Beef Of The Week #410: The tech lobby v Article 13

Forget petty pop star squabbles, the real beefing in the world of music this week has been happening in Brussels where the tech lobby has been mounting a massive campaign to scupper the music industry’s hopes of reforming the copyright safe harbour. Indeed, so proactive has that lobby become with its late-in-the-day mantras of “no more cat memes” and “they’re going to fuck up the internet”, the music community has been put on defcon one as the draft new copyright directive goes to the European Parliament for a full vote.

Read more: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/beef-of-the-week-410-the-tech-lobby-v-article-13/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: June 29, 2018

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  • As Greek Royalty Collector Fails, Rights Holders Weigh Whether Government Can Find Their Money

    The crisis at SGAE, the Spanish performance rights organization, involves a telenovela’s worth of plot twists — including royalties for inaudible music and the court-ordered dismissal of a WIPO arbitration. But the situation at its Greek counterpart AEPI (the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property) is downright epic.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8463271/greece-pro-royalties-aepi-collapse-rights-holders-government

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: June 28, 2018

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  • The Drain in Spain: Why Late-Night Spanish TV Is Costing Global Music Publishers Tens of Millions A Year

    On June 21, members of Spain’s royalty collection group, the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE), assembled in Madrid and voted against proposals that the music industry had feared could propel a long-running scheme that has involved astrologers, inaudible music and songs with copyrights registered to Spaniards’ pets.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8463245/spain-music-publishers-scheme-music-royalties-tv-broadcasters-the-wheel

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: June 28, 2018

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  • A Senate Committee Votes for Peace in the Music Industry

    For a decade, the music industry has promoted a motley series of copyright bills to Congress, only to watch them fail.

    In an effort to update music copyright law for the digital age, the various players involved — tech companies, music publishers, songwriters, musicians and radio broadcasters — assembled an ambitious bill that addressed their concerns.

    Read more: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/business/media/music-copyright-digital-services.html

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    SOURCE: New York Times

    Date: June 28, 2018

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  • Hollywood Guilds Blast Supreme Court’s Anti-Union Decision

    Three Hollywood unions slammed a Supreme Court ruling released Wednesday that sharply diminishes the power of public-sector unions by allowing workers to refuse to pay union dues or fees even while receiving the benefit of union contracts, calling the ruling a shameful decision that will lead to attacks on private-sector unions as well.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-guilds-blast-supreme-court-s-anti-union-decision-1123817

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: June 27, 2018

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  • Copyright Directive – GESAC welcomes JURI vote that adopted Article 13

    20/06/2018 – Today in Brussels, the JURI Committee voted on the long-discussed Copyright Directive and adopted Article 13 with a clear majority. The European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC) welcomes this result, which is an important step towards ending the big platforms’ free riding.

    Read more: http://authorsocieties.eu/mediaroom/313/33/Copyright-Directive-GESAC-welcomes-JURI-vote-that-adopted-Article-13

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    SOURCE: GESAC

    Date: June 20, 2018

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  • EU Copyright Reform Proposal Clears Lead Legislative Committee, To Cheers And Jeers

    The European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted its report on the European Commission-proposed copyright in the digital single market directive yesterday. The vote, by the lead committee vetting the proposal, sparked a continuation of the acrimonious debate that has raged for many months over several controversial provisions: The creation of a new right for online publishers and a requirement that Internet platforms monitor users’ uploads for copyright infringements. The narrow majority that approved the report by German Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Axel Voss, of the European People’s Party, “suggests that the struggle is still long,” telecom consultant Innocenzo Genna blogged.

    Read more: http://www.ip-watch.org/2018/06/20/eu-copyright-reform-proposal-clears-lead-legislative-committee-cheers-jeers/

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    SOURCE: Intellectual Property Watch

    Date: June 20, 2018

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  • Judge Sides with Inventors in Massive Intellectual Property Case Against Disney, Fox, Paramount and Others, Allowing Cases to Continue

    SAN FRANCISCO – A judge overseeing a massive intellectual property case against entertainment giants Disney, Fox, Paramount, Marvel Studios, and Crystal Dynamics issued two orders on June 18, 2018, denying the defendant companies’ motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, allowing the cases to go forward, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman representing the inventor.

