Copyright & Media Update 3/23/18

YouTube to ‘Frustrate’ Some Users With Ads so They Pay for Music

BLOOMBERG NEWS: YouTube will increase the number of ads that some users see between music videos, part of a strategy to convince more of its billion-plus viewers to pay for a forthcoming subscription music service from the Google-owned video site. READ MORE…

A Federal Appeals Court Upholds the ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Infringement Ruling

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: One of the most controversial music copyright verdicts in recent memory has been upheld.  Just this (Wednesday) morning, a split panel of judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ‘Blurred Lines’ infringes upon the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’  READ MORE…

UK Songwriters Society Launch Campaign Calling for ‘Equitable’ Share of Facebook & Spotify Deals

BY RICHARD SMIRKE: U.K. songwriters’ body Basca is calling for music publishing companies to share the spoils of recent licensing agreements with Facebook – as well any “financial windfall” resulting from Spotify’s upcoming listing. READ MORE…

Pandora Moves to Direct Deal with Labels, SoundExchange’s Payouts Plunge 26.2%

BY LENNON CIHAK: Online streaming giant Pandora recently shifted from a compulsory license to a direct license with record labels.  The result was a giant slap to SoundExchange’s revenue and distributions. According to SoundExchange, distributions dropped $225 million last year to $652 million.  That is a stark 26.2% plunge. READ MORE…

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