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Europe’s creative industry has criticised the European Commission’s consultation on new EU copyright rules for departing from the original directive agreed last year and being unworkable. The new copyright directive, which marked the first overhaul in two decades, had pitted artists and news publishers against tech companies, internet activists and consumer groups and aimed to provide fair compensation for the bloc’s $1 trillion (781.7 billion pounds) creative industries and its 11.7 million employees.
Jack Dorsey’s payment company is inviting other cryptocurrency firms to join its “alliance” to pool patents and preserve the industry’s open-source spirit.
Former CIA counterintelligence and staff investigator Kevin Shipp linked Microsoft’s recent cryptocurrency patent to a short-lived Microsoft ad featuring Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic. The ad was notably pulled after far-right internet users targeted the video in protest against Abramovic’s alleged Satanism.
The musical “Jersey Boys” doesn’t infringe the copyright in a Four Seasons band member’s autobiography because any similarities between the works are based on historical facts, the Ninth Circuit affirmed Tuesday.