Music Canada, An Agent For Change With A Global Reach — “Undoubtedly, the driving force behind the trade association’s campaign for change is its president Graham Henderson, a hard-nosed entertainment lawyer for 14 years, five years the Senior Vice President at Universal Music Canada, and President of Music Canada for the past twelve years. Under his stewardship, Music Canada has shifted its focus from being a reactive assembly of entrenched domestic music industry establishmentarians to become an influential advocacy group that is relentlessly banging the drum for increased music educational programming in schools, the re-distribution of wealth for creators through effective municipal, provincial and federal economic policy–and a nuanced advocate in educating politicians of all stripes about the importance of IP and effective copyright legislation that respects and compensates Canada’s creative community.”
A2IM Warns of Counterfeit CDs Across Amazon.com — The independent music association issued a warning this week about “a serious counterfeit operation selling large numbers of CDs via Amazon’s FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) system.” In somewhat related news, Quartz reports, Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it.
Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False And Misleading Information At An Alarming Rate — BuzzFeed reports, “They write explosive headlines and passages that urge people to click and share in order to show their support, or to express outrage. And in this tense and polarizing presidential election season, they continue to grow and gain influence. ‘They are, perhaps, the purest expression of Facebook’s design and of the incentives coded into its algorithm,’ wrote John Herrman in the New York Times Magazine.”
Rome Court of First Instance rules that copyright exceptions for news reporting and criticism/review do not apply to entertainment TV programmes — IPKat’s Eleonora Rosati reports on the recently published opinion from the Tribunale di Roma in Mediaset vs Gruppo L’Espresso.
Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking — ProPublica reports, “The practical result of the change is that the DoubleClick ads that follow people around on the web may now be customized to them based on the keywords they used in their Gmail. It also means that Google could now, if it wished to, build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct.”