Producers Guild Issues Protocols For Safe Return To Work

The Producers Guild of America has issued its protocols for the safe return to work on scripted and unscripted independent productions.

The guidelines stress “regular testing” for COVID-19; workdays no longer than 10 hours; no COVID-related liability waivers; “absolutely no visitors” on set; the sanitizing of shared surfaces; proper ventilation in closed spaces, and remote working and videoconferencing whenever possible.

Read More: https://deadline.com/2020/08/producers-guild-protocols-return-to-work-coronavirus-1203026346/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: August 31, 2020

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  • Kendrick Lamar facing copyright lawsuit over “LOYALTY”

    Kendrick Lamar has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over the DAMN. single “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna, according to Music Business Worldwide.

    Terrance Hayes filed the lawsuit earlier this month against producer Terrace Martin, contributing artist Josef Leimberg and Top Dawg Entertainment, alleging the song “copied the entire composition, including title, melody, harmony, and rhythm” from Hayes’ original song recorded with Leimberg back in 2011.

    Read More: https://www.thefader.com/2020/08/31/kendrick-lamar-copyright-lawsuit-loyalty

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    SOURCE: Fader

    Date: August 31, 2020

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  • How Filmmaking Becomes Socially Distanced: Tech Takes Center Stage

    Technology has continued to change the way filmmakers produce movies, helping to scout locations, create real-time visualizations and more.

    The onset of the COVID-19 outbreak introduced new health and safety measures that disrupted traditional filmmaking processes, and studios have turned to virtual production tools to make sure the show goes on.

    From more intricately incorporating computer-generated imagery (CGI) to using gaming tech, filmmakers are harnessing the power of technology to maintain the magic of movies.

    Read More: https://www.ces.tech/Articles/2020/August/How-Filmmaking-Becomes-Socially-Distanced-Tech-Ta.aspx

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    SOURCE: CES

    Date: August 28, 2020

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  • Copyright Office Regulates The MLC: Selected Public Comments on the Copyright Office Black Box Study: The DLC Spills the Beans, Part 3

    The services tell us in their Copyright Office comment that the whole point of the Music Modernization Act was this (largely secret) deal to get them a new retroactive safe harbor so their massive infringement couldn’t be stopped by songwriters. (That’s their third statutory safe harbor counting DMCA and Section 230.) What do you think that MMA safe harbor is worth to them to avoid what they call “ruinous litigation”?

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2020/08/27/copyright-office-regulates-the-mlc-selected-public-comments-on-the-copyright-office-black-box-study-the-dlc-spills-the-beans-part-3/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: August 27, 2020

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  • Despite Streaming, US Recorded Music Revenues Still Down 50% From 1999 Peaks

    The Trichordist, an artist-rights blog created by Cracker frontman David Lowery, recently shed light upon the shocking statistic. Compiled annual data from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) shows that U.S. recorded music revenues exceeded a whopping $22.4 billion in 1999, before dropping each year until 2014 (save for a slight rebound between 2003 and 2004).

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/27/recorded-music-revenues-decrease/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 27, 2020

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  • Gibson Introduces Technology to Make Its Guitars Look ‘Aged’ and Worn

    Gibson CMO Cesar Gueikian recently posted images of the guitars’ prototypes – solely the front of their bodies, that is – on Instagram. Aging specialist Tom Murphy, who has headed the Gibson Custom Shop’s aptly named Murphy Lab since December of last year, created the “aged” Les Pauls and the underlying technology. Given the inherent difficulty associated with making a new instrument appear old, the eye-catching guitars look surprisingly authentic.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/26/gibson-aged-guitar-technology/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 26, 2020

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  • Nicki Minaj Called Out by Tracy Chapman Attorneys for Blatant Copyright Theft

    Tracy Chapman and her attorneys are fighting back against Nicki Minaj’s dismissal of ‘blatant’ copyright theft.

