The film and TV streaming war empties the coffers

Future. As the entertainment industry pushes all the chips in on streaming, it’s important to note that none of these companies are actually making any real money… yet. But in order to command market share now and score a high stock price, streamers are spending unprecedented amounts on content anyway (great for creators and audiences). It may signal that success in the new Hollywood is more about stock prices than profits.

Read More: https://futureparty.com/film-tv-studios-earnings-streaming/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Choose%20to%20be%20a%20Cat%20Burglar%20%20Trivia%20Night%20on%20Netflix&utm_content=Choose%20to%20be%20a%20Cat%20Burglar%20%20Trivia%20Night%20on%20Netflix+CID_2eec64180ee07b494a88c872b6932971&utm_source=CampaignMonitor&utm_term=SHARE%20THIS%20STORY

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    SOURCE: The Future Party

    Date: February 25, 2022

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  • Appeals Court Revives Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Servant’

    The court found additional evidence is necessary to determine whether M. Night Shyamalan’s AppleTV+ series infringed on Francesca Gregorini’s 2013 movie ‘The Truth About Emanuel.’ It’s the latest in a series of recent appellate decisions in favor of plaintiffs claiming copyright infringement.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/appeals-court-revives-shyamalan-servant-lawsuit-1235098323/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 23, 2022

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  • Megan Thee Stallion goes back to court to dispute label’s definition of “album”

    Megan Thee Stallion has returned to court in Texas to settle another dispute with her label 1501 Certified Entertainment. This time the rapper wants the judge to confirm that her ‘Something For Thee Hotties’ release last October was definitely an album release, meaning that she has now fulfilled her minimum recording commitment to the label for the second option period of her contract with the company.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/megan-thee-stallion-goes-back-to-court-to-dispute-labels-definition-of-album/

    UPDATE: Megan Thee Stallion countersued by record label in album dispute

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-60824237

     

     

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: February 23, 2022

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  • “The Minions Do the Actual Writing”: The Ugly Truth of How Movie Scores Are Made

    The streaming revolution is changing the way film composers get paid and exposing the flaws of a system where big names farm their scores out to uncredited “ghost composers.” Now, the artists actually writing the music are demanding recognition—and a fair share of the profits.

    Read More: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/02/the-ugly-truth-of-how-movie-scores-are-made

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    SOURCE: Vanity Fair

    Date: February 21, 2022

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  • How to Cancel Your Spotify Account

    Spotify is one of the top music streaming services, offering free and paid access to more than 82 million songs online at last count. A paid plan adds several useful features, but maybe you don’t use it enough to justify the monthly cost. Perhaps you’ve switched to a rival service like Apple Music, or maybe you object to some of the content and personalities on Spotify and no longer care to give the company your business (like Neil Young). Whatever the reason, here’s how to remove your ties to Spotify.

    Read More: https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-cancel-your-spotify-account?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=tipstrickshowto&utm_medium=title

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    SOURCE: PC Mag

    Date: February 20, 2022

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  • Radio Industry Strikes Interim Licensing Deal With ASCAP.

    The Radio Music License Committee says it has reached an interim licensing agreement with ASCAP while it works on a long-term deal with the performance rights organization. The radio industry’s previous deal covering 2017 to 2021 expired at the end of the year, but the interim deal will keep those terms in place for the time being.

    Read More: https://www.insideradio.com/free/radio-industry-strikes-interim-licensing-deal-with-ascap/article_b6ac1608-908c-11ec-8fe7-7f1aabc28ba1.html

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    SOURCE: Inside Radio

    Date: February 18, 2022

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  • David Crosby On The “Scummy People” At Spotify And His Lack Of Hope For The Music Industry

    Crosby’s advice to aspiring musicians: “Don’t become a musician.”

