Copyright & Media Update 9/14/2018

Mid-Year 2018 Streaming Market Shares

MARK MULLIGAN: Music subscribers grew by 16% in the first half of 2018 to reach 229.5 million, up from 198.6 million at the end of 2017. Year-on-year the global subscriber base increased by 38%, adding 62.8 million subscribers. This represents strong but sustained, rather than strongly accelerating, growth: 60.8 million net new subscribers were added between H1 2016 and H1 2017. READ MORE…

NMPA CEO David Israelite Urges Music Modernization Act Passage: ‘It May Be Now Or Never’ (Guest Column)

DAVID ISRAELITE: The National Music Publishers’ Association president and CEO says support for the MMA is unprecedented but it must come to a vote soon, if it stands a chance of passing. READ MORE…

SoundCloud’s new personalized playlist is serving up unlicensed mashups

DANI DEAHL: SoundCloud has announced a new personalized playlist for users called SoundCloud Weekly. Updated every Monday, the playlist appears at the top of your SoundCloud account under the “Discover” tab. READ MORE…

Major Publishers Will Receive an Estimated $1.5 Billion In the First Year After the Music Modernization Act Passes, Sources Say

PAUL RESNIKOFF: Major music publishers are expected to reap a massive and near-immediate windfall if the Music Modernization Act (MMA) passes into law, according to sources.  But critics say that this unclaimed money doesn’t belong to them. READ MORE…

Google researchers say the tech industry has contributed to an ‘attention crisis’

HALEY TSUKAYAMA:  Google released a new paper written by its own user experience researchers that delves into the reasons that we can’t put down our phones, and starts to explore what companies can do about it. It also calls on the technology industry to reexamine the way it ties engagement to success — noting that capturing people’s attention is not necessarily the best way to measure whether they’re satisfied with a product. READ MORE…

Understanding the Star Trek: Discovery Plagiarism Allegations

JONATHAN BAILEY: In late August, news began to come out that CBS and Netflix were being sued by Egyptian video game developer Anas Abdin for allegedly stealing his idea to create Star Trek: Discovery. READ MORE…

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