Judgement on Lawsuit for Confirmation of Absence of Right to Claim in Musical Instrument Classes

In regards to the lawsuit which was filed by musical instrument class operators against JASRAC, the Tokyo District Court (with Judge Sato Tatsubumi presiding) fully supported JASRAC’s claim and passed judgement, dismissing all requests filed by musical instrument class operators of the confirmation of the absence of right to claim, on the grounds that any performance of works administered by JASRAC in musical instrument classes is protected by copyright regardless of how the works are used (performed by teachers or students, or performance of sound recordings).

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    Date: February 28, 2020

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  • Peloton and NMPA Settle, Dismiss Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

    The interactive fitness company and the music publishing trade association have entered into a joint collaboration agreement to “work together to further optimize Peloton’s music licensing systems and processes,” it was announced Thursday.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/peloton-nmpa-announce-settlement-agreement-dismiss-copyright-infringement-lawsuit-1281549

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 27, 2020

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  • Music Benefactors Wants to Solve the Crowdfunding Riddle for Musicians — Introducing the ‘Artist Public Offering’

    On November 14th, 2019, Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to the public, the music industry, and, most importantly of all, her many millions of fans. In it, Swift — who has sold over 50 million records and became a global sensation long before her 30th birthday — struck a tone of frustration and hopelessness, saying, in essence, that she’d be unable to perform the music from her first six albums when she accepted the American Music Awards’ highly coveted Artist of the Decade honor.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/02/26/music-benefactors-artist-public-offering/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 26, 2020

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  • Buyout controversy: PRS for Music pens open letter to broadcasters

    PRS for Music CEO Andrea C. Martin has published an open letter to broadcasters and commissioners following recent controversy surrounding broadcasters attempting to force composers to accept buyout deals.

    Late last year, Broadcast reported a move by Discovery Networks to force music makers to give up their entitlement to performance royalties for music used across Discovery Networks’ channels.

    Read More: https://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/tech/music-rights-chief-buyouts-must-stop/5147611.article

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    SOURCE: Broadcast

    Date: February 25, 2020

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  • It’s happened: The major labels are now generating over $1m every hour from streaming

    We all have bad days. Bad hair days, bad work days, bad weather days. Bad days. This truism does not appear to apply, however, to the modern major record company. According to new MBW analysis of official fiscal numbers, the recorded music divisions of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Group and Warner Music Group jointly generated $22.9m, on average, every 24 hours in 2019.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/its-happened-the-major-labels-are-now-generating-over-1m-every-hour-from-streaming/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 25, 2020

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  • Neighbouring Rights: what’s all that about? [explainer]

    There’s been a lot of discussion about neighbouring rights recently, after Tones and I signed an international neighbouring rights deal with Kobalt.

    And while it might sound like her music will be scoring the next Karl Kennedy affair, it’s actually a lot more simple – and more complicated – than it may seem.

    Read More: https://themusicnetwork.com/what-is-neighbouring-rights/

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    SOURCE: The Music Network

    Date: February 25, 2020

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  • The rights of actors and audiovisual performers; a new era for the film and TV industry after the entry into force of the Beijing Treaty in 28th of April 2020?

    The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, signed in 2012 (read here), is about to enter into force (April 28, 2020) after the ratification by Indonesia on January 28, 2020. The objective of the Treaty is to ameliorate the working conditions for performing actors and other audiovisual performers, this by modernizing and updating for the digital era the rights contained in the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations (1961) as well as complementing the provisions in the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT).

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-rights-of-actors-and-audiovisual.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: February 25, 2020

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  • Testament Frontman — “Spotify is Making Billions Out of Our Music”

    The band joined music streaming platforms despite believing that artist royalty payments are too low. During an interview on Underground Australia, Billy was asked to share his thoughts on the digital age. The answer was mostly a tale of gradually giving in after years of sinking monetization on digital platforms.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/02/24/testament-frontman-spotify-comments/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 24, 2020

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  • Who Really Owns Spotify?

    Long-term investors in Spotify required nerves of steel in 2019. Last year saw Spotify’s public valuation on the New York Stock Exchange rise as high as $28.34 billion ($157.66 per share on August 8th) but sink as low as $19.65 billion ($112.52 per share, October 1st) during a tempestuous third quarter. That market cap recovered, at year end, to $27.57 billion ($149.55 per share, December 31st).

