Reggae music to be protected by the UN

Reggae has been added to a list of international cultural treasures which the United Nations has deemed worthy of protecting and promoting.

The music, which grew out of Jamaica in the 1960s thanks to artists like Toots and the Maytals, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, was added to the collection due to its “intangible cultural heritage”.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46383617

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: November 29, 2018

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  • Everly Brothers at Odds in Case Over Lucrative ‘Cathy’s Clown’ Royalties

    A November court ruling over the authorship of a classic Everly Brothers song may provide incentive for songwriters — and publishers — to tidy up ownership records that could significantly affect their wallets and those of their heirs.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/8486923/everly-brothers-at-odds-in-case-over-lucrative-cathys

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: November 28, 2018

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  • YouTube’s Tactics Re. Article 13 Are the Real Concern

    When a media conglomerate is the subject of a news story, we expect the news organization owned by the parent company to acknowledge that relationship in its reporting.  So, when ABC News reports a story, positive or negative, about the Disney Corporation, it is standard practice that the reporter remind viewers that she is talking about her ultimate employer.  Unfortunately, the paradigm is very different when it comes to new media companies like YouTube, which can leverage the global reach of its platform (fueled by the capabilities of Google) to evangelize any message that serves its policy interests. 

    Read more: http://illusionofmore.com/youtubes-tactics-re-article-13-are-the-real-concern/

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    SOURCE: The Illusion of More

    Date: November 28, 2018

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  • Copyright Royalty Board Makes Flurry of Changes, Extends Comment Period For Music Modernization Act

    In a flurry of activity over the last few week, the Copyright Royalty Board has cemented some previous determinations for on-demand services and background music services, amended some of its regulations for rate determinations made this year, while extending a period for comment on the Music Modernization Act’s impact on other CRB regulations.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8486991/

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: November 28, 2018

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  • AMLC Cofounder Accuses NMPA President David Israelite of Tortious Business Interference and Collusion

    Earlier this month, Digital Music News first reported on a surprise entrant into the post-MMA world.  Instead of a one-horse race to fill the role of the MMA’s Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC, a surprise second choice emerged.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/11/28/amlc-nmpa-president-david-israelite-collusion/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: November 28, 2018

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  • “A New Paradigm”: How Netflix and Apple Are Upending Hollywood Hierarchy With Studio Deals

    In the future, when we chart the year the movie business changed, we may thank — or blame — Noah Centineo. That’s because the square-jawed heartthrob’s teen romantic comedy for Netflix, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is pointing the way toward a new hierarchy in Hollywood, one in which the 106-year-old studio behind movies like The Godfather and Transformers produces original films for a streaming service.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/apple-netflix-reshaping-studio-hierarchy-paramount-a24-deals-1163992

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 27, 2018

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  • German court says stream-ripping not covered by private copy exception

    The German record industry has welcomed a ruling in the Appeal Court of Munich which confirms that a stream-ripping site that copies tracks from internet radio feeds cannot rely on the private copy exception to avoid liability for copyright infringement.

    Read more: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/german-court-says-stream-ripping-not-covered-by-private-copy-exception/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 27, 2018

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  • Taylor Swift makes a payout to all Universal artists a clause in her new record deal

    Taylor Swift’s latest record deal contained a clause in which Universal finally committed to sharing any gains from a future sale of Spotify (which the company invested in along with Sony and Warner) with all its artists, not just those whose accounts are in the black.

    Read more: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/25/look-what-she-made-them-do.html?

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    SOURCE: Boing Boing

    Date: November 25, 2018

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  • Joint call of European creators and producers on broadcasting and retransmissions instrument

    Brussels, 23 November 2018

    We the undersigned representatives of the creators and the creative sector wish to express our strong support for the adoption of the Broadcasting and Retransmissions (SatCab) instrument. We appreciate the considerable efforts you have made and urge you to complete your important work to modernise the EU legal framework without any further delay.

