Austrian ISP T-Mobile has announced that following a supervisory procedure carried out by local telecoms regulator TKK, it has begun blocking two dozen Sci-Hub and Libgen related domains. The original complaint was filed against rival ISP A1 several months ago by publishing giant Elsevier. A1’s blocking is also well underway.
Major tech companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter are concerned about harmful copyright legislation being created around the world. Industry groups warn that these developments, including the EU Copyright Directive, harm the interests of US companies, while conflicting with various free trade agreements.
To many librarians, a boycott may seem counter-intuitive as it will in practice prevent patrons from accessing some Macmillan books from the library. We do not take this decision lightly, and we agree that librarians should support access. Unfortunately, the choice not to boycott also impedes patron access. If we simply capitulate, we effectively communicate to other publishers that embargoes are acceptable.
The Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice has issued a warning in respect of the way pirate material is being distributed online. A decade ago, individual downloads were the norm, Brian Benczkowski says. Today, however, technologically advanced multi-national streaming services are taking over while generating millions of dollars in profits.
The market for old movies, that is, library assets, is rising as new deep-pocketed conglomerates — studios including Disney, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal and tech giants such as Apple — roll out streaming services to challenge Netflix and Amazon Prime with thousands of hours of film and TV content. At the same time, the output of high-end films has dropped as studios produce fewer titles, focusing on a handful of tentpoles.
Zelda Williams, whose late father Robin Williams has restricted exploitation of his image, spoke out on the casting news on Twitter: “Publicity stunt or not, this is puppeteering the dead for their ‘clout’ alone and it sets such an awful precedent for the future of performance.”
Tune.fm, a streaming music service built on the Hedera Hashgraph network, has announced a deal with Mathew Knowles to put his Music World Entertainment label’s artists on the platform. Knowles is the father of R&B icon Beyoncé Knowles as well as Solange Knowles. Music from both artists will be available through the service.
There is no question that artificial intelligence is destined to replace some human work in the future. But can something that’s created by AI technology be copyrighted? And can AI creations infringe copyrights of others? These are questions the US Patent and Trademark Office would like to have answered by asking the public for input.
Just days after Macmillan’s controversial two month embargo on new release e-books in public libraries went into effect, CEO John Sargent met with a delegation of state librarians, standing by his claim that new release e-books in libraries are hurting the publisher’s revenue.
In a blog post to its stakeholders, TikTok directly answered some concerns relating to U.S. government investigations of the company, while omitting issues tied to copyright infringement. Vanessa Pappas, who is the general manager of TikTok U.S., wrote that, during the past year, the company has taken “concrete actions” to answer many of the concerns of both legislators and regulators.