Copyright & Media Update 1/5/18

Spotify Hit With $1.6B Copyright Lawsuit Over Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young Songs

BY ERIQ GARDNER: As the new year begins, the music industry could be set for an epochal moment. Hopes are running high for the first significant reform of music licensing rules in decades. The coming year may also see Spotify go public. But before any of this happens, the Stockholm, Sweden-based streaming giant must now contend with a massive new copyright lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, READ MORE…

2018 in Copyright Law and Policy

BY TERRY HART: What wonders does 2018 have in store for the world of U.S. copyright law and policy? As I’ve done in previous years (2017, 2016, 2015), I’d like to take a look at what we might expect over the coming year. Last year, I noted how difficult U.S. policy predictions would be given the political landscape—an easy prediction to make and one that was true several times over. READ MORE…

Copyright and Plagiarism in 2018 (And 2017)

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: Back in 2016, I started my tradition of starting every new year with a look back at the previous one and a look ahead to the one to come. It’s a tradition I continued in 2017and one that I’m continuing now in 2018. But 2017 was nothing if not an unusual year. READ MORE…

“Voice activation will be huge in 2018”: Digital execs on Alexa and the future of the music business

BY ANDRE PAINE: Voice control and interactive AI has been coming for a while but 2018 could be the tipping point for the music business, according to leading digital execs. With potentially millions of music fans unwrapping smart speakers over Christmas, the industry could be about to benefit from a further revenue boost as premium streaming subscriptions reach new demographics. READ MORE…

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