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US Department of Justice launches broad antitrust probe of tech giants

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By Emmanuel Legrand

The US Department of Justice has opened a broad antitrust investigation to determine if tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon are unlawfully stifling competition. The DoJ said it would look at "how the most dominant tech firms have grown in size" and expanded into other businesses and will also evaluate how these companies managed to leverage "the powers that come with having very large networks of users."
The DoJ's probe is a response to "widespread co...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Copyright Board of Canada’s Nathalie Théberge named Vice-Chairperson of broadcasting and telco regulator CRTC

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The Minister of Canadian Heritage Pascale St-Onge has appointed Nathalie Théberge as Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the broadcasting and telco regulator. She takes over from Alicia Barin who left the organisation earlier this year.

Théberge’s term of office will last five years, starting April 3, 2024. She will serve alongside CRTC Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer Vicky Eatrides. "This appointment is the result of the Govern...

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Copyright registrations in China in 2023 were up 40.5% year-on-year to 8.92 million

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The number of copyright registrations for works in visual arts, photography, video, music, modeling, opera and architecture in China reached 8.92 million in 2023, up 40.46% year-on-year, according to data from the National Copyright Administration (NCA) disclosed by news agency Xinhua.

Artworks accounted for the majority of the registered works, with 51% of total registrations, followed by photographic works at 39% and film works. The NCA said the remaining registered works included video, m...

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Thai police closes torrent site Siambit.me

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The Royal Thai Police’s Economic Crimes Department (ECD) has shut down the site Siambit.me, believed to be the largest torrent tracker site in Thailand. The action was supported by global anti-piracy organisation the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

The police raided four locations in Bangkok, Surin Province and Surat Thani, taking four Thai nationals into custody. The unnamed individuals are expected to be formally charged with copyright offenses "in the coming days," accor...

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