Copyright & Media Update 6/1/2018

So, What Should Radio Pay Songwriters, Anyway?

BY DANIEL SANCHEZ: Several weeks ago, and after two years of negotiating, the Radio Licensing Music Committee (RMLC) filed a petition in federal court, asking to resolve its ongoing rate dispute with performing rights organization BMI over the amount paid to songwriters and publishers for the broadcast of music. READ MORE…

Monkey-Selfie Case Returns—To Court & (Maybe) a Theater Near You

BY JOHN DELANY: I confess: I have mixed emotions regarding the iconic “monkey-selfie” photo and all the hubbub it has created. Don’t get me wrong; I think monkeys are wonderful, and the photo deserves its iconic status. Who can resist smiling while viewing that famous image of Naruto, the macaque monkey who allegedly snapped the self-portrait? READ MORE…

A Black Panther lawsuit is testing the cultural exchange between Africans and African-Americans

BY LYNSEY CHATEL: For all its box-office success and cultural significance, Black Panther has had to dodge a lot of uncomfortable issues around cultural appropriation. Now, one of the most celebrated elements of the Marvel film, its original soundtrack, is under fire for alleged creative theft. READ MORE…

Copyright News You Should Know

PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS: We’ve recently reported several news stories on copyright law: changes to the U.S. Copyright Office registration process; a court ruling on the too-common practices of embedding image links from third-party sites in news articles; a change in the way a search-engine giant displays images from third-party sites; plus the adaptation of blockchain, the cyber currency security tool, to track image registration and usage. Here we’ve compiled excerpts of those news stories with other popular articles about copyright protection for photographers. Please note that our coverage of copyright claims are intended to provide useful information on case law and regulation, but are not meant to substitute for the advice of an attorney. READ MORE…

1 Week Later – So, Where’s YouTube Music?

BY DANIEL SANCHEZ: You’ve probably heard the announcement by now. Google’s ‘potential’ game-changing streaming music service – YouTube Music – finally had the support of the music industry.  With over 1.4 billion monthly active users, and major licensing deals locked down, it appeared that the search giant had everything ready to finally take over streaming music as we know it.  YouTube Music was well on its way to become a much-needed game changer in the streaming music arena. READ MORE…

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