Disney settles with Scarlett Johansson after she sued for $50million in lost earnings after Marvel’s Black Widow was released online

Scarlett Johansson and Disney quickly buried the hatchet over the online release of Black Widow, settling a lawsuit between the star and the studio on Thursday.

Johansson, 36, filed her lawsuit in July alleging that she lost out on more than $50million as a result of the film being released on streaming service Disney+ at the same time as its debut in theaters.

Read More: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10047857/Disney-settles-Scarlett-Johansson-sued-company-50million-lost-earnings-Black-Widow.html

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    SOURCE: Daily Mail

    Date: September 30, 2021

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  • New Study Reveals Fewer Than 800 U.K. Musicians Make Livable Wage From Music Streaming

    new study has revealed that only approximately 720 of musicians in the U.K. earn enough money from music streaming to sustain a living.

    Analyzing data from 2014-2020—along with focus groups and interviews with musicians—the Intellectual Property Office released the “Music Creators’ Earnings In The Digital Era” study, which revealed that only the top 0.4% of UK artists make a livable wage from streaming on platforms like Spotify or Apple Music.

    Read More: https://edm.com/industry/fewer-than-800-uk-musicians-make-livable-wage-music-streaming

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    SOURCE: edm.com

    Date: September 30, 2021

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  • Long-running Shake It Off song-theft case still likely to head to a jury

    The long-running legal battle over the players playing and the haters hating in Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ could still end up before a jury, with the judge overseeing the case seemingly not yet persuaded to dismiss the case on a matter of law. Of course he did dismiss it once before, but with the Ninth Circuit appeals court having overturned that decision, Michael Fitzgerald is now much more cautious, despite the Swift side presenting new arguments.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/long-running-shake-it-off-song-theft-case-still-likely-to-head-to-a-jury/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 29, 2021

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  • New York judge declines to dismiss Eddy Grant’s copyright case against Donald Trump

    A judge in New York has declined to dismiss Eddy Grant’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Donald Trump over the use of the former’s track ‘Electric Avenue’ in one of the latter’s campaign videos last year. Team Trump claimed that their use of the song was ‘transformative’ and therefore covered by the ‘fair use’ principle in US copyright law, but judge John G Koeltl has concluded that the former President is yet to demonstrate that his use of Grant’s track was, in fact, fair use.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/new-york-judge-declines-to-dismiss-eddy-grants-copyright-case-against-donald-trump/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 29, 2021

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  • Australian court says that AI can be an inventor: what does it mean for authors?

    In July this year, the Federal Court of Australia handed down a decision in Stephen L. Thaler [2021] APO 5, which allowed listing AI system DABUS as an inventor in a patent application. It is interesting to explore what implications this decision could have in the field of copyright.

    Read More: https://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2021/09/29/australian-court-says-that-ai-can-be-an-inventor-what-does-it-mean-for-authors/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: September 29, 2021

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  • Disney steps up fight to protect Marvel franchise as firm’s lawyers file slew of lawsuits to hold on to copyright on several superheroes including Iron Man, Spider-Man and Thor

    Disney has stepped up its fight to retain control of the copyright on several of its Marvel heroes including Iron Man, Spider-Man and Thor.

    The entertainment giant has been locked in a legal dispute since spring with relatives and the estates of artists who contributed to the creation of some of Marvel’s most iconic characters.

    Read More: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10033443/Disney-steps-fight-protect-Marvel-franchise-copyright-battle.html

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    SOURCE: Daily Mail

    Date: September 27, 2021

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  • Creating Positive Collaborations: guidelines for writers and directors published

    Directors UK is pleased to announce the launch of Creating Positive Collaborations: Writers & Directors, in partnership with The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB).

    With 87% of people working in film and TV experiencing poor mental health, it’s important that everyone across the industry comes together to create positive cultural change to our working environments.

