SAG-AFTRA’s 2020 Policy Agenda: Trump Taxes, Deepfakes and More

Just before Thanksgiving, a SAG-AFTRA envoy left Hollywood for Capitol Hill. The objective: drum up interest about the Performing Artist Tax Parity Act of 2019.

The bill, which was introduced in June by Rep. Judy Chu (D), aims to curb the impact of 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on entertainers. It would allow single performers making up to $100,000 a year (or $200,000 for those filing jointly) to deduct expenses like agent commissions and headshots without filing through a loan-out company — the cap for the so-called Qualified Performing Artist deduction is currently $16,000 and was set in 1986.

Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftras-2020-policy-agenda-trump-taxes-deepfakes-more-1263878

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 27, 2019

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  • Press Release: Songwriters Guild Of America Files Reply Comments With Us Copyright Office Again Urging Stringent Oversight Of Music Licensing Collective

    New York, December 20, 2019–  The Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), the longest established and largest music creator advocacy and copyright administrative organization in the United States run solely by and for songwriters, composers and their heirs, has submitted a series of comments and requests to the US Copyright Office regarding oversight of the newly-formed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).  Its comments were filed on December 20, 2019 at the invitation of the Register of Copyrights, pursuant to the duties assigned to the Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office under the Music Modernization Act of 2018 (MMA).  SGA’s comment is here.

    Read more: https://artistrightswatch.com/2019/12/26/press-release-songwriters-guild-of-america-files-reply-comments-with-us-copyright-office-again-urging-stringent-oversight-of-music-licensing-collective/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: December 26, 2019

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  • Spinnin’ Records Wins Appeal in Lawsuit with Martin Garrix

    In the Netherlands, a Dutch appeals court has ruled against DJ Martin Garrix in an appeal filed by his former label Spinnin’ Records and MusicAllStars Management.

    In August of 2015, Garrix announced that he was leaving both companies. Soon afterward, he filed a lawsuit against them, alleging that the two had coerced both him and his father into signing a contract that he believed was not in his best interests.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/24/spinnin-records-win-appeal-martin-garrix/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 24, 2019

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  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ Pay to Rise to $34.7M in 2020

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is in line for $34 million in stock options in 2020 on top of his annual salary of $650,000, the streaming giant disclosed in a regulatory filing made available on Monday.

    A year earlier, Hastings’ compensation package totaled up to $31.5 million, and a year before that it was $29.4 million.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-ceo-reed-hastings-pay-rise-347m-2020-1264872

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 23, 2019

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  • SAG-AFTRA Expands Fremantle Investigation After Gabrielle Union Meeting, Orlando Jones Claims

    The actors’ union said earlier this month that it was looking into the former reality show judge’s controversial exit.

    SAG-AFTRA is expanding its investigation into Fremantle Media after meeting with Gabrielle Union and following Orlando Jones’ claim that he was fired from American Gods.

     

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-expands-fremantle-investigation-orlando-jones-claims-1264398

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 20, 2019

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  • How Unionizing Script Coordinators and Writers Assistants Foreshadowed #PayUpHollywood

    Last January’s general executive board meeting of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the union representing many of Hollywood’s craftspeople and technicians, had all the trappings of an archetypal business conference: a fluorescent-lit hotel ballroom, reports on the union’s philanthropic efforts and latest business successes, an address by a politician showing his support (Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who thanked IATSE for its work on behalf of movies and the middle class).

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-unionizing-script-coordinators-writers-assistants-foreshadowed-payuphollywood-1263014

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 20, 2019

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  • ASCAP Statement on Reports of Discovery Networks New Policy Toward Composers

    Back end royalties for composers who write for TV, cable and streaming shows are critical to their being able to sustain a livelihood. ASCAP is very alarmed by the reports of Discovery Networks new policy toward composers which would have a devastating impact on their royalty streams and make it near impossible for them to make a living from their creative work. Composers should have agency and choice when it comes to licensing the music they create, but an ultimatum is not a choice. Composers are an important part of the creative teams that make a show successful and it is disappointing that Discovery would not recognize the true value their work brings to their shows.

