Copyright & Media Update 7/27/2018

‘Shape of Water’ copyright-infringement lawsuit dismissed

BY NARDINE SAAD:  U.S. district judge has dismissed the copyright-infringement lawsuit brought against Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water.” READ MORE…

YouTube Is Offering 6- and 7-Figure Deals to Top Creators — Thanks to IGTV

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: IGTV is an open platform that allows anyone to post a video up to an hour in length.  The new Instagram video platform is backed by Facebook, giving it near unlimited funds to grow its user base as a competing service to YouTube. READ MORE…

The Rise of Board Game Plagiarism

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: Board and card games are becoming big business. According to one study, board game sales in the United States grew by 28% last year and 24% in the UK. Already an over $9 billion industry, it’s slated to grow another 9% globally by 2022. READ MORE…

Tech Companies Like Facebook and Twitter Are Drawing Lines. It’ll Be Messy.

BY FARHAD MANJOO: From its earliest days, Silicon Valley has been animated by near-absolutist understanding of free speech. Other than exceptions for fraud, pornography or specific threats, the prevailing view among many tech platforms has been to allow pretty much anyone to post pretty much anything. These sensibilities are even enshrined in American law, which gives companies broad immunity from prosecution for what their users post. READ MORE…

Spotify talks direct artist deals: ‘Licensing content doesn’t make us a label’

BY STUART DREDGE: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has taken pains to reassure labels that the company’s direct-licensing deals with independent artists should not be seen as a threat to labels, tying it back to Spotify’s ‘two-sided marketplace’ strategy. READ MORE…

Halfway Through 2018, Streaming’s Continued Growth Defies Mathematical Trends

BY ED CHRISTMAN: In the first half of 2018, overall on-demand streaming increased 41.7 percent to reach 403.5 billion U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. That growth defies mathematical trends, which dictate that, as a base enlarges, it becomes harder to achieve a bigger percentage growth than in preceding time periods. READ MORE…

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