    In recent weeks, there has been an ongoing controversy surrounding Spotify and Joe Rogan. First it was about Rogan’s insistence on spreading misinformation about COVID vaccines through his podcast — a Spotify exclusive that, as revealed this week, cost the company $200 million, double the initially reported figure. But then other objectionable elements of Rogan’s show resurfaced, including his recurring use of racial slurs, resulting in the removal of more than 100 episodes from Spotify’s servers. In the first wave surrounding the COVID issues, some artists decided to pull their music from Spotify in response to Rogan’s ongoing affiliation with the platform, igniting debates about censorship along the way.

    Read More: https://www.stereogum.com/2176699/david-crosby-spotify-joe-rogan-new-album/interviews/qa/

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    SOURCE: STEREOGUM

    Date: February 18, 2022

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  • UK TV Skills Crisis Laid Bare By ScreenSkills Report; Production Managers And Co-Ordinators Almost Impossible To Find

    The UK TV skills crisis has been laid bare by research from ScreenSkills showing the vast majority of production companies struggling immensely to find key roles such as Production Manager and Production Co-ordinator on non-scripted shows.

    ScreenSkills described a “squeezed middle” of experienced crew after more than 90% of respondents to the Unscripted TV production in the UK: 2021 skills review survey said they find it “Very Difficult” or “Difficult” to find Production Managers and Production Co-ordinators, roles that are crucial to filming.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/02/uk-tv-skills-crisis-laid-bare-by-screenskills-report-production-managers-and-co-ordinators-almost-impossible-to-find-1234935697/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: February 17, 2022

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  • Universal Music Group Inks Partnership Deal With NFT Platform Curio

    Universal Music Group has officially inked a partnership agreement with non-fungible token marketplace Curio, which is set to release NFTs from UMG artists moving forward.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/02/17/curio-umg-partnership/?utm_source=Daily+Snapshot&utm_campaign=78facf4291-Daily_Snapshot_February_18_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-78facf4291-21259337&mc_cid=78facf4291&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 17, 2022

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  • Hollywood’s Return-To-Work Covid Protocols Extended Again; “Fully Vaccinated” Redefined To Include Booster Shots

    Hollywood’s Covid safety protocols have been extended to April 30 and updated to redefine “fully vaccinated” to include booster shots, effective March 15.

    The updated rules also upgrade mask requirements to include KN95, KF94 or N95 masks that are to be provided by the employer; add a number of additional antigen tests that are authorized for use in testing for Covid-19; and refreshes funding for the Covid-19 sick leave bank for all cast and crew to 10 days.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/02/hollywoods-covid-protocols-extended-booster-shots-return-to-work-1234935186/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: February 16, 2022

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  • YouTube is making close to $100m from advertising revenues every day

    YouTube‘s ads business is a money-making machine.

    According to stats published by the video platform’s (and Google‘s) parent company Alphabet last week, YouTube made $8.63 billion from advertising in Q4 2021 (ended December).

    That figure was up 25% compared to Q4 2020, when the platform generated revenues of $6.89 billion from ads.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/youtube-is-making-close-to-100m-from-advertising-revenues-every-day/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 15, 2022

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  • YouTube Is Officially Getting Into NFTs — New Creator Tools Coming Soon

    YouTube is getting into NFTs, according to a new blog post on the platform’s future for creator tools.

    YouTube’s Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan detailed some of what to expect. “We believe new technologies like blockchain and NFTs can allow creators to build deeper relationships with their fans,” Mohan writes. “Together, they’ll be able to collaborate on new projects and make money in ways not previously possible.”

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/02/13/youtube-nfts-coming-soon/?utm_source=Daily+Snapshot&utm_campaign=6fbb00797b-Daily_Snapshot_February_14_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-6fbb00797b-21364965&mc_cid=6fbb00797b&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 13, 2022

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  • Daniel Ek’s Edifice Complex: Millions for tribute, but not one red cent for royalties as Spotify buys naming rights to biggest football stadium in Europe — Artist Rights Watch

    If screwups were Easter eggs, Daniel Ek would be the Easter bunny. Right in the middle of Spotify’s crashing stock price, billion-dollar stock buy backs, shenanigans at the Copyright Royalty Board (which grows more chaotic by the day), the Joe Rogan controversy, and an investigation by the UK competition authorities after an investigation by the Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons, here’s another Easter egg that Little Danny missed.