    Read more: https://www.ascap.com/news-events/articles/2019/12/discovery-response

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    SOURCE: Ascap

    Date: December 19, 2019

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  • Meet the Single Mom Cellist Who Makes a Living Off Her Music — Our Podcast Interview

    In 2015, cellist Zoë Keating suffered tragedy when her husband and business partner of 17 years died. Despite the loss, there wasn’t even the thought in Keating’s mind of ending her indie music career.

    In this edition of the Digital Music News Podcast, we trace the extraordinary journey that Zoë Keating took after the loss of her husband and best friend, while detailing how independent artists like her can live off their music. In the end, Keating remained resourceful and adaptive as a single parent, while refusing to surrender her musical career.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/18/meet-zoe-keating/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 18, 2019

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  • Sylvester Stallone sues Warner Bros. over profits from 1993 movie ‘Demolition Man‘

    He has made a fortune on films like the “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchises, and more recently on the three “The Expendables” movies. But it is a mostly forgotten action flick from the 1990s that is at the center of a new drama pitting the Oscar-nominated star against a major Hollywood studio.

     

    Read more: https://stockdailydish.com/sylvester-stallone-sues-warner-bros-over-profits-from-1993-movie-demolition-man/

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    SOURCE: Stock Daily Dish

    Date: December 19, 2019

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  • Discovery, Netflix and Epidemic Sound in the spotlight as the debate around audio-visual royalties gains momentum

    There has been lots of chatter in recent weeks about the way songwriters and composers get paid when their work is used in TV programmes, prompted – in the main – by moves at the Discovery Network to change the way it licenses music for its US telly channels. Netflix’s deals with music-makers have also been debated, while yesterday songwriter groups in Europe hit out at the innovative production music company Epidemic Sound.

     

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/discovery-netflix-and-epidemic-sound-in-the-spotlight-as-the-debate-around-audio-visual-royalties-gains-momentum/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 18, 2019

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  • HAVING TURNED OVER $27M IN 2018, EPIDEMIC SOUND IS ROASTED BY SONGWRITER GROUP FOR BUY-OUT DEALS

    Epidemic Sound is a name that will be well-known to MBW readers: the Swedish production music company is behind many of the ‘fake artists’ on Spotify whose presence tends to agitate record labels.

     

    Those ‘fake artists’ are, of course, actually composers signed to Epidemic Sound, whose work is uploaded to Spotify under pseudonymous monikers. Nothing wrong with that, and Epidemic has previously explained that these clients get handed a 50/50 split of royalty payouts from Spotify (and other streaming services) when their tracks are played on the platform.

     

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/having-turned-over-27m-in-2018-epidemic-sound-is-roasted-by-songwriter-group-for-its-buy-out-deals/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: December 18, 2019

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  • European Composer and Songwriter Alliance Strongly Condemns ‘Malpractices’ of Epidemic Sound

    The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) has issued a condemnation of music licensing platform Epidemic Sound, insisting that it shows “disrespect for fundamental authors’ economic and moral rights.”

     

    The Belgium-based ECSA, which represents more than 30,000 songwriters and composers in nearly 30 European countries, feels that Epidemic Sound is taking advantage of music creators.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/17/ecsa-condemns-epidemic-sound/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 17, 2019

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  • AMC Seeks Victory in ‘Walking Dead’ Accounting Suit

    Circle the calendar: June 1, 2020. That’s when AMC is set to square off at trial against Walking Dead co-creator Frank Darabont and Creative Artists Agency. There’s hundreds of millions of dollars on the line plus accusations of self-dealing and underhanded accounting.

