SESAC strikes deal with songwriters, publishers putting Music Modernization Act back on track â€” The bill, which passed the House unanimously in April and reported favorably out of the Senate Judiciary Committee (also unanimously) in June, is now within striking distance of a Senate vote and getting signed into law.
Gerda Taro: A Female War Photographer in the Spotlight â€” “Eighty-one years after Gerda Taro was killed while covering the Spanish Civil War, the pioneering photojournalist is finally getting the recognition she deserves, in the most contemporary way possible: On her birthday, August 1, she is the subject of a Google Doodle. While she has long been recognized as one of the first female photographers to cover conflicts from the front lines, Taroâ€™s images from the Spanish Civil War remained relatively unknown until they were rediscovered in 2007. Here, a look back at the forgotten photographer who paved the way for countless other women in her field.”
9th Circuit Rejects Courtsâ€™ â€œOne Size Fits Allâ€ Bit Torrent Ruling â€” Stephen Carlisle looks at last week’s Ninth Circuit opinion inÂ Glacier Films (USA) Inc. v. Turchin, an infringement lawsuit brought by a filmmaker against an individual alleged to have illegally downloaded the film. The lower court had declined to award attorneys fees to the filmmaker after the parties agreed to a settlement, a decision the Ninth Circuit held was incorrect.
Sony Taken to Court Over ‘Slender Man’ Threats â€” Slender Man, the most spookiest of memes, finds himself at the center of a copyright dispute. Unlike some memes, Slender Man has a clear providence: he was created by Eric Knudsen in 2009. The issue here, however, has to do with alleged similarities between Slender Man, the subject of a spooky movie being developed by Sony’s Screen Gems, and the monster appearing in the film Flay, produced by Phame Factory. Phame Factory filed a declaratory judgment action against Sony following a series of cease and desist letters from Sony alleging similarities between the two spooky monsters.