Judge Rules News Publishers Violated Copyright by Embedding Tweets of Tom Brady Photo — The second decision in three months from a court outside the Ninth Circuit that has expressly reject that Circuit’s 2007 decision in Perfect 10 v Amazon, which created the “server test” for the public display right. The court here said, “The plain language of the Copyright Act, the legislative history undergirding its enactment, and subsequent Supreme Court jurisprudence provide no basis for a rule that allows the physical location or possession of an image to determine who may or may not have ‘displayed’ a work within the meaning of the Copyright Act.”
TickBox Injunction Targets Blatant Inducement of Infringement — “TickBox TV is a device sold by a Georgia-based company that, in many ways, is similar to the popular name-brand set-top devices such as the Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, or Apple TV. It’s an internet connected box that is easily hooked up to a television or computer monitor via USB cable, and, like other streaming devices, acts as a media platform that allows users to download software and apps which then deliver content to the device. But unlike its counterparts which support apps featuring licensed content, TickBox was sold with pre-loaded applications dedicated to delivering infringing content. Furthermore, in case there were any questions about the device’s capabilities, TickBox’s website and promotional materials encouraged piracy and offered step-by-step instructions on downloading the latest illicit ‘add-ons.'”
Pallante Stresses Copyright Protection at IPA — Association of American Publishers CEO Maria Pallante delivered the keynote address at the 32nd annual International Publishers Congress in New Dehli. According to Publishers Weekly, “She then went on to warn publishers to be skeptical of those who seek to weaken copyright law by claiming that doing so would be good for the public. ‘They frame the public interest as though it is separate from the rights of copyright owners or worse yet, that publishers and other copyright owners are an obstacle to progress… This is false.”
The Cloverfield Paradox — You may not know the name Bear McCreary, but chances are you’ve heard his work, as he is responsible for scoring numerous films and television series. He also writes a blog where he discusses some of that work. Here, McCreary delves into his work scoring the recent Netflix release The Cloverfield Paradox.
Historic Coalition of 213 Musical Artists Calls on Congress to Pass CLASSICS Act, Fix the Pre-1972 Loophole for Legacy Artists — “Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before Feb. 15, 1972. Yet, because of an ambiguity in state and federal copyright laws, artists and copyright owners who created that music receive nothing for the use of their work. The CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301 / S. 2393) would correct this inequity and finally ensure that musicians and vocalists who made those timeless songs finally get their due. We urge Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act and other pro-artist reforms quickly.”