     

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/amc-seeks-victory-walking-dead-accounting-suit-1263280

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 17, 2019

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  • Tom Petty Heirs Settle Their Multi-Million Dollar Legal War

    The widow of Tom Petty and his two daughters from a previous marriage have settled their long-running legal dispute over the late singer’s assets and legacy.

    The battle began in May of this year when the two daughters — Adria Petty and Annakim Violette — filed a $5 million lawsuit against Dana Petty. The two claimed that Petty’s widow was attempting to supersede the singer’s intention of giving the three “equal participation” into matters relating to Petty’s estate.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/14/tom-petty-heirs-settle-legal-war/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 14, 2019

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  • ‘Deadliest Catch’ Network To Composers: You Must Give Up Your Right To Royalties On All Past And Future Shows

    The tough life of music composers just got tougher as the Discovery network makes an unconscionable demand on them.

    Variety reports:

    “Shows on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, HGTV and Food Network may sound very different in the coming months. That’s because Discovery Networks, which owns those and other cable channels, is instituting a new pay policy that virtually assures no composer currently working on their programs will do so after Dec. 31.

     

    Read more: http://labor411.org/411-blog/deadliest-catch-network-to-composers-you-must-give-up-your-right-to-royalties-on-all-past-and-future-shows/

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    SOURCE: Labor 411

    Date: December 13, 2019

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  • CASE Act Stalled in Senate Due to Single Holdout, Says Copyright Alliance

    Sen. Ron Wyden reportedly placed a hold on the bill in early November that has prevented it from going to the floor for a vote.

    Talks to pass the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act through Senate have broken down, Copyright Alliance president Keith Kupferschmid tells Billboard.

     

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/8546320/case-act-stalled-senate-ron-wyden

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: December 13, 2019

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  • Taylor Swift blasts ‘toxic male privilege’ during Woman Of The Decade speech

    Taylor Swift was named Billboard’s woman of the decade on Thursday night – but her speech contained none of the usual award show platitudes.

     

    Instead, the star criticised “toxic male privilege” in the music industry, championed fellow female artists and escalated her feud with Scooter Braun.

     

    Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50763774

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: December 13, 2019

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  • Slash Says Streaming Is ‘Definitely Not Doing Any Favors for the Actual Artists’

    Legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash recently gave an interview in which he decried how royalty payments have gotten worse because of music streaming, echoing recent comments from cellist Zoe Keating.

    In the interview, which was transcribed by Alternative Nation, Slash — whose real name is Saul Hudson — said, “This is a longer story than we have time for, but the whole streaming thing — if you remember in the late 90s, early millennium or whenever it was, when everyone was doing the file sharing thing, the internet basically killed the music industry. So now we’ve basically come out of it with these streaming services, but they don’t pay anywhere near the royalties that buying a CD or record pays.”

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/12/slash-streaming-not-helping-artists/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 12, 2019

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  • TV and Film Composers Say Netflix, Other Streaming Services Insist on Buying Out Their Music Rights

    At the end of October, close to 90 composers and songwriters from around the world traveled to Budapest to discuss a contentious issue: streaming services’ efforts to upend how composers are compensated for their work.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8545980/tv-film-composers-say-netflix-insisting-on-music-rights-buyouts

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: December 11, 2019

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  • Why You Won’t Be Hearing Taylor Swift Songs In Movies, TV Shows, or Commercials Anytime Soon

    Taylor Swift is singlehandedly shutting down the licensing of her valuable catalog for advertisements, TV, and movies — even though that could cost her millions.

