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How copyright filters lead to wage-theft

Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow – “…content ID was created to mollify the entertainment industry after Google acquired Youtube. Google would spend $100m on filtering tech that would allow rightsholders to go beyond the simple “takedown” permitted by law, and instead share in revenues from creative uses. But it’s easy to see how this system could be abused. What if people falsely asserted copyright over works to which they had no claim? What if rightsholders rejected fair uses, especially criticism? In a world where the ownership of creative works can take years to untangle in the courts and where judges’ fair use rulings are impossible to predict in advance, how could Google hope to get it right, especially at the vast scale of Youtube? The impossibility of automating copyright judgments didn’t stop Google from trying to perfect its filter, adding layers of complexity until Content ID’s appeal process turned into a cod-legal system whose flowchart looks like a bowl of spaghetti…”

Welcome to the EU Council Library LibGuides

European Council, Council of the European Union: “The Council Library guides provide a selection of information resources relevant to the work of the Council of the EU and the European Council: information databases, (e)journals, (e)books, articles and EU publications. Search the online Eureka catalogue to discover the full collections.” Search All Guides, By Group, By… Continue Reading

Google v. Oracle: Supreme Court Rules for Google in Landmark Software Copyright Case

CRS Legal Sidebar – Google v. Oracle: Supreme Court Rules for Google in Landmark Software Copyright Case, May 10, 2021: “On April 5, 2021,the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., the culmination of a decade-long software copyright dispute between the two tech giants. Resolving what observers have… Continue Reading

Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17) and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code

“This week, the Copyright Office posted an updated edition of Circular 92, our publication that contains Title 17 and related laws. This new edition adds copyright legislation enacted since the last printed edition (June 2020) — specifically the new section 2319C to Title 18 regarding criminal penalties for copyright infringement, and a new chapter 15… Continue Reading

The Biden Administration’s Initial Presidential Directives in Context

CRS Insight. The Biden Administration’s Initial Presidential Directives in Context, Updated May 10, 2021: ” In its first 100 days,the Biden Administration issued a number of presidential directives that have drawn significant public attention for their speed and range of purposes. A review of the pace with which recent presidential Administrations issued executive orders shows… Continue Reading

Amazon blocks 10 billion—yes, billion—listings in massive counterfeit crackdown

AP via Fortune – “Amazon, which has been under pressure from shoppers, brands and lawmakers to crack down on counterfeits on its site, said [in its 2020 Brand Protection Report] Monday that it blocked more than 10 billion suspected phony listings last year before any of their offerings could be sold. The numbers were released… Continue Reading

Fake Comments: How U.S. Companies & Partisans Hack Democracy to Undermine Your Voice

New York State Office of the Attorney General Latitia James released the report on May 10, 2021.  “On June 19, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a comment from Kenneth Langsam of Nassau, New York. Mr. Langsam had written to express support for the proposed repeal of regulations that require internet service providers to… Continue Reading

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The New York times – The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus “…At the heart of the accusations is Dartmouth’s use of the Canvas system to retroactively track student activity during remote exams without their knowledge. In the process, the medical school… Continue Reading

We spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking

Via LLRX – We spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking – More than a quarter of a century since its first commercial use, the growth of the online world is now slowing down in some key categories. A multi-year research project analyzing global trends in… Continue Reading

The Lex-Atlas: Covid-19 (LAC19) project

Via Lyonette Louis-Jacques – “The Lex-Atlas: Covid-19 (LAC19) project provides a scholarly report and analysis of national legal responses to Covid-19 around the world.   There are nearly 200 jurists participating in the LAC19 network and who have contributed to writing national country reports.  The Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19 launched on… Continue Reading

Anyone can use this powerful facial-recognition tool and that’s a problem

CNN Business: “You probably haven’t seen PimEyes, a mysterious facial-recognition search engine, but it may have spotted you. If you upload a picture of your face to PimEyes’ website, it will immediately show you any pictures of yourself that the company has found around the internet. You might recognize all of them, or be surprised… Continue Reading