Copyright & Media Update 8/28/2018

Songwriters Blast Oregon Senator With ‘Why Do You Hate Music?’ Billboards

BY SHIRLEY HALPERIN: The “Music Army,” as proponents of the Music Modernization Act including SONA (Songwriters of North America) and “The Writer Is…” podcast host Ross Golan call their movement to update and improve royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era, is waging a sky campaign in Oregon. On Monday, Aug. 27, billboards began popping up in Portland and Salem addressed to democratic Senator Ron Wyden and asking “Senator Wyden: Why do you hate music?” READ MORE…

Music Modernization Act May Clear Hurdle After Reaching ‘Handshake Deal’ With Senator Wyden: Exclusive

BY MELINDA NEWMAN, ED CHRISTMAN: Proponents of the Music Modernization Act and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have reached a “handshake” deal, according to sources, which moves the landmark copyright legislation one step closer to passage. READ MORE…

BMG Accepts ‘Substantial’ Settlement FRom Cox Communications, Ending Legal Battle With ISP

BY MUSIC BUSINESS WORDLWIDE: You’d expect this settlement to run into eight figures: BMG originally won an award of $25m in damages and $8.5m in costs (ie. $33.5m in total) back in December 2015 – and, today, it says it’s “extremely happy” with the level of settlement agreed with Cox. READ MORE…

Mousetrap: The Copyright Deep Story Behind Today’s Lies

BY DAVID NEWHOFF: It seems that after Public Knowledge came out, guns blazing, and just plain making things up about copyright extensions in the new round of NAFTA negotiations, they and their supporters tried to tiptoe these statements back on Twitter by blaming the USTR for its lack of clarity. While I have little doubt that such vagueness is present—certainly if the USTR’s own press release is any indication—this does not excuse manufacturing a story and blasting it all over the internet, not least because a moment’s thought was all PK needed to conclude that what they were about to say probably wasn’t true. READ MORE…

Brussels Gripped By Lobbying War Over Copyright Law

PULSE NEWS AGENCY: It has been dubbed one of the most brutal lobbying wars in Brussels history, pitting media firms and Paul McCartney on one side against Big Tech and internet freedom denizens on the other. The fight is over controversial copyright laws that the European Union says will drag the bloc into the 21st century and ensure creators of music, movies and news are paid fairly. READ MORE…

State of the YouTube Music Economy 2.0: A Turning Point for All Parties

MUSIC INDUSTRY BLOG: YouTube is the most widely used streaming music app globally but it is also the most controversial one, locked in a perpetual struggle with music rights holders, with neither side quite trusting the intent of the other. 2018 has already seen YouTube’s renewed focus on subscriptions as well as a European Parliament vote that could potentially remove YouTube’s safe harbour protection. READ MORE…

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