The U.K. May Sacrifice Copyright Law to Attract AI Big Business — “A new proposed exception in the country’s copyright law would explicitly make it legal for AI to be fed any online content. It would allow machine learning programs to freely use all imagery published online, according to a scathing review of the proposed changes by the Association of Photographers (AOP).”
Anti-Hacking Copyright Law Scrutinized in Free Speech Challenge — Bloomberg Law’s Isaiah Poritz previews the oral arguments in Green v. DOJ, which took place Monday in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The EFF is appealing its unsuccessful challenge to Section 1201’s prohibition on circumventing technological measures used by copyright owners to protect their works. I attended the arguments in person, and note that the panel devoted far more time to several of the thorny procedural issues of the appeal rather than the substance of EFF’s claims.
Tedious Anti-Copyright Stance of EFF is Not About Protecting Anyone — “Streaming models have fostered a diverse range of projects that would never have been made, let alone been sustainable, in the narrower distribution paradigms pre-Netflix. But a reality of all this bounty is that more experimentation and risk-taking means that a higher volume of material will be canceled or redistributed more frequently as audiences respond to what gets made. That’s just the business of making entertainment media, and the EFF always acts as if the business is what makes efforts to mitigate piracy somehow dishonest or sinister.”
Possible copyright changes could mean more money for Inuit artists — “In December 2021, federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne received a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that included a directive to amend Canada’s Copyright Act to allow for resale rights for artists. . . . Advocates hope the resale right will mean artists or their estates will get five per cent of resales, if their work is sold through an auction or gallery. For Theresie Tungilik, a Rankin Inlet artist who is part of the Canadian Artists Representation Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC), that would be a vital — and long overdue — change.”