China on Monday played the victim card, calling on the United States to stop blaming the country for the global COVID-19 crisis, as pressure increased over Beijing’s mismanagement of the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 2.4 million people worldwide….at least seven class action lawsuits [have been] filed in U.S. federal court against China related to coronavirus. Five of the lawsuits do not seek a specific amount of money or damages. One, however, wants China to fork over $20 trillion, while another wants $8 trillion.
The company is promising to invest more than $28 billion in its cloud services unit over the next three years, and to direct some of the funds towards chip and operating system R&D.
On Monday, Alibaba said that it plans to invest RMB200 billion ($28.3 billion) over the next three years in its Alibaba Cloud unit, which is China’s biggest public cloud services provider. Along with data center infrastructure investments, Alibaba indicated the spending would go towards R&D investments in areas such as chip and operating system development. Other likely spending areas include sales, marketing and the development of new cloud services.
[ARW readers are familiar with the excellent work of Hugh Stephens and this post is no exception. Mr. Stephens calls attention to the pincer attack on creators by the forces of evil that sure bear a striking resemblance to the anti-artist yearnings of a certain ginormous advertising company based in Mountain View.]
As I write we are in the depths of the COVID pandemic. Each day brings new and more frightening predictions of what is to come, what we all need to do to “bend the curve”, and how it is affecting people globally from both a health and economic perspective. The pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime challenge….
[I]t is extremely disappointing to see special interest groups taking advantage of the COVID crisis to push their personal pre-COVID agendas. In the case of copyright, this consists of using the crisis to attack the fundamentals of copyright protection, namely the right of creators to control distribution of their work, and thereby to earn a return on the sweat equity they put into the creation in the first place.
In the case of copyright, the first shot was fired by the Internet Archive which declared that it would make its collection of 1.4 million copyright-protected books freely available through its online Open Library, using the COVID pandemic as the pretext. The Open Library’s self-professed goal is to make all works ever published available in digital format. To do this, it scans any works it can get its hands on, and inventories them in its digital library. While it has over 2.5 million public domain works in its catalogue, it is not too particular as to whether a work is in copyright or not; it’s all grist to the Open Library’s mill.
Read the post on Hugh Stevens’ blog: COVID is Not an Excuse to Throw the Accepted Rules Out the Window: Copyright as the Canary in the Coalmine. — Hugh Stephens Blog
UPDATE: SBA disaster loans now available apply here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
We’re expecting that the Small Business Administration will declare Texas counties eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans as soon as Friday after Governor Abbott made the formal request. You can track that designation on the SBA site. More information on how to apply on the Texas Division of Emergency Management and you can fill out an economic injury sheet to submit to the SBA’s local disaster manager.
You can get ready to apply for these loans in advance by creating an online profile https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Register1 and beginning to prepare the required documents on page 2 of this sheet: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Documents/Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans.pdf which also has instructions for how to apply online.