Copyright & Media Update 6/30/17

Should robot artists be given copyright protection?

By ANDRES GUADAMUZ: When a group of museums and researchers in the Netherlands unveiled a portrait entitled The Next Rembrandt, it was something of a tease to the art world. It wasn’t a long lost painting but a new artwork generated by a computer that had analysed thousands of works by the 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. READ MORE…

MPAA & RIAA Demand Tough Copyright Standards in NAFTA Negotiations

BY ANDY:  The MPAA and RIAA have made their positions clear in submissions to the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Both want allies Canada and Mexico to commit to tightened copyright law, including restrictions on safe harbor provisions that go beyond current US practice. READ MORE…

Google’s YouTube The Entertainment Destination of a Generation, Says RBC

BY TIERNAN RAY: RBC Capital sizes up the competition in the music industry, noting Google’s YouTube has increasingly become the destination for all media for the Internet generation. Streaming music subscriptions are on the rise, while the popularity of Pandora has sagged. READ MORE…

‘Suing the Government Is Very Punk Rock:’ SONA Hosts Third Songwriters Summit as It Strategizes DOJ Lawsuit

BY ANDY GENSLER: The Songwriters of North America will hold its third annual invite-only Songwriters Summit on June 28 in Los Angeles. Roughly 150 SONA members will gather to discuss issues important to songwriters which includes among other things an ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice. READ MORE…

Music publishing bodies welcome Canadian Supreme Court ruling on illegal sites

BY MUSIC WEEK STAFF: Music publishing bodies IFPI and ICMP have welcomed the Supreme Court Of Canada’s new ruling concerning search engines and illegal websites. A judgment has been issued confirming that Canadian courts have the power to induce search engines to take effective action to remove illegal sites from their search results both in Canada and worldwide. READ MORE…

Should robot artists be given copyright protection?

By ANDRES GUADAMUZ: When a group of museums and researchers in the Netherlands unveiled a portrait entitled The Next Rembrandt, it was something of a tease to the art world. It wasn’t a long lost painting but a new artwork generated by a computer that had analysed thousands of works by the 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. READ MORE…

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