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Hong Kong government launches consultation on copyright legislation

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Hong Kong's government has launched on 24 November 2021 a three-month public consultation with the goal to update its copyright legislation.

The initiative comes seven years after Hong Kong last tried to modernise its copyright legislation, although attempts to pass the Copyright (Amendment) Bill of 2014 were eventually unsuccessful, due to strong objection from some political groups. Eventually, the government had to drop the proposed legislation in 2016.

As a result, “Hong Kong’s copyr...

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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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European Parliament approves the Digital Services Act by 530 votes to 78

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Members of the European Parliament have voted by 530 votes to 78, and 80 abstentions the proposed Digital Services Act, bringing closer to adoption this legislation meant to counter illegal products, services and content online, ensure platforms are held accountable for their algorithms, and improve content moderation.

With the Parliament's approval, the French Presidency of the Council has now a green light to open negotiations with member states on the proposed draft.

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British government decides not change the country’s copyright exhaustion laws — for the moment

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The British government has announced that it will not seek to change the country's copyright exhaustion laws for the foreseeable future.

The initial plan from the government was to relax the copyright exhaustion laws, which would have allowed books to enter the country and be sold at lower prices than those set by the local publishers.

A consultation on this issue by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) led to a campaign from the books' sector warning that a change to the current syst...

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Europe’s creative sector urges the European Parliament to address the shortcomings of the Digital Services Act

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The creative sector has expressed its opposition and concern about the current draft of the Digital Services Act (DSA), proposed by the European Commission, and due to be discussed and voted during a plenary session at the European Parliament on January 20.

In a letter to Members of the European Parliament, some 30 organisations from the creative community, representing creators and various industries from the sector, have invited MEPs to "turn the DSA into an opportunity for the EU to play ...

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