Copyright & Media Update 5/24/2019

Amazing! Canada just came up with a brilliant new digital copyright regime — finally

FINANCIAL POST: A blockbuster new report on the future of copyright in Canada was released on Wednesday, and its ideas are breaths of fresh air in Canadian copyright and intellectual-property scene too long smothered and defiled by the negative views of the antis — anti-copyright and anti-IP activists and academics. Finally, the voices of Canadian artists and producers are being heard over the sterile and impractical theorizing of the copyright “elite” and the loud voices of big tech, such as Google, which makes so much money from under-rewarding artists. READ MORE…

Transparency Tide Continues: Sony Music Introduces ‘Real Time Royalties’ and ATM-Style ‘Cash Outs’

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Once upon a time, major labels like Sony Music Entertainment kept their accounting methods close to the vest — very close the vest. Indeed, royalty audits and contentious lawsuits were once a normal event at major label groups — including Sony Music Entertainment.  But thanks to nearly two decades of intense competition and technological upheaval, obfuscation simply doesn’t cut it anymore. READ MORE…

“Over the Rainbow” Composer Seeks Pot of Gold from Apple

FORBES: More people want to take a bite out of Apple. Shortly before the Supreme Court of the United States decided to let millions of consumers sue the California-based company over artificially-inflated prices in its App Store, the son and estate of Broadway composer Harold Arlen filed a lawsuit against Apple and other businesses for selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of his music. READ MORE…

Popular Streaming Site Pelispedia Shuts Down, Operators Arrested

TORRENT FREAK: Uruguayan authorities, helped by Interpol and the US movie industry, have arrested the alleged operators of the popular streaming site Pelispedia. The couple stands accused of profiting from copyright infringement. Following a raid on their house, several assets were seized and the site was shut down. READ MORE…

Judge rules Pepe the Frog copyright lawsuit against InfoWars will go to trial

THE HILL: A federal judge in California on Thursday ruled that a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against InfoWars by the creator of the “Pepe the Frog” character will go to trial. Matt Furie, the creator of the popular frog, which has largely been co-opted online by conservatives, sued InfoWars for copyright infringement over a poster it sold depicting Pepe the Frog with right-wing figures including President Trump, activist Milo Yiannopoulos and conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones.READ MORE…

Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules

CNET: Online free speech has been given a victory, with a federal court ruling that a Redditor can remain anonymous in a copyright lawsuit. This means anyone from around the globe who posts on Reddit can still rely on First Amendment protections for anonymous free speech because Reddit is a US platform with a US audience. READ MORE…

Logan Paul Sued by Flobots for Copyright Infringement Over 2017 Rap Single ‘No Handlebars’

BILLBOARD: The rap-rock group claim Paul’s song “copies prominent, qualitatively and quantitively important, original parts” of their 2008 hit “Handlebars. READ MORE…

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