    Taylor Swift is now taking extreme measures to sabotage the recent $300 million sale of her catalog by former label Big Machine. Earlier today, the superstar revealed that she’s shutting down all synchronization licensing — which she still has veto power over.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/11/taylor-swift-movies-tv-commercials-shut-down/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 11, 2019

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  • US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Carries Copyright Implications Across Borders

    Canada and Mexico are one step closer to aligning their copyright laws with the U.S. on Tuesday (Dec. 10) after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump reached an agreement to ratify the trilateral trade deal that will extend copyright term in Canada by 20 years and contains provisions on “Safe Harbor” copyright liability exemptions. The treaty will now have to be ratified by the legislatures of both Canada and Mexico.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/amp/articles/business/legal-and-management/8545904/us-mexico-canada-trade-deal-copyright

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: December 10, 2019

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  • Major Talent Agencies Step Up Global Expansion As WGA Standoff Continues

    The television business is becoming increasingly global, fueled by the rapid expansion of the major streaming platforms. That also goes for the major Hollywood talent agencies.

     

    Reps have always looked for opportunities beyond the U.S. But now, because of the increased demand for locally produced international content, they have stepped up their efforts. Also factoring into the acceleration is the ongoing impasse (and legal battle) between the Big 4 talent agencies and the Writers Guild of America which in April ordered its members to fire their agents if they hadn’t signed the guild’s new Code of Conduct.

     

    Read more: https://deadline.com/2019/12/major-agencies-global-expansion-wga-standoff-continues-caa-wme-uta-icm-partners-1202802491/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: December 6, 2019

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  • Jason Mraz Sues Coors Light for Copyright Infringing ‘I’m Yours’

    Singer Jason Mraz is suing MillerCoors LLC because it used his Grammy-nominated hit song “I’m Yours” in a Coors Light advertisement on Instagram without his consent.

    The company has since removed the ad from Instagram. It featured a video clip of Mraz performing the song in May of this year at the BeachLife Festival, which took place in Redondo Beach, California. The ad also included a caption that read: “Kicking off summer with the World’s Most Refreshing Beer at the Beach Life Festival.”

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/06/jason-mraz-sues-coors-light-copyright/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 6, 2019

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  • Zoe Keating Offers More Evidence That Spotify Royalties Are Declining

    Artist Zoe Keating has announced on Twitter just how much she is earning through Spotify, which appears to indicate that streaming royalty rates from the company are declining sharply.

    Keating indicated that she earned $753 from Spotify in September of this year, which came from a little more than 200,000 streams of her music. This means that she earned about $0.0037 per stream.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/06/zoe-keating-spotify-royalties-declining/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 6, 2019

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  • Katy Perry Fights Back Against $2.78 Million ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Infringement Ruling — With an Army of Musicologists

    Katy Perry and her legal team are officially striking back against a recent $2.78 million copyright infringement ruling related to the hit song “Dark Horse” — with the first counter-arguments scheduled for January of 2020.

     

    The $2.789 million verdict, delivered in August of this year, sent ripples throughout the music industry. After just two days of deliberation, a federal jury issued the decision against Katy Perry, her label, associated songwriters, and other collaborators for infringing upon the work of little-known Christian rapper Flame (aka Marcus Gray).

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/06/katy-perry-fights-back-copyright-infringement/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 6, 2019

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  • Court Appears to Reject Writers Guild Motion to Dismiss Agency Case

    A federal judge at a hearing in downtown Los Angeles issued a non-public tentative ruling Friday morning allowing the major talent agencies to proceed with their antitrust lawsuit against the Writers Guild of America, according to a source who has read a copy of the ruling.

     

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/court-appears-reject-writers-guild-motion-dismiss-agency-case-1260322

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 6, 2019

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  • Marvin Gaye Family Claims in Court That Pharrell Williams Committed Perjury

    Love it or hate it, the “Blurred Lines” case became a signature moment this past decade after Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and a song publisher were ordered to pay nearly $5 million for infringing the copyright to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” The 2015 jury verdict, largely upheld last year on appeal, signaled that even an international chart-topper wasn’t immune from an allegation of plagiarism in a court of law. Quite a number of musicians have voiced displeasure with an outcome they believed could chill creativity. Pretty much everyone, though, figured the case was over. Well, it’s not.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/marvin-gaye-family-tells-court-pharrell-williams-interview-shows-perjury-1258077

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 6, 2019

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  • Ventana Sur: Argentine Directors on Benefit of Writers’ Room (EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — Ventana Sur hosted two of the country’s leading screenwriters to relay the benefits of utilizing a writers’ room while conceptualizing fiction projects, delivered to a packed auditorium on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Fiction Factory series held at the UCA Campus in Puerto Madero.

