Copyright & Media Update 3/2/18

Spotify IPO filing reveals how insanely complicated it is to license music rights

BY MICHELLE CASTILLO: Spotify wants to sell stock to investors — but first it will need to convince them it’s worth buying into the complex process of selling music. The company, which filed its plans to go public on Wednesday, said it has paid more than $9.7 billion in royalties to artists, music labels and publishers since it launched in 2006. READ MORE…

Can Pandora Stock Bounce Back After Last Week’s 18% Drop?

BY RICK MUNARRIZ: The active user base keeps shrinking at Pandora (NYSE:P), and that was enough to scare away investors as the streaming radio pioneer reported mixed quarterly results last week. A couple of analysts would go on to hose down their price targets following the problematic user trends. READ MORE…

U.S. Federal Court Rules Embedding a Tweet Could be Copyright Infringement 

BY SHAMUS J. HYLAND: A federal district court in New York recently held that embedded tweets could violate the exclusive right to display a copyrighted image. In 2016, Plaintiff Justin Goldman snapped a photo of New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, with Boston Celtics General Manager, Danny Ainge. Goldman then uploaded the photo to his Snapchat Story. The image went viral, making its way onto Twitter, where it was uploaded and re-tweeted by several users. READ MORE…

The best music streaming services: Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music compared

BY MATTHEW FIELD: We have all become familiar with music streaming apps, creating playlists, sharing music and listening to tens of millions of songs across Spotify, Apple Music and more. But which music streaming service is best for you? READ MORE…

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