Copyright: A Worldwide Audience Is Watching

How did Canada become such a battleground, a place where rightsholders and educators have fought so bitterly, and the focus for so many other countries considering the future of copyright? The starting point for most people was The Copyright Modernization Act, a piece of legislation introduced by the Canadian government in 2012.

Source: Copyright: A Worldwide Audience Is Watching – Copyright Clearance Center

EU Council rebukes EU Commission for its copyright proposal 

Many European Member States (including Germany) were questioning the compatibility of the EU copyright proposal from the EU Commission with the e-Commerce Directive, a legal cornerstone of the European digital sector.

Source: EU Council rebukes EU Commission for its copyright proposal and asks for more explanations on the e-Commerce Directive – Disruptive Competition Project

Box Skills applies AI and machine learning to growing multimedia content 

It’s a move that had to come as the amount of content Box is managing has reached a tipping point. Once you get past a certain amount of content, you can’t manually tag it or track it. It requires a level of automation that’s simply impossible for humans to keep up with.

Source: Box Skills applies AI and machine learning to growing multimedia content | TechCrunch

An obscure copyright law is letting the Internet Archive distribute books published 1923-1941 

Section 108h of the Copyright Act gives libraries the power to scan and serve copies of out-of-print books published between 1923 and 1941; it’s never been used before but now the mighty Internet Archive is giving it a serious workout, adding them to their brilliantly named Sonny Bono Memorial Collection.

Source: An obscure copyright law is letting the Internet Archive distribute books published 1923-1941 / Boing Boing

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Macron, Merkel Speak of a Europe United by Culture

In just under an hour, the two leaders touched on not only the power of culture to hold Europe together, but also on some issues within the publishing industry, including copyright and digitization. And both leaders praised the work of translators and urged more works of translation to be made available.

Source: Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Macron, Merkel Speak of a Europe United by Culture

Kobalt Series D funding swells to $89m as Section 32 chips in

In May, music company Kobalt announced a $75m Series D funding round, led by media firm Hearst Entertainment. Now that round has increased to $89m. The $14m ‘second installment’ was led by former Google Ventures partner Bill Maris’ new Section 32 fund, with Maris joining Kobalt’s board of directors as part of the funding.

Source: Kobalt Series D funding swells to $89m as Section 32 chips in

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