    Read more: http://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/Society-News/Joint-call-of-European-creators-and-producers-on-broadcasting-and-retransmissions-instrument

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: November 23, 2018

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  • Rwanda Devises Big Plans to Build Its Own Film Industry: “We Have a Chance to Tell Our Stories”

    Rwanda, it is fair to say, is not on anyone’s list of top film locations worldwide. But that might be about to change. The government of President Paul Kagame and powerful players in the country’s nascent audiovisual industry have thrown their weight behind transforming this Eastern African nation into a hub for film and television production, both local and international.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rwanda-devises-big-plans-build-own-film-industry-1163667

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 23, 2018

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  • Let’s get artists paid by making Big Tech pay them, not by creating EU copyright filters

    The EU wants to punish Google for allegedly underpaying artists for the use of their works on YouTube, and so they’re proposing copyright filters that block anything that appears in an anonymously created, crowdsourced database of forbidden works that are allegedly in copyright.

    Read more: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/21/dont-break-the-net.html

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    SOURCE: Boing Boing

    Date: November 21, 2018

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  • $2 Billion in Residuals Are Paid Annually — But How Much Gets Lost?

    About a year ago, Anne Schedeen realized she hadn’t seen any residuals in a while from Alf, the hit ’80s series in which she co-starred. That seemed odd to the actress, so she asked her husband, Chris Barrett, to give SAG-AFTRA a call. The response he got? “Oh,” said a staffer, according to Barrett, formerly the head of Metropolitan Talent Agency. “That show hasn’t paid residuals in four years.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2-billion-residuals-are-paid-annually-but-how-gets-lost-1162418

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 21, 2018

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  • The Netflix Effect: Can Rivals Compete By Bulking Up On Content?

    The list of content assets controlled by WarnerMedia is massive — from the Harry Potter and DC Comics universes to classic movies and TV shows like Gone With the Wind and Friends — but those might not be enough to compete in the streaming wars, especially when Disney launches its Disney+ service next year.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-effect-can-rivals-compete-by-bulking-up-content-1162416

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 19, 2018

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  • IFPI Refutes Claim YouTube Paid Music Industry $1.8B, Says Figures ‘Don’t Match Our Own’

    The IFPI is challenging Google’s claim that YouTube has paid out over $1.8 billion to the music industry in the past year, saying that figure doesn’t line up with the international non-for-profit’s own research.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/8485359/ifpi-refutes-claim-youtube-paid-music-industry-18b-says

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: November 16, 2018

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  • Ex Machina, Ex Auctore? Machines that create and how EU copyright law views them

    The creation of works by artificial intelligence systems (AIS) challenges our perception of creativity and, with it, of eligibility for copyright protection. Examples abound. AIS can autonomously create paintingsliterary worksmusic, or even artificial photos. Were these works created by a human being, their eligibility for copyright protection would not be controversial. However, it is unclear whether the copyright framework can accommodate AIS as creators, or whether works automatically generated by an AIS can qualify for protection under copyright law.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2018/11/12/ex-machina-ex-auctore-machines-that-create-and-how-eu-copyright-law-views-them/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: November 12, 2018

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  • Royalities for audiovisual authors – a drop in the ocean

    While collective rights management for music creators has since long been a tradition, these figures demonstrate that the rights of directors and screenwriters have not yet caught up. There is room for improvement for the collections across all creative sectors, but the discrepancy between royalties’ collection for audiovisual authors and the actual distribution and consumption of film and TV is staggering: 6,4% is a drop in the ocean.

    Read more: https://www.saa-authors.eu/en/blog/548-royalities-for-audiovisual-authors—a-drop-in-the-ocean#.W-mHCZP7TOS

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    SOURCE: SAA

    Date: November 12, 2018

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  • Beef Of The Week #429: Musicians v Donald Trump (Mid-term special)

    Say what you like about Donald Trump. Oh wait, that wasn’t supposed to be the end of that sentence. Say what you like about Trump, but when it comes to successes, he’s had plenty. For example, he is definitely the US president that CMU has written the most about in all of its 20 year history. And he’s only two years into his first term.

    Read more: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/beef-of-the-week-musicians-v-donald-trump-mid-term-special/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 9, 2018

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  • Songwriter’s lawsuit against session musician royalty fund allowed to proceed

    A judge in California has declined to dismiss a lawsuit launched by songwriter and record producer Kevin Risto over the fees American performer unions AFM and SAG-AFTRA charge the royalty distribution fund they set up.

    Read more: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/songwriters-lawsuit-against-session-musician-royalty-fund-allowed-to-proceed/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 8, 2018

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  • Digital royalties to creators top €1 billion as global collections rise 6.2% to €9.6 billion

    Paris, November 8th, 2018 – Global royalties’ collections for creators of music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature rose to a record high of €9.6 billion in 2017, up 6.2% on the previous year, according to the 2018 Global Collections Report published today by CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers).

