Austrian Supreme Court finds YouTube not responsible for copyright infringements by users

The Austrian Supreme Court held that YouTube – as a host service provider – was not responsible for copyright infringements by its users as long as it was not put on notice of the infringements (17. 9. 2021, 4 Ob 132/21x).

Read More: https://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2022/05/31/austrian-supreme-court-finds-youtube-not-responsible-for-copyright-infringements-by-users/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: May 31, 2022

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  • Music Creators’ Earnings in the Digital Era

    From your favourite rock and pop artists, to film and TV scores, to classical and ambient, music is often the backdrop to our lives. But how do artists earn money from their music? Before COVID-19 lockdowns, artists earned much of their income from live performances. But the pandemic changed that: artists could no longer rely on live performances to make a living and had to look at their other sources of income. This shift brought into sharp focus several issues around streaming, including the way in which artists are remunerated.

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    SOURCE: Intellectual Property Office

    Date: May 12, 2022

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  • Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos Defends Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais Free Speech: “It Used To Be A Very Liberal Issue”

    In a wide-ranging interview published today in the New York Times, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down on his prior defenses of artistic freedom, backing comedians Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/05/netflix-ted-sarandos-defends-dave-chappelle-ricky-gervais-new-york-times-1235034993/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: May 28, 2022

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  • Village Roadshow’s Lawsuit Against Warner Bros. Over ‘Matrix Resurrections’ Sent to Arbitration

    The case highlights escalating tension between talent who stand to profit from theatrical releases and media companies seeking to draw viewers to their streaming services.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/village-roadshows-lawsuit-against-warner-bros-over-matrix-resurrections-sent-to-arbitration-1235155383/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 27, 2022

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  • ‘Rust’ Script Supervisor’s Lawsuit Can Seek Punitive Damages, Judge Rules – Update

    UPDATED, 4:14 PM: A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Mamie Mitchell, the script supervisor who was standing next to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when she was fatally shot with a prop weapon fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the Rust film set, can seek punitive damages from some of the producers who sought to have the damages stricken.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/05/alec-baldwin-lawsuit-rust-producers-dismiss-fatal-shooting-mamie-mitchell-gloria-allred-1234919067/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: May 27, 2022

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  • #StopCRBAbuse: Can Songwriters stop Big Tech from demanding your contracts and royalty earnings be handed over to them in Copyright Royalty Board?

    As I posted recently (“Google’s Shameful Bullying Tactics on Display Again in CRB“), Google has once again turned its lawyers loose to run roughshod over songwriters in their latest theater of lawfare, this time the Copyright Royalty Board in the rate setting for streaming mechanicals. They are using their bottomless litigation budget to treat the government’s rate-setting agency as though it was a Federal court hearing a copyright case where Google was hell-bent on stealing someone else’s work product (like the widely criticized decision in Google v. Oracle). It’s all the same to Google and their grotesquely maniacal legal crew. File this under News from the Goolag.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/05/27/stopcrbabuse-can-songwriters-stop-big-tech-from-demanding-your-contracts-and-royalty-earnings-be-handed-over-to-them-in-copyright-royalty-board/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: May 27, 2022

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  • CISAC releases its 2022 Annual Report

    Paris – 26 May 2022 – CISAC has today published its 2022 Annual Report, outlining its work supporting the world’s largest network of authors societies.

    CISAC’s members comprise 228- authors societies who together manage the rights of over 4 million creators from the music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama, and literature repertoires

    The 2022 Annual Report shows the Confederation’s diverse services including lobbying, development of best practices, technology, and the systems to support data exchanges, help identify works and pay royalties quickly and accurately.

    Read the report below

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: May 26, 2022

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  • Commission sends reasoned opinions to 13 Member States for failure to transpose CDSM Directive into national law

    Last week, the European Commission sent reasoned opinions to 13 Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, France, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden) for failure to notify the Commission of transposition measures on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (Directive (EU) 2019/790) (CDSM Directive)

    Read More: https://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2022/05/26/commission-sends-reasoned-opinions-to-13-member-states-for-failure-to-transpose-cdsm-directive-into-national-law/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: May 26, 2022

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  • How the Publishing World Is Muscling In on Hollywood Deals: For Authors, “The Future Is Multihyphenate”

