Copyright & Media Update 5/10/2019

A Cautionary Tale of High-Priced Plagiarism

PLAGIARISM TODAY: Imagine paying $115,000 for a report and not being able to do anything with it due to plagiarism and/or attribution issues. Likewise, imagine being a well-known expert and professor, one that’s routinely cited in the media, and now having one of your best-known stories being a lawsuit over said issues. READ MORE…

Groundbreaking Metadata Alliance Announced Between Music, Film, TV Industries — “This Partnership Will Have a Truly Significant Impact on Rights Holders”

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: A cross-industry metadata alliance could loosen millions in unmatched music royalties from films and TV series. The music industry is notorious for its disastrously disorganized metadata and billions in unmatched royalties.  But despite extremely contentious accusations of incompetence and outright fraud, a number of companies are potentially forcing accountability through tech solutions. READ MORE…

Universal Music Is Battling to Nullify the 35-Year Copyright Termination Right

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Under the Copyright Act, authors have the option to terminate a grant following a 35-year wait, allowing them to claim ownership over their works.  Universal Music Group (UMG) doesn’t want that to happen. So, to avoid this problem, UMG has filed a motion to dismiss a key lawsuit. READ MORE…

Creators and Tech Companies: Let’s Fix The DMCA Together (Guest Column)

VARIETY: Whether it’s two-part harmony or a 100-member orchestra, some of the greatest music happens when people come together. Policymaking works the same way.  Last year, music and tech came together to support the Music Modernization Act (MMA) – a powerful new law that guarantees fair pay for legacy artists on digital radio, boosts royalties for songwriters, and updates the music publishing system for the digital age.  READ MORE…

Composers Launch ‘Your Music, Your Future’ Initiative to Help Musicians Get Fairly Compensated

BILLBOARD: Film and TV composers Joel Beckerman and David Vanacore are launching Your Music, Your Future, a new education initiative to help young composers navigate their options for compensation. The co-founders announced the project while speaking on a sync-focused panel at ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO in Los Angeles, which runs through Saturday (May 4). READ MORE…

‘I Believe We’re Going To See Huge Changes In How Record Labels Run Their Sync Businesses

MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE: Driven by an explosion in program-making from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime – as well as more traditional broadcasters looking to gain a foothold in the on-demand world – recorded music sync revenues hit $285.5m in the US last year, according to RIAA data. READ MORE…


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