Watch a Guy Use Puppets to Explain the Music Modernization Act to Congress

On Monday, the Congressional Internet Caucus Academy (CICA) hosted a panel called“In the Era of Streaming, Who’s the Bigger Music Mogul: Jay-Z or Congress?,” which discussed the ins and outs of music licensing. It was a pretty informative and substantive chat: the perfect CSPAN fodder to learn about an issue. But it was also a more exciting event than the congressional group is used to. After apologizing to the packed room for running out of sandwiches, panel hosts introduced speaker Kevin Erickson, the director of the Future of Music Coalition, to discuss the Music Modernization Act, which passed in October. And for his presentation, the dude brought actual puppets to break it all down.

Read more: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kxem7/watch-a-guy-use-puppets-to-explain-the-music-modernization-act-to-congress

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    SOURCE: Vice

    Date: July 31, 2019

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  • WGA Challenger Craig Mazin: Union Needs to See the Agents’ Side on Packaging

    Vying to steer the Writers Guild of America, there’s a slate of high-profile dissident candidates. Among them is “Chernobyl” writer-creator Craig Mazin, who recognizes that his proposed strategy in the screenwriters’ battle against talent agencies — compromising on the controversial practice of packaging — isn’t exactly sexy.

    Read more: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/wga-dissident-craig-mazin-phyllis-nagy-agency-packaging-dispute-1202161842/

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    SOURCE: IndieWire

    Date: July 30, 2019

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  • Court rules that Katy Perry ripped off Christian rap track on Dark Horse

    A jury in the US has ruled that Katy Perry and her songwriting pals ripped off a Christian rap track when they wrote her 2013 hit ‘Dark Horse’. After two days of deliberations, the jurors concluded that Perry’s team had likely heard 2008 release ‘Joyful Noise’ before writing ‘Dark Horse’, and that the latter was sufficiently similar to the former to constitute copyright infringement.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/court-rules-that-katy-perry-ripped-off-christian-rap-track-on-dark-horse/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: July 30, 2019

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  • European court provides clarity on sampling rules in long-running Kraftwerk case

    The European Court Of Justice has provided some clarity on the ins and outs of sampling from a copyright perspective. Said clarity comes from the ECJ’s ruling in an insanely long running German copyright case involving Kraftwerk.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/european-court-provides-clarity-on-sampling-rules-in-long-running-kraftwerk-case/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: July 30, 2019

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  • Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon Break Silence on Andrea Arnold and ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 3

    Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon deny creative control was taken away from Andrea Arnold during the making of “Big Little Lies” Season 2. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the co-stars pointed to comments made by HBO programming president Casey Bloys when asked about the alleged behind-the-scenes controversy. IndieWire reported earlier this month that creative control on “Big Little Lies” Season 2 was taken away from Arnold during post-production. Arnold was replaced in the editing room and on reshoots by the first season’s director Jean-Marc Vallée. Bloys told press at the TCAs that the idea that creative control was taken away from Arnold is “a false premise.”

    Read more: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/nicole-kidman-reese-witherspoon-big-little-lies-director-controversy-season-3-1202161678/

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    SOURCE: IndieWire

    Date: July 29, 2019

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  • Senators and Copyright Office Want Streaming Piracy Loophole Fixed

    Streaming piracy has taken over from illegal downloading over the past several years. Despite this growth, however, under US law it’s generally seen as a lesser offense than downloading. Lawmakers are now exploring options to change this and recent communication shows that they have the Government’s Copyright Office on their side.

    Read more: https://torrentfreak.com/senators-and-copyright-office-want-streaming-piracy-loophole-fixed-190726/

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    SOURCE: Torrent Freak

    Date: July 26, 2019

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  • Record labels have a new target: streamers and gamers

    On a quiet street in Vancouver, Canada, independent EDM record label Monstercat is carving out a solution to a problem that has plagued gamers and content creators for more than a decade: can streaming culture and the music industry coexist in a world where algorithms are used to track down unlicensed tunes, strip audio from videos, and dole out bans to streamers? Gavin Johnson, head of gaming at Monstercat, believes there can be a middle ground.

    Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/26/8930706/music-labels-twitch-streaming-copyright-strike-monstercat-lost-rings-record-labels

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: July 26, 2019

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  • Buchwald Becomes Second ATA Literary Agency to Sign Writers Guild Agreement

    Mid-tier talent agency Buchwald has become the second literary agency to break ranks with the Association of Talent Agents and sign a so-called franchise agreement with the Writers Guild of America, just three days after the WGA signed a smaller shop, Kaplan Stahler, and three weeks after the guild sidelined the ATA with a cease-and-desist letter that ended joint talks.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/buchwald-becomes-second-ata-literary-agency-sign-writers-guild-agreement-1227098

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 25, 2019

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  • Disney Avoids Trial by Settling Long-Running ‘Home Improvement’ Profits Lawsuit

    Disney has struck a settlement with the creators of Home Improvement to put an end to a six-year-old lawsuit that resulted in a consequential appellate ruling and was within weeks of going to trial.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/disney-avoids-trial-by-settling-long-running-home-improvement-profits-lawsuit-1226571

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 24, 2019

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  • WGA West Unveils Officer and Board Candidates

    The Writers Guild of America West on Tuesday unveiled its final list of candidates for its 2019 officers and board of directors election, with multiple candidates for each position in an election that is expected to be a referendum on the guild’s ongoing battle against the major talent agencies.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wga-west-unveils-officer-board-candidates-1226520

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 23, 2019

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  • YolanDa Brown: Music education ‘creates more well-rounded people’

    Jazz star YolanDa Brown says pressure must be brought to bear on politicians to understand the social benefits of music education.

    The presenter and musician was speaking at the CBeebies Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday.

    In March, the BPI said English state schools have seen a 21% drop in music provision in the last five years.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49083146?intlink_from_url=&

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: July 23, 2019

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  • ICE joins forces with customers to drive best practice ‘clean claiming’ on digital royalties

    TOWGE members sign-up to a recommendation on common standards in a major step towards more accurate and transparent royalty distribution

    Developed together with its customers and partners and based on extensive experience with digital music royalty services, ICE is delighted at the adoption of best practice by TOWGE members to help clean up invoicing practices for digital services.

    Read more: https://www.iceservices.com/blog/online-processing/ice-joins-forces-with-customers-to-drive-best-practice-clean-claiming-on-digital-royalties/

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    SOURCE: ICE

    Date: July 22, 2019

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  • The Best (And Scariest) Examples Of AI-Enabled Deepfakes

    There are positive uses for deepfake technology like making digital voices for people who lost theirs or updating film footage instead of reshooting it if actors trip over their lines. However, the potential for malicious use is of grave concern, especially as the technology gets more refined. There has been tremendous progress in the quality of deepfakes since only a few years ago when the first products of the technology circulated. Since that time, many of the scariest examples of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled deepfakes have technology leaders, governments, and media talking about the perils it could create for communities.

    Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/07/22/the-best-and-scariest-examples-of-ai-enabled-deepfakes/#26a98ca72eaf

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    SOURCE: Forbes

    Date: July 22, 2019

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  • Actor Stephanie Street: There are a lot of talented actors and we have to treat them better

    This month, I have mainly been overwhelmed by admiration for actors. In the course of auditioning for one play and workshopping another, I have been in the company of a wealth of diverse, courageous and brilliant talent. It is sobering to see quite how much of it is out there.

    Read more: https://www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/2019/actor-stephanie-street-talented-actors-treat-better/

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    SOURCE: The Stage

    Date: July 22, 2019

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  • Brazil’s Film Sector Up in Arms Over Jair Bolsonaro’s Censorship Threat

    Since Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurated as Brazil’s president in January, the former military officer turned right wing populist politician has been vocal in his attacks on what he deemed the country’s overly liberal institutions. On Thursday, Bolsonaro set his sights on Brazil’s film industry, with the president threatening to shut down Agência Nacional do Cinema (ANCINE), the federal film funding agency, if it refused to apply government-backed “filters” on the movies it invested in.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/brazils-president-jair-bolsonaro-threatens-increase-film-censorship-1226219

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 22, 2019

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  • Netflix Signs First SAG-AFTRA Contract for Film, TV Productions

    Netflix has signed SAG-AFTRA’s contract for film and TV productions, the first such deal between a streamer and the union.

