AAP Statement on the Death and Legacy of Former Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters — “During her long tenure, Ms. Peters helped to implement both the 1976 Copyright Act and the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which together constitute the foundation of our present-day copyright system. She championed numerous, additional improvements—both statutory and regulatory—through rigorous studies and testimony.”
Fifty Years of U.S. Copyright: Toward a Law of Authors’ Rights? — From copyright scholar Jane Ginsburg, a comprehensive look at the 1976 Copyright Act and “how that law marks a watershed in U.S. copyright, shifting us toward a law of authors’ rights more consonant with the international standards of the Berne Convention on the Protection of Literary and Artistic Property.”
The MLC Announces New Data Portal for Distributors — The Mechanical Licensing Collective, which distributes songwriter royalties for mechanical reproductions by digital service providers, has unveiled a new tool that makes it easier for independent distributors like TuneCore and CD Baby to provide data to help identify unmatched recordings and get money earned by songwriters into their hands.
99 Web domains illegally streaming sports, Korean drama blocked — “More than one-third of 1,000 respondents in Singapore in a survey, conducted in December 2021 by research firm YouGov and commissioned by Avia, said that site blocking changed their content viewing habits, such as by subscribing to paid legitimate services instead. In a similar survey by YouGov in Indonesia, more than half of about 2,300 respondents said they had stopped or rarely access pirate services after piracy sites were blocked.”
Upcoming Webinar—Taking the Initiative on IP Protection: Motion Pictures’ Multi-front Battle Against Digital Piracy — The MPA’s Karyn Temple and Jan van Voorn will discuss the “motion picture industry’s comprehensive approach to defending creators’ copyrights worldwide” in this WLF webinar scheduled for October 4, 2:00-3:00pmET.