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Tech companies urge USTR to use trade deals to push for ‘innovation-oriented’ copyright framework

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By Emmanuel Legrand

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and the Internet Association have warned the US government that new copyright legislation around the world, including the EU Copyright Directive, could impact the businesses of digital companies. In their respective filings with the US Trade Representative (USTR), in response to a request for comments in preparation for the USTR's yearly report on foreign trade barrier, both organisations list several potential t...

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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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Constitutional Court rules sections of South Africa’s Copyright Act are unconstitutional

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South Africa's Constitutional Court has unanimously ruled that sections of the Copyright Act of 1978 are unconstitutional for limiting access to reading materials in accessible formats for persons who are blind or visually impaired, without first securing permission from copyright holders.

The court has given Parliament 24 months to address the “unconstitutional” issues in the Copyright Act and "cure the defects in the act.". In the meantime, ConCourt allowed blind people to convert written ...

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Senate Judiciary Committee approves by a 15-7 vote the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to support local news

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The US Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA or bill S. 673), sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Kennedy (R-La.).

The aim of the legislation is to "support small, local, independent and conservative news publications by giving them a level playing field in negotiations with Big Tech platforms that often prevent them from making a profit from their work online," according to the co-sponsors of the bill.

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The American Music Fairness Act is introduced in the Senate by Marsha Blackburn and Alex Padilla

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US Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) have introduced in the Senate the bipartisan American Music Fairness Act to ensure that artists and music are fairly remunerated when their recordings are played by AM/FM radio stations.

"This legislation will bring corporate radio broadcasters in line with all other music streaming platforms, which already pay artists for their music," said the two Senators in a statement. The bill mirrors similar legislation (H.R. 4130) that has a...

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