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    Hon’ble Supreme Court of India mandates self-declaration of advertisements

    • 13.06.2024
    • By Rishikaa

    The Hon’ble Supreme Court, in the case of Indian Medical Association & Anr. v. Union of India [WP(C) No. 645/2022] pertaining to the misleading advertisements of Patanjali, issued a directive in its order dated 7th May 2024, mandating submission of a self-declaration by an advertiser/advertising agency before the printing/airing/display of any advertisement.

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    How the “Bridgerton” Costume Designers Dialed up the Romantic Fantasy in Season 3

    • 13.06.2024
    • By Andria Moore

    In the Bridgerton universe, imagination is key. One of the reasons the show skyrocketed in popularity since its season one debut is that it’s a romance and a period drama reimagined.

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    “Inside Out 2” Screenwriter Dave Holstein on Anxiety Taking Center Stage

    • 13.06.2024
    • By Bryan Abrams

    In Inside Out 2 (in theaters June 14), Riley (voiced by Kensington Tallman) is off to hockey camp in the summer before high school, no longer the little girl we remember from the sensational introduction we got nine years ago in Inside Out.

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    It Took Glue on Pizza to Spotlight Google’s AI Problem

    • 10.06.2024
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    Google, the “indispensable” search engine relied on by millions for accurate and reliable search, has done it again, stepping smack into the pile of steaming excrement waiting for it in the middle of the road.

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    Giving the “Abbott Elementary” Teachers a Glow Up With the Hair & Makeup Maestros Moira Frazier and Constance Foe

    • 10.06.2024
    • By Kelle Long

    As summer shimmers just ahead and another school year wraps up, we take time now to reflect on the fire looks our teachers were serving.

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    How “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” DP Robrecht Heyvaert on Creating the Ride of a Lifetime

    • 10.06.2024
    • By Hugh Hart

    In the fourth time around for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s wise-cracking Miami detectives, Bad Boys: Ride or Die, now in theaters, earns its summer popcorn movie bonafides with loads of goofy banter and antic action sequences.

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    Law School Graduates Named 2024 MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law and Policy Fellows

    • 05.06.2024
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) today announced the upcoming class of the MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law & Policy Fellowship program.

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    Pioneering Producer Auchara Kijkanjanas on Animating Thailand’s Entertainment Industry

    • 04.06.2024
    • By Gavin Blair

    A pioneer of animation in Thailand, producer Auchara Kijkanjanas is no stranger to copyright infringement. The founder and head of Big Brain Studio produced the nation’s first big animation hit, which was pirated shortly after it was released.

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    “Jim Henson: Idea Man” Editors On Making a Documentary the Muppets Creator Would Have Made Himself

    • 03.06.2024
    • By Susannah Edelbaum

    Ron Howard’s documentary Jim Henson: Idea Man, out May 31st on Disney+, is not only a tribute to the beloved, brilliant creator of the Muppets but feels like an artistic reflection of the creator’s own work.

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    The USTR “Watch List” Designation You Will Never See

    • 02.06.2024
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    In my last blog post, I discussed the annual Special 301 Report issued by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

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    ACE APPLAUDS SPANISH NATIONAL POLICE FOR SUCCESSFUL ACTION AGAINST LARGE-SCALE ILLEGAL IPTV OPERATORS

    • 31.05.2024
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    CRIMINAL ACTION IS FIRST IN SPAIN AGAINST OPERATION OF THIS SIZE, RESULTING IN MULTIPLE ARRESTS AND DISRUPTION OF TVMUCHO/TEEVEEING IPTV SERVICE

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    Charles Rivkin Remarks at Screening of “Years of Lightning, Day of Thunder”

    • 30.05.2024
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    I’m deeply honored to welcome such distinguished guests to our headquarters — to mark President Kennedy’s 107th birthday with a showing of “John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums”. And I want to give a special welcome to my predecessor in this job, the legendary Senator Chris Dodd.

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    “Furiosa” Art Director Jacinta Leong on Building Flying Motorcycles & That Breathtaking 15-Minute Action Sequence

    • 30.05.2024
    • By Hugh Hart

    Nine years after Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron wreaked havoc as bad-ass adult Furiosa, director George Miller revisits his post-apocalyptic nightmare with Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (in theaters now).

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    Indian Copyright Law and Generative AI: Part 2- Transformative and Extractive Use

    • 29.05.2024
    • By Akshat Agrawal

    Having first considered the question of whether storing copyrightable works for training purposes is reproduction that amounts to copyright infringement under Section 51 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957.

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    Animation Director Jason Boose on Creating a Madcap “Garfield” for a New Generation

    • 29.05.2024
    • By Susannah Edelbaum

    Chris Pratt voices the iconic, lasagna-loving star of director Mark Dindal’s The Garfield Movie, which uses Garfield’s love of Italian cuisine and the indoors as a jumping-off point for an origin and adventure story in one.

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    It’s USTR “Watch List” Time Again

    • 25.05.2024
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    Apart from the budding of leaves, the rites of spring are marked by another annual phenomenon, the issuance of the annual Special 301 Report by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), widely known as the USTR Watch List.

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    How the Animation in John Krasinski’s “IF” Came to Live Seamlessly Among Live-Action

    • 23.05.2024
    • By Susannah Edelbaum

    Written and directed by John Krasinski, IF is a fantastical inverse of Krasinski’s A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II.

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    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MBC GROUP AND OSN

    • 23.05.2024
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    From time to time, Alliance in Action will spotlight an ACE member to further explore the global impact of digital piracy in the context of a recent ACE action.

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    “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” VFX Team on Bringing a New Generation of Primates to Life

    • 20.05.2024
    • By Daron James

    The events in Wes Ball’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes take place 300 years after the death of Caesar (Andy Serkis), the focus of the previous Apes trilogy kickstarted by director Rupert Wyatt in 2011 and then led by director Matt Reeves for the final two films.

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    YouTube’s Policy Pitfalls: A Deep Dive into Copyright Claims and Safe Harbor Concerns

    • 19.05.2024
    • By Savan Dhameliya

    Copyright enforcement mechanisms play a crucial role in safeguarding the rights of copyright owners. Various digital platforms, including YouTube, have implemented systems to address copyright infringement challenges.

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    Netflix’s Production of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is a Bold Showcase of Latin American Culture

    • 17.05.2024
    • By Paulísima

    “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

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    Charles Rivkin Remarks at Cannes Film Festival 2024 for Social Impact Panel Event

    • 16.05.2024
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    “The Power of Film – Creating Social Impact through Storytelling” Remarks as Delivered by MPA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin.

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    Profile 2023: An Economic Report on the Screen-Based Media Production Industry in Canada

    • 15.05.2024
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    Profile 2023 is the 27th edition of the annual economic report prepared by Nordicity for the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and its various project partners over the years.

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    Reimagining Korea’s Dynamic Film & TV Industry With Wow Point Executive Producer Yoomin Hailey Yang

    • 15.05.2024
    • By Liz Shackleton

    Wow Point CEO and executive producer Yoomin Hailey Yang is blazing a trail for young female producers in the Korean film and TV industry.