    Previously, the union had been signing productions with Netflix directly — production by production. It now has a term agreement for live-action dramatic productions. The new deal also recognizes performance capture and dubbing as work covered under the traditional agreement, including those of Netflix’s live-action foreign language films and animated motion pictures dubbed into English. The news was announced following the union’s board meeting on Saturday.

    Read more: https://www.thewrap.com/sag-aftra-netflix/

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    SOURCE: The Wrap

    Date: July 20, 2019

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  • Katy Perry Takes the Stand on Day One of ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Trial

    Singer fends off claims that she and her co-writers, including Dr. Luke and Max Martin, illegally used the beat from a Christian rap song for their 2013 single.

    Katy Perry’s testimony on day one of the “Dark Horse” copyright infringement trial suffered from some technical difficulties.

     

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8521289/katy-perry-takes-stand-dark-horse-copyright-trial

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: July 19, 2019

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  • Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature

    Earlier this week, Audible revealed that it was working on a new feature for its audiobook app: Audible Captions, which will use machine learning to transcribe an audio recording for listeners, allowing them to read along with the narrator. While the Amazon-owned company claims it is designed as an educational feature, a number of publishers are demanding that their books be excluded, saying these captions are “unauthorized and brazen infringements of the rights of authors and publishers.”

    Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/19/20698383/audible-captions-feature-audiobook-book-publishers-rights

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: July 19, 2019

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  • Small Claims Copyright Court? Senate Judiciary Committee Approves the 2019 ‘CASE Act’

    On October 4th, 2017, two lawmakers proposed a new small claims court for music artists and other content creators.

    Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/19/case-act-2019-advances/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 19, 2019

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  • ICM Moves to Dismiss “Brazen, Abusive” Writers Guild Litigation

    ICM Partners moved Friday to dismiss the Writers Guild of America suit filed against it and three other agencies, asserting that the guild and individual plaintiffs are “abusing the court system, brazenly asking this Court to declare packaging illegal” despite the guild having permitted the practice under a now-terminated agreement with the Association of Talent Agents.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/icm-moves-dismiss-brazen-abusive-wga-litigation-1225764

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 19, 2019

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  • Universal Music Says Just 22 ‘Original Masters’ Were Destroyed In the 2008 Fire — Affecting Just 5 Artists

    The claims coincide with Universal Music Group’s efforts to toss a class action lawsuit carrying damages of $100 million.

    Perhaps the 2008 Universal Studios fire was just a bunch of billowing smoke?

     

    That seems to be the position of Universal Music Group, which is now claiming that just 22 master recordings perished in the famous fire — at least according to their latest tally.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/17/universal-music-fire-22-masters/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 17, 2019

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  • Sony Corp. Restructures Music Division

    For years, Sony/ATV has been separate from Sony Music Entertainment, with their respective leaders until now reporting to corporate management separately.

    Sony Corp. is putting both Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing under the new umbrella of Sony Music Group, which Sony Music’s CEO Rob Stringer will helm as chairman.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-corp-restructures-music-division-brings-recorded-music-sony-atv-publishing-together-1224843

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 17, 2019

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  • Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights and Radio Broadcasters Continue Their Efforts to Rip Each Others’ Heads Off

    Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) has gone on the offensive once more against the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC).

    For years, both organizations have sparred in a series of ugly legal battles.