    Read More: https://directors.uk.com/news/creating-positive-collaborations-writers-and-directors-published

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    SOURCE: Directors UK

    Date: September 27, 2021

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  • Spotify’s New “Marquee” Promotion Feature Is Forcing Artists to Pay to Reach Fans They Already Have — As Much as $0.50 Per Click

    Spotify is cooking up even more ways to pay artists less — while charging them more. Now, Spotify wants artists to pay to reach fans they already have via a beta-stage “Marquee” push campaign feature.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/09/24/spotify-campaigns-feature-for-artists/?mc_cid=c0ea85f654&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: September 24, 2021

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Thunderbirds are go…ing to court! Daughter of couple behind hit puppet series threatens legal action against ITV over millions of pounds she claims her mother was owed in royalties

    The daughter of the couple who created Thunderbirds is threatening legal action against ITV over millions of pounds in lost royalties.

    Dee Anderson claims her stepfather Gerry Anderson woefully undervalued the hugely-popular puppet series when he sold the TV rights in 1962.

    Speaking exclusively to MailOnline Dee, 68, says the deal made the TV company ‘millions of pounds’, but left her family, including her mother and co-creator Sylvia, seriously out of pocket.

    Read More: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10019991/Daughter-Thunderbirds-couple-taking-legal-action-against-ITV-millions-lost-royalties.html

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    SOURCE: Daily Mail

    Date: September 23, 2021

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  • Editors Guild Board Votes Unanimously to Recommend Members Back Strike Authorization

    The guild, which represents an estimated 8,000 picture and sound editors as well as additional postproduction workers, is among the largest of the 13 Hollywood Locals that are currently in talks for the three-year basic agreement.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/editors-guild-board-votes-strike-authorization-1235019190/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: September 23, 2021

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  • Cinematographers Guild Urges Members to Back IATSE Strike Authorization Vote

    “We still want to deal. That’s our goal. And the best way to get a deal is to have a strong strike authorization vote. We can avoid a strike if we have that,” said ICG’s national president John Lindley in a video message to members.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/local-600-iatse-strike-authorization-1235019912/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: September 23, 2021

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  • IATSE Strike-Authorization Vote Will Begin October 1

    IATSE’s strike-authorization vote will be getting underway soon. Grips Local 80 said that it will hold its vote from October 1-3, and Prop Local 44 told its members at a virtual town hall Wednesday night that they’d be be voting on the same dates. IATSE has said that all 13 West Coast studio locals will hold their secret ballot votes “simultaneously.”

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2021/09/iatse-strike-authorization-vote-starts-begin-october-1-1234842995/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: September 23, 2021

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  • ASCAP Expands Royalty Premium Payment Plan for Music in Top Streamed Shows on Online Streaming Services

    NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2021 — As more and more consumers subscribe to online, direct-to-consumer audio-visual platforms, ASCAP is immediately expanding its existing TV Premium payment plan to include eligibility for top streamed shows on major “over-the-top” (OTT) streaming services. OTT services are those that offer programming directly to viewers over the internet such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max. ASCAP is renaming and expanding the TV Premium Plan (TVP) to a platform agnostic Audio-Visual Premium plan (AVP). These expanded eligibility requirements for premium payments ensure that ASCAP composers, songwriters and music publishers are also eligible for premium bonus payments for the top streamed shows and movies on these services in addition to the continuation of premium eligibility for top rated series on cable and broadcast. The expansion of the premium payment program allows composers and songwriters a chance to share in the success of a hit show.

    Read More: https://www.ascap.com/press/2021/09/09-23-ascap-royalty-premium-plan

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    SOURCE: ASCAP

    Date: September 23, 2021

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  • Fran Drescher & Other SAG-AFTRA Leaders Join Chorus Of Actors Supporting IATSE’s Demands For Fair Contract

    SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher has joined the chorus of actors voicing their support for IATSE’s demands for a fair contract as IATSE prepares to take a strike-authorization vote. “Standing in #solidarity w/my on-set friends & colleagues in @IATSE,” she tweeted Wednesday. “Entertainment content only happens bc our crews are extraordinary.”

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2021/09/actors-show-solidarity-with-iatse-sarah-paulson-jane-fonda-lily-tomlin-1234842279/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: September 22, 2021

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  • The Rights & Royalties Revolution in Music and Media: A VIP+ Special Report

    Everywhere you look these days, the signs are hard to miss that the growth of streaming is driving an economic restructuring of the entertainment business. While that’s disruptive enough to question whether some companies can survive this transition, it has opened new opportunities for others.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2021/biz/news/music-royalties-changing-rights-streaming-1235054953/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: September 22, 2021

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  • Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus launches campaign to fix £500m music royalty problem

    Abba star Bjorn Ulvaeus has launched a campaign to ensure musicians don’t miss out on millions of pounds in royalties.

