Copyright & Media Update 2/23/18

A Comprehensive Comparison of Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) In the US

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: What Is a PRO & Why Do You Need One? The definition of a ‘PRO’ is simple.  A performance rights organization, or PRO, administers royalties from the public performances of songs.  It’s a critical royalty partner for songwriters, composers, publishers, recording artists, and copyright owners. READ MORE…

Celebrating President’s Day: A Presidential History of Copyright

BY RACHEL KIM: President’s Day, besides marking a weekend of sales at department stores and car dealerships, commemorates George Washington’s birthday. Though many know Washington as the first President of the United States and one of the Founding Fathers, few people know that he also signed into law the first federal Copyright Act in 1790. READ MORE…

The Importance of Ending the Internet as We Know It

BY NEIL TURKEWITZ: Copyright is not a private exclusionary property interest that needs to be weighed against the public interest. To be clear, it is indeed an exclusionary property interest (at least in theory) but it does not exist in opposition to the interest of the public. To my mind, it is indisputable, if rarely observed or acknowledged, that the public at large has a significant, indeed fundamental, stake in ensuring conditions that incentivize and nourish original creative expression. READ MORE…

Warner Music Sues TV Software Company That Enables Streaming

BY GENE MADDAUS: Warner Music filed suit on Wednesday against Future Today, a software developer that enables music streaming through Smart TV channels. Future Today has developed a variety of channels that are available on Smart TVs and through devices such as Roku. The channels — which have titles like Pop Music by Fawesome, Fawesome TV Music, and RnB Music — stream copyrighted songs without a license, according to the suit. READ MORE…

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