Copyright & Media Update 8/25/17

Spotify, YouTube Music to End Free Streaming In 2-3 Years, Sources Say

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: Right now, the music industry is losing its war against YouTube.  But maybe that’s because they haven’t yet deployed the nuclear option. That is, turning the lights off entirely on free music streaming. According to separate sources at major music content groups, a free streaming shutdown is now on the roadmap. More specifically, the plan would involve a concerted effort by the ‘big three’ major labels to terminate free access on both YouTube and Spotify. READ MORE…

Sony Legalizes Remixes

BY ADAM CLARK ESTES: In a rare instance of a record company doing the right thing, Sony became the first major label to legalize unofficial remixes and DJ mixes. It’s not like DJs were ever going to stop borrowing copyrighted samples for remixes. Remixes can’t be stopped! But now, finally, you’re going to start seeing more remixes on Spotify and Apple Music. READ MORE…

H3H3 Wins Summary Judgment

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: Yesterday, much of the internet rejoiced as word came down that Ethan and Hila Klein, better known as H3H3, had emerged victorious in their lawsuit against Matt Hosseinzadeh, better known as “The Bold Guy”. READ MORE…

Court Confirms the Obvious: Aiding and Abetting Criminal Copyright Infringement Is a Crime

BY DEVLIN HARTLINE: In July of 2016, a criminal complaint was filed in the Northern District of Illinois alleging that Artem Vaulin of the Ukraine was the mastermind behind the popular torrent site, Kickass Torrents (KAT). At the time, KAT was one of the largest pirate sites in the world, with an estimated 50 million unique visitors each month. The complaint charged Vaulin with several crimes, including criminal copyright infringement. The district court issued an arrest warrant for Vaulin and a seizure warrant for the various KAT domain names. Less than two weeks later, Vaulin was arrested in Poland and the KAT website was under the government’s control. READ MORE…

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