    Read more: http://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Digital-royalties-to-creators-top-1-billion-as-global-collections-rise-6.2-to-9.6-billion

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: November 8, 2018

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  • US performer unions say dispute over royalty fund fees should be dismissed

    The American Federation Of Musicians and fellow US performer union SAG-AFTRA have asked a Californian judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the fees they take for their involvement in the fund that pays session musicians their cut of performing rights income.

    Read more: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/us-performer-unions-say-dispute-over-royalty-fund-fees-should-be-dismissed/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 6, 2018

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  • New EU Directive Limits Hate Speech, Establishes European Content Quotas

    A new directive adopted today by European Union member governments updates and strengthens regulations on video-sharing platforms and other newer forms of media, emphasising the public interest, elevating protections for children, and establishing a 30 percent quota of European content in on-demand audiovisual media services.

    Read more: http://www.ip-watch.org/2018/11/06/new-eu-directive-limits-hate-speech-establishes-european-content-quotas/

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    SOURCE: Intellectual Property Watch

    Date: November 6, 2018

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  • Launch of the Dance Passport: A Union Solidarity Network for Dancers Abroad

    Gathered in Rotterdam on November 6th for the final event of the European project Dance Futures – Creating Transition Schemes for Dancers and Promoting Sustainable Mobility in the Dance Sector, the European group of the International Federation of Actors (FIA) has launched its new Dance Passport.

    Read more: https://fia-actors.com/no_cache/media/news/news-detail/article/launch-of-the-dance-passport-a-union-solidarity-network-for-dancers-abroad/

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    SOURCE: FIA

    Date: November 5, 2018

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  • European Composer & Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) and International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) reinforce united front for creators by signing Memorandum of Understanding

    November 5th, during the CIAM annual congress in Mexico City, CIAM and continental alliance ECSA formalised cooperation and harmony among the two organisations with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MOU promotes cooperation and international harmony among CIAM and the continental alliances.

    Read more: http://www.ciamcreators.org/european-composer-songwriter-alliance-ecsa-and-international-council-of-music-creators-ciam-reinforce-united-front-for-creators-by-signing-memorandum-of-understanding/

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    SOURCE: CIAM

    Date: November 5, 2018

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  • Copyright Office Extends Anti-Circumvention DMCA Exemptions To All Filmmakers, Not Just Documentarians

    Earlier this year, we wrote a bunch of posts on the Copyright Office’s request for comment on changes needed to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention exemption list. There were lots of interesting submissions, but one that caught my attention was a whole bunch of film association groups, most of them for documentarians, advocating that the anti-circumvention they enjoyed to be able to use clips from other films and content be expanded to include filmmakers generally. This would address the copyright industries’ cynical attempt to route around Fair Use usage by filmmakers by simply locking up their content behind all kinds of DRM that, unless you’re a documentarian, you can’t circumvent. The MPAA, as you would expect, said that allowing for this would kick off “widespread hacking” of all the DVDs on the planet, while all it was really concerned about was the licensing agreements it was able to secure by filmmakers who didn’t want to violate the DMCA to get the Fair Use clips they wanted.

    Read more: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20181101/

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    SOURCE: Tech Dirt

    Date: November 2, 2018

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  • Niche Distributors Fill Gap Left by the Demise of Weinstein

    For years, it seemed everyone in the indie film business wanted to be the next Summit Entertainment.

    The production and distribution group, founded in 1991 and acquired by Lionsgate in 2012, perfected the art of doing studio-sized independent movies — epitomized by the Twilight franchise — that were rolled out with blockbuster-style marketing campaigns and wide releases in the U.S. and around the world.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/niche-distributors-fill-gap-left-by-demise-weinstein-1157371

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 2, 2018

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  • Al Jazeera English Content Creators Unionize With SAG-AFTRA

    Content creators at Al Jazeera English, based in the United States, voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union, with 97 percent voting in favor, the union said. In an unusual but not unprecedented move for SAG-AFTRA, the newly represented employees include not just on-air hosts and reporters, but also behind-the-scenes editors and camerapersons.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/al-jazeera-english-content-creators-unionize-sag-aftra-1157027

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 31, 2018

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