    Read More: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/who-really-owns-spotify-955388/

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: February 23, 2020

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  • Tech Industry Grifters, Small and Large, Continue to Profiteer From The Work of Artists

    In another example of our self-appointed tech-overlords enriching themselves off of the fruits of others’ labour, a group of independent artists discovered earlier this week that their work had been illegally distributed by Amuse, a Stockholm based company linked to will.i.am. On Tuesday, musician Brett Basil, Philadelphia based funk-rock band You Do You, and others discovered that their songs were illegally hosted on Amazon Music, YouTube, and Spotify.

    Read More: https://artistrightswatch.com/2020/02/21/tech-industry-grifters-small-and-large-continue-to-profiteer-from-the-work-of-artists/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: February 21, 2020

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  • Who Is George Johnson? And Why Every Songwriter Should Thank Him

    George Johnson is not a household name but he’s one of my heroes. If you are a songwriter you probably should pay attention to what this scrappy indie songwriter is doing. He may end up being a hero to you as well. The screen capture above says it all. One lone songwriter against the US federal government, Amazon, Google, Pandora, Spotify, The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2020/02/17/who-is-george-johnson-and-why-every-songwriter-should-thank-him/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: February 17, 2020

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  • Time for a DMCA Overhaul? Congressional Hearings Commence on Capitol Hill

    Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) into law over two decades ago, in 1998. In essence, the DMCA protects copyrighted works while exempting internet service providers (ISPs) and social media platforms from liability relating to their users’ uploading and viewing habits. So long as ISPs and social-media companies respond to copyright holders’ DMCA requests in a reasonable and timely manner, they will not be held responsible for infringements; conceivably, the involved individuals will be subject to punishment.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/02/17/dmca-congress-hearings/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 17, 2020

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  • Original Masters Belonging to Nirvana, Soundgarden, Elton John, Peter Frampton Destroyed In Universal Studios Fire, Universal Music Confirms

    Many masters, including those of Slayer, Soundgarden, Michael McDonald, Elton John, Les Paul, Peter Frampton, and Sonic Youth, were “affected” — i.e. lost — in the fire, according to the filing. Additionally, these masters were apparently not backed up and/or duplicated, to UMG’s knowledge.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/02/16/universal-studios-fire-masters-destroyed/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 16, 2020

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  • CISAC President and Vice Presidents call on Canada to ratify CUSMA to extend terms of protection for creators

    In a letter sent to the Government of Canada, CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre and Vice Presidents Angélique Kidjo, Marcelo Piñeyro, Miquel Barceló and Jia Zhang-ke have called on the early ratification of the trade agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States (CUSMA). The trade agreement would align Canadian law with the copyright framework of the vast majority of countries by enacting the extension of the term of protection for authors from 50 to 70 years.

    Read more: https://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/Articles/CISAC-President-and-Vice-Presidents-call-on-Canada-to-ratify-CUSMA-to-extend-terms-of-protection-for-creators

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: February 14, 2020

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  • Global Music Rights and RMLC antitrust dispute to go to trial following court rulings

    The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) and performing rights society Global Music Rights (GMR) are headed to court after a federal judge in California refused motions to dismiss the two parties’ antitrust suits against each other.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/gmr-and-rmlc-antitrust-dispute-headed-for-trial-following-court-ruling/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 18, 2020

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  • YouTube Paid the Music Industry More Than $3 Billion In 2019, CEO Says

    YouTube has the lowest per-stream payouts among streaming music platforms — a dubious distinction it has carried for years. But platform CEO Susan Wojcicki says it all adds up.

