Copyright & Media Update – 8/19/16

Pandora Finally Unveils Its Most-Played Music Tracks

BY JANKO ROETTGERS: Pandora is finally telling us what everyone is listening to on Pandora. The company unveiled a new set of weekly charts Monday, including a list of the 100 most-played tracks, a list of 20 trend-setting artists and a list of artists that are about to make it big. Pandora is sourcing these charts from Next Big Sound, the music data analytics platform that it acquired a little over a year ago. READ MORE…

Tech Giant Gobble Up Start-Ups in an Anti-Trust Blind Spot

BY STEVEN DAVIDOFF SOLOMAN: Walmart’s $3.3 billion acquisition of Jet.com can be expected to sail through antitrust review, eliciting barely a peep of objection from the federal government. Like Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, the Walmart deal will probably end up being another example of an upstart internet company being swallowed up to preserve the stranglehold of a giant. READ MORE…

The Internet’s Safe Harbor Just Got a Little Less Safe

BY KLINT FINLEY: One of the most important laws protecting online speech is also one of the worst. You’ve probably heard of it. In 1998, President Bill Clinton passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA. It’s the law that makes it all too easy for companies to have embarrassing content removed from sites like YouTube by issuing bogus takedown requests, claiming that the content violates their copyright—no presumption of innocence required. But the DMCA also contains one incredibly important section: the so-called safe harbor provision. READ MORE

How To Work A 9-to-5 Job and Still Be an Inspired Musician

BY SONICBIDS: I speak for myself when I say this, but I’m sure plenty of other musicians think the same: we all want a consistent, full-time, make-a-living-off-of-music job. Whether that’s behind the scenes or center stage, being able to sustain a life off of our music would be fantastic. But because we all need to have a place to live, buy groceries, and pay off student loans, we sometimes have no choice but to opt for a nine-to-five job. It may not be music related, but a day job can make life a little bit easier to handle. READ MORE…

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