IFPI raises awareness of enforcement issues in Latin America addressing 50+ higher court judges on website blocking and the value gap

As part of IFPI’s trade work in the region, it addressed a seminar of over 50 senior judges from across Latin America and gave an overview of the global situation on website blocking. The session, organised by the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the Mexican Federal Judiciary Council, was well received. At a public seminar, together with AMPROFON, IFPI expressed caution on the issue of ISP safe harbor introduction in Mexico and presented about the value gap problem.

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IFPI provides content protection training for law enforcement across Latin America

IFPI provides content protection training for law enforcement across Latin America. In Mexico, over 100 intellectual property and computer forensics experts, federal police and members of the special IP unit (UEIDDAPPI) attended a session on online investigation and forensic analysis of cyber evidence. In Brazil, attendees were taught open source investigative techniques. The Brazilian session was focused on advanced online investigation and legal aspects.

Argentinian Bill designed to protect ISPs from being held liable for hosted content is withdrawn

Following intense lobbying from IFPI’s National Group, CAPIF, alongside the Argentinean Press Association, a [potentially harmful?] Bill has been withdrawn. It aimed to protect the profit-making activities of ISPs through regulations that would have fully exempted them from liability vis-à-vis the content owned by third parties. CAPIF and others from the creative sector gave presentations to the Committee on Communications & Information Technology of the House of Representatives and stated their consensus-based decision to refrain from moving forward with discussion of the Bill. The law submitted by Senator Federico Pinedo, which already was approved by the Senate, has now been withdrawn.

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IFPI hosts Brazilian prosecutor who plans to commence a disruption campaign in the country against pirate sites

IFPI, alongside IFPI’s regional Latin American office, hosted Dr. Richard Encinas, a well-respected prosecutor in São Paulo, through a week of meetings with the UK IPO, law enforcement officials and other industry rightsholders. This has resulted in agreement from Dr. Encinas to establish and pursue a broad campaign of disruption against pirate sites in the country, using techniques developed by IFPI. We also took the opportunity to introduce Dr. Encinas to Europol officials to help foster greater collaboration.

It will now be possible to monetize YouTube in 12 more Latin American countries

Until now, only six countries in Latin America could monetize the use of their music on YouTube. The lack of authorization from composers’ performance rights organizations and publishers in these 12 countries meant that YouTube did not monetize the use of music videos. Over the past few months IFPI and our affiliated organizations in those 12 countries have actively encouraged parties to conclude licenses and end this “absolute gap,” which was depriving all right holders of revenue and creating inequality within the region.

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IFPI’s National Group in Colombia meets with Colombia’s president

On October 3rd 2018, APDIF Colombia’s Executive Committee met with President Iván Duque, Minister of the Interior; Nancy P. Gutiérrez, Minister of Culture Carmen Vásquez, and Presidential Advisor, Felipe Buitrago. In addition to discussing the evolution of the music industry in Colombia and its key position within the orange economy—currently an essential pillar for the Colombian government—, other issues such as the future of the industry and the need to develop schemes for promoting new artists were also raised. After the initial meeting, a busy schedule has followed with meetings with different sectors of the Colombian government to follow action lines and implement regulatory changes as needed in order to encourage and strengthen the recorded music sector in the country.