What You Need to Know About the Copyright Office’s Section 1201 Rulemaking — The US Copyright Office is holding a webinar on June 23 to provide an overview of section 1201 and the upcoming rulemaking proceeding. It will discuss the governing legal standards, the exemptions established by the last rulemaking, the Office’s streamlined procedure to renew existing exemptions, and the process for seeking new or expanded exemptions.
World Trade Organization: Saudis facilitated sports piracy — The WTO ruled in a long-running dispute over the beoutQ broadcasting network. ABCNews reports, “Saudi Arabia failed to take action to stop beoutQ’s operations and protect the intellectual property of rights holders, the WTO dispute panel concluded. The panel highlighted how beIN was prevented from hiring lawyers in Saudi Arabia to take action in the courts against the piracy.”
The Dutch DSM copyright transposition bill: safety first (up to a point) – Part 1 — Remy Chavannes at the Kluwer Copyright Blog takes a deep dive into the first bill transposing the EU’s DSM copyright directive into national law. Also check out Part 2 and Part 3.
Internet Archive to End ‘National Emergency Library’ Initiative — “Citing a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by publishers, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle announced this week that the IA’s National Emergency Library initiative will cease operating on June 16, two weeks earlier than its previously announced June 30 closing date.”
Photographer Selling Copyright to Nirvana’s First Major Magazine Cover Shoot — “Watermann says he has decided to sell the shoot because of the economic devastation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘I shoot live music, and music is gone,’ he says. ‘More specifically, I’m a tour photographer. I travel around the world with my clients and document them performing every night… Because of the virus, big concerts were the first thing to be canceled this year and they aren’t coming back until next summer. Meaning I’ll have no real income for the next 12 months. So, I’m flipping an asset in order to keep my business running.'”