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US publishers object to the passing by the States of New York and Maryland of laws regulating the licensing of e-books to public libraries

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By Emmanuel LegrandThe state of New York's Assembly and Senate have passed on June 10 bills that would require "publishers who offer to license e-books to the public" to "offer licenses for electronic books to libraries under reasonable terms." By doing so, New York becomes the second state in the US to enact legislation related to the licensing on e-books, following Maryland, which passed into law on June 1. The New York bills (S2890B in the Senate and A5837B for the Assembly) defined "reasona...

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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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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).

MPA's Charles Rivkin

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

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Parliament report calls on UK Government to introduce a private copying scheme

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A report from British Parliament's House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee has made several recommendations to ensure that creators receive fair remuneration for their works, in particular through the introduction of a private copying scheme.

The report on 'Creator remuneration' from the CMS Committee calls on the Government to ensure creators are compensated "when people copy or move content such as songs to or between their devices (known as private copying)."

The re...

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