By , January 21, 2022.

Crypto Bros Spent $3 Million Thinking They Bought the Rights to Dune — A quick read of 17 U.S.C. § 202 could have saved them some cash.

How Instagram Changed Its Embedding Feature—and What That Means for Photographers and Publishers — Alicia Calzada, Deputy General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, writes, “In mid-December of 2021, Instagram quietly let it be known that it had added a feature to its service that allows users to disable its commonly misused and misunderstood embedding feature.”

2022–2026 Strategic Plan: Fostering Creativity and Enriching Culture — The U.S. Copyright Office this week published its Strategic Plan for the next five years. Among its priorities, the Copyright Office says, “A key focus will be ensuring that the copyright system is accessible to all, welcoming diversity and ultimately enriching the cultural landscape.”

Adblocking Does Not Constitute Copyright Infringement, Court Rules — Torrentfreak’s Andy Maxwell reports on this week’s decision from the Hamburg District Court in Germany, in litigation brought by publishing house Axel Springer against adblocking company Eyeo, and the reasoning the court used to reach its result.

Trade relieved but cautious as government delays decision on UK copyright changes — “The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) launched a consultation last summer which considered a weakening of copyright rules used for exporting books around the world. Changing the way these rules, known as copyright exhaustion, work would present ‘serious dangers for the health of the books industry’, according to groups including the Publishers Association (PA) which set up a Save Our Books campaign to fight the changes.”