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Facebook threatens to block the circulation of news content in Canada if the Online News Act is voted by Parliament

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Meta's social network Facebook has called on the Canadian government to review the proposed legislation known as the Online News Act (Bill C-18), introduced in April 2022, which would require digital platforms to negotiate commercial deals and remunerate news publishers.

If the draft bill went through in its current form, Facebook warned that it could block users from sharing of news content on the platform in Canada. The warning came as the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage held a hea...

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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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The European AI Office has launched

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The European Commission has officially launched the European AI Office on 22 February 2024. The new organisation is tasked with enforcing and coordinating the European Union's AI regulation.

More specifically, the AI Office will oversee the implementation and enforcement of the recently adopted AI Act, which gives the EU a comprehensive legal framework on AI. The Office will also "play a pivotal role in strengthening the development and use of trustworthy AI, driving coordination of AI poli...

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News/Media Alliance urges US Copyright Office to adopt the proposed rules on group registration of online content

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The News/Media Alliance has asked the US Copyright Office (USCO) on February 20 to immediately adopt on an interim basis the proposed rule on group registrations of updates to a news website.

The claim was made in a filing with the USCO in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Group Registration of Updates to a News Website. "The proposed rule paves the way for a long-awaited ability for news publishers to efficiently register all of their online content, something that is effect...

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UK government closes the door on a possible implementation of equitable remuneration for music streaming

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The British government has announced that it will not pursue the implementation of equitable remuneration for music streaming payments.

In a letter to Caroline Dinenage, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the House of Commons, Julia Lopez (Minister for Media, Tourism and Creative Industries) and Viscount Camrose (Under Secretary of State at the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology) wrote that "in light of the risks it presents, the government does not in...

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