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First off today, Rory Rory O’Neill at Worl Intellectual Property Review reports that Nintendo has won an injunction against a Vietnamese company on Amazon that was selling devices that enabled users to play pirated games on Switch devices.
The company, Le Hoang Minh, trades on Amazon as Winmart.and sold devices known as RCM Loaders, which use software to alter the Switch console and allow it to play unlicensed games. This prompted Nintendo to file a motion with a Washington federal court asking the court to issue an injunction blocking any further sales.
After the company filed to file any counter-pleadings at all in the case, the judge decided to grant exactly that, issuing an order that bars that prohibits the company from selling those, or any, devices that allow users to circumvent copyright protection on Nintendo devices.
2: 156 Artists Call on UK Government to Add ER to Streams and Launch Competition Investigation into the Majors
Next up today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that, in the UK, some 156 artists have signed a letter to the country’s Prime Minister asking the country to extend performer equitable remuneration to the making available right.
Equitable remuneration (ER) is currently available for broadcast radio, which lets the government set the royalties that radio stations pay for playing songs. However, artists want to expand ER rights to include streaming services, saying that they aren’t being paid enough from those services. However, doing that would require extending it to the making available right.
Record labels have said that ER for streaming would create more problems than it would solve but the open letter also takes a harsh stance on the record labels, calling on the government to investigate their relative monopoly power and for the creation of a new regulator to protect artists.
Finally today, Arooj Ahmed at Digital Information World reports that Pinterest has introduced a new Content Claiming Portal, a new tool that allows creators to control how their content appears on the website.
Once a work is claimed, the rightsholder can then set it to either only appear on their Pinterest, only on those that link to their website and provide attribution, or simply block it from being used on the site at all.
The move is similar to what YouTube has long done with Content ID for videos, but Pinterest is applying it for images. However, with Pinterest, there are no monetization options, as there are with Content ID, and less control all around.