Instagram Embed Feature Sparks Copyright Suit From Users — “Two users on Wednesday sued Instagram, claiming its embed feature is designed to flout copyright laws to make money for its parent, Facebook. ‘Instagram misled the public to believe that anyone was free to get on Instagram and embed copyrighted works from any Instagram account, like eating for free at a buffet table of photos by virtue of simply using the Instagram embedding tool,’ writes attorney Solomon Cera in the complaint,” which is included in the article.
A voice gone viral: Canadian voice actor sues TikTok for using her voice without permission for text-to-speech feature — “Standing first became aware of her voice in TikTok videos in late 2020. Her friend sent a video to her, noticing her voice in the background. In early May, Standing filed a copyright violation claim against ByteDance for using her voice recordings without obtaining permission.”
New Report Examines Changes to Copyright Law for Sound Recordings — The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board has published a report that analyzes the Music Modernization Act and its implementation, with a focus on how the law impacts sound recording preservationists. The report includes a number of guides and resources for libraries and archives.
Cox Appeals $1B Piracy Liability Verdict to ‘Save the Internet’ — ISP Cox submitted its opening appellate brief to the Fourth Circuit this week, along with a healthy dose of hyperbole. Cox is appealing the lower court’s holdings on vicarious liability, contributory infringement, and statutory damages. A copy of the brief is included in the article.
Federal Court of Appeal Court Upholds Canadian Pirate Site Blocking Order — Torrentfreak’s Ernesto Van der Sar reports, “Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal concluded today that the country’s first pirate site blocking order can stay in place. The Court dismissed the appeal from Internet provider TekSavvy. According to the Court, site-blocking injunctions don’t violate the Copyright Act, freedom of speech, or net neutrality. While it’s not a perfect remedy, it trumps other available options.”