    To make a very long story short, Azoff and GMR accuse the RMLC of paying too little in royalties. The RMLC, in turn, accuses Azoff and GMR of bullying major radio broadcasters into paying higher performance fees. Global Music Rights, argues the licensing committee, has leveraged its catalog of high-powered hits to force the higher radio rates.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/16/irving-azoff-gmr-v-rmlc/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 16, 2019

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  • The New Copyright Directive: Fair remuneration in exploitation contracts of authors and performers – Part 1, Articles 18 and 19

    Chapter 3 of Title IV of the Directive encompasses a set of six articles specifically directed at authors and performers (henceforth ‘creators’). For many industry stakeholders, this set of articles goes hand in hand with the controversial article 17 (most recently discussed on the blog herehere and here). In conversation with Crispin Hunt, Chair of BASCA and elected Director at both PRS and PPL, he argued that it needed to be established that services offering music have to pay their licenses, but that ‘it doesn’t make any sense to grow the pie if we don’t share it better’. Hunt also thought that it was brave of the commission to decide to regulate contractual terms, considering the Commission’s otherwise neoliberal inclinations and penchant for the principle of freedom of contract (see related article by the author here). Importantly, Chapter 3 recognises that contracts are rarely signed between individuals with level bargaining power and that measures to stop the stronger side from taking advantage of this situation are necessary for the development of a healthy creative ecosystem.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/07/15/the-new-copyright-directive-fair-remuneration-in-exploitation-contracts-of-authors-and-performers-part-1-articles-18-and-19/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: July 15, 2019

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  • ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Turmoil: Inside Andrea Arnold’s Loss of Creative Control

    Right from the first episode something has felt slightly disjointed about the second season of “Big Little Lies.” When the show isn’t in the flow of its recognizable style, there is a strange editorial tension – scenes are choppy, lacking any sense of internal rhythm. As it turns out, that friction was the product of a behind-the-scenes struggle that grew out of an attempt to remove the style of its director in post-production.

    Read more: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/big-little-lies-season-2-andrea-arnold-lost-creative-control-jean-marc-vallee-1202156884/

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    SOURCE: IndieWire

    Date: July 12, 2019

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  • If One Thing In Hollywood Could Change, What Should It Be?

    If you could change one thing in Hollywood, what would it be?

    I put that question to several dozen industry members last week and got some surprising answers. In an era of transformation, I’d expected most people to focus on the big stuff: diversity, gender, streaming, the agencies’ packaging fees. I was wrong. By far the majority of respondents complained about …

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/one-thing-hollywood-could-change-what-should-it-be-1223020

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 12, 2019

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  • Hollywood Docket: Music Industry Antitrust; Video Game Humvees; Paul Haggis DNA

    Global Music Rights LLC, the performance rights collective founded by Irving Azoff, is asking a California federal court to dismiss “monopolization” claims raised by the Radio Music License Committee, which represents some 10,000 radio stations throughout the nation.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-docket-music-industry-antitrust-video-game-humvees-paul-haggis-dna-1224008

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 12, 2019

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  • SAG-AFTRA Party Unveils Board Candidates

    The SAG-AFTRA party headed by incumbent union president Gabrielle Carteris, known as Unite for Strength in Los Angeles and regionally and as USAN in New York, on Friday announced its candidates for the union’s boards. As previously reported, the ticket is headed by Carteris’ re-election campaign and Camryn Manheim’s bid for national secretary-treasurer.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-party-unveils-board-candidates-1224161

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 12, 2019

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  • Head of French National Cinema Center Resigns Over Government Reforms

    In a move that has sent shockwaves through the French film industry, Fréderique Bredin, long-running head of the powerful French National Cinema Centre (CNC) has abruptly resigned from her post, amid government attempts to overhaul the film financing body.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/head-french-national-cinema-center-resigns-government-reforms-1223860

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 11, 2019

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  • Streaming Now Accounts for 66% of Germany’s Total Recorded Music Revenue

    Last year, despite the growth of music streaming in the country, German’s music industry remained stagnant – at best.

    German music association Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) revealed that the country had recorded 79.5 billion streams. Music streaming had grown by 40%.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/11/germany-music-streaming-bvmi/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 11, 2019

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  • Major Labels Take a 70% Cut on YouTube Premium Royalties — Is That Killing Smaller Creators?

