Trump Signs NAFTA-Killing USMCA Agreement, Complete With Global DMCA Protections

President Trump has signed USMCA, a trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, into law. The far-reaching NAFTA replacement includes a multitude of provisions pertaining not only to physical imports and exports, but to many facets of copyright law.

Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/01/30/trump-signs-nafta-killing-usmca/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 30, 2020

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  • Peloton Loses Its Antitrust Countersuit Against Music Publishers — But Continues Its Aggressive Shift Towards Direct Artist Licensing

    A hairy legal battle between music publishers and Peloton took another turn this week.

    Peloton suffered a serious setback against litigating music publishers in federal court this week — though this case is far from over.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/01/29/peloton-antitrust-countersuit-publishers/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 29, 2020

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  • Despite Writers Guild’s String of Victories, Its Agency Fight Is Far From Over

    When the Writers Guild of America launched its campaign two years ago to reshape the agency world, the goal struck some industry observers as out of reach. Forced to choose between their guild and the agents who put bread on their table, writers would eventually choose the latter and the union’s effort to end packaging fees and affiliate production wouldn’t pay off.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guilds-string-victories-agency-fight-is-far-1273770

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 29, 2020

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  • BMG RESPONDS TO ARTIST STREAMING REVOLT IN GERMANY: ‘IT IS TIME FOR RECORD COMPANIES TO CHANGE.’

    As MBW reported Friday (January 24), a group of managers and lawyers representing some of Germany’s biggest artists have written a joint letter to the leaders of the four largest music rights companies in the market – Universal, Sony, Warner and BMG.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/bmg-responds-to-artist-streaming-revolt-in-germany-it-is-time-for-record-companies-to-change/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: January 26, 2020

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  • ‘Shape of You’ – has Ed Sheeran got form for copyright infringement?

    Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ was a giant hit of the last decade, a runaway success story – well almost. There is a fly in the ointment. Sami Chokri (a.k.a. Sami Switch) is claiming Sheeran and his fellow songwriters infringed his copyright, copying part of the chorus of ‘Oh Why’. You can hear the two disputed musical phrases here.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2020/01/20/shape-of-you-has-ed-sheeran-got-form-for-copyright-infringement/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: January 20, 2020

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  • Gersh Reaches Agreement With WGA

    Gersh has reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    The agency is the largest full-service firm to date — its clients include Adam Driver and Patricia Arquette — to come to terms with the union, joining a growing list of agencies that includes Verve, Kaplan Stahler, Culture Creative Entertainment, Buchwald, Abrams and Rothman Brecher. With the pact, Gersh will resume representing WGA members, effective immediately.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gersh-reaches-agreement-wga-1270717

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 17, 2020

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  • R.E.M. ‘Exploring All Legal Avenues’ To Stop Trump from Playing Their Music

    Mike Mills, who is the bassist of R.E.M and one of its founders, says that the band is “exploring all legal avenues” to prevent President Trump from using the group’s music at public rallies.

    In a Twitter post, he wrote: “We are aware that the President* @realDonaldTrump continues to use our music at his rallies. We are exploring all legal avenues to prevent this, but if that’s not possible please know that we do not condone the use of our music by this fraud and con man.”

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/01/16/rem-trying-stop-trump-playing-their-music/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 16, 2020

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  • Soundgarden ‘Exploring a Possible Resolution’ with Chris Cornell’s Widow in Royalty Dispute

    A new filing in the lawsuit between the widow of Chris Cornell and Soundgarden indicates that their dispute over unpaid royalties may soon be resolved.

    Last month, Vicky Cornell filed the suit in the Miami Division of the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Florida. She is accusing the surviving members of Soundgarden — Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Hunter Benedict Shepherd — and business manager Rit Venerus of not paying her royalties. The defendants are accused of attempting to force her to hand over unreleased recordings Cornell made before he committed suicide in May of 2017.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/01/15/soundgarden-possible-resolution-chris-cornell-widow/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 15, 2020

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  • Netflix: Big Data And Playing A Long Game Is Proving A Winning Strategy

    I have written on several occasions about Netflix’s use of data analysis and how this strategy has given it a clear advantage over traditional approaches based on studio executives’ “gut feeling”. We now have tangible evidence of the success of this strategy: in December Netflix dominated the Golden Globes nominations, and at the upcoming Oscars, has 22, way ahead of its rivals.

    Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/enriquedans/2020/01/15/netflix-big-data-and-playing-a-long-game-is-proving-a-winningstrategy/#5d43129a766e

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    SOURCE: Forbes

    Date: January 15, 2020

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  • Ed Sheeran Ordered to Disclose Concert Income for Copyright Lawsuit

    Does Ed Sheeran have an absolute right to perform “Thinking Out Loud” at concert? Depending on the outcome of a copyright lawsuit, he very well may lack such right to perform one of his biggest hits, according to a decision Wednesday from a New York federal court.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ed-sheeran-ordered-disclose-concert-income-copyright-lawsuit-1270095

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 15, 2020

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  • MUSIC STREAMING NEEDS TO CHANGE. IS AMAZON ALREADY AHEAD OF THE CURVE?

