In this week's Thursday Thingies, I lose part of my soul.
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OHIM has had a busy week. Their Orphan Works database is now available in all official languages (including Icelandic!) The OHIM Observatory, the OHIM body responsible for evidence, data, education and awareness, among other things, announced their work programme for the 2016. They also published a new report, which argues, "€1.4 billion [is] lost every year across the EU due to fake toys and games."
K-Pop, a.k.a. Korean popular music, is the subject of a recent CREATe paper. Keith Negus boldly argues that, "The success of K-pop in generating revenue was facilitated by a relatively brief period during which the Korean government and industry organisations introduced and strictly enforced copyright legislation... [and] is premised upon a very specific approach to stardom and the idol system, producing South Korean or Asian ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ identities." U.S. immigration also put K-Pop in the news.
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by Jill Carlson
Finally, for a charming take on what policy economists do, written by 15-year-old-intern Sebastian, check out the OECD Insight's blog. According to Sebastian, "one of the first things I learnt while interviewing economists at the OECD is that there is no one economist, they all come in different shapes and forms."