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First off today, Victoria Wasylak at Vanyaland reports that The Union of Musicians and Allied Works (UMAW) organized a series of 30 socially-distances protests at Spotify Offices across the country that are aimed at getting the streaming giant to pay more per stream and to improve transparency in the service.
The campaign, entitled “Day of Action for Justice at Spotify” demands that Spotify pay at least one cent per stream, compared to the current $0.0038 per stream, as well as increased transparency and accountability for their practices.
According to the group, Spotify’s history of mistreating musicians is lengthy, but the pandemic put it in a new light. They claim that the company has tripled in value since the pandemic but has not increased payouts to artists at all.
Next up today, Coconuts Bangkok reports that a company known as DNAProud has been selling custom shoes that featured the Thailand Garuda logo. However, the company may soon be seeing legal action as a representative from the government warned that the logo is protected by copyright.
The Thailand shoe is actually part of a much larger project that sees them placing national logos on a variety of products. However, Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has expressed frustration over the Thailand shoes, noting that only Thailand is legally allowed to sell items with that logo on it.
He went on to say that, if the product is manufactured abroad, they would file a formal complaint. If they are made locally, they would issue a warning. The product claims to be manufactured in Vietnam with warehouses in the United States.
Finally today, Ernesto Van der Sar at Torrentfreak writes that Adobe has filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to remove a tweet that pointed to a version of Acrobat Reader that is some 27 years old.
The tweet was originally posted five years ago by F-Secure searcher Mikko Hyppönen, who linked to a copy of version 1.0 of the Adobe Acrobat located on the site WinWorld. The tweet was then picked up again by a bot Hyppönen created that retweets five-year-old tweets from his main account. The DMCA notice targeted both tweets though Twitter decided to take no action on the original.
The application came out in 1993 and only runs on MS-DOS. For reasons unclear, Adobe felt compelled to file a takedown notice for that tweet in 2021, resulting in it being removed and Hyppönen’s bot account being locked temporarily.