Copyright & Media Update 12/1/17

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora Could Face Billions In ‘Fast Lane’ Surcharges

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: What’s the real cost of ditching net neutrality?  Potentially billions in ‘fast lane’ tolls and ‘paid prioritization’ charges over the next decade for major music platforms, according to sources. This isn’t exactly what the geeky academics who started the internet had in mind.  But it’s exactly what mega-ISPs like Comcast were hoping would happen.  READ MORE…

4 Massive Digital Trends to Watch in 2018

BY JARDLEY JEAN-LOUIS: Shama Hyder, founder, and CEO of The Marketing Zen Group explains the major trends you should follow to grow your business this year. WATCH NOW…

Music Streaming Royalty Rates Going Up Slightly in 2018

BY ED CHRISTMAN: The Copyright Royalty Board has set a cost of living adjustment to the rates paid to master recording copyright holders for 2018, with the rate increasing on basis point each to $0.0018 for ad-supported, non-subscription music streaming services; and $0.0023 per performance for paid subscription services. Previously, the rates had been $0.0017 and $0.0022, respectively. READ MORE…

The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensing

BY ERIQ GARDNER: In the past week, the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice has drawn great scrutiny thanks to its bold lawsuit seeking to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner. According to the government, if the merger is allowed, AT&T would have the incentive and ability to substantially lessen competition in the media industry by doing something such as withholding or raising the price on an asset like HBO.  READ MORE…

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