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Anime and Manga Piracy Now Worth Billions, Hurts Artists

The popularity of Japanese anime and manga, a particular style of Japanese comic books, has attracted the attention of pirates. Anime and manga piracy has flourished since the pandemic, which costs the growing industry billions of dollars. In 2020, manga sales were slated to reach 612.6 billion yen, which is approximately U.S. $4.6 billion. This …

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Disney May Lose Copyright Protection for Beloved Characters

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too? Those famous Disney characters and many more are set to enter the public domain next year, bringing to light the issues of intellectual property and copyright protection. Disney’s Iconic Characters in Public Domain The company will soon lose control of some of their most loved characters—Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, …

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Far-Reaching New Copyright Laws Set to Pass in Spending Bill

Congressional leaders have revealed their comprehensive spending and COVID-19 relief bill, which includes controversial copyright initiatives that civil liberties advocates worry could punish internet users for ordinary online behavior. Measures found in the $2.3 trillion spending package include the Trademark Modernization Act, the CASE Act, and a felony streaming proposal. All of these expand the …

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