    Called Credits Due, the scheme aims to ensure all songwriters and musicians are correctly identified when a song is recorded.

    At present, missing and incomplete data means that about £500m is unallocated or misallocated globally every year.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58643787

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: September 21, 2021

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  • Societies and publishers complete global project to harmonise data reporting for music in commercials

    September 22nd, 2021 – Music authors societies and publishers have completed a global project to harmonise the reporting of data for musical works used in commercials. The initiative will make the matching of music works for use in commercials more accurate and reliable, and will improve the efficiency of royalty distributions internationally.

    Read More: https://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/articles/societies-and-publishers-complete-global-project-harmonise-data-reporting-music

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: September 21, 2021

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  • Merck Mercuriadis: ‘None of us should be able to sleep in good conscience at night until the true value of the songwriters’ contributions to this business are recognized.’

    There aren’t many in the business who now aren’t aware of – or even disagree with – Merck Mercuriadis‘ belief that songwriters deserve to get paid a bigger percentage of the money flowing into (and back out of) the modern music business.

    Some, though, take issue with the Hipgnosis Songs Fund founder’s insistence that the major record companies are actively disinterested in using their might – or the might of their sister publishing companies – to help alter the share of the revenue ‘pie’ paid to writers. David Israelite, CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) in the US, recently took aim at comments Mercuriadis has made in recent years to this effect.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/merck-mercuriadis-none-of-us-should-be-able-to-sleep-in-good-conscience-at-night-until-the-true-value-of-the-songwriters-contributions-to-this-business-are-recognized/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: September 21, 2021

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  • U.K. Government Calls for Further Research Into Music Streaming Sector; Keeps Options Open

    It’s been a long time coming, but the U.K. Government’s response to the recent report into the economics of music streaming has finally arrived. However, anyone hoping for a neat conclusion to the fierce debate that has pitted labels against artists and songwriters will be disappointed.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2021/music/news/uk-government-music-streaming-dcms-report-1235070750/

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: September 21, 2021

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  • Performer Payments from Streaming

    This study sets out to explain if and when performers share in monies generated through the exploitation of their performances via streaming services. When they do, it also explains how those payments are negotiated, what share of any streaming income performers are likely to receive, and other complexities which can impact on what payments are actually made.

    Read the full study below:

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    SOURCE: CMU Insights

    Date: September 2021

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  • Super-Low Carbon Live Music: a roadmap for the UK live music sector to play its part in tackling the climate crisis

    In this roadmap we outline a set of clearly defined and measurable targets that the live music sector could adopt to play a leading role in meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change. In our discussions and interviews with people from across the sector, we found widespread commitment to reassembling practices post Covid-19 so that they are fundamentally more sustainable. There are many excellent examples of super-low carbon practices already happening, however, progress must be rapidly accelerated and substantial shifts in industry practice are needed.

    Download the full document below

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    SOURCE: Tyndall Center for Climate Research

    Date: June 2021

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  • IATSE to Hold a Strike Authorization Vote Amid Stalled Contract Talks

    The vote, which would allow international union president Matthew D. Loeb to order a strike if members authorize it, will be “nationwide,” according to the union.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/iatse-strike-authorization-vote-amid-stalled-contract-talks-1235015756/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: September 20, 2021

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  • Netflix Expands U.K. Presence With Lease at U.K.’s Longcross Studios, Home to ‘Star Wars,’ Bond

    The streaming giant, which already has a long-term lease at Shepperton Studios and has reaffirmed its pledge to spend $1 billion in the U.K. in 2021, will “operate and significantly expand” the facility.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/netflix-lease-britain-longcross-studios-star-wars-bond-1235016953/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: September 20, 2021

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  • Songwriters and Publishers Ask the MLC: Where’s my money?

    If anyone connected to The Mechanical Licensing Collective, Inc. quango brings up the $424,000,000 black box payment that the MLC received in February as part of services claiming their safe harbor under the Music Modernization Act Title I giveaway, it’s usually in the context of claiming credit for the payment as in “Aren’t we great, we got the services to pay $424,000,000 of black box money owed to songwriters.” (Followed shortly by so where’s my bonus?)