    Whose fault is it when an up-and-coming content creator collective shuts down? The company itself or the music industry at large?

    According to the Internet Creators Guild (ICG), the music industry. Notably, major labels and advertising agencies.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/11/icg-youtube-shut-down/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 11, 2019

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  • Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sues Iconix Brand Group Over Massive Accounting Fraud

    Roc Nation, LLC, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z in 2008, is suing Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

    Jay-Z alleges that Iconix exaggerated its profits and cooked its books in order to sign deals with Roc Nation and other companies, including Ed Hardy.  Moreover, it’s alleged that in doing so, Iconix stole funds from — and compromised the images of — the indicated brands.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/09/jay-z-roc-nation-iconix-lawsuit/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 9, 2019

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  • In a Closely Watched $6.2 Million Lawsuit, The BBC Accuses Sony of Failing to Protect a Warehouse Burned In the London Riots

    Filed in the Technology and Construction Court (QBD) of the High Court of England and Wales, the BBC blames Sony of properly failing to protect a warehouse.  The burned down storage unit contained the inventories of over 150 independent labels.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/09/bbc-v-sony-warehouse-fire/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 9, 2019

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  • Beyond Streaming: The Future of Music Monetization in the Digital Age

    If you’ve ever fought your way through a mosh pit to the front rows of a concert, bought album merchandise at a tour stop, or followed your music idols on social media, then you already understand one fundamental aspect of the music business: the close encounters and experiences with your favorite artists matter.

    Read more: https://medium.com/@tylerjordan_70323/beyond-streaming-the-future-of-music-monetization-in-the-digital-age-719c43e93721

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    SOURCE: Medium

    Date: July 9, 2019

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  • Press Release: Songwriters Guild of America Lauds US Copyright Office’s Announcement of Strict Oversight Approach to the MMA Music Licensing Collective

    July 8, 2019, New York City–The Songwriters Guild of America, Inc. (SGA), the nation’s largest and longest established advocacy organization run solely by and for music creators, has announced its support for the strict oversight approach adopted by the US Copyright Office this week in naming the consortium led by the major, multi-national music publishers as the official Music Licensing Collective (MLC) under the Music Modernization Act. The Copyright Office made clear, as requested by SGA in recently filed comments, that it intends to take an active role in reviewing the activities of the MLC in light of the potential conflicts of interest inherent within a board of directors that will include major music publisher representatives.

    Read more: https://artistrightswatch.com/2019/07/08/press-release-songwriters-guild-of-america-lauds-us-copyright-offices-announcement-of-strict-oversight-approach-to-the-mma-music-licensing-collective/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: July 8, 2019

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  • How technology is changing the craft of screenwriting

    We all love hearing a good story. But knowing how to tell a good story is another matter entirely.

    That’s one of the reasons that good screenwriters are in such high demand from an increasing number of TV services. In an industry where so much is changing, audience appetite for a decent drama is one of the few things that has remained consistent.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48880126

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: July 7, 2019

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  • Copyright Office Issues Final Rule Designating Mechanical Licensing Collective and Digital Licensee Coordinator Under the Music Modernization Act

    The U.S. Copyright Office has designated entities to serve as the mechanical licensing collective (MLC) and the digital licensee coordinator (DLC) under the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA).

    Read more: https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2019/773.html

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    SOURCE: Copyright.gov

    Date: July 5, 2019

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  • Press release: Collective Management Organisations put the Copyright Directive’s words into action

    The new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was published on 17 May 2019 and Member States have to implement it by 7 June 2021. It establishes a principle of proportionate remuneration so that audiovisual authors can share in the economic success of their works (Art 18), sets out provisions strengthening authors’ bargaining power and fair treatment (Art 19-22) and creates obligations on content-sharing platforms. By creating a level playing field for all parties in the cultural and creative sectors, the Directive will help our industries to adapt and thrive online and global environment of the 21st century.

