Copyright & Media Update 5/5/17

Disney Survives an Appeals Court Scare in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Case

BY ERIQ GARDNER: In a 2-1 vote, the 9th Circuit rules that an author waited too long to rescind a release of copyright claims. Few took seriously a billion-dollar lawsuit against Disney over its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but on Tuesday, the studio only narrowly preserved a victory against Florida author Royce Mathew at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE…

Senate Version of Copyright Office Reform Bill Introduced

BY JOHN EGGERTON: The Senate version of HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, has been introduced in the Senate. The bipartisan and big name sponsors in that body are Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), former chairmen Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). READ MORE…

Copyright Alliance CEO Urges Modernization of the Copyright Office in Testimony Before House Appropriations Subcommittee

PRESS RELEASE: Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid testified before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch regarding Copyright Office Modernization. According to Kupferschmid’s testimony, “Given the global and dynamic characteristics of the copyright ecosystem, the Copyright Office must be nimble to ensure it is able to offer the tools and resources that all users of the Office’s services demand, and Congress must have a direct line of communication with the Copyright Office so they are answerable immediately and directly to Members and their staffs. But neither of these exists today.” READ MORE…

One more time…Why do we listen to our favorite music over and over again?

BY ELIZABETH HELLMUTH MARGULIS: What is music? There’s no end to the parade of philosophers who have wondered about this, but most of us feel confident saying: ‘I know it when I hear it.’ Still, judgments of musicality are notoriously malleable. That new club tune, obnoxious at first, might become toe-tappingly likeable after a few hearings. Put the most music-apathetic individual in a household where someone is rehearsing for a contemporary music recital and they will leave whistling Ligeti. The simple act of repetition can serve as a quasi-magical agent of musicalisation. Instead of asking: ‘What is music?’ we might have an easier time asking: ‘What do we hear as music?’ READ MORE…

With Revenue Slowing, Twitter Teams With Live Nation to Stream Concerts

BY DANIEL ADRIAN SANCHEZ: Along with 13 other media partners, Twitter has teamed up with Live Nation to stream concerts live.  But has the social network stretched itself too thin?  Are Twitter’s plans too ambitious? Twitter surprised investors at last week’s earnings call.  The social network posted better-than-expected earnings following several quarters of less-than-exciting results.  The company also reported a monthly active user base of 328 million, 7 million more than investors expected. However, not everything was positive for the company. READ MORE…

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