    Chapman filed a legal lawsuit in October 2018 against Minaj over a sample that appears in “Sorry.” The track was intended to be featured on Minaj’s album Queen released that year, but it was dropped at the last minute. Chapman’s sample of “Baby Can I Hold You” was not authorized.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/26/nicki-minaj-tracy-chapman-copyright-theft/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 26, 2020

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  • Afghanistan’s first female film director Saba Sahar is shot in the stomach by three gunmen targeting her vehicle en route to work following years of death threats

    Saba Sahar, a trailblazing actress, director, police officer and women’s rights activist, was targeted on Tuesday, with the attack happening five minutes from her house.

    Her husband, Emal Zaki, told the BBC that she was one of five people in the vehicle, including the driver, two bodyguards and a child.

    Read More: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8664843/Afghanistans-female-film-director-Saba-Sahar-shot-stomach-three-gunmen.html

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    SOURCE: DailyMail

    Date: August 26, 2020

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  • Roman Polanski loses court case over expulsion from Oscar body

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Movie director Roman Polanski, who was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over charges of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, on Tuesday lost a court bid to be reinstated as a member, the Los Angeles City News Service reported.

    Read More: https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-people-polanski/roman-polanski-loses-court-case-over-expulsion-from-oscar-body-idUKKBN25L2L1

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    SOURCE: Reuters

    Date: August 25, 2020

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  • Copyright Office Regulates The MLC: Selected Public Comments on the Copyright Office Black Box Study: The DLC Spills the Beans, Part 2

    The DLC’s comment to the Copyright Office makes it clear that there is a substantial likelihood that the services are holding substantial monies in the black box—substantial amounts of other people’s money. Probably some—or a lot—of your money. The comment suggests more strongly and openly than we have seen before that not only are the services holding more money than they intend to acknowledge that they owe, they know they are and they intend to get away with it. And as our friend Guy Forsyth has written in his classic song Long Long Time, nothing says freedom like getting away with it.

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2020/08/25/copyright-office-regulates-the-mlc-selected-public-comments-on-the-copyright-office-black-box-study-the-dlc-spills-the-beans-part-2/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: August 25, 2020

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  • Good Splits Debuts Free Music Royalty Calculator

    Last week, on Aug. 19, Good Splits officially launched their free music royalty calculator for artists, after a 2019 beta round. The new tool was created by Nashville-based music manager Jordan Mattison, who founded Good Folk Management, and New York-based digital agency Coalesce.

    Read More: https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/good-splits-debuts-free-music-royalty-calculator

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    SOURCE: Grammy.com

    Date: August 25, 2020

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  • Rick Ross wins legal beef with 50 Cent: the Second Circuit holds that 50 Cent’s Publicity Right claim is preempted by the Copyright Act

    Rappers 50 Cent and Rick Ross have been embroiled in a public dispute for more than a decade; what began with diss tracks back-and-forth has culminated in an important IP decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Considering the right of publicity afforded under state law when a copyrighted work is implicated, the Second Circuit held that 50 Cent’s right of publicity claim is preempted by the Copyright Act in In re Jackson.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/08/rick-ross-wins-legal-beef-with-50-cent.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: August 24, 2020

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  • Copyright Office Regulates The MLC: Selected Public Comments on the Copyright Office Black Box Study: The DLC Spills the Beans, Part I

    We once had a mechanical licensing system in the U.S. that worked well enough for songwriters for 100 years. The problem with the mechanical licensing system wasn’t so much the licensing function it was the royalty rate. The government held down songwriters for 70 years to a 1909-based royalty rate that for some reason was frozen in time (more on frozen mechanicals here). But if users failed to license, songwriters could at least sue for statutory damages.

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2020/08/24/copyright-office-regulates-the-mlc-selected-public-comments-on-the-copyright-office-black-box-study-the-dlc-spills-the-beans-part-i/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: August 24, 2020

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  • Germany Cracks Down on 5 “Music Streaming Manipulation” Sites

    German courts have issued injunctions to five “music streaming manipulation” websites, IFPI and BVMI officials announced today.

    The injunctions against music streaming manipulation websites – i.e. fake play providers – came from courts in Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, and Darmstadt (with the Hamburg court issuing two injunctions), per a formal release. Additionally, it was indicated that a different streaming manipulation platform ceased offering illicit streams after receiving a cease-and-desist letter.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/24/music-streaming-manipulation-germany/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 24, 2020

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  • What is considered “fair dealing” in UK copyright law?

