Will Three Strikes Laws Take the Field in U.S. Copyright Ballgame?

When the U.S. enacted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998, giving the force of law to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaties, it created what appeared to many a strict regime for the enforcement of copyright on digital platforms. Though other countries also enacted laws ratifying the treaties, many failed to go as far as the DMCA in supporting technical protection measures against hacking and placing strict limits on the "safe harbors" for ISPs against liability for copyright infringement committed by users. A decade later, the U.S. regime is looking downright permissive.…

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Split Decision on Paying for TV Everywhere

While cable programmers are anxious to preserve their existing dual-revenue stream business model (advertising plus affiliate fees), and therefore share operators' interest in discouraging cord-cutting, TV Everywhere also represents an opportunity for them to expand the distribution of their networks. And as Iger made clear, when content owners grant expanded distribution rights they expect to receive expanded payment for those rights in return.…

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I’m off to take part in the NewTeeVee Video Rights Roundtable this morning. Check back in later for a full update of…

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