Copyright & Media Update 4/27/2018

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House of Representatives

BY PAULA PARISI: In what is being hailed as a historic day for music creators, theMusic Modernization Act passed the House Wednesday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The bill, HR 5477, passed unanimously with 415 votes. The bill is overwhelmingly supported by the music industry, and has bipartisan support in the house, where it was introduced by co-sponsors Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). READ MORE…

Major Labels in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Works

BY ERIQ GARDNER: Nearly three years after major record labels reached a $210 million settlement with SiriusXM over the use of sound recordings created before 1972, a new legal fight has erupted over the licensing of classic songs by such artists as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. READ MORE…

Latest Industry: Spotify, YouTube Remix, Apple, Alexa, Pitbull, Avicii, Viagogo, Vivendi, Bose, Deezer, More…

BY DANIEL SANCHEZ: Yesterday, Spotify announced significant improvements to its free tier service, including on-demand song playback.  Now, investors have responded to the news. Spotify’s stock went down 1.5% yesterday.  This morning, shares opened 0.54% lower than yesterday’s closing price. READ MORE…

The Monkey Selfie: Why Nothing was Accomplished

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: It was a copyright dispute custom-built to get widespread media attention. Not only did it involve an adorable animal, a viral photo and a quirky copyright question, but it expanded to involve a divisive charity and a push to support animal personhood. READ MORE…

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