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First off today, Joe Kirwin at Bloomberg Law reports that European Union has taken a major step toward eliminating many of the complexities with licensing music within the 28-nation block.
The EU’s Parliament Committee for Legal Affairs has approved a change to the bloc’s copyright law that will allow it to function as a single licensing system, rather than requiring services such as Spotify and iTunes to obtain separate licenses for each of the group’s 28 member nations.
The proposal was given a rare unanimous vote in the committee and that likely paves the way for easy approval in the assembly, after some negotiation. In addition to unifying Eu licensing, the proposal, its current form, would require collection societies to reimburse copyright holders within three months as opposed to the 12 months originally proposed.
Next up today Ben Woods at The Next Web reports that Google, Microsoft and other advertising networks in the U.S. have signed onto a voluntary agreement to help stop their ads from appearing on suspected piracy websites.
The agreement sets up a “notice and takedown” system for advertisements similar to the one that is already codified into U.S. law for both hosts and search engines. Copyright holders will be able to notify advertisers that their ads appear alongside infringing material and advertisers will remove their ads.
The agreement is purely voluntary but comes after pressure from both copyright holders and The White House’s Office of the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.
Finally today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that video streaming and DVD rental service Netflix has been sued by Allen Chey, a filmmaker for, among other things, copyright infringement, over Netflix’s “Save” feature, which lets users mark unreleased movies and DVDs for inclusion in their queue when they come out.
According to Chey, the feature gave Netflix customers the false impression that his movie, “Suing the Devil” would be available on the service when it would not, causing many customers to bypass purchasing it on DVD or other video-on-demand services.
According to Chey, the movie did very well on other services but was never made available on Netflix. He believes that Netflix’s invitation “Save” the film in Netflix may have hurt the movie’s sales elsewhere as users wait for it to be released there when there were no plans to do so.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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