Copyright & Media Update – 1/27/17

The Complete Guide to Selling Your Music Online

BY DAVE COOL: If you’re working on your next album, you’re probably thinking about how you’re going to promote and sell your new music. When it comes to selling your music online, there are countless options available to musicians. From selling direct to your fans, to online stores like iTunes and Amazon, getting your music up for sale is relatively simple. The real key is to have a strategy for where your music goes up for sale, and when. READ MORE…

After 16% Drop in Per Stream Rates, Spotify Wants Another 14% Reduction

BY THE TRICHORDIST: We can’t make this up. We’ve stated many times before, as the consumption of streams increase (and those services grow) the per stream rate will drop as revenues level off. This is simply because revenues can not keep up with consumption, and there is no fixed per stream rate. In our latest look at streaming rates we found that Spotify streaming rates had dropped 16% from 2014 to 2016. Now, Hypebot is reporting that Spotify is asking for another 14% reduction in royalty payments. READ MORE…

A Tale of Two Cakes: Can Copyright Law Protect This Cake Design?

BY CYNTHIA BLAKE SANDERS: Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes, one of our hometown heroes in Baltimore, a.k.a. the Ace of Cakes, created a striking cake for President Obama’s 2012 inauguration. The cake design caught the eye of the incoming presidential administration that ordered a different pastry chef, Buttercream Bake Shop, to create a replica of the Ace’s creation. Can the pastry chef that produced the replica cake be held liable for stealing the Ace’s cake design? In theory, a three-dimensional design may be protected under copyright or patent law. READ MORE…

Star Trek’ Fan Film Settles Lawsuit with Movie Studio

BY ERNESTO: The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off “Prelude to Axanar” is over. A few days before the start of the trial both parties agreed to a settlement which allows the film to be published in a highly edited fashion. Last year Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios launched a legal battle against the makers of a Star Trek inspired fan film, accusing them of copyright infringement. READ MORE…

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