Copyright & Media Update – 3/3/17

Now Hiring: A Lawyer to Fix Facebook’s Music Licensing Mess

BY DANIEL ADRIAN SANCHEZ: Facebook kicked off 2017 with promising news.  Ad revenue shares went up 53%.  Then, the company hired a former YouTube music executive to lead the company’s charge against the music industry.  Yet, in order to charge against the music industry, it would need one very important thing: music licenses. READ MORE…

Global Recorded Music Revenues Grew By $1.1 Billion In 2016

BY MARK MULLIGAN: Throughout 2016 as the major label earnings were coming in there was a growing awareness that 2016 was going to be a landmark year for the recorded music business. It finally looked like streaming was going to push the industry into growth. Now with full year numbers in, the picture is even more positive than it first appeared. The recorded music market grew by 7% in 2016, adding $1.1 billion, reaching $16.1 billion, by far the largest growth the recorded music business has experienced since Napster and co pushed revenues into free fall. READ MORE…

Are Hundreds of Thousands of People Using Spotify Premium for Free?

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: Millions have watched tutorials on how to get Spotify Premium for free.  Google and YouTube are fueling the fire.  So how much money is being lost here?After years of seemingly non-stop growth, Google search traffic showed a troubling trend.  According to search engine optimization (SEO) leader SEMrush, searches for ‘how to cancel Spotify premium’ had tripled since late last year. READ MORE…

Copyright Office Issues New Electronic Registration Requirements For Designated DMCA Agents

BY ROBERT J. DEBRAUWERE AND JEFFREY C. JOHNSON: It is almost universally accepted that in order to be successful in today’s über-competitive market, businesses and individuals must maintain a strong, brand-driven digital presence. Equally critical to thriving in the current landscape is a thorough understanding of and compliance with the laws concerning intellectual property rights and online content.  READ MORE…

Snapchat Stock Surges 50% On Market Debut, Even As User Growth Shifts To The Less Desirable 45+ Demo

BY BRUCE HOUGTON: Shares of Snapchat’s parent company SNAP opened for trading at $24 on Wednesday, up 41% from the IPO price of $17.  The stock continued to climb throughout the day reaching 25.74 or 52% above the IPO price by mid-afternoon. At the opening price, SNAP had a valuation of about $33 billion. READ MORE…