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2022/02/13/daniel-eks-edifice-complex-millions-for-tribute-but-not-one-red-cent-for-royalties-as-spotify-buys-naming-rights-to-biggest-football-stadium-in-europe-artist-rights-watch/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: February 13, 2022

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  • ODB estate sues Wu-Tang Productions over unpaid royalties

    The widow of Ol Dirty Bastard – Icelene Jones – is suing Wu-Tang Productions, claiming that it has “wilfully refused” to pay the ODB estate at least $1 million in royalties stemming from the late rapper’s solo recordings and his work with Wu-Tang Clan.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/odb-estate-sues-wu-tang-productions-over-unpaid-royalties/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: February 11, 2022

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  • How Much Does TikTok Pay You? Unfortunately Not Very Much (Updated for 2022)

    Yes, TikTok will pay you money, thanks to a recently-created $200 million fund for creators. You probably won’t get rich, but here’s exactly how much you’ll get paid from TikTok’s ‘Creator Fund.’

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/10/02/does-tiktok-pay-you-money-yes-just-not-very-much/?utm_source=Daily+Snapshot&utm_campaign=dd1f4a8c9f-Daily_Snapshot_February_11_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-dd1f4a8c9f-21364965&mc_cid=dd1f4a8c9f&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 10, 2022

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  • The MLC Seeking Suggestions for Songwriter Candidates for Seats on Board of Directors and Pair of Advisory Committees

    The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) is now seeking suggestions for songwriter candidates to be considered for seats on its Board of Directors, Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee and Dispute Resolution Committee.

    Read More: https://themlc.com/press/mlc-seeking-suggestions-songwriter-candidates-seats-board-directors-and-pair-advisory

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    SOURCE: The MLC

    Date: February 8, 2022

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  • Warner Chappell: Spotify, Google and Amazon are paying songwriters an ‘appallingly low’ rate in the US

    The US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) is currently conducting proceedings to determine the mechanical royalty rate that music streaming services will pay songwriters for the five years between 2023 and 2027.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/warner-chappell-spotify-google-and-amazon-are-paying-songwriters-an-appallingly-low-rate-in-the-us1234/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 7, 2022

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  • Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights and commercial radio body settle long-running legal dispute

    The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) and Irving Azoff’s performing rights society Global Music Rights (GMR) have reached a final agreement to settle their long-running legal dispute.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/irving-azoffs-global-music-rights-and-commercial-radio-body-reach-final-settlement-agreement123/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 7, 2022

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  • 2021 Income Statements Available

    As the media industry continues to rebound from the pandemic, it’s more important than ever we have correct information to accurately assess your union dues. Remember, dues are based on your previous year’s SAG-AFTRA, SAG and AFTRA earnings, and support critical services of the union, such as residuals processing, contract negotiations, legal advocacy and member support services. If we don’t have the right info — perhaps because employers misreported it — you could be assessed the wrong dues amount.

    Read More: https://www.sagaftra.org/2021-income-statements-available

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    SOURCE: SAG AFTRA

    Date: February 4, 2022

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  • The Duchess and the tabloid: copyright, fair dealing and freedom of expression in personal letters

    There has been widespread press coverage of Meghan Markle’s (the Duchess of Sussex) recent success in a claim which she brought against the publishers of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online website (“the Mail”). In February 2021, the High Court granted Ms Markle summary judgment on her claim for misuse of private information, and also on the central issues of her copyright claim. The summary judgment procedure allows a judge to reach a decision without the case proceeding all the way to a full trial. The effect of the summary judgment was therefore to dispose of the claim in Ms Markle’s favour. Just before Christmas, the Court of Appeal handed down its decision.