    Read more: https://www.hbsslaw.com/cases/disney-marvel-mova-contour/pressrelease/mova-contour-ip-theft-judge-sides-with-inventors-in-massive-intellectual-property-case-against-disney-fox-paramount-and-others-allowing-cases-to-continue

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    SOURCE: Hagens Berman

    Date: June 19, 2018

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  • SAG-AFTRA Statement on the Passing of New York Assembly Bill A.8155-B

    NEW YORK — On behalf of New York’s SAG-AFTRA members, the union commends New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and their colleagues in the New York State Assembly for passing A.8155-B today.

    Read more: https://www.sagaftra.org/sag-aftra-statement-passing-new-york-assembly-bill-a8155-b

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    SOURCE: SAG AFTRA

    Date: June 18, 2018

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  • New online CMU Library provides one-stop hub of music industry resources

    CMU has today launched a brand new online resource called the CMU Library, which brings together all the articles published across the CMU sites that provide background information on how the music industry works and summaries of current trends and best practice in the business of music.

    Read more: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/new-online-cmu-library-provides-one-stop-hub-of-music-industry-resources/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: June 18, 2018

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  • Harry rotters: Warner Bros cracks down on Potter fan festivals in US

    Warner Bros is cracking down on local Harry Potter fan festivals around the US, saying it is necessary to halt unauthorized commercial activity. Fans liken the move to Dementors sucking the joy out of homegrown fun. Festival directors say they will change the events into generic celebrations of magic.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jun/16/harry-potter-warner-bros-wizard-fan-festivals

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    SOURCE: The Guardian

    Date: June 16, 2018

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  • Sony Music Entertainment to Start Paying Indie Artists & Labels Spotify Sale Proceeds as Early as August

    Following Sony Corp.’s April sale of half of its stake in Spotify, Sony Music Entertainment (SME) sent an email to indie labels on Thursday (June 14) declaring its intent to share a portion of the profits with “eligible artists and participants as soon as possible,” with a target of August.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/record-labels/8461119/sony-music-entertainment-canada-to-start-paying-indie

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: June 14, 2018

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  • Building the global unified voice for music creators at Warsaw CIAM Executive Committee meeting

    CIAM, the internationally recognised global voice of music creators, gathered composers, songwriters and artists from around the world in Warsaw for its Executive Committee meeting on June 2nd-4th. The Executive Committee (Exco) is a group of creators and representatives from societies that establish strategy and coordinate on continental, country and local levels. Organised by Polish music society ZAiKS, the meeting was the first led by North American songwriter, producer and CIAM President Eddie Schwartz.

    Read more: http://www.ciamcreators.org/building-the-global-unified-voice-for-music-creators-at-warsaw-ciam-executive-committee-meeting/

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    SOURCE: CIAM

    Date: June 14, 2018

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  • Antitrust law never envisioned massive tech companies like Google

    THE INTERNET HAS become so important to modern life that it’s hard to imagine it working much differently from the way it does. If you want to know something, you “Google it,” for free, presumably knowing you’ll be served targeted advertising. But today’s online world isn’t only a product of technological progress; it’s also the result of any number of legal cases and policy decisions that could easily have gone another way.

    Read more: https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2018/06/13/google-hugely-powerful-antitrust-law-job/E1eqrlQ01g11DRM8I9FxwO/story.html

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    SOURCE: The Boston Globe

    Date: June 13, 2018

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  • Leading Artist Groups Announce Opposition To Sen. Wyden’s So-Called “ACCESS to Sound Recordings Act”

    [Washington, D.C.] – Seven leading unions, membership organizations, and advocacy groups representing recording artists, performers, vocalists, musicians, producers, and songwriters today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate detailing the flaws in Sen. Ron Wyden’s so-called “ACCESS to Sound Recordings Act.” The groups, which include American Federation of Musicians, Content Creators Coalition, Future of Music Coalition, The Living Legends Foundation, the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs Organization), The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and SAG-AFTRA detailed how Wyden’s bill would undermine the retirement security of elderly artists before reiterating their support for the CLASSICS Act.

