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These 1923 Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain in 2019

[On] January 1, 2019. Under the terms of the Sonny Bono Copyright Act, works first published in 1923 will enter the public domain, meaning anyone can re-publish them, or chop them up and use them in other projects, without asking permission or paying the old rights holders. You can record new versions of the musical compositions; you can show the movies for a profit; you can even remake them. Amazon can sell you the ebook and keep all the money, and Project Gutenberg can give you the ebook for free. – Nick Douglas, Lifehacker http://bit.ly/2EGB25v
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Huawei and ZTE may face new US ban via White House executive order

Specifically, the executive order would allegedly order the U.S. Commerce Department to bar U.S. companies from using parts and equipment from companies that the government believes could pose a national security risk. The order, which reportedly has not been finalized, would use the government’s International Emergency Economic Powers Act as its foundation, which allows the White House to regulate and control commerce in the event of a national emergency. – John Callaham, Android Authority http://bit.ly/2RfEE4x

FTC Warns Consumers About Netflix Email Scam

In a blog post Wednesday (Dec. 26), the FTC shared a screenshot captured by police in Ohio of a phishing email designed to steal personal information. The email claims the recipient’s Netflix account is “on hold” because the company is “having some trouble with your current billing information” and urges the user to click on a link to update their payment details. The phishing scam also listed an international phone number. – Todd Spangler, Variety http://bit.ly/2EPtVaq

The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make ‘Unauthorized Streaming’ a Felony

“These include fixing the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act], making it a felony to knowingly engage in unauthorized streaming of copyrighted works, and investigating the positive impact that website blocking of foreign sites has in other jurisdictions and whether U.S. law should be revised accordingly,” the entertainment industry argued. – Karl Bode, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2PZ576m

House Democrats Who Haven’t Supported Net Neutrality Yet Have All Taken Money from Telecoms

That leaves 18 Democrats in the House who have yet to sign the petition, which is, again, the only hope Congress has of voting and passing this resolution to restore net neutrality this year. A Motherboard review of FEC filings shows that each of the representatives has taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from one or more major telecom companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), an ISP trade group. – Kaleigh Rogers, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2AAaI8W

FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment

[FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly] said that broadband providers run by local governments “have engaged in significant First Amendment mischief.” But O’Rielly’s only evidence to support his claim was the networks’ Acceptable Use Policies, which contain boilerplate language similar to the policies used by private ISPs such as Comcast and AT&T. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2ABkb0Q

Copyright compromise: Music Modernization Act signed into law

Musicians are celebrating as the Music Modernization Act, an attempt to drag copyright and royalty rules into the 21st century, is signed into law after unanimous passage through Congress. The act aims to centralize and simplify the process by which artists are tracked and paid on digital services like Spotify and Pandora, and also extends the royalty treatment to songs recorded before 1972. – Devin Comdwey, TechCrunch https://ift.tt/2C9QZPy
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