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France’s new regulatory body ARCOM started operating on January 1 with wider powers

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On January 1, 2022, a new regulator named ARCOM — Autorité de régulation de la communication audiovisuelle et numérique or Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority started operating in France.

The new body was created by the Law no. 2021-1382 of 25 October 2021 relating to regulation and protection of access to cultural works in the digital age. It regroups the former broadcasting authority Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel, and internet piracy watchdog HADOPI. The new bod...

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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 Copyright Office appoints Malcolm Hawkins as Deputy Director of Operations

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The US Register of Copyrights, Shira Perlmutter, has appointed of Malcolm “Hawk” Hawkins as Deputy Director of Operations for the US Copyright Office. Hawkins will assist the Assistant Register and Director of Operations with the Office’s strategic planning, financial management activities, and business processes.

Hawkins joined the Office in November 2020 as Chief of the Administrative Services Division. He served as an advisor to the Register and provided "oversight and coordination on hu...

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Hong Kong government launches public consultation on the impact of artificial intelligence technology on copyright law

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The government in Hong Kong has launched a two-month public consultation on enhancing the Copyright Ordinance (Cap. 528) regarding the protection for artificial intelligence technology development.

Following the implementation of the Copyright (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 in May 2023, designed to strengthen copyright protection in the digital environment, the consultation will explore "further enhancement of the Copyright Ordinance (CO) regarding the protection for AI technology development.
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European Commission’s ‘preliminary findings’ show X has been in breach of the EU’s Digital Services Act

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The European Commission has informed X, formerly Twitter, that the social network was in breach of the Digital Services Act (DSA) in areas linked to dark patterns, advertising transparency and data access for researchers.

The Commission said these were only "preliminary" findings. By sending preliminary findings, the Commission has informed X of its preliminary view that it is in breach of the DSA, more specifically of Articles 25, 39 and 40(12) of the DSA. This is the first time the Commis...

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