Copyright & Media Update 11/30/18

Copyright Royalty Board Makes Flurry of Changes, Extends Comment Period For Music Modernization Act

ED CHRISTMAN: In a flurry of activity over the last few week, the Copyright Royalty Board has cemented some previous determinations for on-demand services and background music services, amended some of its regulations for rate determinations made this year, while extending a period for comment on the Music Modernization Act’s impact on other CRB regulations. READ MORE…

Tommy Lee Tells Travis Scott to ‘Lawyer Up’ for ‘Stealing’ His Roller Coaster Stage Design

PAUL RESNIKOFF: For those who have yet to witness Tommy Lee drumming on a 360-degree roller coaster apparatus, here’s a quick catch-up.  Turns out that drumming upside down is harder than you’d think, but wildly entertaining. But does copyright protect this groundbreaking combination of amusement and percussion?  Tommy Lee, who claims to have debuted the concept years ago, feels that his stage design has now been infringed. READ MORE…

LL Cool J Files a Trademark Lawsuit Against the Rock the Bells Music Festival

DANIEL SANCHEZ: LL Cool J has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Rock the Bells music festival. Thirty-three years ago, the rapper released ‘Rock the Bells,’ the first single from his debut album, Radio.  The song hit number 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the rapper’s age at the time.  LL Cool J also launched his own SiriusXM channel aptly named after the single last March. READ MORE…

Debunking a Plagiarism Removal “Trick”

JONATHAN BAILEY: Recently, YouTube sent me down a rabbit hole of videos purporting to have found a “trick” to remove plagiarism in any document. The videos, mostly made in 2016 and 2017, claimed that they had found a simple way to fool any plagiarism detection application. Though the videos showed several different techniques, many of which we’ve covered before, one new “trick” kept coming up and over and over again: The space replace. READ MORE…

The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make ‘Unauthorized Streaming’ a Felony

KARL BODE: Six years after massive online protests shuttered wide swaths of the internet, the music industry has renewed calls for internet filters in a bid to tackle copyright infringement. But experts say such filters not only don’t work, they tend to result in unintended censorship, a lesson the industry refuses to learn after years of controversy. READ MORE…

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