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WIPO Director General announces new leadership

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By Emmanuel LegrandMember states at the World Intellectual Property Organisation have approved the new leadership proposed by new Director General Daren Tang (pictured, above), who will be seconded by four Deputy Directors General and four Assistant Directors General. Tang, who was chief executive of Singapore's IP Office(IPOS), was elected for a six-year mandate and succeeded Francis Gurry on October 1, 2020. The eight executives are: - Lisa Jorgenson (United States of America): Deputy Dir...

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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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US House passes law forcing TikTok to change ownership or get banned in the US

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The US House of Representatives has passed legislation on April 20 that could ban TikTok in the United States unless the short-format app does changes ownership within a timeframe of nine months, that could be extended to twelve in there are meaningful discussions with a buyer.

The legislation, which echoes a similar text passed six months ago by the House, was included in the foreign aid package to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. It will now go to the Senate for final approval in the coming da...

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South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism puts out a Generative AI and Copyright Guide in English

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) in South Korea, in partnership with the Korea Copyright Commission, have released the 'Generative AI and Copyright Guide' in English in response to "the frequent use of K-content for AI training abroad and Korean culture (Hallyu) fans’ creation of content similar to K-content using generative AI."

A Korean version of the Guide was initially released on December 2023. The MCST said this initiative aims "to clarify legal uncertainties related ...

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Motion Picture Association urges Congress to adopt site-blocking legislation in the US

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Charles Rivkin, the Chairman and CEO Motion Picture Association (MPA), announced that his organisation was going to work with Members of Congress with the goal to "enact site-blocking legislation in the US."

Rivkin made the announcement at the CinemaCon 2024, the yearly gathering of the global motion picture theater industry, held in Las Vegas and organised by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).

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Rivkin described site-blocking as "a targeted, legal tac...

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