Copyright & Media Update 6/2/17

The Creative Commons License: Brought to You By The Copyright Act!

BY STEPHEN CARLISLE: One of the most pervasive, and silliest, myths that continues to get passed around the internet is that somehow copyright is this huge drag on free speech. It’s simply not the case. The basic reasons are: READ MORE…

Drake Beats Lawsuit Over Sampling With Winning “Fair Use” Argument

BY ERIQ GARDNER: Drake, along with various associated record labels and music publishers, pulled off an impressive achievement on Tuesday by convincing a judge that his song “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” off the 2013 album Nothing Was the Same, fairly sampled a 1982 spoken-word recording, “Jimmy Smith Rap,” and that there is no liability for copyright infringement. READ MORE…

Spotify Settlement Points a Finger At Facebook

BY CHRIS CASTLE: More on this later, but Robert Levine is reporting in Billboard that the combined Lowery/Ferrick potential class actions have reached a $43.4 million settlement with Spotify (read the latest court document on the settlement here from Pacer).  The settlement still requires identifying a class which the documents define (at p. 3) as: READ MORE…

Massive Attack on Google Play May Have Reached 36 Million Users

BY DOUGLAS A. MCINTYRE: Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL) Google Play product has been the target of a huge malware attack which has affected as many as 36 million users. Google Play allows Android OS mobile users access to apps, movies, music, and books. Android is the most widely distributed mobile OS in the world and is used on almost all smartphones not produced by Apple Inc. (AAPL). READ MORE…

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