    Read more: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ventana-sur-argentine-directors-benefit-100006017.html

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    SOURCE: Yahoo News

    Date: December 6, 2019

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  • US government edict puts international film-makers in danger, lawsuit claims

    Documentary film-makers operating in some of the most dangerous countries in the world are having their work disrupted and security compromised by a Trump administration edict that forces them to disclose their social media activities when applying to enter the US, a new lawsuit claims.

     

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/05/us-government-rule-puts-international-film-makers-in-danger-lawsuit-claims

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    SOURCE: The Guardian

    Date: December 5, 2019

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  • Amazon Unveils AI-Powered Keyboard, DeepComposer ⁠⁠— For Machine Learning Generated Music

    Amazon DeepComposer is a new AI-powered keyboard announced at AWS re:Invent. The 32-key, 2-octave board uses machine learning to generate music from what you play.

    Amazon says the keyboard is designed to help developers learn about machine learning while creating music. The device uses Generative AI, which means teaching machines to generate creative works.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/05/amazon-deepcomposer-keyboard/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 5, 2019

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  • Bill Nye the Science Guy Headed to Trial Against Disney

    Bill Nye is now allowed to take limited claims against The Walt Disney Company to trial. On Wednesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court entered an order that sets up the trial, now scheduled for May 2020.

     

    In Nye’s fourth amended complaint, he estimates $28 million in damages from the way that Disney allegedly shortchanged him on profits from his 1990s television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. He’s also seeking punitive damages arising from how Disney has “a long and consistent pattern of under-reporting revenue and improperly applying deductions.”

     

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/bill-nye-science-guy-headed-trial-disney-1259788

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 5, 2019

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  • Federal Judge Orders Universal Music To Hand Over Critical 2008 Fire Evidence

    A federal judge in California has ordered Universal Music Group (UMG) to provide discovery evidence requested by litigating artists. The order is the latest development in a class action lawsuit filed by artists in response to the fire at the Universal Studios backlot in 2008.

    In June of this year, Soundgarden, Tom Whalley (who is the trustee of the Afeni Shakur Trust), Jane Petty and Steve Earle sued Universal Music Group because they believe that their master recordings were destroyed in the infamous fire back in 2008. Among other things, the artists sued the company for breach of contract, negligence, reckless conduct and misrepresentation by omission.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/04/judge-orders-universal-music-group-hand-over-fire-evidence/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 4, 2019

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  • Bright Lines: Musicologists Police the Boundaries of Copyright Law

    Todd Decker is a music historian who chairs the music department at Washington University in St. Louis. A few years ago, a local attorney called the department looking for help on a case. The lawyer represented Flame, a little-known Christian rapper who claimed that Katy Perry had ripped off his song in her 2014 smash hit “Dark Horse.”

    Read more: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/bright-lines-musicologists-police-boundaries-005744136.html?guccounter=1

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    SOURCE: Yahoo News

    Date: December 4, 2019

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  • GERMAN PRO GEMA BUYS MAJORITY STAKE IN DIGITAL DISTRIBUTOR ZEBRALUTION THAT ‘SECURES OUR FUTURE VIABILITY’

    MBW is used to writing about digital distributors getting acquired. We’re not used to them getting acquired by Performance Rights Organizations.

     

    Yet that’s what’s just been announced in Germany today (December 4), with local PRO, GEMA, confirming that it has bought a majority stake in Zebralution – a Berlin-based distie that works with over 1,000 record labels and audio book publishers from around the world.