    Read more: https://www.saa-authors.eu/en/news/598-press-release-collective-management-organisations-put-the-copyright-directive-s-words-into-action#.XR9SHIp4XCQ

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    SOURCE: SAA

    Date: July 4, 2019

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  • WGA West President David A. Goodman Says He’s “Surprised” More Agencies Haven’t Broken Ranks

    Nearly three months into the WGA’s standoff with Hollywood’s talent agents, WGA West president David A. Goodman says he’s “surprised” that more midsize and smaller agencies haven’t broken ranks with the Association of Talent Agents and signed the WGA’s new Code of Conduct. From the beginning, the guild has said that it intended to “divide and conquer” the agencies, but so far it has seen only limited success.

    Read more: https://deadline.com/2019/07/wga-west-president-surprised-more-agencies-havent-sign-code-of-conduct-1202642028/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: July 3, 2019

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  • APRA AMCOS and PPCA Set Up “Easy” Public Performance Licensing System — Just Don’t Read the Fine Print on “Scalable” Fees

    Does APRA AMCOS’ new ‘simple licensing system’ merely fix a problem the Australian music industry itself created?

    Australian music rights organizations APRA AMCOS and PPCA have unveiled a new single public performance licensing system.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/03/apra-amcos-onemusic-australia/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 3, 2019

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  • Thanks to Led Zeppelin, a Federal Judge Puts Ed Sheeran’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ Lawsuit on Hold — Possibly Until 2020

    Three years ago, music publisher HaloSongs filed a $20 million lawsuit against Sheeran on behalf of songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard. Both alleged that Sheeran’s song, ‘Photograph,’ infringed on the 2009 song, ‘Amazing.’ Sheeran ultimately settled the lawsuit out of court, adding both writers to the song’s credits.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/03/ed-sheeran-marvin-gaye-delay/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 3, 2019

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  • Writer Residuals Rise in New Media While Film Earnings Slow, Guild Finds

    Amid a war with major talent agencies that could reshape Hollywood dealmaking, the Writers Guild of America West disclosed its finances on Wednesday, showing that its members were seeing increased residuals from new media reuse (from content on Netflix and Hulu) while screenwriter earnings remained flat. Total writer earnings rose to $1.563 billion in 2018, a 4.2 percent gain from the year before.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writer-residuals-rise-new-media-film-slows-guild-finds-1222534

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 3, 2019

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  • Writers Guild Rejects Abrams Artists Agency Offer to Drop Packaging Fees

    The Writers Guild of America on Tuesday rejected an offer by Abrams Artists Agency to abide by key WGA terms, rebuffing the mid-tier agency’s attempt to break the stalemate that has paralyzed the representation business for almost three months and forced Abrams and its peers to stand by as the union battles the top agencies.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-rejects-abrams-artists-agency-offer-drop-packaging-fees-1222425

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 2, 2019

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  • Tidal Rolls Out Detailed Credits to Highlight Producers, Songwriters, Sound Engineers, and Musicians

    TIDAL has launched a new interactive credit page to highlight various non-performing roles.

    Songwriters, producers, sound engineers, and session musicians can now be credited for their work. That’s another step beyond the typical ‘artist, song, album’ credit, which has dominated most platforms since iTunes (and earlier, Napster and its P2P ilk).

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/02/tidal-detailed-credits-rollout/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 2, 2019

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  • “She Has No Legal Recourse”: Why Taylor Swift Won’t Sue Scooter Braun to Get Her Masters

    As the music industry takes sides in the public war between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun after he bought her former label and acquired her catalog, legal experts are in agreement: The artist likely doesn’t have grounds for a lawsuit.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/why-taylor-swift-wont-sue-scooter-braun-get-her-masters-1222082

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 2, 2019

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  • What to Expect From Scooter Braun’s Purchase of Big Machine Label Group

    As Big Machine Label Group begins its next chapter as part of Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, leading Nashville music executives expect it to be business as usual at the record and publishing company founded by Scott Borchetta in 2005. At least for now.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scooter-brauns-purchase-big-machine-label-group-explained-1222209