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    “The Fall Guy” Stunt Designer Chris O’Hara on Helping Create Ryan Gosling’s Gonzo Performance

    • 06.05.2024
    • By Hugh Hart

    Hollywood couldn’t have found a more perfect director for Ryan Gosling’s stuntman rom-com The Fall Guy (in theaters now) than David Leitch. A body double-turned-stunt supervisor on dozens of movies, including John Wick, he understood the stunt world firsthand before moving into the director’s chair for Deadpool 2 and Bullet Train.

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    The Advertising Standards Council of India’s Guidelines for Advertisements Making Environmental/Green Claims

    • 05.05.2024
    • By Rishikaa & Ayush Kulshrestha

    On 18th January 2023, the Advertising Standards Council of India (“ASCI”) issued the Guidelines for Advertisements Making Environmental/Green Claims (“Green Claims Guidelines”) which are effective from 15th February 2024.

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    The Economics of Copyright: Incentives and Rewards (It’s Important to Get them Right)

    • 04.05.2024
    • By hughstephensblog

    Two years ago, in April 2022, the US Copyright Office (USCO) appointed its first Chief Economist, Dr. Brent Lutes. Many national Intellectual Property Offices have such a position, e.g, UK IPO, IP Australia, EUIPO, and WIPO.

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    Indian Copyright Law and Generative AI- Part 1

    • 04.05.2024
    • By Akshat Agrawal

    The scope of copyright liability of Generative AI (‘genAI’) models is a hot topic globally. Copyright issues that stem out of genAI technology can be categorized into four heads.

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    “The Fall Guy” Sound Designer Mark Stoeckinger on Capturing Ryan Gosling’s Wild Ride

    • 02.05.2024
    • By Su Fang Tham

    A three-time Oscar nominee, Mark Stoeckinger has worked on five of the six features by stuntman-turned-director David Leitch, starting with 2017’s action thriller Atomic Blonde.

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    Movie Trailer is NOT a contract with the viewer, Supreme Court

    • 28.04.2024
    • By Savan Dhameliya

    What would you, as a film producer do, if someone came to you and said “I saw something in your movie trailer, but I did not see it in the movie. Pay me 60k for my agony.”

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    PROTECTING THE CREATIVE MARKETPLACE — A WORLD IP DAY REFLECTION

    • 26.04.2024
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    Today is World IP Day, and I can’t think of a more fitting time to launch ACE’s new blog, Alliance in Action.

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    “Monkey Man” Mask Designer Eddie Yang Gives Dev Patel a Primal Facelift

    • 25.04.2024
    • By Bryan Abrams

    Dev Patel’s directorial debut, Monkey Man, is a kinetic, deeply felt revenge story set in Mumbai, a world that is rarely depicted with such punishing, propulsive energy and passion.

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    PREMIER LEAGUE AND ACE COMMEND VIETNAM AUTHORITIES FOR LANDMARK CONVICTION IN ONLINE PIRACY CASE

    • 22.04.2024
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    Following criminal referrals by the Premier League and the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), on April 19 the People’s Court of Hanoi handed down Vietnam’s first-ever criminal sentence for online copyright infringement against Le Hai Nam, the operator of the illegal IPTV subscription service, BestBuy IPTV.

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    The ripple effect of Novex v. Trade Wings

    • 21.04.2024
    • By Savan Dhameliya

    The clarification given in Novex Communications Pvt Ltd. v. Trade Wings Hotels Limited,[i] that owners of sound recordings can issue licenses without registering as a copyright society, is significant as it has created a lot of momentum in the music licensing space in India.

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    Tennessee’s Elvis Act: Protecting the voice of an Artist

    • 14.04.2024
    • By Savan Dhameliya

    If you listen to this song, it is easy to think that the song was made by Drake, but the truth is it wasn’t. That, was an AI generated song, uploaded a few months ago, and has since raised some important questions.

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    Getting a Lesson in Filmmaking from Producer Richard Gladstein

    • 10.04.2024
    • By CreativeFuture

    From his early days producing direct-to-video slasher films, to being a major figure in the independent cinema movement of the 1990s, Richard Gladstein has built a reputation as a champion of filmmakers.

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    Charles Rivkin “State of the Industry” Address at CinemaCon 2024

    • 09.04.2024
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    Hello everyone: As you just heard, preserving the magic of movies is what motivates me to lead the Motion Picture Association every day and attend CinemaCon with you each spring.

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    A Cautionary Copyright Tale

    • 09.04.2024
    • By hughstephensblog

    It is rare that a copyright story makes the national news, in Canada or elsewhere, but this one had all the needed ingredients. A teacher exploiting students, irate parents, and a possibly negligent school board. What’s not to like?

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    “3 Body Problem” Cinematographer Martin Ahlgren on Creating the Series’ Most Shocking Set Piece

    • 09.04.2024
    • By Jack Giroux

    The scope of 3 Body Problem is planetary. Adapted by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, alongside Alexander Woo, Netflix’s ambitious sci-fi series presents a grand depiction of a war between humanity and aliens.

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    Macro Markers : An M&E Outlook

    • 08.04.2024
    • By Ashish Pherwani

    In this Industry Spotlight with Ashish Pherwani , Partner - India for Media & Entertainment at Ernst & Young,  and Lohita Sujith, Sr. Director, Copyright & Digital Economy, Motion Picture Association, discussed the future of media and entertainment in India.

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    Fact Check Unit: A Prelude to government censorship?

    • 07.04.2024
    • By Aviral Srivastava

    Recently, the Supreme Court of India, stayed the Fact Check Unit notification issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on March 20, 2024.

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    Legendary Composer Charles Fox Gets His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    • 05.04.2024
    • By NELL MINOW

    On Friday, April 5, composer Charles Fox was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in recognition of his remarkable career creating themes for television series like Love, American Style, Happy Days, The Love Boat, scores for more than 100 movies like Foul Play and 9 to 5, and the Grammy-winner, “Killing Me Softly With His Song.”

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    “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” Cinematographer Ben Seresin Unleashes Cinema’s Most Iconic Titans

    • 04.04.2024
    • By Jack Giroux

    Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is a vision as large and in charge as its two titular characters. In this MonsterVerse sequel, director Adam Wingard and cinematographer Ben Seresin (Pain & Gain) not only doubled down but quadrupled down on the robust vibrancy of Godzilla v Kong.

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    Government Releases Guidelines for Accessibility in Cinema Theatres

    • 01.04.2024
    • By Savan Dhameliya

    The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) recently on 15th March 2024 introduced guidelines aimed at enhancing accessibility standards for persons with hearing and visual impairments in the public exhibition of feature films in cinema theatres. Read Guidelines here.

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    Would Anyone Copyright This Flag? (Not an April Fool’s Joke)

    • 01.04.2024
    • By hughstephensblog

    No, this flag is not an April Fool’s joke, although I am posting this on April 1. As a flag design, it’s a dog’s breakfast. Not that a registered design has to be aesthetically appealing, but it needs to be original.

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    How “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” Cinematographer Eric Steelberg Brought Slimer & the Firehouse Back to Life

    • 01.04.2024
    • By Daron James

    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has a visual style reminiscent of the iconic 1984 film, a palette cinematographer Eric Steelberg (Ahsoka, Hawkeye) intentionally crafted for this story that sees characters new and old strap on a proton pack to bust a chilling demon terrorizing their city.

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    ACE FILES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST ILLEGAL IPTV SERVICE “STREAMING TV NOW” AND ITS OPERATOR

    • 27.03.2024
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    Members of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy coalition, filed a civil copyright infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas today against William Freemon, the operator of an illegal internet protocol television (IPTV) service based out of Dallas.

