Copyright & Media Update – 1/20/17

Trump on Copyrights: How His Administration Will Approach Copyright Law

BY MARLA GROSSMAN & DAN QUINN: We know that not only are copyrights grounded in the constitution, but core copyright industries contribute approximately $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, and employ over 5.5 million American workers….What we don’t know, however, is how President Trump and the Trump Administration will view copyright issues, and whether pro-creator copyright reforms will be on the President’s agenda come January 20, 2017. We can, however, make some educated guesses based on Trump’s entertainment industry ties, his potential Supreme Court nominees, and those he is surrounding himself with on his Transition Team and in a Trump Administration that is increasingly taking shape. READ MORE…

7 Reasons Why Music Is Important to World Cultures

BY LIZZIE WEAKLEY: Every culture in the world has its own form of music that is enjoyed by all ages on every continent. Although each culture is different, music unifies all races and has been used throughout history for different occasions and for enjoyment purposes. To learn why music is important to world cultures and continues to be created over the decades, there are a few important facts to understand. READ MORE…

YouTube Launches Super Chat to Help Musicians

BY BRUCE HOUGHTON: Much like Amazon-owned Twitch’s Cheering feature for gamers, fans watching a YouTube live stream can purchase a Super Chat – a highlighted message in the chat stream that provides a way to get the attention of their favorite creators. … Along with the launch, YouTube announced that was discontinuing its Fan Funding feature. … “While we were really excited about Fan Funding, it never achieved widespread usage …” READ MORE…

Google and YouTube Accused of Stealing Content ID

BY DANIEL ADRIAN SANCHEZ: It’s no secret that YouTube’s Content ID is unpopular.  But did the Google-owned company actually develop the copyright enforcement tool? For the uninitiated, Content ID automatically scans uploaded content against a database of copyright material.  This helps protect the company against possible copyright infringement and pirating lawsuits.   It’s simple: copyright owners identify their materials in advance, and YouTube blocks them. However, Audible Magic argues that they, not Google, actually developed the service.  They filed a complaint at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday. READ MORE…

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