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2021/09/20/songwriters-and-publishers-ask-the-mlc-wheres-my-money/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: September 20, 2021

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  • Sir Elton John requests urgent meeting with new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries over post-Brexit visa rules that have hit musicians trying to tour EU

    Sir Elton John has requested an urgent meeting with new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries over post-Brexit rules which have hit the ability of musicians to tour the EU.

    The rock singer is lobbying for the relaxation of rules which came into force at the beginning of 2021 which do not guarantee visa-free travel for musicians in the bloc, arguing that it is having a serious impact on young artists trying to build a career.

    Read More: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10005205/Sir-Elton-John-requests-urgent-meeting-new-Culture-Secretary-Nadine-Dorries-visa-rules.html

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    SOURCE: Daily Mail

    Date: September 18, 2021

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  • Lesli Linka Glatter Elected DGA President; Officers and Board of Directors Also Elected

    Los Angeles — Director Lesli Linka Glatter was elected President of the Directors Guild of America by acclamation by the delegates at the Guild’s National Biennial Convention held today at DGA National Headquarters in Los Angeles.

    Read More: https://www.dga.org/News/PressReleases/2021/210918_LesliLinkaGlatterElectedDGAPresident_NationalBoardAndOfficersChosen.aspx

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    SOURCE: DGA

    Date: September 18, 2021

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  • ‘Middle class’ artists need niche, not scale

    Streaming continues to grow strongly, as evidenced by the 28% growth reported by the RIAA for H1 2021 in the US. Everything looks great for the build-up to the impeding Universal Music Group (UMG) IPO. But all is not well in the creator community, as many artists and songwriters continue to be unhappy with streaming income (seen most pertinently in the UK parliamentary DCMS inquiry). However, the origin of so much of their ills, even if they do not yet realise it, is the mechanics of streaming itself rather than any party (labels, publishers or streaming services) not passing on enough money. Could these entities transfer more to their creators? Yes, of course. But there is no increase that could transform the outlook for most of these creators without potentially breaking the entire streaming economy. The crucial, emerging dynamic is that most mid-tier creators are never going to be big enough to gain adequate streaming scale to use as a reliable income source. In fact, they need the opposite of scale – they need niche.

    Read More: https://midiaresearch.com/blog/middle-class-artists-need-niche-not-scale

     

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    SOURCE: MIDiA Research

    Date: September 17, 2021

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  • SoundCloud says user-centric boosted the royalties for Portishead’s SOS by 500%

    SoundCloud says that an Abba cover posted to its platform by Portishead received six times more royalties because the company employs a user-centric system for distributing monies to its community of independent creators. So, that’s six times more than if the industry-standard practice for allocating streaming monies to tracks had been used.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/soundcloud-says-user-centric-boosted-the-royalties-for-portisheads-sos-by-500/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 16, 2021

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  • CRB Rejected Move To Create Separate Streaming Rate For Simulcasts. Now We Know Why.

    The Copyright Royalty Board has released an edited version of its decision which set the royalty rates that radio stations will pay for online streaming in the coming years. Despite a mosaic of blacked-out redactions, the document paints a picture of why the CRB declined to create a separate rate category for radio simulcasts as pitched by the National Association of Broadcasters.

    Read More: http://www.insideradio.com/free/crb-rejected-move-to-create-separate-streaming-rate-for-simulcasts-now-we-know-why/article_e2958e46-145b-11ec-8876-1798f007df52.html

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    SOURCE: Inside Radio

    Date: September 13, 2021

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  • Why Don’t We: US boy band accuse manager of mental and financial abuse

    US boy band Why Don’t We have accused one of their managers of “mental, emotional and financial abuse” by making them “hostages in our own home” and restricting their food.

    The five-piece’s latest album went to number five in the UK in January.

    They claimed the manager, who they didn’t name, “controlled us 24/7”, verbally berated them and led members to develop eating disorders.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58520199

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: September 11, 2021

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  • Hooray for Blightywood! Movie-makers and stars flock to the UK as wokery and Covid bring Tinseltown to a standstill (as one LA insider exclaims: ‘You guys are eating us for breakfast’)

    For two decades, New Zealand’s vertiginous mountain ranges and sweeping valleys have been synonymous with big-screen versions of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings.

