• On August 21, the Shenzhen Nanshan District People’s Court found Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies Co. (Xunlei), a large online content and service provider in China, liable for copyright infringement.
  • When it comes to enterprise-scale piracy, it would be great if those who advocate its existence would just make simple declarations like, “I want free media and don’t care how I get it.” Sure, that would be a childish thing to say, but still less offensive than all the pretense to rationale that accompanies piracy—the absurd legal arguments, the mystical economic analyses, and above all, the lionization of pirate site operators as though they are social revolutionaries in a grand culture war. (Never mind that some pirate sites are verticals for larger criminal enterprises engaged in some pretty horrible activities.)
  • Snowfall Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Director, and Writer John Singleton wrote an op-ed published in The Hill today. In the piece, he expressed concern over the next generation of creative voices not having the same opportunities he was given as a young filmmaker, as piracy threatens every single television show, indie film, and summer blockbuster.
  • On July 19, the D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law Community’s Annual Reception honored this year’s distinguished recipient of the Champion of Intellectual Property (ChIP) Award: Maria Pallante, former Register of Copyrights and current President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers.
  • This Resource helps teachers and students understand the dangers that online pirate sites pose to users and their devices.
  • Jonathan Taplin’s new book Move Fast and Break Things, published in April of this year, (the title is based on Facebook’s internal motto, since modified to make the company appear more responsible) has been attracting considerable attention as he embarks on the usual book launch media tour, in this case Down Under in
  • Barely a decade ago, Chinese sidewalks were strewn with pirated disks, which a riff-raff of unlicensed peddlers eagerly pushed to passers-by. At that time, the annual box-office receipts of the country's film industry was around 3.3 billion yuan, which happens to be the takings of Mermaid (2016), the reigning box-office
  • Lobby groups behind a high profile campaign on Wikipedia urging a switch to US-style copyright law in Australia have links to interests, including multinationals such as Google, which will gain substantially from any change to a so-called “fair use” system.

  • A little over 20 years ago, Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow penned a manifesto that served as the basic blueprint for Silicon Valley cyber-libertarian ideology for two decades. Premised on the notion that the Internet (capitalized here since Barlow definitely treated it as a space rather than as a tool for communication), freed from government interference and the application of laws, would produce a more perfect society in which disputes would be resolved through dialogue rather than force or mandate, he famously wrote in his 1996 Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace.
  • India is the fastest growing economy in the world with GDP set to grow at 7.1 in 2017. Ranked 6th in global GDP, India is also the second largest Internet market in the world after China with projected growth of 456 million Internet users by end of June 2017. Our country ranked third in the top international box office markets after China and Japan in spite of sluggish global economic growth of 2.6%. These statistics would lead one to believe that growth in the Indian Media &Entertainment sector is equally positive. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

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