving.”