    Read more: http://www.sagaftra.org/leading-artist-groups-announce-opposition-sen-wyden%E2%80%99s-so-called-%E2%80%9Caccess-sound-recordings-act%E2%80%9D

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    SOURCE: SAG-AFTRA

    Date: June 13, 2018

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  • Face Off: Studios Battle SAG-AFTRA Over ‘Digital Replicas’

    Digital technology has given rise to a host of novel questions concerning the authorship, ownership, and exploitation of creative works, from the right to re-sell digital copies to the copyright status of works produced by artificial-intelligence agents. But a new legislative skirmish in New York State could take the debate beyond the realm of copyright into the realm of privacy and the right of publicity.

    Read more: https://rightstech.com/2018/06/face-off-studios-battle-sag-aftra-over-digital-replicas/

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    SOURCE: Rights Tech

    Date: June 13, 2018

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  • How much do we know about notice-and-takedown? New study tracks YouTube removals

    The European Union is working on a dramatic change to the regime that governs the liability of online intermediaries established with the E-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC). Art. 14 offered a safe harbour for hosting service providers who do not have actual knowledge of infringing content and who, on obtaining such knowledge, act “expeditiously to remove or to disable access to the information”. Art. 15 ensured that there was no general obligation to monitor.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2018/06/12/much-know-notice-takedown-new-study-tracks-youtube-removals/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: June 12, 2018

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  • SPOTIFY MARKET CAP SOARS ABOVE $30BN IN WAKE OF NEWS IT’S DIRECTLY LICENSING ARTISTS

    The below market summary, courtesy of Google Finance, shows how Spotify’s stock price consistently climbed in the eight trading days following Tuesday, May 29 – up to $171.48 at the close of last week.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/spotify-market-cap-soars-above-30bn-in-wake-of-news-its-directly-licensing-artists/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: June 10, 2018

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  • SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Agreement with Major Broadcast Television Networks

    LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2018) – SAG-AFTRA today announced a tentative agreement has been reached with the four major television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and other producers on terms for a successor agreement to the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting.

    Read more: https://www.sagaftra.org/sag-aftra-reaches-tentative-agreement-major-broadcast-television-networks-0

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    SOURCE: SAG-AFTRA

    Date: June 9, 2018

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  • SAG-AFTRA Strikes Deal for New Broadcast TV Contract

    SAG-AFTRA on Saturday announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with the four major television broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — and other producers for a new contract, a successor agreement to the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-strikes-deal-new-broadcast-tv-contract-1118721

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: June 9, 2018

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  • MIND THE GAP: IS EUROPE SET TO RECALIBRATE THE DIGITAL MARKET?

    When we hear about the value gap, the discussion often focuses on licensing and money. Of course it’s about “value”, but it’s a lot more than that.

    It’s about tackling the competitive stranglehold of incumbent online operators who want to hold onto the status quo – the biggest barrier creators and online start-ups face today.

    Read more: http://impalamusic.org/content/mind-gap-europe-set-recalibrate-digital-market

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    SOURCE: Impala

    Date: June 8, 2018

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  • Austrian court says YouTube shouldn’t have safe harbour protection

    As the safe harbour reforming article thirteen of the European Copyright Directive continues to work its way slowly through the law-making process, a provisional court ruling in Austria has backed up the music industry’s long stated argument that services like YouTube shouldn’t have safe harbour protection to start with.

    Read more: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/austrian-court-says-youtube-shouldnt-have-safe-harbour-protection/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: June 8, 2018

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  • Can performers get a fair deal in the digital age? – POLITICO/ AEPO-ARTIS

    “Closing the real value gap for performers means introducing an unwaivable remuneration right for on-demand use.” — Murray Head, singer and actor.

    Representing more than 500,000 musicians, singers, actors and dancers, Fair Internet’s partners[1] have long campaigned for the fair treatment of performers in the digital world.

    Read more: http://fia-actors.com/no_cache/media/news/news-detail/article/can-performers-get-a-fair-deal-in-the-digital-age-politico/

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    SOURCE: FIA

    Date: June 7, 2018

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  • Apple Signs Writers Guild Contract, Setting Possible Precedent for Future Negotiations

    Apple has signed the current Writers Guild of America master contract, agreeing to terms above the minimum for programming offered free online. This is significant because it could have implications for the next round of WGA talks ahead of the expiration of the current contract in May 2020, Variety reports.

    Read more: https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/07/apple-writers-guild-contract/

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    SOURCE: MacRumors

    Date: June 7, 2018

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