Copyright & Media Update 8/10/2018

Court Rejects ‘One Size Fits All’ Bit Torrent Ruling

BY STEPHEN CARLISLE, ESQ: A recent case from Oregon highlights this. The District Court refused to award attorney’s fees to a successful Bit Torrent Plaintiff. The Court justified the denial partly because the same attorney had filed over 300 copyright infringement cases, thus indicating an “overaggressive assertion of copyright claims.”  READ MORE…

How a Reverse Copyright Filled the Library of Alexandria

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: The Royal Library of Alexandria (or Ancient Library of Alexandria) is one of the most powerful symbols in our history. From its construction in the 3rd century BC to its accidental burning by Julius Ceaser in 48 BC, the library has come to represent both the cumulation of knowledge and its destruction. READ MORE…

The Music Industry Generated $43 Billion in Sales Last Year. Artists Only Received 12% of That.

BY DANIEL SANCHEZ: Earlier today, for the period ended June 30th, 2018, Warner Music Group (WMG) CEO Steve Cooper revealed that digital revenue – fueled mostly by growing streaming music – now represents 60.1% of WMG’s total revenue.  In its Q1 / calendar Q2 2018 report, Sony Music revealed that digital revenue – again, powered mostly by streaming – makes up 63% of its total revenue.  Finally, Vivendi, Universal Music Group’s (UMG) parent company, revealed the label generated $1.44 billion in streaming revenue for the first half of 2018. READ MORE…

The Music Modernization Act Faces Brand-New Threats from Sirius XM & Music Choice

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: After a seemingly frictionless glide through the House of Representatives, the Music Modernization Act is struggling with continued turbulence in the Senate. Just last week, backers of the bill mollified a protest by Blackstone Group, whose mechanical licensing group Harry Fox Agency would be all-but-destroyed by the MMA.  A resolution between the parties called for greater competition for the Mechanical Licensing Collective, which will be created by the MMA, as well as restrictions on the types of licenses the MLC can administer. READ MORE…

Google gives YouTube Music a makeover with new features

BY ERIC BRACKETT: Some major changes are coming to YouTube Music. Endgadet has reported that Google is planning on embarking on an aggressive patch schedule which aims to address some of the major shortcomings found with YouTube Music. READ MORE…

In the News: Sarah Jeong, “Fake News”, & Fair-Use

BY DAVID NEWHOFF: Twitter lit up yesterday with accusations that The New York Times has named a “racist” to its editorial board, citing anti-white tweets made by technology writer Sarah Jeong, who is Asian. These complaints read like a lot of whinging nonsense, taking Jeong’s comments out of the context in which she was apparently responding (albeit ill-advisedly) to racist or sexist remarks directed at her. (God, I love Twitter for the way it brings out our better angels.) READ MORE…

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