A New Bill in the Philippines Could Put ISPs Out of Business Should They Fail To Block Access to Pirating Sites

The Philippines isn’t exactly known for safeguarding copyright owners’ legitimate works.

That could soon change, however.

According to a new report, Senator Vicente ‘Toto’ Castello III has introduced a bill to tackle the problem of rampant online piracy in the country.

Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/28/philippines-ipo-anti-piracy-isp-bill/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 28, 2018

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  • Bryan Adams Argues Canada’s Copyright Extension Would Only Benefit Major Labels, Not Creators

    Several months ago, negotiators from the US and Canada reached a trade agreement.

    The deal – made right before the midnight deadline – came after more than a year of arduous negotiations.

    Yet, not everyone agreed with the new trade agreement.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/28/bryan-adams-canadian-copyright-extension/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 28, 2018

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  • A Fed Up Musician Demands That YouTube Fix Its Broken Content ID System. More Than 100,000 People Have Signed His Petition.

    As part of the video platform’s large-scale protest against the EU’s Copyright Directive, YouTube has pointed to its Content ID as an existing viable solution.

    According to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and YouTube Music chief Lyor Cohen, Content ID already does enough to protect owners.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/27/christian-buettner-thefatrat-youtube-content-id-petition/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 27, 2018

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  • Final Rule Regarding the Single Application

    After soliciting comments, the U.S. Copyright Office adopted a final rule governing the eligibility requirements for the Single Application, an online registration option that allows a single author to register a claim in one work that is solely owned by the same author and is not a work made for hire.

    Read more: https://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/streamlining-single/?loclr=eanco

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    SOURCE: Copyright.gov

    Date: December 27, 2018

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  • The Music Modernization Act’s Biggest Battle Is Still Ahead

    “Historic” was the adjective of choice for artists, songwriters and politicians alike when Congress passed the Music Modernization Act earlier this year. The overdue bundle of reform — intended to update copyright rules for the streaming age and help music-makers take home more money — was an industry-wide effort, years in the making.

    Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/music-modernization-act-congress-mma-bill-772981/

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: December 27, 2018

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  • How the ‘Babylon Berlin’ Team Broke the Rules to Make the World’s Biggest Foreign-Language Series

    There were just a few weeks to go before the start of production on Babylon Berlin, the most ambitious German television series of all time, when Stefan Arndt lost his nerve.

    Arndt, a veteran film producer (Run Lola RunThe White Ribbon) has spent years putting together what was his dream project: an epic television series set during the Weimar Republic, the chaotic 15-year era before the Third Reich. It was budgeted at $45 million for two, eight-episode seasons. No one had ever spent that much on a non-English-language TV show before. No one knew if it would work.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-babylon-berlin-team-broke-all-rules-make-worlds-biggest-foreign-language-series-1171013

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 26, 2018

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  • What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2019)

    Early last year, Digital Music News published its streaming royalty payouts list.

    Thanks to information from third-party websites, we ranked streaming music services according to their per-stream rate.

    We found Pandora had the highest per-play royalty rate.  At $0.01682 per play, an independent artist would need around 87,515 plays to earn the US monthly minimum wage of $1,472.

    YouTube had the worst per-stream payouts.  At $0.00074 per stream, artists and content creators would make $1,472 after 1,989,189 million plays.

    Now, using information gathered from real artists and third-party websites, we’ve updated our streaming music services payouts list for 2019.

    Take a look.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/25/streaming-music-services-pay-2019/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 25, 2018

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  • The European Union Wants to Implement Forced Content Quotas on Streaming Services by the End of 2019

    Several months ago, APRA AMCOS, a copyright collective representing Australian and New Zealander composers, lyricists, and musicians, called on lawmakers to force ‘cultural quotas’ on streaming services.