    Why Wojcicki dropped the big news on a Friday before a three-day weekend is anyone’s guess. But in a blog post uploaded this afternoon, the oft-embattled YouTube CEO touted a very healthy payout to the music industry and its artists.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/02/14/youtube-music-industry-3-billion/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 14, 2020

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  • Universal Music Accused of “Gamesmanship” Over Lost Recordings

    As Universal Music Group plots an initial public offering, a move invariably meaning making all sorts of representations to investors about the financial health of its business, the company continues to find itself on the defensive over a 2008 backlot fire that resulted in substantial damages to its vault. That fire became the subject of renewed attention this past June when The New York Times shined a spotlight on what it called “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business.” The story revealed old court records as well as an assessment by UMG at the time that more than 118,000 original music recordings had been destroyed. UMG chairman Lucian Grainge said that artists were owed “transparency,” but on Thursday, a group of suing artists say they’ve got anything but transparency; instead, they claim, the company is engaged in “gamesmanship.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/universal-music-accused-gamesmanship-assessment-lost-recordings-1279396

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 14, 2020

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  • Appeals Court Considers Importance of ‘Friday the 13th’ Screenwriters Union Membership

    These days, upon the rise of the Gig Economy, classifying workers as “employees” or “independent contractors” is quite meaningful. Employees are entitled to overtime, unemployment insurance, health benefits and more. Independent contractors often get none of those things, but do enjoy a higher degree of flexibility and maybe more hiring opportunities. Worker classification has become an incredibly controversial public policy issue, but in some ways, the debate is not new nor cabined to Uber drivers and freelance journalists. Just watch Friday the 13th.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-considers-importance-friday-13th-screenwriters-union-membership-1279444

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 14, 2020

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  • Writers Guild Says It Held “Substantive” Talks With All Major Agencies Except One

    Ten months after thousands of Hollywood scribes fired their agents amid a failure to reach a new franchise agreement, the leader of the Writers Guild of America West claims the union has “had substantive discussions with all but one” of the major talent agencies.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-says-it-held-substantive-talks-all-major-agencies-one-1279521

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 14, 2020

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  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Revisited: Keeping Music Policy Modern

    In 1998, Chumbawamba topped the charts, MySpace was created, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was enacted to, “manage piracy risks and encourage the creative industries to “experiment, innovate, and benefit from the digital revolution,” according to one of its writers, former Congressman, and a past Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Twenty-two years later, this core intention of the DMCA remains, even as the music industry and technology it governs have changed.

    Read more: https://www.grammy.com/advocacy/news/digital-millennium-copyright-act-revisited-keeping-music-policy-modern

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    SOURCE: Advocacy

    Date: February 12, 2020

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  • YouTube Is Testing ‘Applause,’ a Way for Viewers to Directly Donate to Creators

    YouTube appears to be testing a way for desktop viewers to reward content creators with ‘Applause.’

    Users can buy the Applause feature on specific creators’ videos to show support for that YouTube channel. The feature is a very similar concept to the micro-transactions available to gamers on Twitch.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/02/11/youtube-applause-feature-in-testing/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 11, 2020

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  • SGAE members approve new statutes while international publishers and CMOs seek alternative options

    SGAE finally managed to get its new statutes approved by its members, but the outcome might be too little, too late to get the 120-year-old Spanish rights society readmitted in the global network of rights societies.

     

    Read more: https://legrandnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/02/sgae-members-approve-new-statutes-while.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: Legrand Network

    Date: February 10, 2020

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  • No Decision Yet On Fate Of ASCAP-BMI Consent Decrees, Says DOJ.

    Two years after the head of the Dept. of Justice’s Antitrust Division called the current state of music copyright law “a mess,” government attorneys appear no closer to deciding whether to pursue changes or an outright termination of the consent decrees that govern how radio stations license music from ASCAP and BMI. “We haven’t made any decisions,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim. Speaking to the Media Institute last week, he said DOJ staff attorneys were still reviewing nearly 900 comments filed in the review and that team has yet to make their recommendation on what action, if any, the government should take. “We continue to meet with anybody and are interested to hear their various viewpoints,” said Delrahim.

    Read more: http://www.insideradio.com/free/no-decision-yet-on-fate-of-ascap-bmi-consent-decrees/article_b8f59bc2-4bde-11ea-8835-abeecdf744af.html

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    SOURCE: Inside Radio

    Date: February 10, 2020

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  • Alphabet’s YouTube revenue disclosure could pressure Instagram to share some money with creators, publishers

    If Instagram decides to finally start sharing its advertising revenue with media companies and individual video creators, they may have YouTube to thank.