     

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/german-pro-gema-buys-majority-stake-in-digital-distributor-zebralution-that-secures-our-future-viability/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: December 4, 2019

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  • WTF? Digital Media Association and MLC Vendor ConsenSys Share DC Address

    Honest. I’m not making this up. Look at screenshots above.

     

    The Digital Media Association (DiMA) represents digital services. You know Google, Spotify, Youtube, Pandora etc. DiMA are on THE OTHER SIDE. I’m sure some of these folks are good people. At least a couple. Or at least one. But these are the people the Music Licensing Collective are supposed to be negotiating against on behalf of songwriters. Why did the MLC hire as a vendor a company that apparently is in the same building (if not office) as the Digital Media Association?

     

    Read more: https://thetrichordist.com/2019/12/04/wtf-digital-media-association-and-mlc-vendor-consensys-share-dc-address/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: December 4, 2019

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  • Genius Sues Google and LyricFind for $50 Million Over Stolen Lyrics

    Lyrics website Genius is suing Google and its partner Lyricfind for $50 million, claiming that the companies are knowingly copying song lyrics from its site as well as employing anti-competitive practices.
    Google commonly displays song lyrics in response to user search queries. Though they do not maintain this information themselves. Instead, they rely on partners such as LyricFind to provide them with the lyrics.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/12/03/genius-sues-google-lyricfind/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 3, 2019

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  • SPINAL TAP’S UMG CASE MIGHT BE OVER, BUT VIVENDI IS NOT OFF THE HOOK YET

    The creators of the iconic 1984 mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap – Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner – are preparing to head to trial with Vivendi-owned Canal Plus Group subsidiary StudioCanal in Los Angeles in the coming months.

     

    Today’s news follows the four co-creators’ recent settlement with Universal Music Group (UMG) over a dispute regarding the film’s soundtrack recordings.

     

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/spinal-taps-umg-case-might-be-over-but-vivendi-is-not-off-the-hook-yet/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: December 3, 2019

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  • StudioCanal Fights to Retain ‘Spinal Tap’ in Counterclaims Against Creators

    This Is Spinal Tap co-creators Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest may have recently settled with Universal Music Group, but that doesn’t quite mean that a potentially big copyright termination battle is finished. On Monday, Vivendi’s StudioCanal unit filed counterclaims against the creators of the 1984 cult film in a bid to have a California federal judge declare it to be a “work made for hire.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/studiocanal-fights-retain-spinal-tap-counterclaims-creators-1259137

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 3, 2019

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  • Sky to build huge new Elstree film studio

    Media giant Sky is to build huge new film studios near the existing Elstree production site outside London, creating 2,000 jobs.

    The 32-acre development will be used by Sky, other Comcast-owned firms including NBC Universal, and be open to third parties.

    Sky predicted up to £3bn would be invested in new production at the site over the next five years.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50641745

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: December 3, 2019

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  • Directors Guild Calls Paramount Decree Repeal ‘A Step in the Wrong Direction’

    The Directors Guild of America on Monday announced its opposition to the decision by the Department of Justice’s antitrust division to repeal the Paramount consent decrees, which required Hollywood studios to eliminate block booking and release their ownership of tmovie heater chains back in 1948.

    Read more: https://www.thewrap.com/directors-guild-calls-paramount-consent-decree-repeal-a-step-in-the-wrong-direction/

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    SOURCE: The Wrap

    Date: December 2, 2019

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  • A Handful Of Pulp Classics Are Entering The Public Domain In 2020

    Under US copyright law, any books published and films released in 1924 will enter public domain at the end of this month, when the year 2020 begins. You probably can’t name a film from 96 years ago, but the rights to a few interesting book titles will be expiring. Here’s what to know.

    Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamrowe1/2019/12/02/a-handful-of-pulp-classics-are-entering-the-public-domain-in-2020/amp/

  • Fairness Rocks news

    SOURCE: Forbes

    Date: December 2, 2019

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