    A term used in UK copyright laws, fair dealing is designed to allow others lawful use or reproduction of someone else’s work without the need to get permission from the copyright owner or creator, and without breaching their interest. Fair practice and – in the US – fair use are also terms used to describe the same thing.

    Read More: https://realbusiness.co.uk/considered-fair-dealing-uk-copyright-law/

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    SOURCE: Real Business

    Date: August 24, 2020

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  • Stat Of The Week: The pandemic has hit the major labels this year… but they’re still generating over $1m per hour from streaming

    MBW’s Stat Of The Week is a new series in which we show why a single data point deserves the attention of the global music industry. Stat Of the Week is supported by Cinq Music Group, a technology-driven record label, distribution, and rights management company.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/stat-of-the-week-the-pandemic-has-hit-the-major-labels-this-year-but-theyre-still-generating-over-1m-per-hour-from-streaming/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: August 21, 2020

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  • Rick Ross Gets Great News In Copyright Case

    A copyright infringement lawsuit against Rick Ross, Def Jam, and Universal Music Group has officially been dismissed.

    Rick Ross is having a damn good month. At the beginning of August, he participated in his Verzuz battle against 2 Chainz, which many believe he came out of with the win. The week following, he welcomed his third child into the world with Briana Camille. Now, one week later, he’s getting good news on the legal end, learning that a copyright infringement lawsuit that was filed against him was dismissed.

    Read More: https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/rick-ross-gets-great-news-in-copyright-case-news.116343.html

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    SOURCE: Hot New Hip Hop

    Date: August 19, 2020

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  • The Outcome of Tracy Chapman’s Lawsuit Against Nicki Minaj Could Change Rap Forever

    Nicki Minaj is wary that the ruling could decimate experimentation in hip-hop.

    In August 2018, Nicki Minaj released her fourth studio album, Queen. However, an unreleased track that didn’t make the album could have just as much impact as the album itself.

    Read More: https://www.okayplayer.com/culture/nicki-minaj-tracy-chapman-precedent.html

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    SOURCE: okayplayer.

    Date: August 18, 2020

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  • Drake fails in bid to copyright ‘Certified Lover Boy’ ahead of album release

    Drake has reportedly failed in his bid to copyright the phrase ‘Certified Lover Boy’ ahead of releasing his album of the same name.

    The upcoming sixth studio album from the Canadian rapper is scheduled to arrive before the year’s end, with the first track from the album – ‘Laugh Now Cry Later‘ – arriving last Friday (August 14).

    Read More: https://www.nme.com/en_au/news/music/drake-fails-in-bid-to-copyright-certified-lover-boy-ahead-of-album-release-2730602

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    SOURCE: NME

    Date: August 17, 2020

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  • How Much Does Spotify Pay Per Stream? Here’s the Latest Data

    If you’re racking up Spotify streams, then knowing roughly how much other artists are earning per play is a must. The following information – sourced from Spotify royalty data shared directly with Digital Music News – will help you verify that your compensation is comparatively fair.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/17/how-much-does-spotify-pay-per-stream-latest/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 17, 2020

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  • Supreme Court Asked to Review ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Fight

    Is the Supreme Court ready to make music history? One petitioner is giving nine justices of the high court such an opportunity while hardly being subtle about it. Here are the opening notes from a new cert petition: “It is fitting, perhaps, that the future of music copyright law be decided by a case about rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic song, ‘Stairway to Heaven.’”

    Read More: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/9435209/supreme-court-asked-review-stairway-to-heaven-fight

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: August 17, 2020

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  • Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Copyright Infringement Claim Against Disney’s Inside Out Movie

    On August 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Masterson v. Walt Disney Company, affirmed a district court’s dismissal of Carla Masterson’s copyright infringement claims against The Walt Disney Co. The infringement claim was based on Masterson’s allegation that Disney’s Inside Out (the Movie) violated her copyrights in her book of poetry, What’s On the Other Side of the Rainbow? (A Book of Feelings) (the Book) and her movie script, The Secret of the Golden Mirror (the Script).

