By , February 11, 2022.

Copyright Historical Record Books Collection Available Online — “The first 500 record books in the digitized Copyright Historical Record Books Collection are now available online. This collection is a preview of digitized historical record books that the Copyright Office plans to add to its Copyright Public Record System. This first release is part of a multi-year digitization project and includes applications for books registered with the Office from 1969 to 1977. The collection is being digitized in reverse chronological order.”

Families of Robin Williams and George Carlin Say Pandora Needs To Pay Up for Streaming — “‘While it is commonplace in the music industry for companies like Pandora to enter into public performance licensing agreements with performance rights organizations like BMI and ASCAP for musical compositions, these entities do not license literary works. Therefore, it was the responsibility of Pandora to seek out the copyright owners and obtain valid public performance licenses,’ the lawsuits filed in federal court in Los Angeles state.”

Traders are selling themselves their own NFTs to drive up prices — “The NFT marketplace is rife with people buying their own NFTs in order to drive up prices, according to a report released this week by blockchain data firm Chainalysis. Known as ‘wash trading’, the act of buying and selling a security in order to fool the market was once commonplace on Wall Street, and has been illegal for nearly a century. But the vast, unregulated NFT marketplace has shown to be a golden opportunity for scammers.”

A Bored Russian Museum Guard Damaged a Prized Avant-Garde Painting by Doodling Cartoon Eyes Onto Two Faceless Figures — Moral rights protect against the defacement of copyrighted works, but what happens when a work is refaced?

Publishers Association launches new industry video — The new video from the UK based Publishers Association “aims to help communicate the publishing industry’s personal, social, economic and innovative value to a range of audiences including policymakers.”