    The movies have raked in more than £3.6 billion at the global box office and were so important to New Zealand’s national identity that the country’s tourism board spent millions on adverts imploring fans to visit the ‘Home of Middle-earth’.

    Read More: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9981285/Movie-makers-stars-flock-UK-wokery-Covid-bring-Tinseltown-standstill.html

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    SOURCE: Daily Mail

    Date: September 11, 2021

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  • Disney Releasing ‘Eternals,’ ‘Encanto’ Exclusively in Theaters

    Disney announced on Friday that upcoming 2021 films “Eternals,” “The Last Duel,” “West Side Story,” “Ron’s Gone Wrong” and “The King’s Man” will get exclusive, 45-day theatrical windows before moving to digital platforms.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/eternals-encanto-west-side-story-last-duel-theaters-disney-1235061504/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: September 10, 2021

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  • Actor to plead guilty in $650 million Hollywood Ponzi scheme involving fake HBO, Netflix deals

    Actor Zachary Joseph Horwitz has agreed to plead guilty to running a massive Hollywood Ponzi scheme that promised nonexistent film rights to investors.

    Horwitz will plead guilty to one count of securities fraud, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court for Central California this month. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4, said Thom Mrozek, the director of media relations for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Central California.

    Read More: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/actor-plead-guilty-650-million-hollywood-ponzi-scheme-involving-fake-n1278835

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    SOURCE: NBC News

    Date: September 9, 2021

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  • Virtual artists are an opportunity for the music business – not an enemy

    The new singing competition show from FOX, Alter Ego, features a unique twist on the old formula: rather than performing songs in front of the judges, the amateur contestants are tucked offstage, controlling larger than life digital avatars.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/virtual-artists-are-an-opportunity-for-the-music-business-not-an-enemy/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: September 9, 2021

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  • Spotify Playlist Curators Says Copyright Abuse Is On the Rise — And Spotify Isn’t Doing Much About It

    Spotify playlist curators say the platform isn’t doing enough to combat bad faith copyright abuse complaints.

    Curators say playlists are being reported for a variety of reasons, though oversight is lacking and claims aren’t properly investigated. Playlists can be reported for a variety of reasons, including sexual, violent, deceptive, or hateful content.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/09/09/spotify-playlist-curators-copyright-abuse/?mc_cid=5840b6f33d&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: September 9, 2021

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  • Apple Music is using Shazam to solve the streaming industry’s problem with DJ mixes

    Apple Music announced today that it’s created a process to properly identify and compensate all of the individual creators involved in making a DJ mix. Using technology from the audio-recognition app Shazam, which Apple acquired in 2018 for $400 million, Apple Music is working with major and independent labels to devise a fair way to divide streaming royalties among DJs, labels and artists who appear in the mixes. This is intended to help DJ mixes retain long-term monetary value for all creators involved, making sure that musicians get paid for their work even when other artists iterate on it. And, as one of Apple’s first major integrations of Shazam’s technology, it appears that the company saw value in it.

    Read More: https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/09/apple-music-is-using-shazam-to-solve-the-streaming-industrys-problem-with-dj-mixes/?guccounter=1

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    SOURCE: Tech Crunch

    Date: September 9, 2021

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  • Britney Spears’ father formally files to end conservatorship

    Britney Spears’ father has filed papers in a Los Angeles court to end the 13-year conservatorship that saw him overseeing her life and finances.

    Jamie Spears wrote that his daughter “is entitled to have this court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required”.

    She has sought to remove him from the role twice in the last two years.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58483461

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: September 8, 2021

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  • IATSE Gearing Up For Possible Strike Against Film & TV Industry

    IATSE is gearing up for a possible strike against the film and television industry, which would be the first industry-wide strike in the union’s history. The union and management’s AMPTP will return to the bargaining table on Thursday in an effort to reach an agreement on a new film and TV contract in advance of Friday’s expiration of their current deal.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2021/09/iatse-strike-threat-against-film-tv-industry-1234828948/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: September 8, 2021

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  • Nicole Scherzinger sued by Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin

    Nicole Scherzinger is being sued by the founder of the Pussycat Dolls after allegedly refusing to take part in the group’s previously-announced reunion.