    Read More: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2020/08/15/ninth-circuit-affirms-dismissal-copyright-infringement-claim-disneys-inside-movie/id=124078/

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    SOURCE: IPWatchDog

    Date: August 15, 2020

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  • US Supreme Court asked to intervene in ‘Stairway To Heaven’ copyright dispute

    The estate of the late Randy Wolfe has officially marched up to the doors of the US Supreme Court to request that the American judges most supreme intervene in the long running ‘Stairway To Heaven’ song-theft case. Allowing the most recent ruling on that matter to stand would be, the estate reckons, “a disaster for the creatives whose talent is often preyed upon”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/us-supreme-court-asked-to-intervene-in-stairway-to-heaven-copyright-dispute/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 13, 2020

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  • Spotify Gets Its Day In Court Against Massive Songwriter Royalty Increases

    Earlier this week, Digital Music News was first to report that music streaming services — including Spotify, Amazon Music, and Pandora — had scored a victory in their battle against the Copyright Royalty Board’s proposed 44 percent songwriting-royalty increase. Now, these and other companies are set to voice their opinions on the matter in the courtroom.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/12/spotify-mechanical-royalty-decision/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 12, 2020

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  • A declaratory judgment on future termination notices is justified, US judge now says in big termination rights case

    There have been further developments in the big termination rights case involving Universal Music and a bunch of heritage artists. The court hearing that case has ruled on various technicalities, the most important of which relates to declaratory judgments.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/a-declaratory-judgment-on-future-termination-notices-is-justified-us-judge-now-says-in-big-termination-rights-case/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 12, 2020

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  • SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Raising Premiums & Eligibility To Stay Afloat

    Facing staggering deficits, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan is raising premiums and earnings thresholds for coverage come January 1. “While this restructuring will preserve access to an excellent health plan for the majority of our participants, the changes will be disruptive for some,” the Plan said today in a letter to participants, noting that those who lose coverage because they don’t meet the new earnings requirements may be eligible for coverage under Obama Care.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2020/08/sag-aftra-health-plan-raising-premiums-eligibility-to-stay-afloat-1203012181/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: Aubust 12, 2020

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  • Venues and crew signal ‘red alert’ for live music, theatre and events

    Music venues, theatres and their workforces have taken part in a day of action around the UK to highlight the crisis facing the live events scene.

    More than 300 venues including London’s National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall turned their lights red as part of the Red Alert campaign.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53725841

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: August 12, 2020

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  • Negative Royalty Checks: Streaming Service Appeal Makes it Real Possibility

    Billboard has reported that streaming services have won their appeal to force the Copyright Royalty Board to recalculate songwriter streaming royalties for 2018-2022. Yes, that means retroactively calculate 2 1/2 years of royalties. This could easily lead to songwriters getting reduced or negative royalty checks.

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2020/08/11/negative-royalty-checks-streaming-service-appeal-makes-it-real-possibility/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: August 11, 2020

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  • Good data in Garbage Out: The MLC/HFA Data Disaster

    As many of you already know the new federal Music Licensing Collective has selected Harry Fox Agency as the vendor to provide song data to the MLC. It is rapidly becoming clear that what this really means is that the MLC will start with the HFA song database and then through a rather convoluted and manual process, songwriters will be required to “ensure the quality of that data” if they expect to get paid. In other words songwriters will do all the heavy lifting.

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2020/08/10/good-data-in-garbage-out-the-mlc-hfa-data-disaster/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: August 10, 2020

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  • Appeals court orders Copyright Royalty Board to reconsider some of its decision on streaming rates

    If the online #brokenrecord conversation that put the spotlight back on the streaming music business model as the COVID shutdown hit the live income of many artists was hors d’oeuvres; and the Keep Music Alive campaign from the Musicians’ Union and Ivors Academy calling for government intervention on that model was the soup course; and the artist backlash to Spotify boss Daniel Ek’s recent interview with MusicAlly the fish course; well, the main course could be on its way.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/appeals-court-orders-copyright-royalty-board-to-reconsider-some-of-its-decision-on-streaming-rates/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 10, 2020

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  • Artist Rights Alliance Challenges Bezos On Twitch Royalties

    The Artist Rights Alliance, an artist-run, nonprofit fighting for songwriters and musicians in the modern music economy, released a letter sent today to Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos following up on his controversial recent testimony regarding Amazon’s Twitch streaming service.

