Group Registration of Short Online Works — Do you write a blog, or know someone who does? Than this might be for you. The US Copyright Office is proposing a new group registration option for short (between 100 words and 17,500 words) online literary works. Registrants will be able to register up to 50 works published within the same 3 month window on a single application for a single fee.

Judge Recommends Dropping ISP Grande’s DMCA Safe Harbor Defense — Torrentfreak reports on the recommendation from a magistrate judge in a copyright infringement case brought by record labels against a Texas internet service provider, similar to the Fourth Circuit’s BMG v Cox. If the magistrate judge’s recommendations are adopted by the district court, the ISP will not be able to rely on the DMCA safe harbor to shield it from any liability.

Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to — Peter Bright of Ars Technica writes how Google’s dominance in the web browser market means it holds considerable sway over how the web operates.

Spotify Settles $1.6 Billion Lawsuit from Wixen Publishing — The lawsuit was filed just shy of one year ago, and its claims involved issues at the heart of the since enacted Music Modernization Act. Of course, the digital music service is still involved in similar lawsuits, including one brought by publisher Bluewater, where it is seeking appeal on several issues.

Rising Instagram Stars Are Posting Fake Sponsored Content — The latest trend in user-generated content. “It’s street cred—the more sponsors you have, the more credibility you have.”