On the Road to a Modern Copyright System — Josh Simmons provides a thorough look at the history of copyright registration in the U.S., chock-full of interesting trivia and tidbits.
European Copyright Reforms Clear Final Hurdle at EU Before Heading Back to Member States — The sweeping set of reforms, which aim to modernize copyright rules within the EU as part of its Digital Single Market strategy, now head to the member states, which have two years to transpose the directive into their national laws. And then come the court cases.
In US, No Remedies for Growing IP Infringements — Sovereign immunity largely shields states and state entities from being liable for copyright infringement. But petitioners in Allen v Cooper are hoping the Supreme Court changes that.
Debunking the Capitalist Cowboy — A critical look at the lionization of “disruptive innovation”, which often plays a role in justifying weaker copyright protections.
Instagram Memers are Unionizing — “‘We as content creators want to have worker protections,’ Praindo said. ‘Even if you’re producing funny pictures of Shrek, that should not determine whether you’re taken seriously as a creator or your livelihood is imperiled at the drop of a hat … We are a meme union; the whole point of it is to work for protections for other content creators.'”