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A new report from the U.S. Copyright Office is set to start another round in the long-running fight between tech platforms and the entertainment industry over copyright infringement, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill reports.
Why it matters: Owners of music and movie libraries say piracy remains rampant online, and the entertainment lobby, which has long pushed tech platforms to do more to police infringing material, now sees an opening to win concessions.
"There's been a breach in the dam that was giving complete and absolute protection to Silicon Valley based on this sort of thinking that we can't touch them," Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) CEO Mitch Glazier told Axios.
Driving the news: The Copyright Office on Thursday released a report, five years in the making, assessing the effectiveness of the current process for getting online platforms to remove copyrighted material that users post without permission.
Yes, but: The Re:Create Coalition, a copyright-focused advocacy group, said such changes would chill free expression and creativity, with executive director Joshua Lamel saying the report "only suggests changes that rightsholders asked for."
Where it stands: RIAA and other music industry groups, including the Music Artists Coalition and the National Music Publishers Association, have outlined three key concessions they want from tech platforms they say would address issues identified in the report:
Between the lines: The Copyright Office report doesn’t make its own recommendations for legislative fixes.
The other side: The Internet Association argues the current rules already "recognize that rightsholders are the best judge of potentially infringing content and set a baseline that many IA member companies go above and beyond to impede access to illegal content, and ensure creators are fairly compensated," per a statement from interim president Jon Berroya.
The catch: Changes made to protect copyright could lead to censorship or other abuse, some tech firms and public interest groups have argued.
Margaret has more here.
Go deeper: The future of owning content online
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that half the company's workers could be remote in 5–10 years. Meanwhile, Shopify, Coinbase, Square and Twitter are among the companies that have said in recent days that most employees can work from home permanently.
Why it matters: The shifts will change the way tech firms use real estate and crimp the economies that have grown around serving those companies. It also has the potential to distribute tech talent more evenly around the country.
"My prediction is that in 5–10 years we could have [roughly] 50% working remote," Zuckerberg told Axios. "That's not a target, just a prediction based on the demand we've seen so far."
The big picture: In addition to the companies like Twitter, Square and Shopify that plan to let most workers go remote, many others are preparing for a future where even those employees that do come back to the office aren't necessarily there regularly.
Flashback: I remember keenly when Marissa Mayer declared in February 2013 that no one at Yahoo could work remotely. In retrospect, that may have been the last stand of old-school Silicon Valley's cult of the office water cooler.
Yes, but: Just because lots of people don't want to rush back to the office right now doesn't mean everyone wants to telecommute permanently. Things could look a lot different when there is an effective treatment or vaccine for COVID-19.
The bottom line: Exactly what Silicon Valley will eventually look like after the coronavirus is unclear, but it seems very unlikely to resemble its previous self.
Microsoft chief accessibility officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie. Photo: Microsoft
Google pledged to make wheelchair accessibility more prominent within Maps, while Microsoft is publicly sharing the knowhow it has accumulated developing products like the Xbox adaptive controller, Seeing AI and other accessible technology.
Why it matters: The moves came as the industry commemorated Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Thursday. The World Health Organization estimates that only one in 10 people with disabilities globally has the access they need to assistive technologies and products.
My thought bubble: Improvements in tech to make them more accessible to all are worthwhile in themselves, but there are often side benefits too.
A team of Google veterans and others is launching the nonprofit CVKey Project to help communities restart amid the pandemic. Its centerpiece, for now, is an app to let venues assess the health risk a particular person poses and whether to admit them.
Why it matters: There are a lot of ideas on how best to store data about COVID-19 risk and exposures, but privacy concerns abound as well.
What he's saying: "We don't want to sacrifice our civil liberties or compromise privacy in the rush to reopen," McClendon said in a statement.
The big picture: Even assuming the privacy issues are taken care of, the criteria for determining whether someone is a risk or not remain in flux.
What's next: McClendon said CVKey will adapt as knowledge about the coronavirus improves and also plans over time to add more apps and features, including exposure notification. The group is also soliciting additional volunteers.
Separately: Twilio is announcing today it is helping power the voice and text components of New York's contact-tracing efforts.
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