Copyright & Media Update 4/21/17

Six Street Artists Threaten McDonald’s with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

BY ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN: In another chapter of 2017’s incredible streak of “multinational corporation tries to appeal to the kids; mayhem ensues” episodes, McDonald’s stands accused of copyright infringement and false endorsement for using the work of New York City graffiti artists in a promotional video entitled “McDonald’s Presents the Vibe of Bushwick NY.” READ MORE…

Trump Taps Vishal J. Amin as New ‘IP Czar’

BY TED JOHNSON: Vishal J. Amin, senior counsel on the House Judiciary Committee, has been nominated by President Trump to be the next White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Amin will be located in the executive office of the president. The position, sometimes dubbed the “IP czar,” was created by act of Congress in 2008 to better organize the government’s effort to combat piracy. READ MORE…

Desmond Child, Aloe Blacc Talk Song Credits at ASCAP Expo: ‘Why Isn’t Our Music as Important as a Twinkie?’

BY GAIL MITCHELL: “Little by little our names are being erased from existence.” Those opening remarks from Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child jumpstarted one of the most informative sessions at ASCAP’s I Create Music Expo Friday (April 14) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. During the 75-minute session titled “Getting Credit Where Credit is Due,” Child and fellow panelists singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, composer Alex Shapiro and Niclas Molinder, founder of independent song data web platform/app Auddly, outlined how songwriters and producers can ensure proper song credits in the virtual world of streaming. READ MORE…

The Benefits of Music Therapy

BY JOE PACHECO: The idea that music is powerful is an understatement. We are all taken captive by music on a day to day basis whether it’s getting goosebumps when our favorite song comes on or when we hear a song that sparks a specific memory. Many don’t know the impact that music has on those with severe disorders such as Autism, though. READ MORE…

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