    Read More: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2022/02/03/the-duchess-and-the-tabloid-copyright-fair-dealing-and-freedom-of-expression-in-personal-letters/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: February 3, 2022

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  • Film/TV Labor Unions Rift in Canada Widens Over Streaming Wars

    As Ottawa revives legislation to regulate foreign media players in the local market, IATSE says global studios and video giants already employ most Canadian creative workers, while local actors and directors want more local stories told.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/film-tv-labor-unions-rift-in-canada-widens-over-streaming-wars-1235086627/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 3, 2022

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  • Broadcasters Tell Congress: We Want To Negotiate ‘Holistic’ Royalties Deal.

    Broadcasters say they have not had a willing dance partner with which to negotiate a deal to end the long-running battle over a performance royalty for radio. And while a hearing in Congress on Wednesday hit several familiar notes heard countless times through the years, there was at least one member of the music community that said he is willing to get on the proverbial dance floor.

    Read More: https://www.insideradio.com/free/broadcasters-tell-congress-we-want-to-negotiate-holistic-royalties-deal/article_e606bc94-84cc-11ec-b7c3-0fe1bcb7782e.html

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    SOURCE: Inside Radio

    Date: February 3, 2022

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  • Reasons to Abandon Spotify That Have Nothing to Do with Joe Rogan

    As welcome as the recent protests are, they do not address the fundamental injustice of the streaming economy.

    It is good to see Spotify suffer, at least in the short term. The Swedish streaming service has fostered a music-distribution model that is singularly hostile to the interests of working musicians. It pays out, on average, an estimated four-tenths of a cent per stream, meaning that a thousand streams nets around four dollars. That arrangement has reaped huge profits for major labels and for superstars while decimating smaller-scale musical incomes—as perfect an embodiment of the winner-takes-all neoliberal economy as has yet been devised.

    Read More: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/imagine-a-world-without-spotify

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    SOURCE: The New Yorker

    Date: February 2, 2022

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  • Twitch strikes strategic partnership with indie label agency Merlin

    Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch has struck a new agreement with independent label agency Merlin.

    Merlin says that the partnership “recognizes the power of independent artists and their impact in the Twitch community”, and will create “revenue earning opportunities for Merlin members and their artists”.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/twitch-strikes-strategic-partnership-with-indie-label-agency-merlin/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 2, 2022

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  • The Collective Rights Management Directive: a positive assessment of the action of CMOs

    5-years after the transposition deadline, the European Commission has concluded that the application of the Collective Rights Management Directive has had a positive effect on rightsholders and the licensing market. Therefore, there is no need for a review, said the Commission.

    Read More: https://www.saa-authors.eu/en/news/760-the-collective-rights-management-directive-a-positive-assessment-of-the-action-of-cmos

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    SOURCE: SAA

    Date: February 2, 2022

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  • Now Warner scraps unrecouped balances for heritage artists. Will Universal be next?

    Last summer, Sony Music Group shocked the global music industry by doing something historic: announcing it was disregarding unrecouped balances for thousands of heritage artists and songwriters who had signed to the company in previous decades.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/now-warner-scraps-unrecouped-balances-for-heritage-artists-will-universal-be-next/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 1, 2022

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  • DGA Urges Senators To Reject Joe Biden’s FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn; Vote Will Be Delayed Because Of Absence Of Sen. Ben Ray Luján

    UPDATED, with information on delayed vote: The Directors Guild of America is urging the Senate Commerce Committee to reject Joe Biden’s nominee to the FCC, citing Gigi Sohn’s past stances on copyright.

    The committee was scheduled to take up Sohn’s nomination on Wednesday, but it will be postponed because of the absence of Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), whose office announced that he suffered a stroke. He is expected to make a full recovery.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/02/gigi-sohn-fcc-dga-joe-biden-1234924405/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: February 1, 2022

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