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 2, 2019

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  • Netflix U.K. Executives Talk Regulation, European Content Quota, Commitment to Britain

    Netflix is committed to featuring British creative voices, will continue to make co-productions with local partners and feels it can self-regulate, top U.K. executives of the streaming giant told the U.K. parliament’s House of Lords Communications Committee on Tuesday.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-uk-executives-talk-regulation-european-content-quota-1222197

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 2, 2019

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  • CAA Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against WGA, Becoming Latest Agency To Sue

    CAA has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the WGA, claiming that the guild has engaged in an “unlawful group boycott.” The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, is similar to lawsuits brought recently against the guild by WME and UTA.

    Read more: https://deadline.com/2019/07/caa-sues-writers-guild-group-boycott-hollywood-wga-agencies-1202640486/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: July 1, 2019

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  • Halsey Steps In to Defend Taylor Swift — “She Deserves to Own the Painstaking Labor of Her Heart”

    After the surprise announcement that Big Machine was sold for $300 million to Scooter Braun, Taylor Swift went nuclear.
    The singer released a statement via Tumblr condemning the sale while assassinating the characters of Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta and Braun.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/01/artists-rally-around-taylor-swift/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 1, 2019

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  • Abrams Artists Agency Breaks Ranks, Offers to Drop Packaging Fees (Exclusive)

    Abrams Artists, a 65-agent talent agency, issued a public offer Monday to abide by key Writers Guild of America terms, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the firm will agree not to seek or accept packaging fees and not to engage in affiliate production if the guild will permit its members to once again be represented by Abrams.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/abrams-artists-agency-breaks-ranks-offers-drop-packaging-fees-1222186

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 1, 2019

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  • Sky Ferreira Says Music Industry Is Full of ‘Bullies & Morons’ After Taylor Swift Catalog Sale

    After Taylor Swift‘s scathing response to the Big Machine-Ithaca Holdings deal, Sky Ferreira took to her Instagram story on Sunday night to re-gram Taylor’s statement and share her own experiences with toxicity in the music industry.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8518229/sky-ferreira-responds-taylor-swift-catalog-sale

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: July 1, 2019

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  • SPOTIFY DECIDES IT DOESN’T WANT TO BE A DISTRIBUTOR AFTER ALL

    Spotify got the music business chattering last year when it announced that it was enabling artists to upload their music direct to the platform.

    This feature, initially made available to a few hundred acts via the Spotify for Artists dashboard, launched in Beta in September 2018. A month later, Spotify doubled down, revealing that it had acquired a stake in Distrokid, with a plan to allow artists to not only directly upload to Spotify via the platform, but an array of rival services like Apple Music and TIDAL, too.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/spotify-decides-it-doesnt-want-to-be-a-distributor-after-all/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: July 1, 2019

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  • Spotify Abruptly Shuts Down Its Direct Upload & Distribution Plans — Artists Have 30 Days to Transition

    Spotify’s ambitious expansion into artist distribution is now being abruptly shut down.

    According to an email sent to artists participating in its beta-stage launch, the program is now being transitioned to other distributors.  Accordingly, participating artists have less than 30 days to transition their content to another distributor, or lose their Spotify placements and accompanying play counts, playlist positions, and metadata.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/07/01/spotify-direct-upload-shutdown/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 1, 2019

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  • Why You Should Care About the Fire That Destroyed Thousands of Master Recordings

    Earlier this month, the New York Times Magazine published an exhaustive investigation into the 2008 fire that destroyed thousands of Universal Music Group’s master recordings, a trove of irreplaceable, priceless originals made over the span of nearly a century. The blaze at Universal Studios Hollywood completely ravaged “nearly all” of the masters in UMG’s foremost vault, where the world’s largest record company kept its “most prized” material, according to the Times.

    Read more: https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/neamxm/what-is-a-master-recording-why-are-masters-important-universal-music-group-fire-umg?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190629.home

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    SOURCE: Vice

    Date: June 28, 2019

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