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    “Dune: Part Two” Cinematographer Greig Fraser on Finding Clarity in Chaos

    • 27.03.2024
    • By Bryan Abrams

    In part one of our interview with Dune: Part Two cinematographer Greig Fraser, the Oscar-winner took us on a trip to the planet of Giedi Prime, home to the vampiric Harkonnen clan, to reveal how he captured that bloodless light during Feyd-Rautha (Austin Butler)’s gladiator scene.

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    EU’s AI Act: Navigating dangers of Artificial Intelligence

    • 25.03.2024
    • By Savan Dhameliya

    In December 2023, the European Union (“European Union”) took a significant step forward in addressing concerns about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies.

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    Advisory by MeitY on Artificial Intelligence Deployment

    • 19.03.2024
    • By Savan Dhameliya

    The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) recently on 15th March, 2024 issued a revised advisory concerning the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) models by Intermediaries.[i]

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    DMCA Copyright Infringement? The Perils of Relying on AI

    • 17.03.2024
    • By hughstephensblog

    My curiosity was piqued by the email that popped up in my inbox. “DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice”. Should I open it or ignore it? I took the plunge.

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    Lights, Camera, Action! How Tax Breaks and Funding Can Lure Film Productions to Germany

    • 13.03.2024
    • By The Credits

    The panelists on stage at the law firm Greenberg Traurig for a discussion held in conjunction with the Motion Picture Association during the 74th Berlin International Film Festival represented a notable list of luminaries from across the film and television industry.

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    How “Spaceman” Production Designer Jan Houllevigue Built Adam Sandler’s Sci-Fi Love Story

    • 12.03.2024
    • By Daron James

    “I like the fact that there’s something a little bit strange in what we do,” production designer Jan Houllevigue tells The Credits about his collaboration with director Johan Renck (Chernobyl).

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    Air, Water, Earth, Fire: DP Michael Balfry Brings “Avatar: The Last Airbender” to Life

    • 12.03.2024
    • By Susannah Edelbaum

    Netflix took on producing the live-action remake of the long-running, beloved Nickelodeon animation Avatar: The Last Airbender, about four elemental kingdoms (fire, air, water, and earth) who live in harmony until the Fire Nation starts a war to take over the world.

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    “Iwájú” Visual Effects Supervisor Marlon West on Bringing Afrofuturism to Animation

    • 11.03.2024
    • By Leslie Combemale

    Disney+ just released an exciting new 6-part animated series called Iwájú, representing the first collaboration with an outside studio in its partnership with Pan-African storytelling company Kugali Media.

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    Japan’s Text and Data Mining (TDM) Copyright Exception for AI Training: A Needed and Welcome Clarification from the Responsible Agency

    • 10.03.2024
    • By hughstephensblog

    Japan has always been known for its strong creative sector and rich cultural output, from animé to manga to literature, music and film, and for its respect for intellectual property (IP) and the rights of creators.

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    “The Creator” Oscar-Nominated Sound Team on Blending Retro-Futurism, Robot Monks, & the Didgeridoo

    • 27.02.2024
    • By Bryan Abrams

    The Creator‘s Oscar-nominated supervising sound editors, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, had a dream experience creating the soundscape for director Gareth Edwards‘ vision of a nightmarish future.

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    What Do Fair Use and Fair Dealing Mean in an Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

    • 26.02.2024
    • By hughstephensblog

    For those of you who may have missed it, this is “Fair Use and Fair Dealing” week, sponsored once again this year by the Association of Research Libraries in the US and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries in Canada.

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    SIMPLETV JOINS ACE, STRENGTHENING FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY IN LATIN AMERICA

    • 26.02.2024
    • By Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy coalition, today announced Venezuelan TV provider Simpletv as its newest member, bolstering its efforts to fight piracy in Latin America.

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    “To Kill a Tiger” Director Nisha Pahuja on her Eight-Year Journey to Make her Oscar-Nominated Doc

    • 26.02.2024
    • By Loren King

    One of the year’s Oscar Cinderella stories is the best documentary nomination for director Nisha Pahuja’s To Kill a Tiger.

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    How Pixar Director Peter Sohn Got Personal in His Oscar-nominated “Elemental”

    • 26.02.2024
    • By Hugh Hart

    How do you make fire feel endearing rather than scary? And how do you turn water into a gusher of emotions? Those were key questions faced by director Peter Sohn when he set forth to make Elemental.

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    Australia’s Proposed Streaming Cash Grab is Risky for Australian Consumers and Production Jobs: It’s Time to Dial it Back

    • 22.02.2024
    • By hughstephensblog

    At a time when streaming services (also referred to as subscription video on demand, or SVOD) are growing internationally at a frenzied pace, various countries are pondering how to deal with this phenomenon, particularly when it comes to local production.

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    “Bob Marley: One Love” Co-writer/Director Reinaldo Marcus Green on Capturing a Legend’s Spirit

    • 20.02.2024
    • By Leslie Combemale

    Bob Marley’s family has been trying to create and release a narrative that celebrates the beloved Jamaican performer’s life and music for decades.

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    ROYAL THAI POLICE, SUPPORTED BY ACE, SHUT DOWN MAJOR TORRENT WEBSITE

    • 19.02.2024
    • By Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment

    The Royal Thai Police’s Economic Crimes Department (ECD), with support from the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), has raided four locations in Bangkok, Surin Province and Surat Thani.

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    Guest Post: Savan Dhameliya: BOHEMIA V. SAGA- An example of the age old battle between Artists and Labels

    • 11.02.2024
    • By Anushree Rauta

    Artists create amazing songs, but record labels often want to own the rights to the music. This means they control how the music is distributed, sold, and used in other ways.

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    “Rebel Moon” Sound Editors on Creating Different Sonic Worlds for Zack Snyder

    • 05.02.2024
    • By Susannah Edelbaum

    Part one of director Zach Snyder’s Netflix space epic, Rebel Moon — A Child of Fire, opens on a quaint farming community on a peaceful moon called Veldt.

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    Copyright Societies are as good as “Owners” when it comes to issuing licenses: Another one bites the dust

    • 03.02.2024
    • By Akshat Agrawal

    On 24th January, 2024, the Bombay High Court, has passed a detailed judgment in the batch of Novex Communications Private Ltd. v. Trade Wings Hotels Limited and connected matters, holding Novex Communications as well as Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) to be entities.

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    ACE APPLAUDS TAIWANESE COURT SENTENCING OF GIMYTV ILLEGAL STREAMING SERVICE OPERATORS

    • 01.02.2024
    • By Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment

    TAIPEI DISTRICT COURT ISSUES SIGNIFICANT JAIL TERMS TO FOUR OPERATORS, THE LONGEST EVER FOR COPYRIGHT OFFENSES

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    Brief Overview of the Potential Impact of the Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023

    • 25.01.2024
    • By Angad Makkar

    On 10th November 2023, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (“MIB”) published, and invited stakeholder comments on, the Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023 (“the Broadcasting Bill”).