    On Feb. 3, Alphabet finally shed some light on the size of YouTube’s advertising business. The holding company reported that the video platform company generated $15.1 billion in advertising revenue in 2019. A day after Alphabet’s disclosure, Bloomberg reported that Facebook-owned Instagram realized $20 billion in advertising revenue last year.

    Read more: https://digiday.com/media/alphabets-youtube-revenue-disclosure-pressure-instagram-share-money-creators-publishers/

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    SOURCE: Digiday

    Date: February 6, 2020

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  • Ken Ziffren: How Talent Deals Are Evolving as Studios Become Streamers (Guest Column)

    Profit participation in the TV industry was born in the 1960s, when studios and independent production companies dominated prime time at the three networks. The definition of “profits” for creative talent working on scripted series has since evolved. In those early days, the production company owner of a show would simply charge large distribution fees (typically 30 percent to 40 percent) and overhead fees (15 percent to 20 percent), which prevented stars, creators and virtually all potential profit participants from reaching defined profitability.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ken-ziffren-how-talent-deals-are-evolving-as-studios-become-streamers-guest-column-1274871

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 6, 2020

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  • PRS Deputy Chair hits out at expansion of buyout deals in audio-visual commissions

    Songwriter, composer and PRS Deputy Chair Simon Darlow used a speech at the Creators Conference in Brussels on Monday to criticise moves in the media, movie and gaming industries to force the music-makers they work with to agree to ever more expansive buyout deals.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/prs-deputy-chair-hits-out-at-expansion-of-buyout-deals-in-audio-visual-commissions/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: February 5, 2020

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  • Studios Begin Stockpiling for a Writers Strike: “We Learned the Hard Way Last Time”

    In C-suites and writers rooms throughout Hollywood, chatter is growing: Will the Writers Guild of America’s roughly 15,000 members walk out as they did a decade ago if they can’t reach an agreement with the studios? And if they do, is the town ready for a strike?

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/studios-begin-stockpiling-a-writers-strike-we-learned-hard-way-last-time-1276130

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 5, 2020

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  • Soundgarden Responds to Lawsuit Filed by Chris Cornell’s Widow

    Soundgarden has filed a legal response to the lawsuit filed by Vicky Cornell. “We don’t have possession of our own creative work,” the band says.

    Vicky Cornell filed the suit in the Miami Division of the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Florida. She says the surviving members of Soundgarden – Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Hunter Benedict Shepherd – aren’t paying her royalties. She also alleges the band members are attempting to force her to hand over unreleased recordings Cornell made before his suicide.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/02/04/soundgarden-lawsuit-response-2020/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 4, 2020

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  • Directors Guild to Begin Formal Talks With Studios

    The Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will begin formal negotiations on Feb. 10, the two organizations said Tuesday. That will come as a relief to the industry, even though the February start is about two months later than talks commenced in recent triennial bargaining cycles.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/directors-guild-begin-formal-talks-studios-feb-10-1276285

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 4, 2020

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  • BMI AND RMLC SETTLE RADIO ROYALTY RATE DISPUTE

    US-based performance rights organization BMI has reached an agreement in principle to settle its ongoing rate dispute over radio royalties with the RMLC (Radio Music License Committee), which represents more than 10,000 commercial radio stations in the US.

    BMI and the RMLC are entering into a new multi-year deal covering the 2017-2021 period.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/bmi-and-rmlc-settle-radio-royalty-rate-dispute/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: January 30, 2020

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  • Why is Senator Wyden the Only Obstacle Standing Between America’s Creators and Justice?

    America’s creators are frustrated. They’ve reached their boiling points. For years, they’ve pushed for a copyright small claims process that would grant them access to justice in a system that, today, is simply unaffordable and inaccessible. When we think of issues involving access to justice, in many cases copyright and intellectual property more broadly do not immediately come to mind. But there is a long and sordid history of creators and entertainers, particularly those from marginalized communities and challenging socioeconomic backgrounds, being taken advantage of and treated unjustly, with no way to seek justice. This is a context that cannot be dissociated from conversations about the importance of a copyright small claims process.

    Read more: https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/why-is-senator-wyden-the-only-obstacle-standing-between-americas-creators-and-justice/

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    SOURCE: Copyright Alliance

    Date: January 30, 2020

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