Copyright & Media Update 4/28/17

House Passes Copyright Office Reform Bill

BY JOHN EGGERTON: The House has passed a bipartisan bill, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, that would make the head of the Copyright Office a presidential appointee, term limited to 10 years. The bill passed by a large margin, 378 to 48, but must still pass the Senate. Currently, the register is an appointment of and reports to the Librarian of Congress and has no term limit. READ MORE…

Live Nation’s CEO Addresses the Impact of Trump’s Immigration Policies

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: Is Trump putting the kibosh on global tours?  We asked Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino to assess the impact. It was a hot Texas mess prepared just for SXSW.  In the wake of Trump’s high-profile executive orders on immigration, SXSW artists started freaking out over possible deportations.  Or, flat-out imprisonment at the hands of US officials. READ MORE…

Paid Streaming Generates 6 Times More Revenue Than Ad-Supported Streaming

BY DANIEL ADRIAN SANCHEZ: If paid numbers are so high, and ad-supported so low, should streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music do away with the free model? Would placing limitations help? Across all media types, consumer habits have shifted. READ MORE…

“Blurred Lines” Appeal Brief Says Artists Can’t Copyright a Groove

BY ASHLEY CULLINS: Lines have been drawn in the copyright battle between Marvin Gaye’s heirs and artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke — and they certainly aren’t blurred.  Since Williams and Thicke appealed their 2015 trial loss, in which a jury found their “Blurred Lines” infringed upon Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” scores of musicians and songwriters have pledged their support to one side or the other. READ MORE…

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