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    ACE DEALS SIGNIFICANT BLOW TO MIDDLE EAST-NORTH AFRICA PIRACY LANDSCAPE WITH LATEST SHUTDOWN IN REGION

    • 25.01.2024
    • By Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment

    EGYPT-BASED CIMA4U LOGGED A COMBINED 30 MILLION MONTHLY VISITS ACROSS NEARLY 500 DOMAINS

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    Producer Tran Thi Bich Ngoc on Fighting Piracy, Championing Filmmakers, and Vietnam’s Huge Potential

    • 25.01.2024
    • By Silvia Wong

    Tran Thi Bich Ngoc is an established Vietnamese film producer with a long track record of success and an eye for great stories.

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    ACE AND TRUEVISIONS SHUT DOWN TWO NOTORIOUS PIRACY SITES IN THAILAND

    • 18.01.2024
    • By Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment

    Thailand’s leading pay-tv provider, have shut down all domains associated with piracy streaming site Uhuseries.com and the Piracy-as-a-Service (PaaS) website Iamtheme.com. Both sites were operated out of Thailand.

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    The Telecommunications Act, 2023: An Overview

    • 18.01.2024
    • By Jasman Dhanoa & Ayush Kulshrestha

    On 24th December 2023, the Telecommunications Bill, 2023 received the President of India’s assent after passage in both houses of the parliament and became a law i.e., The Telecommunications Act, 2023 (“Telecom Act”).

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    Artificial Intelligence and Copyright: The Canadian Cultural Community Speaks Out

    • 15.01.2024
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    The extended period set by the Canadian Government (through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, ISED) for response to its consultation paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Copyright closed on January 15.

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    AI VOICE CLONING AND PERSONALITY RIGHTS: A NEW CHALLENGE FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

    • 14.01.2024
    • By Anushree Rauta

    Imagine a future where the voice of a legendary singer, long deceased, is brought back to life to sing new songs. With the advent of AI voice cloning, this future is not just a possibility but a looming reality.

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    There’s a Good Reason it’s not called “Artificial Creativity”

    • 07.01.2024
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    There has been lots of ink spilled over the issue of Artificial Intelligence (AI) developers free riding on the backs of creators by copying and ingesting their content without permission to produce AI “created” content, output that sometimes competes directly in the market with the original work.

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    Defying Death With “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” Second Unit Director & Stunt Coordinator Wade Eastwood

    • 05.01.2024
    • By Su Fang Tham

    “The action evolves with the story — I’m not trying to invent action just to invent the next big stunt. It’s got to be emotionally engaging through action and fit the character,” says second unit director and stunt choreographer Wade Eastwood of Mission: Impossible’s brand of character-driven action choreography.

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    When Giants Wrestle, the Earth Moves (NYT v OpenAI/Microsoft)

    • 03.01.2024
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    There is no better way to start out the New Year, 2024, with a commentary on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and copyright. It was the big emerging issue in 2023 and is going to be even bigger in 2024.

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    “Maestro” Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Makes Music With the Camera

    • 02.01.2024
    • By Su Fang Tham

    Spanning four decades of love, art, and loss, the tortured yet deeply moving marriage of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (Bradley Cooper) and Costa Rican actress Felicia Montealegre Bernstein (Carey Mulligan), serves as the crux of Cooper’s sophomore directorial offering.

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    Best of 2023: Gina Prince-Bythewood, MPA Creator Award Recipient, Tells Her Story

    • 01.01.2024
    • By Bryan Abrams

    *It’s our annual “Best of the Year” look back at some of our favorite interviews from the year. An elite force of female soldiers, the Agojie, is all that stands between the African Kingdom of Dahomey and the combined forces of the Oyo Empire and Mahi people.

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    Best of 2023: “Ahsoka” Cinematographer Eric Steelberg on Lensing a Rebel Jedi’s Journey Through Time & Space

    • 28.12.2023
    • By Bryan Abrams

    *It’s our annual “Best of the Year” look back at some of our favorite interviews from the year. For Ahsoka cinematographer Eric Steelberg, lensing the latest live-action Star Wars series was a dream come true.

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    DM@X in Toronto will be discussing the big Canadian content issues of 2023 and 2024

    • 26.12.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    Around this time of year, I typically write a blog post looking back at the big content issues over the past year and peek forward at the coming 12 months, in Canada, the US and elsewhere.

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    Best of 2023: How the “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” Visual Team Created a Mesmerizing Multiverse

    • 26.12.2023
    • By Daron James

    When Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released five years ago, its web of 2D and 3D animation became a box office hit and went on to win the Oscar for best animated feature.

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    Best of 2023: Christopher Nolan on Exploding Myths & Exposing Humanity in “Oppenheimer”

    • 26.12.2023
    • By Andria Moore

    Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) stares wide-eyed into the pond spread out in front of him; his last conversation with Albert Einstein (Tom Conti) on the potential catalytic effects of the atomic bomb has rendered him speechless.

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    Best of 2023: How “The Color Purple” DP Dan Laustsen Made Visual Music

    • 25.12.2023
    • By Hugh Hart

    Danish cinematographer Dan Laustsen has been shooting movies for forty years, earning two Oscar nominations along the way for his contributions to Guillermo del Toro’s films The Shape of Water and Nightmare Alley.

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    Best of 2023: “The Color Purple” Costume Designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck’s Stunning Creations

    • 25.12.2023
    • By Daron James

    There’s a famous line in Alice Walker’s 1982 novel The Color Purple that goes: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” It’s a message that even God can become annoyed when people overlook the wonderful things he creates. One such creation is what the character of Celie represents.

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    “Wonka” Production Designer Nathan Crowley on Creating a Chocolatier’s Whimsical World

    • 19.12.2023
    • By Daron James

    For production designer Nathan Crowley, whose impressive list of credits includes The Dark Knight, The Greatest Showman, and First Man, creating director Paul King’s deliciously appetizing Wonka musical was an exploration of “whimsical, nostalgic, and romantic” visuals inspired by Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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    Winnie the Pooh’s Copyright (and Other) Wars

    • 18.12.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    I am sure you are all familiar with the books by the British writer A.A. Milne about Winnie the Pooh-bear and his friends, Eyeore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl, Tigger, and their adventures with Christopher Robin, who was Milne’s son.

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    “The Color Purple” Costume Designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck’s Stunning Creations

    • 18.12.2023
    • By Daron James

    There’s a famous line in Alice Walker’s 1982 novel The Color Purple that goes: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” It’s a message that even God can become annoyed when people overlook the wonderful things he creates.

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    Emerging Legal Issues With The Use Of Generative AI

    • 13.12.2023
    • By Tanisha Khanna and Gowree Gokhale

    There are several legal aspects to consider while relying on generative artificial intelligence (“AI”) tools, such as ownership of intellectual property in works, possible infringement of third-party intellectual property, personality rights issues, generation of unlawful content by such tools, bias and prejudice in decision-making by such tools, among others.

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    Optimism & Opportunities : An AVGC Overview

    • 11.12.2023
    • By Biren Ghose

    In this Industry Spotlight with Creative First, Biren Ghose, Country Head for India at Technicolor and a veteran of the AVGC industry in India, joined Lohita Sujith, Sr. Director of Copyright & Digital Economy at Motion Picture Association, to discuss the future of the Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comic (AVGC) industry.

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    FIRST-EVER INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON IP PROTECTION & AUDIOVISUAL INTERNET PIRACY HELD IN IVORY COAST

    • 07.12.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    For the first time ever, the Pan African Association Convergence, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Canal+ with the support of the French Development Agency (AFD) have joined forces and hosted the International Seminar on IP Protection & Audiovisual Internet Piracy in Africa.

