Copyright & Media Update 4/6/18

Come Together: Why Songwriters Should Support the Music Modernization Act (Guest Column)

BY ADAM GORGONI: It’s no secret that the advent of digital technology has caused massive upheaval in the music business. Initially, at the turn of the century, due to Napster and file “sharing” services, revenue shrunk dramatically and for all of the players in the industry — record labels, artists, publishers and songwriters alike — it’s hard to compete with free. READ MORE…

Spotify Goes Public Valued At Nearly $30 Billion – But Its Future Isn’t Guaranteed

BY CHARLES LANE: The world’s most popular music streaming service, Spotify, went public today. Shares were expected to start trading around $130 each, but ranges for the opening price went as high as $169, and at the time of this writing its stocks were trading at $155, making the company worth about $27.4 billion. (You could safely expect these figures to fluctuate widely over the coming hours, days, weeks and months.) READ MORE…

Amazon streaming music service now has “tens of millions” of paying subscribers

BY ANDY MALT: As Spotify goes public, Amazon’s rival streaming music service is quietly growing, now boasting “tens of millions” of paying subscribers. What’s more, Amazon Music’s Vice President Steve Boom says that this figure has doubled in the last six months. READ MORE…

A Brief History of Oracle v. Google

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: It’s been called “The Case That Never Ends” and for good reason. It began on August 13, 2010, the date of my 30th birthday, and may last well into my 40s at the current trajectory. In the time it’s been going it has been the subject of two separate trials, two reversals on appeal and (so far) one petition to the Supreme Court. READ MORE…

Watch: Nick Saban Responds to Copyright Claim From LeBron James’ ‘Uninterrupted’

BY KHADRICE ROLLINS: Nick Saban does not seem too concerned about any potential legal ramifications he and Alabama may face from LeBron James and “Uninterrupted.” It was reported recently that James’ media platform sent a letter to Alabama over its new series “Shop Talk,” claiming copyright infringement because of how closely the show resembles the “Uninterrupted” series “The Shop.” READ MORE…

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