Self Published Songwriters: Claim your Rhapsody class action settlement money!

Just another quick reminder.  The Rhapsody(now rebranded Napster) class-action settlement claim portal is open.  Songwriters that registered their works with the copyright office and had their work streamed at least once on the service (during the covered period) will receive $35* per work (pro-rated by ownership share).  This is many multiples of what the Spotify class action pays out per work.

Read more: https://thetrichordist.com/2019/10/30/self-published-songwriters-claim-your-rhapsody-class-action-settlement-money/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: October 30, 2019

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  • Where the Writers Guild Stands in Its Legal War With Agencies

    Litigation between the Writers Guild of America and the major talent agencies, which the WGA kicked off April 17 with a California state filing, has been a slow slog that may gain momentum in the wake of the union’s Oct. 18 refiling of its claims in federal court.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/writers-guild-stands-legal-war-agencies-1250106

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 30, 2019

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  • Prominent YouTube creator Lindsay Ellis is challenging the platform over the way it handles copyright claims

    The latest public fight between a YouTube creator, a media giant, and the platform itself shows how complicated the creator business has become in 2019.

    Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/youtuber-lindsay-ellis-fights-platform-universal-over-copyright-claim-2019-10?amp%3Butm_medium=referral&r=US&IR=T

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    SOURCE: Business Insider

    Date: October 29, 2019

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  • The NMPA Fires Back Against Peloton — Declares Publishers are ‘Shielded from Antitrust Liability’

    Music publishers have fired the latest shots in their continuing legal battle with exercise company Peloton.

    The publishers, as corralled by the NMPA, submitted a filing that counters Peloton’s claims of collusion and anti-competitive behavior.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/29/peloton-music-publishers-collusion/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 29, 2019

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  • Spotify’s CEO Once Called the Black Keys to Explain Why Their Royalties Were So Bad

    The Black Keys aren’t the only band feeling stiffed by streaming platforms like Spotify. But given the group’s level of popularity and profile, their complaints got a lot more attention.

    Back in 2012, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney decided he’d had enough with Spotify’s abysmally-low royalty payouts. He took aim at Sean Parker, a Spotify board member who also happened to be a Napster cofounder. At SXSW, Parker claimed that Spotify would easily earn an artist more money than iTunes, a statement that prompted Carney to attack.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/29/black-keys-spotify-ceo-call/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 29, 2019

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  • Copyright Suit Targeting Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” Revived by Appeals Court

    Does Taylor Swift believe there are haters at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals? Because on Monday, in a bit of a surprise, the federal appellate court revived a copyright lawsuit brought by two songwriters over Swift’s mega-hit “Shake It Off.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/copyright-suit-targeting-taylor-swifts-shake-it-revived-by-appeals-court-1250545

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 28, 2019

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  • Freelancers fear California’s new gig worker law will wipe them out

    John Conroy’s first glimmer of California’s new approach to freelance journalists came last fall, when an editor at a travel publication that provided a large share of his income abruptly informed him that its parent company would cease using California-based freelancers.

    Read more: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-10-25/hiltzik-freelance-writers-gig-worker-law?utm_source=Essential%20California

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    SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

    Date: October 25, 2019

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  • Universal Music Central Europe Chief Talks Copyright Directive With European Parliament President

    STRASBOURG — Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon, met this week with European Parliament president David Sassoli to discuss the copyright directive enacted by the European Union in June.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8540568/frank-briegmann-david-sassoli-copyright-directive

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: October 25, 2019

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  • Mechanical Licensing Collective Board Members Outline Challenges, Next Steps

    With the Jan. 1, 2021 deadline for building and launching the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) fast approaching, MLC board chairman Alisa Coleman and non-voting board member Danielle Aguirre laid out where things stand now and the big obstacles before the board during an event for the Association of Independent Music Publishers New York Chapter in New York City on Monday (Oct. 21).

