Copyright & Media Update – 11/11/16

Is the Record Business Really Back? How Streaming Is (and Isn’t) Turning a Profit

BY PAUL TULLER: For the last few years, Barclays’ annual research reports about the music industry reflected the challenges of a business in ­transition — or, more specifically, one that had slowed a rapid decline but had not returned to growth. In 2014, as track sales fell, the bank’s report declared that “Streaming Killed the Download Star”; the 2015 edition was titled “Swimming Upstream.” But the bank’s ­latest research report, published in October and titled “Dancing Days Are Here Again,” starts with much better news: “2016 is the year recorded music appears to be ­turning a corner.” READ MORE…

Music Artists Outraged by Dismissal of Register of Copyrights

BY PEGGY McGLONE: Music artists are reacting with outrage at the dismissal of the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, calling the move an aggressive attack that is part of a larger effort to erode their creative rights and to bolster advocates of free content. “This is a major affront to copyright,” said songwriter and music publisher Dean Kay. “Google seems to be taking over the world — and politics. . . . Their major position is to allow themselves to use copyright material without remuneration. If the Copyright Office head is toeing the Google line, creators are going to get hurt.” READ MORE…

Check Here If You’re Trying to Find Copyright Owners

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: Are you looking to identify or locate a particular copyright owner or creator in order to license their copyrighted work(s) or to hire them to create something for you, but are having trouble tracking them down? If so, we may be able to help.  READ MORE…

Trump’s Shocking Victory Could Squeeze Silicon Valley on Immigration and Trade

BY PARESH DAVE AND TRACEY LIEN: When President-elect Trump took the lead on Tuesday night, Silicon Valley’s executives, venture capitalists, and workers, understandably, didn’t take it well because relying heavily on skilled immigrant workers, tech companies stand much to lose if Trump implements his anti-immigration reform policies. The technology industry must now grapple with what Trump’s presidency will mean for the sector, which relies heavily on global trade, offshore labor and foreign skilled workers — all issues Trump has campaigned against. READ MORE…

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