    Record label executives in the United States could be forgiven for treating themselves this month. For a while now, fears have existed that audio streaming growth would start to slow in the U.S. If this tipping point happens — when this tipping point happens — it will be a concrete early sign of market maturity, and a portent for further commercial deceleration.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/music-streaming-needs-to-change-is-amazon-already-ahead-of-the-curve/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: January 14, 2020

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  • SAG-AFTRA Presidential Election Challenge Dismissed by Dept. of Labor

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday dismissed challenges that were filed to Gabrielle Carteris’ election last August as SAG-AFTRA president, multiple sources stated, capping a bitterly fought campaign. At least some of the challenges focused on the fact that Carteris, who ran on the Unite for Strength slate, played a fictionalized version of herself on the now-canceled BH90210. Complainants contended that the role constituted an impermissible employer contribution by Fox to Carteris’ campaign, but the Labor Department apparently found no merit in that theory.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-presidential-election-challenge-dismissed-by-dept-labor-1269417

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 14, 2020

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  • Article 17 stakeholder dialogue: What we have learned so far – Part 2

    Part 1 of this post outlined two of the three main takeaways from the Article 17 stakeholder dialogue so far. This part will cover the third of these, lack of transparency, and look ahead to the next phase of the dialogue.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2020/01/14/article-17-stakeholder-dialogue-what-we-have-learned-so-far-part-2/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: January 14, 2020

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  • Article 17 stakeholder dialogue: What we have learned so far – Part 1

    As 2020 unfolds, the European Commission’s stakeholder dialogue pursuant to Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM directive) enters its third (and likely final) phase. After four meetings that focussed on gathering “an overview of the current market situation as regards licensing practices, tools used for online content management […] and related issues and concerns”, the next two (or more) meetings will finally deal with issues raised by the provisions in Article 17 of the CDSM directive. According to the Commission’s discussion paper for the meetings of 16 January and 10 February 2020, the objective of the third phase “is to gather evidence, views and suggestions that the services of the Commission can take into account in preparing the guidance pursuant to Article 17(10)”.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2020/01/13/article-17-stakeholder-dialogue-what-we-have-learned-so-far-part-1/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: January 13, 2020

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  • Katy Perry Receives Overwhelming Support From 15 Musicologists After $2.8 Million Copyright Infringement Ruling

    Katy Perry has received a strong showing of support from 15 expert musicologists hailing from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and even Japan.

     

    The armada of musicologists first emerged after Katy Perry received a stunning, $2.8 million copyright infringement penalty for infringing on rapper Flame’s “Joyful Noise.” But it was unclear whether their testimonies and arguments would be allowed by the federal judge overseeing the case.

    Read more: https://www.fairnessrocks.com/stories-of-interest/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 13, 2020

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  • Katy Perry’s Lawyers Demand a Retrial as $2.8 Million Copyright Infringement Penalty Rises

    Despite a unanimous jury decision against Katy Perry last year, lawyers for the pop superstar are reiterating their demands for a retrial to correct a ‘travesty of justice’.

    Just last week, Digital Music News reported that Christian rapper Flame was pushing for even greater damages against Katy Perry — that is, in addition to the original, $2.789 million award for copyright infringement on “Dark Horse”.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/01/06/katy-perry-demand-retrial-travesty/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 6, 2019

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  • ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Movie Adaptation Dispute Headed to Supreme Court

    A new decade begins, but some are still stuck in the past. That includes the heirs of John Steinbeck, the Nobel Prize-winning author of East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath, plus some big-name Hollywood producers who would love a chance at adapting the old work. Will the U.S. Supreme Court have anything to say about this?

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/grapes-wrath-movie-adaptation-dispute-headed-supreme-court-1266130

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 3, 2020

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  • Mystery of Rolling Stones tracks posted briefly on YouTube

    A mysterious YouTube account that posted, then hid, a collection of 75 rare and unpublished Rolling Stones recordings may have been a canny attempt to avoid EU copyright laws and keep the tracks out of the public domain on the 50th anniversary of their creation.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jan/03/mystery-of-rolling-stones-tracks-posted-briefly-on-youtube

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    SOURCE: The Guardian

    Date: January 3, 2020

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  • Time’s Up Reveals Safety Guide for Entertainment Industry Employees

    A little over two years after individuals in the entertainment industry launched the Time’s Up Foundation to end inequity in the workplace, the organization is unveiling an educational resource for Hollywood to promote worker safety.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/times-up-reveals-safety-guide-entertainment-industry-employees-1264822

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 3, 2020

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  • SGA writes suggestions to copyright office on mlc operations part 2 – the trichordist

    The US Copyright Office solicited comments from the public about the operations of the Mechanical Licensing Collective.  Those first round of those comments (called “initial comments”) were due in November and the second round of those comments (which are called “reply comments” because they essentially comment on the initial comments) were due December 20.

    Read more: https://artistrightswatch.com/2020/01/01/sgawrites-suggestions-to-copyrightoffice-on-mlc-operations-part-2-the-trichordist/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: January 1, 2020

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  • SGA writes suggestions to copyright office on mlc operations part 1 – the trichordist

    The US Copyright Office solicited comments from the public about the operations of the Mechanical Licensing Collective. Those first round of those comments (called “initial comments”) were due in November and the second round of those comments (which are called “reply comments” because they essentially comment on the initial comments) were due December 20.

    Read more: https://artistrightswatch.com/2020/01/01/sgawrites-suggestions-to-copyrightoffice-on-mlc-operations-part-2-the-trichordist/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: December 31, 2019

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