Copyright & Media Update 12/14/18

The Future of Entertainment

ROLLING STONE: Sure, Facebook jacked up the 2016 election, your apps are stalking you and there is now a medically-recognized condition called “text-neck.” But technology is not all bad. For every ominous development, there’s another that will make our lives easier, fuller and way more fun. In the spirit of embracing all the future has to bring, we investigated the trends, products and innovations that are changing the world of entertainment right now. Some are cool, some are freaky and all are bearing down on us in the next few years — whether we like it or not. Strap on your space goggles and get ready for liftoff. READ MORE…

Copyright’s Contributions to the U.S. Economy in 2017

CHELSEA HACK: Last Thursday, December 6, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) released its latest report, Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: the 2018 Report, detailing the economic impact of the core copyright industries in 2017. The report defines the “core copyright industries” as “those whose primary purpose is to create, produce, distribute, or exhibit copyright materials” (i.e. industries ranging from newspapers to movies). Overall, the report indicates that these industries add significant value to the U.S. GDP and outpace other industries in creating better-paying jobs and contributing to the U.S. foreign sales and exports. READ MORE…

The Christmas Monster Plagiarism Story

JONATHAN BAILEY: In November 2017, John Lewis, a UK retailer, released a holiday ad featuring Moz the Monster, a monster that hid under the bed of a child. However, though the child initially wanted to be rid of him, the two forged a friendship that many found extremely touching.READ MORE…

What Spotify and Apple Music Really Pay — According to Das Kapital

DANIEL SANCHEZ: Looks like it’s not just American artists receiving poor payouts from streaming music platforms anymore, especially on Spotify. Each passing year, major labels continue to report record revenue thanks to the rise of streaming music. In its second fiscal quarter report for 2018, Sony Music posted $512.2 million in streaming revenue alone. READ MORE…

U.S. Instrument of Accession to the Berne Convention – An Untold Story

MICHAEL J. REMINGTON: Paving the way for the United States to join the Berne Convention for Literary and Artistic Works through implementing legislation was one of the most important legislative achievements of the 100th Congress (1987-1988). Joining a treaty that provides the world’s highest level of copyright protection was years in the making. Named after the Swiss city where the first meeting was held, the Berne Union was formed in 1886 by ten European nations. READ MORE…

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