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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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BREIN’s Annual Report 2021 illustrates the ongoing popularity of torrent sites, cyberlockers and illegal IPTV platforms

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Bittorrent remains the most popular protocol to access unlicensed content, but streaming/download link sites for cyberlockers are also very popular, as are illegal IPTV subscriptions with Video-On-Demand (VoD) for audiovisual content, according to the Annual Report 2021 from Dutch anti-piracy organisation BREIN Foundation.

The BREIN Foundation provides collective protection for copyright and neighboring rights on behalf creators, performers and the creative industry — producers, publishers, ...

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Canada plans to introduce a resale right for visual artists in the amended Copyright Act

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Canada is planning to introduce a resale right (ARR) for visual artists that would see them benefit from the proceeds of a resale of their works through auction houses or galleries.

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne and Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez have announced that they will include the ARR as part of the copyright reform that the country is undertaking. The ARR would apply for the duration of the copyright of the works, according to a report from The Canadian Press.

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US Copyright Office concludes against adopting deferred registration examination process for copyright applications

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The US Copyright Office has determined that the deferred registration examination (DRE) system —whereby the examination of a registration claim by the Office may be deferred until requested by the applicant — should not be pursued and that other alternative options should be favoured.

The recommendation from Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter follows a Copyright Office public study on the feasibility, benefits, and costs of creating a new option for copyright registration where examinat...

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