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First off today, Michael Zhang at PetaPixel writes that, in Canada, photographers have won a victory as the recent copyright reform bill C-11, takes effect this morning. Though the bill was best known for its barring of circumvention of digital locks, it also added a provision to the law that closed what many saw as a loophole. Prior to C-11, photographers who had their work commissioned were not the copyright holders in the creations. Instead, copyright when to the person who had paid for it. However, with C-11, the photographer will be the copyright holder and the persion requesting the work will have to negotiate the rights transfer if they want it. This brings Canadian law more in line with U.S. and other countries’ work-for-hire clauses. This passage ends more than 20 years of work by some photographers to lobby for the change.
Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that researchers from Sweden’s Lund University have published the results from their survey of Pirate Bay users in April of last year. The survey found that just shy 20% of all users take advantage of some VPN or anonymizing service to avoid copyright enforcement but another 50% are interested in such services. This means that, even as copyright enforcement of Bittorrent networks ramp up, in particular as the so-called “six strikes” regime starts in the U.S., that Bittorrent users will increasingly be using anonymizing technology to thwart such efforts. However, it remains to be seen if enough file sharers have turned to such tools to severely hamper enforcement systems.
Finally today, Josh Grossberg at E! writes that Carly Rae Jepsen, the singer and songwriter behind the hit song “Call Me Maybe” has been hit by a copyright lawsuit that accuses of her of plagiarizing her best-known work. Ukrainian singer Aza claims that “Call Me Maybe” is based, in part, on her previous work “Hunky Santa”. Jespen, through her representatives has denied this and has said they plan to fight the lawsuit. Aza is seeking unspecified damages an injunction barring the sale of the song. (Note: While the video in the link is not necessary unsafe for work, it probably isn’t wise either.)
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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