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8540659

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: October 25, 2019

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  • Copyright buyouts to unite the world’s music creators at CIAM General Assembly in Budapest

    24 October 2019 – The rise of video-on-demand services offering films and TV series around the globe has led to the growing practice of 100% buyouts, where music creators sell their rights to a piece of music in exchange for a lump sum from audiovisual content-producing VOD platforms.

    Read more: http://www.ciamcreators.org/copyright-buyouts-to-unite-the-worlds-music-creators-at-ciam-general-assembly-in-budapest/

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    SOURCE: CIAM

    Date: October 24, 2019

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  • PPL to lead on new record industry joined-up data initiative

    Global record industry trade groups IFPI and WIN yesterday announced a new initiative designed to simplify the way record labels and music distributors provide key data about the recordings they own and represent to their collecting societies. The UK record industry’s society, PPL, will lead on the initiative.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/ppl-to-lead-on-new-record-industry-joined-up-data-initiative/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 23, 2019

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  • IFPI AND WIN REVEAL CROSS-INDUSTRY COLLABORATION ON CENTRALIZED RECORDING INDUSTRY DATA EXCHANGE SERVICE

    IFPI, the global trade body for the recorded music industry and The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) have announced a cross-industry collaboration to create the Repertoire Data Exchange (RDx), a centralized industry data exchange service.

    RDx will enable record companies and music licensing companies (MLCs), which collectively manage recording rights, to submit and access authoritative recording data via a single point.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/ifpi-and-win-reveal-cross-industry-collaboration-on-centralized-recording-industry-data-exchange-service/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: October 22, 2019

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  • THE EPIC STORY OF A GRAMMY WINNER, $204,613 – AND A LEGAL BATTLE WITH RAMIFICATIONS FOR SONGWRITERS EVERYWHERE

    We’ll level with you: industry disputes over the US Consent Decrees – the near 80-year-old set of laws that prescribe how ASCAP and BMI must run their organizations – don’t always make for the most thrilling stories.

    But today, we are thankful for them. Because MBW has been digging around in the mountain of legal filings connected to the Department of Justice’s latest review of the Consent Decrees, and discovered something worthy of the attention, and debating faculties, of the worldwide songwriting and publishing community.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/the-epic-story-of-a-grammy-winner-204613-and-a-battle-that-has-ramifications-for-all-songwriters-in-the-united-states/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: October 21, 2019

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  • PPL to lead on new record industry joined-up data initiative

    Global record industry trade groups IFPI and WIN yesterday announced a new initiative designed to simplify the way record labels and music distributors provide key data about the recordings they own and represent to their collecting societies. The UK record industry’s society, PPL, will lead on the initiative.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/ppl-to-lead-on-new-record-industry-joined-up-data-initiative/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 23, 2019

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  • FERA at MIA Copyright roundtable in Rome

    The 5th edition of the International Audiovisual Market, MIA, took place in Rome on October 16-20, 2019. MIA covers all the segments of the audiovisual industry gathering more than 1500 professionals and policymakers from 58 countries, and provides a platform to discuss key topics in a constantly changing audiovisual market.

    Read more: http://www.filmdirectors.eu/report-fera-at-mia-copyright-roundtable-in-rome/

     

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    SOURCE: FERA

    Date: October 19, 2019

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  • MUSIC ON FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM LAUNCHED IN 7 NEW EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

    Starting today (October 17) music on Facebook and Instagram will be available in seven new European countries – the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Romania and Slovakia.

