Copyright & Media Update 2/1/2019

A Case of Actual Copyright Extortion

PLAGIARISM TODAY: When it comes to copyright, the word “extortion” gets thrown around a lot. As rightsholders pursue infringement, they are often accused of extorting others. However, it rarely is actual extortion, especially in the legal sense of the word. READ MORE…

This One Weird Trick Could Improve Copyright Registration

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: What if there was a simple way that could make copyright registration easier for individual creators and help reduce the costs and administrative burdens of the U.S. Copyright Office? Under U.S. law, copyright protection is automatic and covers a work the moment it is fixed in a tangible medium without the need for any action by the creator. But the law still allows for copyright registration with the Copyright Office. Registering a copyright is not necessary, but it does provide a number of legal benefits. READ MORE…

Google asks U.S. Supreme Court to end Oracle copyright case

REUTERS: Google urged the high court to rule its copying of Oracle’s Java programming language to create the Android operating system was permissible under U.S. copyright law. A jury cleared Google in 2016, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed that verdict in March 2018 and set the stage for a jury trial to determine monetary damages. READ MORE…

‘You’re Probably Going To Be Replaced’ Digital Music Pioneer Issues A Stark Warning For The Industry

FORBES: Scott Cohen is something of an enigma in the music industry. He is both an understated mensch who discreetly supports artists and music tech startups (such as a nascent Spotify) and a power player who advises industry bodies like the British Phonographic Industry. His career in music began in the late 80s as an artist manager, but he foresaw the future impact of technology on the business while many others dismissed it. There is an elegant symmetry to his big idea becoming a successful company that was sold back to the industry for over $200 million. READ MORE…

Stream-Ripping Site Acted Illegally, German Court Rules

TORENT FREAK: ZeeZee, a site that extracted music tracks from online radio streams and offered them to users upon request, has been declared illegal by a German court. Citing a 2017 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union and an earlier case featuring a similar service called MusicMonster, the court found that no private copying exception is available so ZeeZee was unlicensed. READ MORE…

Irving Azoff’s GMR Accused of ‘Deliberate Witness Intimidation’ In Radio Licensing Dispute

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: The ugly war between Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights and major US-based radio stations continues. Just this week, performance rights organization Global Music Rights (GMR) and terrestrial radio group Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) continued to spar over royalty obligations in U.S. District Court.  RMLC says GMR is trying to bully major radio broadcasters into paying higher performance fees, and using its considerable catalog of high-powered hits to force the higher rates. READ MORE…

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