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    Cinemas, Copyright & Content : A Positive Outlook

    • 06.12.2023
    • By Siddharth Roy Kapur

    In this Industry Spotlight with Creative First, Producer & Founder, Roy Kapur Films, Siddharth Roy Kapur joined Lohita Sujith, Sr. Director of Copyright & Digital Economy at Motion Picture Association, to discuss the film industry landscape, amendments to the cinematographic act and new government initiatives.

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    “Napoleon” Production Designer Arthur Max and Set Decorator Elli Griff on Bringing Bonaparte’s World to Life

    • 06.12.2023
    • By SUSANNAH EDELBAUM

    Ridley Scott’s Napoleon takes on the general-turned-emperor who ruled France from 1799 to 1814 and presents him (Joaquin Phoenix) as an indefatigable military strategist but also a tortured everyman obsessed with, and forever a touch spurned by, his wife and subsequent ex-wife, Joséphine (Vanessa Kirby).

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    ACE JOINS GLOBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COALITION TO TAKE DOWN 606 PIRACY SITES

    • 04.12.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The world’s leading anti-piracy coalition, joined forces with a global law enforcement content protection coalition to launch the sixth phase of “Operation 404,” a Latin-America based effort to shut down illegal websites and streaming services that infringe on the copyrights of films, TV shows, live sports, music and games.

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    GOVERNMENTS OF SOUTH KOREA AND THE PHILIPPINES JOIN ACE TO CO-HOST INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT ENFORCEMENT FORUM

    • 04.12.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Korea Copyright Protection Agency (KCOPA) co-hosted the International Forum on Copyright Enforcement last week.

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    “Wish” Head of Character and Animation Avneet Kaur on Populating a Richly Diverse World

    • 29.11.2023
    • By LESLIE COMBEMALE

    This Thanksgiving, the new animated musical comedy Wish premiered in the midst of the studio’s 100th anniversary, and the inspiration for the film can be encapsulated by “When You Wish Upon a Star,” a song made famous in Disney’s second full-length feature, 1940’s Pinocchio.

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    EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES AND ACE SHUT DOWN ONE OF THE LARGEST PIRACY SITES IN MIDDLE EAST-NORTH AFRICA REGION

    • 27.11.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    One of the largest piracy services in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region was shut down today in Egypt by the Egyptian police, in collaboration with the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy organization.

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    As Creator’s Rights Face New Challenges, Canada Needs to Keep Pace with International Developments

    • 23.11.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    In the past few weeks there has been a flurry of activity with respect to international regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) such as the Bletchley Declaration spearheaded by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence signed by US President Biden, as well as the G7 AI Code of Conduct.

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    ACE SHUTS DOWN NOTORIOUS THAILAND-BASED TORRENT SITE

    • 20.11.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy organization, has shut down tt-torrent.com, a torrent website that was operated out of Thailand.

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    Canadians Consider Global Studios and Streamers Valuable Contributors to Canada and Creative Workers, According to New National Survey

    • 18.11.2023
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    New national polling conducted by spark*insights for the Motion Picture Association – Canada (MPA-Canada) shows Canadians see global studios and streaming companies as valuable contributors to Canada – filming movies and series across the country, employing Canadians, and exposing global audiences to made in Canada content on streaming services.

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    National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center Launches Pre-Holiday Anti-Piracy Public Service Announcements

    • 16.11.2023
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and its global content protection arm, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), have partnered with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) to launch two new public service announcements that inform consumers about the many harms they face when viewing pirated movies and television shows.

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    AI’s Copyright Challenges: Searching for an International Consensus

    • 15.11.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    This has been a busy couple of weeks for national and international declarations on Artificial Intelligence (AI). First the G7 issued its International Code of Conduct for Advanced AI Systems on October 30.

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    Of Lights, Darkness, and IP: Happy Diwali, 2023!

    • 12.11.2023
    • By Lokesh Vyas

    Intellectual Property Rights are said to symbolize innovation, creation, and progress. Why would they not? We have been hearing this for quite some time. Because we have had it for so long, a part of us does believe that IP helps generate knowledge.

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    “Rustin” Screenwriter Julian Breece on Giving a Legend his Due

    • 09.11.2023
    • By BRYAN ABRAMS

    There are countless unsung heroes of the civil rights movement who will never get the recognition they deserve, yet it’s hard to imagine an overlooked figure more central to the cause and more courageous and capacious in spirit than Bayard Rustin.

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    TRAI issues Press Release for implementing the Digital Consent Acquisition under the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018

    • 07.11.2023
    • By Saikrishna & Associates

    On 7th November 2023, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a press release (“Press Release”) requesting Principal Entities (“PEs”) such as banks, other financial institutions, insurance companies, trading companies, business entities, real estate companies etc. to onboard the Digital Consent Acquisition (“DCA”) facility as per the timelines outlined in the direction issued by the TRAI dated 2nd June 2023 under the Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulations, 2018 (“TCCCPR”).

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    ACE MARKS PROGRESS IN FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY IN VIETNAM

    • 06.11.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    In an effort to combat rampant digital piracy in Vietnam, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy organization, continues to target major Vietnam-based piracy syndicates. Since June, ACE has shut down multiple piracy websites belonging to the same piracy syndicate operating out of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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    ACE WORKS WITH COUNTRY OF GEORGIA TO SHUT DOWN TWO LARGE ILLEGAL STREAMING SITES

    • 01.11.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy coalition, worked closely with the country of Georgia’s Ministry of Finance to shut down two of the nation’s largest illegal streaming sites, adjaranet.com and imovies.cc.

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    “The Persian Version” Writer/Director Maryam Keshavarz on the Joys of Iranian American Culture

    • 31.10.2023
    • By LESLIE COMBEMALE

    The Persian Version won both the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the U.S Dramatic Competition at Sundance this year, and for good reason. The film is a feel-good dramedy that combines stories of traditional Iranian culture with those of the Iranian American experience with a decidedly modern touch.

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    “Pain Hustlers” Director David Yates on Departing From the “Harry Potter” Films in Subversive Style

    • 26.10.2023
    • By NATALIE OGANESYAN

    In Pain Hustlers, the opioid crisis takes on a different tenor than that previously seen in hard-hitting dramas like Hulu’s limited series Dopesick and fellow Netflix’s own Painkiller.

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    ACE SHUTS DOWN GLOBALLY POPULAR LIVE SPORTS PIRACY SITE BASED IN INDIA

    • 26.10.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy organization, has shut down live sports piracy site Watchwrestling.ai and its associated domains, which were being operated out of India.

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    Denise Huth on Bringing Life to the Dead

    • 25.10.2023
    • By CreativeFuture

    Denise Huth is not a fan of horror. And that’s surprising, considering that she produced the biggest sci-fi/horror series in television history, The Walking Dead.

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    Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter on Stitching Together Her Legendary Career

    • 18.10.2023
    • By Loren King

    With more than 70 films to her credit, including Malcolm X (1992), Amistad (1997), Selma (2014), Black Panther (2018), and Dolemite Is My Name (2019), costume designer Ruth E.

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    Canada Gets the Memo: It’s Time to Come to Grips with the AI/Copyright Conundrum

    • 15.10.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    I published a critical comparison of the activist approach taken by the US Copyright Office on AI and copyright issues, compared to the passive non-response from Canada’s copyright policy makers, the department with statutory responsibility for copyright policy (ISED, aka Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) released a consultation paper on this very issue.