    Choreographer and founder Robin Antin claims Scherzinger is demanding full creative control and a larger share in the group’s new business venture.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58460123

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    SOURCE: BBC

    Date: September 7, 2021

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  • Climate scientists make low carbon live music recommendations based on Massive Attack touring data

    Climate scientists from the University Of Manchester have made a number of recommendations on how to mitigate the environmental impact of touring. This follows analysis of data collected on Massive Attack’s last tour.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/climate-scientists-make-low-carbon-live-music-recommendations-based-on-massive-attack-touring-data/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 6, 2021

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  • PayPerformers says the “contractual system” for sharing out streaming income isn’t working

    The PayPerformers campaign has again called for the introduction of a Europe-wide “unwaivable remuneration right for performers” in relation to streaming, arguing that “the current contractual system” for sharing out digital income across the music and audio-visual industries “is not delivering fair remuneration for performers”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/payperformers-says-the-contractual-system-for-sharing-out-streaming-income-isnt-working/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 2, 2021

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  • Britney Spears’ lawyer requests her father resign as conservator without payout

    Britney Spears’ lawyer wants Jamie Spears to resign as the conservator of his daughter’s estate, without the multimillion dollar payout that he is requesting.

    In a new court filing obtained by CNN on Tuesday, Mathew Rosengart states that although Spears’ father said in a filing last month that he would eventually resign, Rosengart wants him to step down “today, before he is suspended.”

    Read More: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/01/entertainment/britney-spears-lawyer-petition-father-jamie-spears-conservator/index.html

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    SOURCE: CNN

    Date: September 1, 2021

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  • NFTs and Music Royalty Streams: 5 Legal Issues To Be Aware Of

    Increasing numbers of musicians and other owners of music royalty streams are looking to capitalize on non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by selling NFTs associated with music royalty streams. But selling such NFTs without proper due diligence and planning can quickly land artists and other royaltors in hot water legally, resulting in hefty fines, or even jail time.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/nfts-and-music-royalty-streams-5-legal-issues-to-be-aware/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: September 1, 2021

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  • YouTube expands Copyright Match Tool to more rightsholders

    YouTube’s latest blog post about the European Copyright Directive is a mix of existing stats ($4bn paid to the music industry in the last year; $30bn paid to media companies, creators and artists in the last three) and nudges for local policymakers (“YouTube’s creative ecosystem contributed approximately €775 million to Germany’s GDP in 2019…”).

    Read More: https://musically.com/2021/09/01/youtube-expands-copyright-rightsholders/

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    SOURCE: Musically

    Date: September 1, 2021

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  • PPL and Veva Sound to tackle inaccurate recordings metadata

    We’re caught between ‘painting the Forth Bridge’ and ‘playing whack-a-mole’ as the best metaphor for the music industry’s work fixing dodgy metadata. Perhaps it’s a combination of the two: an endless task with new problems popping up regularly. More positively, a lot of companies are trying to tackle this challenge, with the latest example a partnership between UK-based PPL and archivals firm Veva Sound.

    Read More: https://musically.com/2021/09/01/ppl-veva-recordings-metadata/

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    SOURCE: Musically

    Date: September 1, 2021

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  • Derivative works: the Adventures of Koons and Tintin in French copyright law

    Like most copyright systems, French copyright law does not leave much room for the freedom of authors of transformative graphic works (also called “derivative works”).

    Three interesting cases on derivative works, two involving Jeff Koons and one Tintin, have recently put French copyright law in the international spotlight (e.g. here and here). The American transformative artist Jeff Koons was condemned by the Court of Appeal of Paris for copyright infringement in 2019 and in 2021 for sculptures from the ‘Banality’ series (see hereunder), whereas the Court of First Instance of Rennes, in a judgment of 10 May 2021, ruled that the author of paintings incorporating the Tintin character in flirtatious situations could rely on the exception for parody.

    Read More: https://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2021/09/01/derivative-works-the-adventures-of-koons-and-tintin-in-french-copyright-law/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: September 1, 2021

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