Copyright & Media Update 4/19/2018

Soundtrack Your Brand, the Spotify for Background Music, Launches Wide as It Secures Direct Licensing Deals

BY MARC SCHNEIDER: Soundtrack Your Brand, the Stockholm-based, Spotify-backed streaming platform devoted to background music in the b2b space, has announced a rush of direct deals with labels and publishers as it expands globally and looks to open up an often-overlooked revenue opportunity for rights holders. READ MORE…

What is a Copyright Troll?

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: Earlier this month, Ashley Cullins at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire published a piece entitled “Has This Man Sued You? A ‘Copyright Troll’ Takes on Hollywood“. The story focuses on New York attorney Richard Liebowitz, who has found a niche in helping photographers sue those who use their images without a license. READ MORE…

Web’s inventor discusses digital monopolies, privacy threats

BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE: Tim Berners-Lee gave away the technology that he used to invent the World Wide Web, so it’s not surprising that he’s worried about the current state of the internet as Google, Facebook and Amazon become increasingly dominant in the digital world. READ MORE…

Is an economy based on free incompatible with freedom?

BY NEIL TURKEWITZ: As a long time critic of Silicon Valley business models and the state of internet governance, I have been swamped with communications from friends and colleagues expecting me to be overjoyed with the attention on Facebook which has dominated discussion this week. And I suppose part of me is, but mostly I am worried. READ MORE…

What YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon Are Paying Artists In 2018

BY DANIEL SANCHEZ: How much should artists expect to receive on streaming music platforms?  That’s a complicated question. Last year, Digital Music News published a list outlining the most popular streaming music platforms’ per-stream rates.  At $0.0190 and $0.0110 per play respectively, Napster and Tidal ranked as the services with the highest artist payouts.  Spotify and Pandora ranked among the worst paying platforms. READ MORE…

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