    Music is now available on Facebook-owned products in over 30 countries across EMEA.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/music-on-facebook-instagram-launched-in-7-new-european-countries/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: October 17, 2019

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  • Trump Administration Staying Out of Challenge to Music Licensing Law for Now

    The United States Department of Justice has filed court papers acknowledging that Eminem publisher Eight Mile Style is challenging the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act in a big copyright lawsuit against Spotify. However, citing the early posture of the case, the Trump Administration told a Tennessee federal court Wednesday night that it won’t yet intervene to directly defend the music licensing law.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/trump-administration-staying-challenge-music-licensing-law-now-1248440

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 17, 2019

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  • Appeals Court Gives Pandora New Hope for Escaping Class Action Over Pre-1972 Recordings

    On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals directed a lower federal court to reconsider Pandora’s bid to escape a class action lawsuit over the music service’s streaming of pre-1972 sound recordings. The move is largely attributable to Congress’ recent enactment of the Music Modernization Act, which for the first time, made these earlier works eligible for digital performance royalties.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-gives-pandora-new-hope-escaping-class-action-pre-1972-recordings-1248555

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 17, 2019

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  • As Music Publishers Rattle TikTok’s Cage, Insiders Say NMPA Can’t Afford Another Peloton

    As litigation against Peloton lumbers on, insiders say the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is overextending its budget.

    Earlier this week, the NMPA’s hard-fighting CEO, David Israelite, seized on a new enemy: TikTok. In a letter sent to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Israelite lambasted the ultra-popular app, pointing to egregious copyright violations that need to be addressed.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/17/music-publishers-nmpa-tiktok/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 17, 2019

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  • Artist Activist David Lowery Quits the Mechanical Licensing Collective After Just 4 Months

    David Lowery, a longtime champion for artists and outspoken critic of major streaming platforms, has abruptly departed the Mechanical Licensing Collective’s Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee.

     

    The news comes as the paint is still drying on the Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC, which was created following the passage of the Music Modernization Act into law last year. The Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee of the MLC is focused on matching and paying unclaimed mechanical royalties from streaming services in the U.S., an amount that has been estimated to be as high as $1.5 billion.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/16/david-lowery-quits-mechanical-licensing-collective/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 16, 2019

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  • “Everybody Is Freaking Out”: Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law

    A new bill that caps freelance submissions may make writing financially unsustainable for many workers even though the legislator behind the law insists that the goal is “to create new good jobs and a livable, sustainable wage job.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/everybody-is-freaking-freelance-writers-scramble-make-sense-new-california-law-1248195

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 17, 2019

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  • Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music Finalize Music Video Agreement With SAG-AFTRA

    The signatories include Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and their various subsidiaries.  The new SAG-AFTRA agreement goes into effect retroactively from May 1st of this year and lasts until April 30th, 2022.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/16/sag-aftra-music-video-agreement/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 16, 2019

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  • Digital Services Question Mechanical Licensing Collective Costs as Funding Remains Up in the Air

    Even though the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has proposed a $29 million annual budget, which is in line with the $30 million that the U.S. Congressional Budget Office projected as part of the process to get the Music Modernization Act (MMA) passed, the digital services which must fund it are dragging their feet on approving that budget, according to sources familiar with the negotiating process.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8532949/digital-services-mechanical-licensing-collective-funding

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: October 14, 2019

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  • Musicians Can Launch Their Own Paid Streaming Service with Waterfall

    Legendary progressive musician Neal Morse joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to talk about Waterfall Streaming. Waterfall is a new platform that allows musicians to create their own subscription streaming service.

    Read more: https://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2019/10/musicians-can-launch-their-own-paid-streaming-service-with-waterfall.html

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    SOURCE: Hypebot.com

    Date: October 14, 2019

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  • APRA’s Dean Ormston talks record year, ‘Netflix effect’ and international revenue

    The numbers are in. And they’re up, right across the board.

    APRA AMCOS today reports all-time high $471.8 million revenue for its 2018-19 financial year, up 12.3%, thanks in part to surging royalties generating by streaming platforms and concerts.