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    ACE SHUTS DOWN TWO OF LATIN AMERICA’S MOST NOTORIOUS PIRACY RINGS

    • 11.10.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading antipiracy coalition, has shut down two of Latin America’s largest and most visited Spanish-language piracy rings.

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    Disney and Universal Take Part in MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law and Policy Fellowship for Advancing Diversity in Industry

    • 10.10.2023
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) today announced this year’s MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law and Policy Fellows’ studio placements.

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    “Special Ops: Lioness” Cinematographer & Director Paul Cameron on Taylor Sheridan’s International Thriller – Part Two

    • 09.10.2023
    • By MATT HURWITZ

    As noted in part one of our interview with Paul Cameron, he took his first turns at directing for series helming two episodes of Westworld, and he drew on his experience as a cinematographer and from his work for some pretty important mentors.

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    “Special Ops: Lioness” Cinematographer & Director Paul Cameron on Taylor Sheridan’s International Thriller

    • 09.10.2023
    • By MATT HURWITZ

    As director of photography, Paul Cameron has shot such disparate films and series as Man On Fire, Collateral, Déjà Vu, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Westworld.

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    Copyright Developments in Taiwan: Fighting Piracy and Coming to Grips with AI

    • 07.10.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    I had the opportunity to visit Taiwan in August, where I once (in the last century) served as Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, aka the Canadian Representative to Taiwan.

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    ACE APPLAUDS SUCCESSFUL RAID BY TAIWANESE POLICE AGAINST DISTRIBUTORS OF ILLICIT STREAMING DEVICES

    • 05.10.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy coalition, today applauds the Taiwanese Police for their successful raid against the distributors of illicit streaming devices (ISDs) that enabled users to stream pirated content through pre-loaded apps, and for their commitment to taking firm action against commercial-scale copyright infringement.

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    “Ahsoka” Cinematographer Eric Steelberg on Lensing a Rebel Jedi’s Journey Through Time & Space

    • 04.10.2023
    • By BRYAN ABRAMS

    For Ahsoka cinematographer Eric Steelberg, lensing the latest live-action Star Wars series was a dream come true. Growing up in thrall to George Lucas’s original trilogy, Steelberg would find himself on set while filming the new series, surrounded by massive spaceships both practical and virtual, astonished by his own job.

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    Aiming High with Alberto Ferreras

    • 04.10.2023
    • By CreativeFuture

    After winning three Latino Alternative Theater Awards for “Hamlet in Harlem” (Best Production, Direction, and Ensemble) Alberto Ferreras refuses to sit on his hands.

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    DIVISION BENCH OF THE BOMBAY HIGH COURT AFFIRMS THAT SECTION 31D CANNOT BE MADE APPLICABLE TO INTERNET BASED SERVICES

    • 01.10.2023
    • By Ujjawal Bhargava

    The facts of the case are such that Wynk Limited (“Wynk”) had an agreement to exploit Tips Industries Limited (“Tips”) repertoire on its internet based streaming platform and when that agreement expired, there were various negotiations between Tips and Wynk.

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    A Tale of Two Copyrights

    • 29.09.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    The question of whether works that are generated in whole or in part by Artificial Intelligence (AI) should enjoy copyright protection is a hot topic at the moment. It is wrapped up in the question of who can claim the protection of copyright.

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    “The Creator” Production Designer James Clyne Fabricates the Future

    • 28.09.2023
    • By Hugh Hart

    When writer-director Gareth Edwards finished Rogue One, he took a road trip to his girlfriend’s home in Iowa. Along the way, he noticed a Japanese factory in the middle of a cornfield and started dreaming up a new story.

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    The Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 – India’s Data Protection Law

    • 25.09.2023
    • By Jasman Dhanoa & Rishikaa

    On 11th August 2023, the Draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023 received President of India’s assent after passage in both the Houses of the Parliament and became a law i.e. the Data Protection Act, 2023 (“DPDP Act”).

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    Interview with Alana Watts, Deluxe

    • 25.09.2023
    • By CONTENT CAFE

    Alana Watts is a life-long movie fan and leads Deluxe’s Cinema team across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. As Studios Director, Alana plays a pivotal role between cinemas and distributors, helping to bring films to screen for movie lovers to enjoy.

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    UK Parliamentary Committee Shoots Down Copyright Exemption for AI Developers–But is it Really Dead?

    • 24.09.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    The all-party Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the British House of Commons has just (August 30) issued a welcome report condemning plans announced by Britain’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in June of 2022 to create a limitless copyright exemption to enable tech companies to develop artificial intelligence (AI) applications without having to obtain permission from rights holders or to acquire a licence.

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    MPA Applauds Philippine Government and ISPs on Uniting to Block Websites Offering Pirated Content

    • 20.09.2023
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) released a statement today applauding the Philippine ISPs and the IPO Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) for signing a voluntary site-blocking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to disable access to illegal piracy websites.

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    ACE SHUTS DOWN MASSIVE-SCALE ILLEGAL VIDEO HOSTING SERVICES IN FRANCE

    • 20.09.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy coalition, today announced it has shut down Uptobox and Uptostream, two of the digital piracy world’s most notorious illegal video hosts.

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    What’s Behind Closed Doors at OpenAI?

    • 20.09.2023
    • By CreativeFuture

    When Sam Altman, CEO of the company behind ChatGPT, gave Congressional testimony about the dangers of AI, many believed Altman had genuinely altruistic intentions.

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    India Government Adopts New Tool to Tackle Film Piracy and Modernizes Content Classification

    • 20.09.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    On August 4, 2023, India’s Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023, received Presidential assent and became the law of the land. Enactment marked the culmination of a decades-long process to update the country’s anti-piracy laws by cracking down on camcording in theatres and imposing significant penalties for distribution of illegally recorded films.

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    Implications of the New Data Protection Law on M&E industry

    • 18.09.2023
    • By Gowree Gokhale, Aparna Gaur and Karishma Karthik

    On August 11, 2023, the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 (“DPDPA”) became law. The provisions of the DPDPA are yet to come into effect.

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    Why We Can’t Dance on a Piracy Ring’s Grave

    • 13.09.2023
    • By CreativeFuture

    In June 2023, WesternRus announced to customers with regret that it would have to suspend its piracy operation. Given that WesternRus had profited handsomely from selling films – without bearing any costs of making them – what could possibly explain its sudden demise? According to WesternRus, its profitability had been destroyed by … massive piracy!

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    Charles Rivkin Remarks for U.S. Senate AI Insight Forums Kick-Off

    • 13.09.2023
    • By MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION

    Good morning, everyone. I would like to thank Leader Schumer, Senator Young, Senator Heinrich, Senator Rounds, and all of the senators here today for the opportunity to participate in this important forum.

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    ACE TAKES DOWN THREE MAJOR LIVE SPORTS PIRACY RINGS IN EGYPT

    • 05.09.2023
    • By Alliance For Creativity & Entertainment

    The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading anti-piracy coalition, today announced the take-down of three commercial-scale piracy operations in Egypt that were illegally broadcasting live football matches and other content to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa.