    Read More: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Artist-Rights-Alliance-Challenges-Bezos-On-Twitch-Royalties-20200810

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    SOURCE: Broadway World

    Date: August 10, 2020

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  • Balance lost: the US Copyright Office finds US copyright safe harbour provisions have been tilted askew The

    On 21 May 2020, the US Copyright Office published its long-awaited report on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) section 512 copyright safe harbours. The report is the final instalment of a series of studies by the Copyright Office which evaluate the need to update the US Copyright law for the 21st century.

    Read More: https://jiplp.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-guest-editorial-balance-lost-us.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: JIPLP

    Date: August 8, 2020

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  • Koda.dk Press Release: Google removes all Danish music from YouTube

    While the negotiations on a new joint Nordic agreement are in full swing, Google have chosen to leverage their total dominance in the market in the strongest way possible. On the evening of Thursday 30 July, Google announced that they will soon remove all Danish music content on YouTube.

    Read More: https://artistrightswatch.com/2020/08/07/koda-dk-press-release-google-removes-all-danish-music-from-youtube/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: August 7, 2020

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  • A Majority of House Lawmakers Say Musicians Shouldn’t Get Paid for Radio Plays

    A bipartisan majority within the House of Representatives has voiced support for the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which would prevent Congress from imposing “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” upon terrestrial radio stations if signed into law.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/06/local-radio-freedom-act-house/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 6, 2020

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  • Authors’ associations dispute copyright compensation at Supreme Court

    Nine Estonian creative people’s representative organizations have disputed the Tallinn Circuit Court’s judgment made in June regarding the so-called blank media levy, in a bid to ensure fair compensation to Estonian authors and the protection of Estonian culture and creative works.

    Read More: https://news.err.ee/1120577/authors-associations-dispute-copyright-compensation-at-supreme-court

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    SOURCE: ERR News

    Date: August 5, 2020

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  • 10 Ways EU Copyright is Different from the US

    In recent years, the European Union has been stepping up and taking a larger and larger role in governing the internet.

    Nowhere was this more evident than the recent passage of the controversial 2019 EU copyright directive, which drew criticism for inclusions of provisions that required hosts to ensure infringing material was not re-uploaded and requiring aggregators to pay for the use of headlines and news snippets.

    Read More: https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2020/08/04/10-ways-eu-copyright-is-different-from-the-us/

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    SOURCE: Plagiarism Today

    Date: August 4, 2020

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  • Is the US Copyright Office’s Black Box Initiative Doomed to Fail?

    A newly published statement from the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA) is drawing additional attention to the U.S. Copyright Office’s Unpaid Royalties Study – and prompting some music industry voices to ask whether the Office’s overarching “Black Box” royalty-recovery initiative is destined for failure.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/03/black-box-initiative-questions/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 3, 2020

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  • Request for Amici: Tell SCOTUS to Incentivize Original Fictional Characters through Copyright

    Some fictional characters are heroes; others are villains. Some mimic reality and others personify fantasy. And some appear in comic books and video games, while others in television shows and movies. Fictional characters epitomize the essence of creativity. And while copyright law is designed to encourage creative works, the law on character copyrights is in chaos. Every circuit to address this area of copyright law applies a different test. And some tests—like the Ninth Circuit’s—favor behemoth entertainment corporations over individual artists and independent companies. An objective, clear test that honors foundational principles of copyright law is needed.

    Read More: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2020/08/03/request-amici-tell-scotus-incentivize-original-fictional-characters-copyright/id=123665/

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    SOURCE: IP Watchdog

    Date: August 3, 2020

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  • Artists Blast Spotify CEO After He Says More Music Equals More Royalties

    Musicians have rallied against Spotify’s Daniel Ek after the CEO claimed that artists who weren’t performing well on streaming services were “predominantly people who want to release music the way it used to be released.”

    Read More: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/spotify-daniel-ek-insufficient-royalties_n_5f259d01c5b68fbfc883dbef?guccounter=1

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    SOURCE: Huff Post

    Date: August 1, 2020

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