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Rep. Judy Chu and Kelly Armstrong introduce the SMART Act Copyright Act of 2023 in the House of Representatives

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US Representatives Judy Chu [D-CA-27] and Kelly Armstrong [R-ND-At Large] have introduced on December 14 in the House of Representatives the Strengthening Measures to Advance Rights Technologies Copyright Act of 2023 or SMART Copyright Act of 2023.

The SMART Act is aimed at amending title 17 of the United States Code, with the ambition to "define and provide for accommodation and designation of technical measures to identify, protect, or manage copyrighted works, and for other purposes."

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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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+1 Records seals global strategic partnership with Exceleration Music

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Independent label +1 Records has signed a strategic, global partnership with Exceleration Music, the structure dedicated to enhancing the future of independent music.

Exceleration has made an investment in +1’s catalogue and will provide the resources and operational support the label’s upcoming releases. New York and Los Angeles-based +1 Records was Co-founded in 2008 by Jonny Kaps, Nat Hays Boas and and Josh Swade.

The two partners said that Kaps would continue as CEO of the company, w...

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US Justice Department starts legal action against Google for alleged anticompetitive behaviour in the digital advertising market

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The US Justice Department — alongside eight States — have filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the Alphabet-owned company of "monopolising multiple digital advertising technology products in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act."

The suit — in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia — alleges that through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation, Google "subverted competition in Internet advertising technologies."

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John Asein renewed for four years at the helm of the Nigerian Copyright Commission

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the mandate of John Asein as Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC). Asein will serve for another final four-year term, in accordance with the Nigerian Copyright Commission Act.

NCC is the government agency responsible for all copyright matters in Nigeria, including the administration, regulation, promotion, enforcement and prosecution of copyright.

The NCC operates the Nigerian Copyright e-Registration System...

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