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    “The Equalizer 3” Director Antoine Fuqua on Re-Teaming With Denzel Washington For Ferocious Finale

    • 05.09.2023
    • By JACK GIROUX

    The Equalizer trilogy is a wrap. For the latest and supposedly final addition to the franchise, filmmaker Antoine Fuqua and his crew take Robert McCall (Denzel Washington, Fuqua’s longtime collaborator) to Southern Italy.

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    DATA PROTECTION ACT, 2023 DILUTES RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005, IGNORES THE PREVIOUS COMMITTEE REPORTS AND EXPERT OPINIONS

    • 03.09.2023
    • By Lokesh Vyas

    Recently, India passed the long-awaited Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023. The internet is abuzz with discussion on the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023 which became the Act after being passed by both houses.

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    Best of Summer 2023: Gina Prince-Bythewood, MPA Creator Award Recipient, Tells Her Story

    • 01.09.2023
    • By BRYAN ABRAMS

    An elite force of female soldiers, the Agojie, is all that stands between the African Kingdom of Dahomey and the combined forces of the Oyo Empire and Mahi people. The Oyo and Mahi plan to raid Dahomey villages and sell their captives to European slavers. We open on a Mahi village where raiders heat their machetes over a fire at night.

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    Best of Summer 2023: “Brother” Writer/Director Clement Virgo on Returning to Filmmaking With His Quietly Devastating Adaptation

    • 01.09.2023
    • By BRYAN ABRAMS

    When he returned to feature filmmaking, writer/director Clement Virgo followed his instincts. Since his last feature, Poor Boy’s Game (2007), Virgo has been directing TV, working more or less nonstop. He’s directed episodes of Empire, Netflix’s Dahmer- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, and OWN’s megachurch drama Greenleaf.

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    Beyond the Craft With Emmy Nominees From “The Last of Us,” “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” & More

    • 01.09.2023
    • By THE CREDITS

    A ruined world, decimated by a fungi-borne plague and teeming with zombified hordes and hardened survivors who can be just as dangerous. A biopic about one of the all-time greatest musical tricksters who created an astonishingly successful career parodying hit songs.

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    When will the Trudeau Government act on Promised Copyright Reform?

    • 01.09.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens Blog

    On August 3, almost 30 organizations,[i] representing 50,000 Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers released an open letter to newly appointed Heritage Minister Pascale St. Onge urging her to tackle “meaningful copyright reform”.

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    CCA welcomes Big Studio Movie Licence as newest member

    • 01.09.2023
    • By CONTENT CAFE

    Big Studio Movie Licence, part of Heritage Films International, provides a blanket movie licence to organisations including senior living communities and religious institutions so they can enjoy films legally from Hollywood’s biggest studios.

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    Microsoft’s Piracy Faceplant, Courtesy of AI

    • 01.09.2023
    • By Creative Future

    Newly (and hastily) augmented with generative AI, Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has been normalizing piracy, drumming up business for piracy rings, and instructing internet users how to access piracy sites in countries where they have been blocked pursuant to court orders.

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    GOVERNMENT HOLDS ANOTHER CLOSED-DOOR MEETING WITH SELECTIVE STAKEHOLDERS ON ISSUES RELATED TO COPYRIGHT SOCIETIES

    • 01.09.2023
    • By Anushree Rauta

    The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) held a stakeholder consultation meeting on August 23, 2023, to discuss the some issues related to copyright societies.

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    Christopher Nolan on Exploding Myths & Exposing Humanity in “Oppenheimer”

    • 27.07.2023
    • By Andria Moore

    Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) stares wide-eyed into the pond spread out in front of him; his last conversation with Albert Einstein (Tom Conti) on the potential catalytic effects of the atomic bomb has rendered him speechless. The music swells as the screen fades to black — the final scene of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated Oppenheimer.

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    How “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” DP Fraser Taggart Pulled Off That Insane Train Sequence

    • 20.07.2023
    • By Daron James

    If the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is still wondering why it should award an Oscar for stunts, these are seven reasons to make this a reality.

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    ACE AND THE KOREA COPYRIGHT PROTECTION AGENCY JOIN FORCES TO COMBAT DIGITAL PIRACY IN APAC REGION

    • 06.07.2023
    • By ACE

    The Korea Copyright Protection Agency (KCOPA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), which established the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), its content protection arm and the world’s leading anti-piracy coalition, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in a joint effort to fight digital piracy in the Asia Pacific region and other parts of the world.

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    Women, Literature, and Copyright: Holding up Half the Sky (World IP Day)

    • 29.04.2023
    • By Hugh Stephens

    This year’s theme for World IP Day (April 26) which is “Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity”. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is celebrating the role of female innovators, entrepreneurs and creators across all elements of intellectual property.

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    TRAI releases Recommendations on Regulatory Framework for Promoting Data Economy Through Establishment of Data Centres, Content Delivery Networks, and Interconnected Exchanges in India

    • 11.01.2023
    • By Aarya Pachisia

    On 18th November 2022, TRAI released the Recommendations on Regulatory Framework for Promoting Data Economy Through Establishment of Data Centres, Content Delivery Networks, and Interconnected Exchanges in India (“Recommendations”) which seeks to create reliable frameworks and policies.

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    Facebook and Canada’s Online News Act: One More Problem for a Troubled – and Troubling – Company

    • 15.11.2022
    • By Hugh Stephens

    As Bill C-18, the Online News Act, continues its step-by-step process through the Canadian Parliament, another shoe has dropped. Meta, Facebook’s parent company announced it will be laying off 13 percent of its global workforce (11,000 people) owing to two quarters of losses and a sinking share price. Meta’s valuation is down more than 70 percent so far this year, to levels not seen since 2015.

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    “Shantaram” Production Designer Chris Kennedy on Building the Bustling World of India—in Thailand

    • 14.11.2022
    • By Daron James

    Even with the hiccup, Kennedy designed a number of period authentic sets that transport viewers back to the 1980s storyline where a Bangkok backlot (and areas of Melbourne) fill in for the slums of India. Below, Kennedy details the seemingly impossible transition, how it affected the production design and the challenges behind filming in Bangkok.

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    Empire State Development Hosts Sixth New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit to Encourage Broader Diversity and Inclusion Within the State’s Entertainment Industry

    • 29.10.2022
    • By Motion Picture Association

    Empire State Development (ESD) today held the sixth annual New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit, an in-person and virtual interactive conference that guides content creators of diverse backgrounds to better understand and advance their careers within the film and television industry.

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    Draft Regulatory Guidelines for Child Participation in the Entertainment Industry or any Commercial Entertainment Activity

    • 31.07.2022
    • By Kainat Singh

    The NCPCR on 24th June 2022 has released the Draft Regulatory Guidelines for Child Participation in the Entertainment Industry or Any Commercial Entertainment Activity (“Draft Guidelines”), which is available on its website for 30 days for public comments.

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    “The Gray Man” Composer Henry Jackman Breaks Down His 17-Minute Suite

    • 23.07.2022
    • By Hugh Hart

    For the Russos’ new Ryan Gosling action movie The Gray Man (streaming Friday on Netflix), Jackman spent months obsessing over a 17-minute suite before seeing a single frame of the film. Jackman explains, “If you’re trying to do something original in writing music for movies, I’ve found that if you just get the picture and go straight into writing cues, you often get distracted by the mechanics of the scene. If you really want to develop ideas, it’s useful to work away from picture.”