    Quotas, the association argued, would help promote more Australian content.  With this in mind, APRA AMCOS and the Screen Producers of Australia (SPA) presented two ideas to the Australian government.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/24/european-union-streaming-forced-content-quotas/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 24, 2018

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  • South Africa: National Assembly Passes Copyright Amendment Bill, Adopts Expansive Fair Use Exception

    (Dec. 21, 2018) On December 5, 2018, South Africa’s National Assembly, one of the houses of the country’s bicameral legislature, passed the Copyright Amendment Bill, 2017, which seeks to amend the 1978 Copyright Act. (Mercedes Besent, Copyright Amendment Bill Passed, SABC NEWS (Dec. 6, 2018); Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (hereinafter “the principal Act”), National Library of South Africa website.) Before the Bill can be enacted, as required by the Constitution, it must be passed by the National Council of Provinces, the other house of the country’s Parliament, and signed by the President. (SOUTH AFRICA CONSTITUTION, 1996, § 75, South Africa government website.)

    Read more: http://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/south-africa-national-assembly-passes-copyright-amendment-bill-adopts-expansive-fair-use-exception/?loclr=eaglm

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    SOURCE: Law Library of Congress

    Date: December 21, 2018

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  • Spotify settles the $1.6B copyright lawsuit filed by music publisher Wixen

    Spotify  has settled the $1.6 billion lawsuit filed by music publisher Wixen Music Publishing in December 2017. The publisher, which represented artists like Tom Petty, Missy Elliot, Stevie Nicks and Neil Young, alleged copyright infringement, saying that Spotify was using tens of thousands of songs without a proper license. The financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Spotify has not filed a disclosure to shareholders with the SEC — an indication that the $1.6 billion was not awarded.

    Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/20/spotify-settles-the-1-6b-copyright-lawsuit-filed-by-music-publisher-wixen/

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    SOURCE: Tech Crunch

    Date: December 21, 2018

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  • No Alibi For Grande: Labels and Rightscorp Score Major Strike on Value Gap

    In a major victory for the rule of law and a total vindication for Rightscorp, Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin ruling in the labels’ contributory copyright infringement case against Grande Communications, a Texas-based ISP, has recommended that Grande be denied the DMCA safe harbor defense in a copyright infringement case for failing to implement a repeat infringer policy.  (UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Grande Communications Networks, LLC and Patriot Media Consulting, LLC, case number 1:17-cv-00365-DAE-AWA for those reading along at home.)

    Read more: https://artistrightswatch.com/2018/12/20/no-alibi-for-grande-labels-and-rightscorp-score-major-strike-on-value-gap/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: December 20, 2018

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  • What Spotify Paid One Artist in 2018

    Earlier this year, Canadian award-winning cellist and composer Zoe Keating shared her Spotify payouts with Digital Music News.

    Using RouteNote as her distributor, she earned $4,388.93.  Fans streamed her works 1,154,513 times.  Keating earned just $0.0038015 per stream.

    Using CD Baby, she earned a slightly higher Spotify payout.  At a per-stream rate of $0.0039, Keating earned $5,654.58 for 1,449,887 total plays.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/19/zoe-keating-spotify-2018-payout/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 19, 2018

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  • Facebook Allowed Spotify and Netflix to See Your Private Messages — Spotify Is Now Responding

    What exactly did Spotify and Netflix access in your Facebook account?

    Facebook isn’t exactly well known for keeping users’ data to itself.

    Several years ago, a relatively unknown London political consulting firm accessed data for about 50 million Facebook users for political purposes.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/19/facebook-spotify-netflix-private-user-messages/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 19, 2018

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  • Global Streaming Revenue Set to Outpace Box Office in 2019, Study Finds

    Global revenues from subscription streaming video services will overtake the total worldwide box office next year, a study published Monday by Ampere Analysis forecasts.

    Global subscription revenue is expected to top $46 billion, compared with just under $40 billion in worldwide theatrical revenue, it predicts.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/global-streaming-revenue-set-outpace-box-office-2019-study-finds-1169945

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 17, 2018

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  • Did YouTube Just Pull a Fast One? Vivendi, EU Music Organizations are Suddenly Slamming Article 13

    The European music industry has long pushed for an overhaul on the use of copyrighted works online.

