Sony has claimed that it owns the copyright for the works of Johann Sebastian Bach—more than 1,100 of them.
Now, you might think the fact that Bach died in 1750 would put his music safely in the public domain, seeing as how it’s 178 years out of copyright (under the American system of author’s death plus 70 years). But there the story was, appearing in several news accounts this past week, all prompted by a Boing Boing report about how “you can’t play Bach on Youtube” without getting served with a takedown notice. Even the jazz historian Ted Gioia, as sane a music critic as exists these days, was prompted to tweet “Sony says they own his compositions.”
A new policy paper making the rounds in Congress and tech circles could signal the future of regulating big tech.
Fortnite is the latest video game craze to sweep the nation.
The battle-royale third-person shooter is one of the most popular and fastest growing games on the planet. It’s the most played game on Xbox. It’s the most downloaded free game on PlayStation. The mobile version debuted at number 1 on the iTunes charts in 13 countries when it dropped in March. It’s still at number 4 on the iTunes charts, ahead of apps like Gmail, Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify, and Netflix.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Monday praised a U.S. government panel’s decision to order Qualcomm Inc. to delay its shareholder meeting this week to allow for more time to review Broadcom Ltd.’s takeover bid.
Facial recognition is China’s hottest new technology, but it raises issues concerning personal security as the communist government works to track individuals, create detailed profiles, and assign “social credit” scores.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday canceled an upcoming appearance at a tech industry trade show after receiving death threats.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a major case concerning the Fourth Amendment, discussing privacy in the digital age and how to apply established legal rules to rapidly changing technology.
The Supreme Court has created a new online system where the public can view legal filings for free.
Health tech company Theranos Inc. and its embattled CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, settled with drugstore giant Walgreen Co. for more than $25 million, marking the company’s latest settlement in a stream of lawsuits from companies, regulators, and investors.