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Congress is trying to give even more power to Hollywood

“On March 23rd, Reps. Bob Goodlatte and John Conyers introduced a controversial bipartisan bill with over 100 years of history behind it, though you wouldn’t know it from its boring name and seemingly boring topic. It’s called the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 — the key part is that it makes the Register of Copyright a political position appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. That’s in contrast to the current state of affairs, which has been in existence since the creation of the Copyright Office in 1897.” (via The Verge)

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Former copyright office head to run publishing trade group

“The former head of the U.S. Copyright Office, whose ouster last fall angered many in the arts world, has been chosen to lead the book publishers’ trade group.Maria A. Pallante will become president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, beginning next Wednesday. She will succeed Tom Allen, a former congressman from Maine, who is stepping down after nearly eight years. In announcing her appointment Thursday, AAP board chairman YS Chi called her “a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of members of Congress as well as intellectual property experts around the world.” Pallante said in a statement she was “deeply inspired by the values of the American publishing industry.” (via AP)

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Homework help companies continue to raise copyright, academic integrity issues

“George D. Gollin, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently discovered that one of his students had posted a copyrighted homework assignment to Course Hero, an online learning platform, and solicited “tutoring help” — in reality, paying a user located at the University of Nairobi in Kenya to solve the problems. “I don’t know how to do them please help me,” the student wrote. “Please show me the procedures!” (via Inside Higher Education)

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EFF: Controversial copyright law unconstitutional

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the government to remove a controversial clause in a long-controversial copyright law.The digital liberties organization is suing to remove “anti-circumvention” restrictions from Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), long a thorn in civil libertarians’ craw.The DMCA was signed in 1998. Originally intended to protect the arts industries from online privacy, it included “anti-circumvention” provisions that prohibit breaking any digital safeguards that protected copyrights. For example, a user could no longer disable the copy protection on a video tape.” (via TheHill)

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Let European copyright catch up with reality

“This week, the Wikimedia Foundation submitted comments to the European Commission, urging them to recommend a clear and broad freedom of panorama that would allow people to share images of buildings, sculptures, and monuments that are permanently located in a public space. We also voiced our concerns about the new proposed neighboring right for publishers, which—oddly enough—was included in the same consultation.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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