Copyright & Media Update 5/25/2018

The U.S. Senate Just Introduced a Completely Different pre-1972 Bill — Separate from the MMA

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: A totally different pre-1972 ‘oldies’ copyright protection bill has emerged in the U.S. Senate.  That could create complications for the Music Modernization Act (MMA), which also contains pre-1972 provisions. READ MORE…

Dissonant Intervals & Bittersweet Symphonies: Music’s Past, Present & Future

BY NEIL TURKEWITZ: As advocacy by artists for the digital future of the arts becomes more and more common and articulate, making it somewhat more difficult for copyright skeptics to play artists and labels against each other (although not for want of trying), I see more and more suggestions that these artists are somehow anti-technology and that they are trying to turn back the clocks to the “good old days” rather than to embrace the opportunities of the present and future. READ MORE…

The Copyright Extension That Isn’t

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: If you’ve been reading copyright news online, you’ve likely read several pieces about Congress’ intent to once again extend copyright. The language sounds scary enough, talking about “new rights” being granted and a “144 year term” for some works. It’s understandable that anyone who is in favor of a balanced copyright system might be wary. READ MORE…

James Arthur sued for copyright infringement by The Script

BY SAM MOORE: James Arthur has been sued for copyright infringement by The Script. In a suit filed by attorney Richard Busch, the Irish band are alleging that Arthur’s 2016 song ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ infringes on the copyright of The Script’s ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, which was released in 2008. READ MORE…

One of the Most Influential Music Industry Executives Calls YouTube “A Threat to Artists’ Livelihood”

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF:  YouTube Music’s launch week is already devolving into a war of words.  And the central question is whether YouTube is making it impossible to survive as an artist — while undercutting better-paying platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify is widely criticized for sub-par payments to artists and labels.  But YouTube’s payouts are a tiny fraction of what Spotify delivers, thanks to clever loopholes in existing copyright law. READ MORE…

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