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SOCAN revenues grew 7% in 2017 as it paid out over $220m to songwriters and publishers

Canadian music licensing and collection society SOCAN says it saw revenues rise for a seventh year in 2017, up 7% to CAN $352m (US $265m). Pay-outs to its now 150,000 music creator and publisher members rose CAN $6m (US $5m) to reach a record CAN $295m (US $222m).

Source: SOCAN revenues grew 7% in 2017 as it paid out over $220m to songwriters and publishers

UN’s freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans

The campaign against a key aspect of new European copyright legislation has picked up a significant backer: the United Nations’ freedom of expression expert. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur, has sent a lengthy letter to the European Commission outlining his concerns about Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive.

Source: UN’s freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans

Orvium: Blockchain could revolutionize academic publishing

Blockchain could address key issues in the scientific academic publishing system such as lengthy review times and high costs. By offering reputational and economic rewards to peer reviewers, we can ensure that research is peer reviewed and published more efficiently and at a fraction of the cost than is currently possible.

Source: Blockchain could revolutionize academic publishing

Judge Allows Copyright Claims Over Technology Used on Disney’s ‘Avengers’

The decision represents a blow to the studios, which had warned the judge of consequences. Repeatedly throughout the litigation, for instance, defendants’ attorney highlighted how under plaintiff’s theories, Microsoft could be deemed the owner of what authors create in Word. The use of technology shouldn’t add up to infringement, argued Kelly Klaus of Munger Tolles & Olson.

Source: Judge Allows Copyright Claims Over Technology Used on Disney’s ‘Avengers’

Budding Blockchain, Copyright Relationship Needs Work

Today, if a copyright holder finds infringing content online, they can ask a publisher or internet service provider to remove it. But the law, as with any new technology, hasn’t kept pace with blockchain, which has gained popularity in part because no single person can remove or alter information or transaction records.

Source: Budding Blockchain, Copyright Relationship Needs Work

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