    Read more: https://theindustryobserver.thebrag.com/apra-dean-ormston-record-year-year-in-review/

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    SOURCE: The Industry Observer

    Date: October 11, 2019

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  • Google-Funded Groups Determined to Sink the CASE Act

    A recent anti-CASE Act post by Daniel Takash of the Niskanen Center once again demonstrates why the tentacles of Google-funded “think tanks,” are the informational equivalent of “tobacco industry biologist” or “oil industry climatologist.”  Not only does Takash lead with the unfounded prediction that CASE provides a rich framework for copyright trolls, his post comprises a handful of talking points that are clear misstatements of fact.  Here are my faves…

    Read more: https://illusionofmore.com/google-funded-groups-determined-to-sink-the-case-act/

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    SOURCE: The Illusion of More

    Date: October 9, 2019

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  • ACU Leads Coalition Letter in Support of the CASE Act

    Dear Leader McCarthy and Members of the Republican Caucus:

    On behalf of the undersigned organizations and individuals and the millions of Americans we represent, we write to express our strong support for immediate passage of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, H.R. 2426.

    Read more: https://www.conservative.org/article/acu-leads-coalition-letter-in-support-of-the-case-act

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    SOURCE: ACU

    Date: October 9, 2019

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  • Apple plotting Music and TV+ bundle, but how will that affect music’s average revenue per user?

    Apple is in talks with the labels about bundling Apple Music in with its soon to launch Apple TV+ video-on-demand service. It’s a move that could introduce subscription music streaming to a whole new audience but – according to the FT – some at the labels are concerned that it could also cut the amount of money coming into the music industry on a per subscriber basis.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/apple-plotting-music-and-tv-bundle-but-how-will-that-affect-musics-average-revenue-per-user/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 8, 2019

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  • How music publishers can prepare for Mechanical Licensing Collective Database | Opinion

    Now that the U.S. Copyright Office has designated the NMPA, NSAI, and SONA-backed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) to begin implementation of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the time has come for the music publishing industry to get its act together regarding data.

    Read more: https://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2019/10/07/how-music-publishers-can-improve-their-data-hygiene/3896091002/

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    SOURCE: Tenessean

    Date: October 7, 2019

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  • When Do I Get My Performing Rights Royalties?

    Few sources of songwriter income are as consistent and dependable as public performance royalties. These are royalties that songwriters earn any time their songs are played in public, such as performed live at a concert, aired on TV/radio, and even streamed on services like Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music.

    Read more: https://flypaper.soundfly.com/hustle/when-do-i-get-my-performing-rights-royalties/

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    SOURCE: Soundfly

    Date: October 7, 2019

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  • After Wrecking Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Book Signing, Musicians Double Down on Streaming Payment Demands

    Musicians continue to fight Disney and other major media companies for increased streaming royalties.

    After following through with their plan to conduct a loud and conspicuous protest outside of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s October 1st book signing, musicians are doubling down and demanding that Disney pay more for the rights to their work.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/07/disney-musicians-streaming/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 7, 2019

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  • coming soon: updates to soundexchange direct increase control, transparency

    This November, SoundExchange will release a host of new features to enhance the “My Catalog” section of SoundExchange Direct (SXDirect).  This marks the most significant update to our client portal since it was introduced in 2014. These features will further empower music creators and their authorized representatives by providing artists and sound recording copyright owners (SRCO) with enhanced ability to manage their existing repertoire and to make new claims on recordings in our databases.

    Read more: https://www.soundexchange.com/2019/10/07/coming-soon-updates-to-soundexchange-direct-increase-control-transparency/

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    SOURCE: Sound Exchange

    Date: October 7, 2019

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  • Hundreds of Musical Artists and Film Directors Announce Defection From SGAE: Reports

    MADRID — Joaquin Sabina, Pablo Alborán, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Love of Lesbian and Joan Manuel Serrat are among hundreds of musical artists who have reportedly notified Spain’s embattled Spanish rights society SGAE that they will no longer entrust their royalties management to the entity beginning in January 2020.

    Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/hundreds-of-musical-artists-and-film-directors-announce-defection-from-sgae-reports/ar-AAIeWVu

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    SOURCE: MSN

    Date: October 4, 2019

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  • SAG-AFTRA Commends California Gov. Newsom for Signing ‘Deepfakes’ Bill

    SAG-AFTRA commends California Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing California Assembly Bill 602, which provides meaningful recourse for victims — many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members — of nonconsensual digital sexually explicit videos, also known as “deepfakes.”

    Read more: https://www.sagaftra.org/sag-aftra-commends-california-gov-newsom-signing-%E2%80%98deepfakes%E2%80%99-bill

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    SOURCE: Sag Aftra

    Date: October 3, 2019

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  • Cincinnati Symphony Violinist Stops Her Performance to Ask an Audience Member to Stop Recording

    A classical music concert this week in Cincinnati featuring world-renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter came to a sudden stop for a most unusual reason: a woman sitting in the front row was recording her with her phone and refused to stop.

    Reportedly, the audience member was only a few steps from Mutter as she performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto and was literally in her face. This caused Mutter to stop playing — along with the entire Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra — at which time she asked the woman to stop recording her.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/02/cincinnati-symphony-violinist-stops-performance/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 2, 2019

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  • Newly-Formed Mechanical Licensing Collective Issues Legal Threats Against AMLC Cofounder

    The major publisher-backed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) isn’t amused by AMLC co-founder Jeff Price’s latest emails.

    America’s newest federal agency is getting off to a rocky start. After demanding $66.25 million in startup costs — just to get through the first year of operation — and losing two of its members, the newly-formed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is now pointing its guns at AMLC co-founder Jeff Price.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/02/mechanical-licensing-collective-mlc-amlc-letter/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 2, 2019

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  • Musicians Say Disney Is Cheating Them on Streaming — Plan Major Disruption of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Book Signing

    Angry musicians are promising to make Disney CEO Bob Iger’s book signing a cacophonous affair.

    For those planning to meet Disney CEO Bob Iger at his book signing this evening (October 1st) in Glendale, CA, here’s a pro tip: bring some earplugs. Ahead of the otherwise subdued event — which will include a chat by Iger followed by actual book signings — a band of musicians is promising to create some ear-splitting disruption.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/01/musicians-disney-cheating/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 1, 2019

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  • Travis Scott Quietly Settles a $20 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Brought by Three Six Mafia

    Rappers Travis Scott and DJ Paul settled a $20 million lawsuit filed by Paul, who insisted that Scott’s “No Bystanders” song was similar to “Tear Da Club Up,” which he recorded back in 1997 as a member of Three 6 Mafia.
    The terms of the settlement were not shared with Digital Music News, but in addition to substantial financial compensation, DJ Paul and the other 3 members of Three 6 Mafia — Crunchy Black, Juicy J, and Gangsta Boo — will all receive writing credits for “No Bystanders.”

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/01/travis-scott-three-six-mafia/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 1, 2019

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  • IFPI announces support for Global Goal Live Campaign

    IFPI has announced its support for the ‘Global Goal Live’ campaign launched today by Global Citizen. The worldwide campaign aims to secure funding for the UN’s sustainable development goals in order to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change. Global Goal Live will work to activate citizens, governments and businesses in the build up to a global event taking place on 26th September 2020.

    Read more: https://www.ifpi.org/news/IFPI-supports-global-goal-live

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    SOURCE: IFPI

    Date: September 27, 2019

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  • Stan Lee’s Daughter Sues to Reclaim His Intellectual Property

    Stan Lee’s daughter J.C. is picking up an intellectual property battle started near the end of her father’s life, while broadening its horizons to examine nearly two decades of dealmaking for the comic book legend. On Thursday, as the trustee for the Lee Family Survivor’s Trust, she filed suit in California federal court against POW! Entertainment.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/stan-lees-daughter-sues-reclaim-his-intellectual-property-1243840

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: September 27, 2019

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