    IMPALA’s Helen Smith, for example, has stated that the EU’s Copyright Directive – and Article 13 – would force user-uploaded platforms (i.e., YouTube and Facebook) to pay more in royalties when using artists’ works online.  This would “fix” the value gap.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/13/vivendi-eu-music-organizations-slam-article-13/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 13, 2018

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  • EU’s Advocate General Calls Use of Uncleared Samples — No Matter How Brief — Copyright Infringement

    According to German band Kraftwerk, rapper and hip hop music producer Moses Pelham outright stole a two-second sequence from the 1977 track ‘Metall auf Metall’ (Metal on Metal).  Pelham had transformed the sequence into an endless loop and used it in on rapper Sabrina Setlur’s ‘Nur Mir’ (Only Me).

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/13/eu-advocate-general-music-sampling-infringement/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 13, 2018

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  • ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Suit Against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ends in $5M Judgment

    A judge has entered a nearly $5 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in favor of Marvin Gaye’s family in the long-running lawsuit involving copyright infringement surrounding Thicke and Williams’ song “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up,” Billboard reports.

    Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/robin-thicke-pharrell-williams-blurred-lines-copyright-suit-final-5-million-dollar-judgment-768508/

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: December 13, 2018

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  • Brazilian directors and screenwriters step closer to fair remuneration as government authorises new societies

    Paris, December 10th, 2018 – The Brazilian government has authorised two audiovisual societies to collect royalties for screenwriters and directors for the first time. The decision, which comes after four years of lobbying by the creative community, is a vital step forward in the campaign for a fair remuneration right in Brazil.

    Read more: http://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Brazilian-directors-and-screenwriters-step-closer-to-fair-remuneration-as-government-authorises-new-societies

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: December 10, 2018

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  • ‘Walking Dead’ Co-Creator Frank Darabont’s $280M Suit Against AMC Headed to Trial

    Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont and CAA will head to trial against AMC in a massive lawsuit over the mega-hit zombie series after a New York judge largely denied summary judgment motions on Monday. The decision represents somewhat of a favorable development for AMC, which is alleged to have cheated profit participants through self-dealing agreements and underhanded accounting. The judge in the case denied Darabont’s bid to declare that when AMC imputes license fees, it must be fair-market value. The judge sees a fact question with respect to contractual interpretation of the key issue in the case, and so the ultimate determination will eventually be tried before a jury.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/walking-dead-creator-frank-darabonts-280m-suit-amc-headed-trial-1168047

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 10, 2018

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  • Double trouble: fresh CJEU reference from Swedish Supreme Court regarding scope of communication to the public inside cars

    Swedish Collective Management Organisation (STIM) and the Swedish Artists’ and Musicians’ Interest Organisation (SAMI) brought two separate proceedings against two companies that operate in the automobile leasing/renting industry. Both cases followed missed payment (since 2014) of yearly licensing fees to STIM and SAMI, and they are currently pending before the Swedish Supreme Court. This has now decided to stay the proceedings, and ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to clarify the scope of communication to the public in Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29 (InfoSoc Directive) and Article 8(2) of the Directive 2006/115 (the Rental Rights Directive).

    Read more: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/12/double-trouble-fresh-cjeu-reference.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: December 6, 2018

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  • Google, YouTube Accused Of Disinformation, Scaremongering By European Authors

    European creators are alleging a scaremongering campaign by YouTube, and more than 30 entities representing creators in France say Google and YouTube are leading a massive fake information campaign against the European copyright directive currently under discussion in order to protect their commercial interests.

    Read more: http://www.ip-watch.org/2018/12/05/google-youtube-accused-disinformation-scaremongering-european-authors/

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    SOURCE: Intellectual Property Watch

    Date: December 5, 2018

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  • Commercial use of image rights: Paris Tribunal boosts models and performers’ protection

    If someone takes part in a photo shoot for the promotion of a clothing line, they consented to his or her image being used online as part of the designers’ advertising campaign – surely? Similarly, if you blur somebody’s face in a film so much so that he or she is no longer recognizable, you have dispensed with your obligation to respect their right to their image – surely? Well, don’t be so sure – the Paris Tribunal would reject both assumptions, according to recent judgments on image rights.

    Read more: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2018/12/commercial-use-of-image-rights-paris.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: December 3, 2018

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