Copyright & Media Update 9/7/2018

What Rights Do I Have to Prevent my Co-Writer to Change Our Copyright Registration?

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: Generally, if you and your partner co-wrote a work with the intent to merge the contributions into an interdependent or inseparable whole, you are joint authors of the work.  From your question, it appears that you have a certificate of registration for the musical work listing you and your partner as co-authors and possibly co-claimants. READ MORE…

Don’t Let Intellectual Property Accidents Crash Your Social Media Marketing

THE SOCIAL MEDIA MONTHLY: Immediate and inexpensive, social media drives advertising directly to your target consumer.  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, dedicated blogs, and self-hosted chat forums are important business marketing platforms.  Unfortunately, the ease and speed of posting often leads to thoughtless intellectual property fouls because advertisers often don’t review posts as thoroughly as “real advertising.”  READ MORE…

What Are Statutory Damages and Why Do They Matter?

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: I heard that I should register my works with the Copyright Office because I will get “statutory damages.” What are statutory damages and why do they matter? How do I become eligible to receive them? READ MORE…

Introducing Humbolt, The World’s First ‘Ethical’ Streaming Music Service

DANIEL SANCHEZ: Humbolt, an indie-centered streaming music service, vows to pay artists and labels their fair share.  Yet, even before its launch, the company has failed to answer one key question – why should music fans and artists choose this clearly inexperienced service? READ MORE…

Spotify Profit Payouts: What’s the fairest way to re-compensate artists?

MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE: For the artist and management community, the most controversial element of Spotify’s transition to a publicly traded company was how (and if) the three majors and Merlin-member labels would share the proceeds from sale of their equity holdings. READ MORE…

Are campaigns running on infringement?

MARK SABLEMAN: As we move further into a political season, we can expect to hear a lot about copyright law. No, not that candidates will campaign for copyright reform or pepper their speeches with their positions on fair use, work for hire, or the first sale doctrine. Rather, candidates will use copyrighted materials without authorization, raising copyright infringement concerns and complaints. This is nothing new — it has happened in most political campaigns in the recent past and is already happening in 2018. READ MORE…

Apple is cleared to buy Shazam in boost for Apple Music and Siri

SARA SALENAS: Apple is free to complete its purchase of music identification app Shazam, EU regulators said Thursday, in a boost for Apple’s Music and Siri segments. Apple has not said how much it will buy Shazam for. READ MORE…

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