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Studio 71 Continues Practice Of False Copyright Claims On YouTube

Media company's actions are targeting independent creators

Studio 71

Studio 71

Studio 71, a Berlin Germany based media company, has a well-documented history of making bogus copyright claims on YouTube. The Internet is littered with posts from frustrated creators, who have had their content flagged and even permanently removed by Google/YouTube following what appears to be a baseless copyright complaint initiated by the operators of Studio 71.

Studio 71 rolls like this…

One of its creators uploads a video that comments on a subject, maybe a news item or a song or even a game and in reporting the story that creator will refer to something which will naturally include a screen-grab or other image or media in which the Studio 71 creator has no established copyright. In fact, Studio 71’s use of the media is usually based on ‘fair use’.

Another, independent creator (not associated with Studio 71’s stable of creators) in an unrelated video will use an image or song (clip) or some other media that is loosely similar to the content that Studio 71’s creator referred to and when discovered by Studio 71 the company complains to YouTube, claiming copyright and thereby restricting the trade of the independent creator.

The method restricts the trade of the independent creator.

A recent thread on Google/YouTube’s Help Forum describes the scenario:

30 days after appealing/disputing the bogus Studio 71 copyright claim, YouTube notifies the independent creator that Studio 71 “decided to release their copyright claim on your YouTube video” but Studio 71 never held any legal copyright to the content and the original claim was false and merely a means of restricting the trade of creators who are not affiliated with Studio 71.

Making a false copyright claim is a crime.

“Any person who, with fraudulent intent, places on any article a notice of copyright or words of the same purport that such person knows to be false, or who, with fraudulent intent, publicly distributes or imports for public distribution any article bearing such notice or words that such person knows to be false, shall be fined not more than $2,500.” 17 USC § 506(c).

Cary Katz Sues CRTV LLC, Seeks To Evade Paying Mark Steyn Award

CRTV LLC

CRTV LLC

On April 19, 2018 in the New York Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan, Judge Eileen Bransten confirmed the Final Award against CRTV LLC in the matter of CRTV LLC -v- Mark Steyn and Mark Steyn Enterprises (“MSE”). CRTV LLC now owes Steyn around $4 million plus another $75,000 in costs and interest until paid.

The long and short of this saga that has taken a year to conclude is that CRTV LLC breached its agreement with Mark Steyn and the company sued Steyn for $10 million. The case was dealt with in arbitration. All of CRTV’s claims were refuted. Judge Bransten dismissed them out of hand.

CRTV LLC is backed by ‘student loans billionaire’ Cary Katz, who is now suing his own company after loaning CRTV LLC more than $20 million in what many people with knowledge of the case say is an attempt to bankrupt CRTV and thereby avoid paying Steyn.

Just what this means for other members of the company, such as hosts Mark Levin, Steven Crowder, Michelle Malkin and others, is anyone’s guess, but according to Katz, CRTV LLC owes him $20 million and the company has indicated it is unable to repay the loans.

According to the lawsuit filed by Katz, the company’s “manager” declared the company unable to repay, perhaps because having the company’s director, the Cary Katz Trust make such a statement would expose the charade for what it is… a doggy attempt to avoid paying money that is lawfully owed.

One has to wonder why Mark Levin, whose reputation has until now been untarnished, would ever have gotten into bed with Katz.

Companies ‘Virtue Signal’ Against The NRA

WireNews CEO encourages members, readers and suppliers to support the National Rifle Association by joining and to reciprocate against any company that promotes a boycott against the NRA

National Rifle Association

National Rifle Association

In the wake of the shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, a number of companies have announced boycotts, largely promoted via Twitter, against the National Rifle Association, in what can only be described as virtue signalling to the Left.

United Airlines has notified the NRA that the airline will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and the directors of that company are asking that the NRA remove its information from the NRA website.

Delta Air Lines reached out to the NRA to let them know that the airline will be ending its contract for discounted rates through its group travel program. Delta will be requesting that the NRA remove its information from the NRA website.

Hertz Corporation has notified the NRA that the company is ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz.

The full list of companies to have boycotted the NRA so far:

Alamo Rent a Car
Avis
Allied Van Lines
Bestwestern
Budget
Chubb Insurance
Delta Air Lines
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
First National Bank of Omaha
Hertz
MetLife
North American Van Lines
Paramount Rx
SimpliSafe
Symantec
TrueCar
United Airlines

Apparently these companies have overlooked the fact that the NRA, founded in 1871, has over five million active members. A Reuters/Ipsos poll in April 2012 found that 82% of Republicans and 55% of Democrats saw the NRA “in a positive light”, meaning that more than three quarters of the population of the United States would not look very favorably upon a boycott against the NRA.

In fact, in six of seven Gallup polls between 1993 and 2013, a majority of Americans reported holding a favorable opinion of the NRA and while recent events may have caused many Americans to take more notice of the NRA’s activities, the organization’s commitment to training and gun safety remain high on its lists of achievements.

Bill White, founder and CEO of WireNews said: “Following the recent CNN ‘Town Hall’ event that was really a hit piece or better, a lynch mob, against the NRA, I joined the National Rifle Association.” (@Twitter confirmation of membership)

“I encourage all of our readers to do the same,” continued White.

“And as far as this boycott of the NRA by these companies, I am calling on all of our members, readers and suppliers to reciprocate against any company that promotes a boycott against the NRA,” confirmed White.

Help Improve Guidance For Charities Working Internationally

If your charity operates overseas we are looking for your feedback to help us improve our guidance

International Charities

International Charities

The Charity Commission have several key pieces of guidance and alerts that are important reading for charities that operate internationally, including the Compliance Toolkit.

We are keen to assess whether our guidance meets your needs, is easy to follow and whether it helps charities working in high-risk areas or carrying out higher risk activities.

This is an opportunity for you to influence the development of our guidance, making sure we cover the basics as well as helping you with some of the more challenging and complex issues.

Whether you have read all, some or none of our guidance your opinion matters to us.

If you’d like to get involved complete this short survey (it will take no more than 15 minutes).

All individual responses are voluntary, anonymous and confidential. The deadline for responses is Sunday 25 March.

We also welcome responses from other colleagues and stakeholders in the international charity sector.

Universal Periodic Review 29: Tonga

This UK statement was delivered during the 29th session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Tonga's Human Rights Record on 15 January 2018

The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The UK welcomes the positive steps taken by Tonga since the last UPR, demonstrating its commitment to human rights, particularly the implementation of reforms to advance democracy. We are impressed by the consultations with civil society in the preparation for the UPR. We encourage Tonga to become party to core Human Rights Conventions and to establish a National Human Rights Institution in compliance with the Paris Principles. We also welcome Tonga’s national efforts to promote female candidates in national elections and subsequent increase in female MPs. However, female participation in Tongan politics remains low and we encourage Tonga to further promote the inclusion of women in politics.

The UK remains concerned that Tongan legislation continues to criminalise consensual same sex-conduct. It is encouraging that there have been no recent prosecutions under this legislation, however, we would urge Tonga to repeal all such provisions and ensure anti-discrimination laws also cover sexual orientation.

The UK welcomes Tonga’s membership of the International Labour Organisation in 2016 and we would encourage Tonga to ratify the key ILO conventions.

We recommend:

  1. Ratify the International Labour Organization’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (C. 182) as part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to achieving SDG 8.7.
  2. Ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and support the disaggregation of SDG Reporting data by disability.
  3. Adopt an open, merit-based process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections.
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