By , March 17, 2023.

The 11th Circuit Joins the Split by Refusing to Limit Copyright Damages — “Enter the Eleventh Circuit. After confirming its discovery rule governs and assuming the timeliness of the plaintiff’s claims, the Eleventh Circuit took the side of the Ninth Circuit by holding a copyright plaintiff may recover retrospective relief for infringement occurring more than three years before filing suit so long as the claim is timely under the discovery rule.”

To protect human artistry from AI, new safeguards might be essential — T Bone Burnett and Jonathan Taplin write, “Surely, the world has enough formulaic artistic content already. What’s needed: keeping the spigot of original ideas and new thoughts open — to build a culture that goes beyond what is already found on the internet and can be enriched by artists who might grow in ways no AI could predict.”

Why a State-Based Overhaul of US Copyright Law is a Bad Idea — Zvi Rosen writes, “In direct violation of the Constitution, legislators in nearly a dozen states are attempting to subvert the uniform nature of federal copyright law with a state-enforced approach to copyright protections governing distribution of digital library books. These patchwork interventions, however, would harm both the copyright holders and the public by stifling e-book accessibility in the long run.”

Operation 404: 11 Arrests, Hundreds of Pirate Sites, Apps & Domains Blocked — Torrentfreak’s Andy Maxwell reports, “Brazilian authorities are reporting a new wave of action as part of anti-piracy initiative ‘Operation 404’. With support from the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, MPA Latin America, and the Entertainment Software Association, 200 illegal streaming and gaming sites, 128 domains and 63 music apps are reported blocked. Raids on locations across Brazil led to 11 arrests.”

U.S. Copyright Office says some AI-assisted works may be copyrighted — “Building on a decision it issued last month rejecting copyrights for images created by the generative AI system Midjourney, the office said copyright protection depends on whether AI’s contributions are ‘the result of mechanical reproduction,’ such as in response to text prompts, or if they reflect the author’s ‘own mental conception.'”