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Suzanne Barnett appointed interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Judge Suzanne Barnett as interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board, with immediate effect.

Barnett is replacing Chief Judge Jesse Feder who is stepping down from the position which he has held since 2019. The Library will start searching for a replacement to Feder "in the near future." Barnett will serve on the Copyright Royalty Board alongside Judge David Strickler and Judge Steve Ruwe.

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US Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter joins the Council on Inclusive Innovation

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Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director of the US Copyright Office has joined the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)'s Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2).

CI2 is chaired by Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director Kathi Vidal is Vice Chair. CI2 is tasked with helping the government in developing a national strategy for expanding innovation to build a more inclusive and expansive innovation ecosyste...

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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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