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‘No Shelf Life Now’: The Big Business of Interpolating Old Songs for New Hits

Between a softer legal landscape, a higher demand for catchy music to place in swaths of content, and a hot song acquisition marketplace, publishers are seeing stronger tailwinds to get their old hits recycled. Several publishers say they’re becoming increasingly aggressive in pitching their catalogs and seeing more requests from creators to use their music for new songs.

Source: ‘No Shelf Life Now’: The Big Business of Interpolating Old Songs for New Hits

Rarible DAO Demos Programmable NFT Royalties Smart Contracts 

Content creators and artists will likely be pleased with the news that there is now a solution for maintaining royalties on non-fungible tokens (NFT) even when a piece is sold on secondary markets. Essentially, including a file in the ERC-721 contract and setting parameters enables the defined royalties to be passed on with the NFT.

Source: Rarible DAO Demos Programmable NFT Royalties Smart Contracts – BeInCrypto

Substack Moves on Hollywood With Top Marvel, DC Writers Targeted

The San Francisco-based newsletter platform plans to spend north of $30 million to entice big comic scribes to leave publishers — and let them keep rights to their own IP: “They are paying for names.” Substack is part of a wave of platforms — including Amazon-owned ComiXology — that are seeking to create comics for the digital age as the medium is booming.

Source: Substack Moves on Hollywood With Top Marvel, DC Writers Targeted

Anti-Piracy Alliance Calls For a ‘Staydown’ Requirement in EU’s Digital Services Act 

The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance has compiled a list of amendments to improve the Digital Service Act proposal, which is the official successor to the E-Commerce Directive. The group calls for staydown requirements, to ensure that pirated material stays offline. In addition, it would like to see repeat copyright infringers being permanently disconnected.

Source: Anti-Piracy Alliance Calls For a ‘Staydown’ Requirement in EU’s Digital Services Act * TorrentFreak

Sci-Hub Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary By Uploading 2.3m New Articles 

More than a decade ago a student in Kazakhstan working on a research paper found that she needed access to scientific articles that were hidden behind a paywall. By 2011, that need had developed into the project we now know as Sci-Hub – ‘The Pirate Bay of Science’. To celebrate ten years online, operator Alexandra Elbakyan has now added another 2.3m articles to the site’s archives.

Source: Sci-Hub Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary By Uploading 2.3m New Articles * TorrentFreak

AI computers can’t patent their own inventions — yet — a US judge rules

Should an artificially intelligent machine be able to patent its own inventions? For a US federal judge, the larger implications of that question were irrelevant. In April 2020, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ruled that only “natural persons” could be credited as the inventor of a patent, and a US court decided Thursday that yes, that’s what the law technically says.

Source: AI computers can’t patent their own inventions — yet — a US judge rules

Germany’s Börsenverein Warns Textbook Market Is ‘Shrinking Drastically’

Legislation called the Copyright Knowledge Society Act went into force in Germany on March 1, 2018. As the copyright team at the German booksellers and publishers association writes, “Among other things, it expands the possibilities for university teachers to provide students with excerpts from digital or printed scientific works and textbooks without their universities having to obtain licenses under reasonable conditions.

Source: Copyright: Germany’s Börsenverein Warns Textbook Market Is ‘Shrinking Drastically’

Tencent axes all exclusive label deals in China following antitrust clampdown

After being hit with an exclusivity ban by China’s State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR) in July, Tencent published a statement on WeChat on Tuesday (August 31) announcing that as of August 23, it had officially written to all “upstream copyright” holders to end their exclusive agreements.

Source: Tencent axes all exclusive label deals in China following antitrust clampdown

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