Copyright & Media Update 5/11/2018

The Music Modernization Act Will Create a New Copyright Licensing Organization Called the ‘MLC’. What Will It Look Like?

BY JOHN MIRANDA: The Music Modernization Act (MMA) gives birth to a brand-new music licensing organization called the Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC.  Here’s a look at what the MLC is — and what it isn’t. READ MORE…

Melania Trump Faces New Plagiarism Allegations

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: On July 18, 2016, Melania Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention to give a speech in support of her husband, then Presidential candidate Donald Trump. However, her speech contained several lines lifted near-verbatim from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. READ MORE…

Billboard Finalizes Changes to How Streams Are Weighted for Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200

BY BILLBOARD STAFF: The adjustment to how Billboard applies streaming data to its charts was first announced in concept last October, and was followed by exhaustive industry discussion and internal analysis to arrive at the new methodology. READ MORE…

New music feature may make Instagram Stories even more addicting

BY YONI HEISLER: One of the smartest things Instagram ever did was roll out Instagram Stories, the idea for which was essentially lifted from Snapchat. That aside, Instagram Stories was an immediate hit as it quickly amassed hundreds of millions of users. In fact, the total number of active Instagram Stories users now stands above 300 million, with more than half of Instagram’s user base now using the video-centric feature. READ MORE…

Is the Music Modernization Act Enabling ‘Legal Theft’ Against Smaller Artists?

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: The music industry is used to bills dying in Congressional committees.  Which is why the Music Modernization Act, or MMA, is such a godsend to a rapidly-recovering music business. Just last month, the bill won unanimous approval in the House, 415-0.  That’s extremely rare for Congress, much less the music industry. And it’s the result of an unprecedented level of cooperation between the tech, songwriting, and publishing communities. READ MORE…

Warning: Your Attorney May Be Hazardous to Your Copyright Health

BY KEITH KUPFERSCMID: It seems as though there are warnings posted just about everywhere these days. While driving on the highway, you’ll see “don’t text and drive” warning signs; when buying your morning coffee, you’ll see a “careful, hot beverage” warning on the coffee cup; and while dining out, you’ll see a “consuming raw or uncooked meats may be hazardous” warning on the restaurant menu. So it’s only fitting that the Copyright Alliance fashion its own warning message.  READ MORE…

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