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    “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Composer Natalie Holt Finds the Force

    • 09.07.2022
    • By Leslie Combemale

    The series Obi-Wan Kenobi concluded to great acclaim, especially for star Ewan McGregor’s emotional performance in the title role, Moses Ingram’s intensity as Inquisitor Reva, and the astonishing cat-and-mouse game between Obi-Wan and his former protogé, Darth Vader.

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    The WTO Extends its Customs Moratorium for Digital Products: Good News for Creators, Copyright Industries…and for Consumers

    • 07.07.2022
    • By Hugh Stephens

    At the recent 12th WTO Ministerial meeting, the first in more than four years (because of COVID), Trade Ministers reached agreement on several key decisions. Two of them of are of direct interest to copyright industries, one for what was not done (relating to an intellectual property patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines) and one related to a further extension of the 1998 moratorium on the application of customs duties to digital products.

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    APPLICABILITY OF FAIR USE OF MUSIC AT WEDDINGS BY AN EVENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY – A QUESTION BEFORE DELHI HIGH COURT.

    • 21.05.2022
    • By Pranita Saboo

    Music is an important part of Indian culture and no weddings in India are complete without music. Understanding this, an exception of fair use of music at marriages and social festivities associated with marriage was expressly carved out under Section 52(1)(za) of the Copyright Act, 1957 vide an amendment to the Copyright Act in 2014, effective from 2015.

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    SHEMAROO VS NEWS NATION: BOMBAY HIGH COURT REJECTS FAIR DEALING & DE MINIMIS DEFENSE, GRANTS INJUNCTION IN FAVOUR OF SHEMAROO

    • 02.05.2022
    • By Anushree Rauta

    I often receive queries on whether one can use clippings for up to 30 seconds or less without requiring any license? Isn’t it permissible under principle of de minimis non curat lex? Can a news channel simply use songs in one of its programmes and claim defense of fair dealing under Section 52 of the Copyright Act?

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    Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issues Advisory to private TV News Channels on scandalous headlines, false claims and unparliamentary language.

    • 24.04.2022
    • By Ameet Datta and Suvarna Mandal

    The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ("MIB") on 23 April 2022, issued an advisory to private TV news channels, for coverage of events and incidents in a manner violative of the Programme Code framed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 ("the Act") and advised them to refrain from airing such cont

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    Trusted Partner Network Bolsters Executive Ranks

    • 21.04.2022
    • By Motion Picture Association

    The Motion Picture Association’s film and television content security program, the Trusted Partner Network (TPN), today announced the appointment of Crystal Pham to the role of Vice President, Operations and Product Management. Pham will report to TPN President Terri Davies.

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    Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: It’s Also a Culture and Content War

    • 10.03.2022
    • By Hugh Stephens

    As you, dear reader, will know, this is a blog focused on copyright and content related issues, rather than politics, although at times there is an inevitable political spillover when dealing, for example, with the copyright dimensions of trade agreements, given that many such agreements are driven as much by political objectives as economic considerations

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    What Happens when Fair Dealing is not “Fair”?

    • 01.03.2022
    • By Hugh Stephens

    February 21-25 is Fair Use/Fair Dealing week, so proclaimed by a number of participating organizations in the US and Canada and organized by the Association of Research Libraries under the umbrella of fairuseweek.org. As in past years, there will be a series of online events extolling the virtues of fair use and fair dealing.

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    PAHARI PERFORMING RIGHTS ASSOCIATION FILES APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION AS A COPYRIGHT SOCIETY FOR MUSICAL WORK AND LYRICS

    • 19.02.2022
    • By Anushree Rauta

    The Copyright Office vide public notice dated February 18, 2022, notified that the Pahari Performing Rights Association has filed an application for registration as a copyright society under Section 33 of the Copyright Act, 1957 for carrying out business of issuing or granting license in respect of musical works as defined under Section 2(p) of the Copyright Act, 1957 and literary work associated with musical work.

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    63 Of Copyright Act Is Cognizable Offence, Police Can Register FIR On Receipt Of Complaint: Karnataka High Court

    • 06.02.2022
    • By Aviral Srivastava

    The Karnataka High Court has held that Section 63 of the Copyright Act, which prescribes a punishment of minimum 6 months that may extend to 3 years imprisonment, is cognizable offence and police can register a First Information Report, on receipt of a complaint.

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    Will the Content Tail Wag the Wireless Dog? The Rogers/Shaw Merger in Canada

    • 27.01.2022
    • By Hugh Stephens

    Nowadays it is not uncommon for major telecommunications companies (telcos) to provide infrastructure in the form of wireless, wireline and fibre optic, cable and satellite connectivity while also directly controlling some of the content distributed via this infrastructure.

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    Viacom18 set to launch NFT marketplace Fully Faltoo

    • 21.01.2022
    • By Gaurav Laghate

    After Bollywood stars, cricketers, cartoonists, and other artists, broadcaster Viacom18 is now planning to join the NFT (or non-fungible tokens) bandwagon with launch marketplace, Fullyfaltoonft.com.

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    MADRAS HIGH COURT DECISION IN NOVEX VS DXC- WILL IT CHANGE THE WAY COPYRIGHT LICENSING BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED IN INDIA? IMPACT AND ANALYSIS (PART 1)

    • 13.12.2021
    • By Anushree Rauta

    The Madras High Court in the case of Novex Communications Pvt. Ltd vs DXC Technology Pvt. Ltd & Anr has held that the business of issuing licenses in any work in which copyright subsists can only be done by a registered copyright society if the work is incorporated in a cinematograph film or a sound recording.

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    Amazon’s Facebook Problem

    • 16.11.2021
    • By CreativeFuture

    In a recent blogpost, Amazon called on Facebook and similar platforms to work more diligently to shut down the numerous trolls who swamp Amazon’s site with fake product reviews.

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    There will never be a legal ‘celestial jukebox’ to compete with piracy

    • 07.10.2021
    • By David Newhoff

    For more than twenty years and counting, media piracy apologists have repeated some variation of the argument which says, “People are willing to pay for content as long as it is made conveniently available at a fair price.”

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    The Unlikely Fortune 500 Companies Fueling Piracy

    • 09.08.2021
    • By Tom Galvin

    For piracy to flourish, it requires more than crafty criminals and willing users. And its impact goes well beyond the harm it does to creators. Content theft is a $2.34 billion criminal ecosystem that mirrors the legitimate world of Netflix, Hulu, and Apple+.

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    MPA/APSA Film Fund – celebrating eleven years of supporting feature films across the Asia Pacific

    • 02.07.2021
    • By Andrew Pike

    “The MPA APSA Academy film Fund is the single most important film development fund in Australia simply because it rewards new and audacious ideas and is not beholden to conventional market pathways or bureaucratically acceptable finance plans.”

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    FICCI Frames Day 3 : Balance of Power

    • 10.07.2020
    • By Aditi Chaturvedi

    Will OTT platforms and movie theatres co-exist after COVID-19?

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    Sound Games

    • 15.10.2019
    • By Creative First

    In conversation with Anish John

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    “Like A Toddler With A Book Of Matches”: 13 More Reasons We Need #PlatformAccountability

    • 08.08.2019
    • By Justin Sanders

    Throughout their relatively brief yet terrible reigns, both Facebook and Google have compiled enough scandals to fell most companies many times over. And yet, following both companies’ most recent earnings reports, their stocks only continue to rise.

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