    Books and magazine articles have long provided the IP Hollywood depends on, but until recently, authors played little role in the process. Now, lit agencies and publishers are changing the rules and shortening the page-to-screen pipeline.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/publishing-hollywood-deals-authors-1235152812/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 25, 2022

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  • How the Publishing World Is Muscling In on Hollywood Deals: For Authors, “The Future Is Multihyphenate”

    Books and magazine articles have long provided the IP Hollywood depends on, but until recently, authors played little role in the process. Now, lit agencies and publishers are changing the rules and shortening the page-to-screen pipeline.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/publishing-hollywood-deals-authors-1235152812/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 25, 2022

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  • U.S. Copyright Office Issues a Supplemental Interim Rule Related to the Music Modernization Act Reports of Usage and Payment

    Pursuant to Title I of the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, the Copyright Office has issued a supplemental interim rule updating certain reporting requirements for digital music providers. The updates relate to reports of adjustment and annual reports of usage that digital music providers submit to the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).

    Read More: https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2022/964.html

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    SOURCE: Copyright.gov

    Date: May 24, 2022

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  • Cannes: Is the Film Industry Really Ready to Embrace NFTs?

    From Blockchain to Web 3.0 and DAOs, there are a lot of new buzzwords out there — and plenty of skepticism — but supporters say these new technologies can make filmmaking more accessible, transparent and efficient: “We are just scratching the surface.”

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/cannes-nfts-film-industry-blockchain-1235149444/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 18, 2022

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  • The Unheard Battle Over Social Media Licensing

    Last year, the Financial Times captured an amazing detail in its profile of Lucian Grainge, the CEO of Universal Music Group. The story closed with Grainge on the Zoom call giving instructions on how to deal with social media companies in licensing negotiations. An anonymously quoted former UMG employee said: “he has ice in his veins” to describe how the industry-leading boss deals with technology rivals on the other side of the negotiating table.

    Read More: https://pennyfractions.ghost.io/the-unheard-battle-over-social-media-licensing/

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    SOURCE: Penny Fractions

    Date: May 18, 2022

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  • Google’s Shameful Bullying Tactics on Display Again in Copyright Royalty Board

    File this under News from the Goolag. In case you had any illusions that Google has fully lost whatever shred of human decency they may have had, we just got even more confirmation in the CRB of the expense and invasiveness of Google’s lawfare against songwriters.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/05/17/googles-shameful-bullying-tactics-on-display-again-in-copyright-royalty-board/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: May 17, 2022

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  • Alan Parsons awarded nearly $5 million in dispute with former manager

    A US court last week awarded Alan Parsons nearly $5 million in damages as part of a dispute with his former manager, John Regna of World Entertainment Associates Of America. Judge and jury together found that Regna was liable for trademark infringement, unfair competition and breach of fiduciary duty, among other things.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/alan-parsons-awarded-nearly-5-million-in-dispute-with-former-manager/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: May 17, 2022

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  • Josh Hawley And Other Republicans Want To End Special “Handouts” To Disney And Other Corporations, But As Punishment Not Policy (Analysis)

    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) followed up on his attack on Disney last week with an op-ed on FoxNews.com in which he argued that corporations were attacking American values by weighing in on divisive social issues. “Big business is no friend to conservatives — that’s been clear for years. And it’s increasingly no friend to America,” he wrote.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/05/disney-republicans-culture-war-fight-woke-companies-1235022457/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: May 15, 2022

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  • Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith: The Supreme Court Revisits Transformative Fair Uses

    In its landmark 1994 decision Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994), the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruled that Campbell’s creation of a rap parody version of a popular Roy

    Orbison song could be fair use because it transformed the original song by adding something new, with a different purpose, or a new meaning or message. Since then, courts in the U.S. have grappled with how broadly or narrowly to interpret the concept of transformativeness when assessing fair use defenses to charges of copyright infringement. The

    Read More: https://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2022/05/09/andy-warhol-foundation-v-goldsmith-the-supreme-court-revisits-transformative-fair-uses/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: May 9, 2022

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  • Live Nation Should Be Broken Up, Says New Jersey Congressman, Citing Safety Record

    Concert promotion giant Live Nation should be broken up, according to New Jersey Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, who claims its safety record is disturbing.

    Pascrell cited the recent attack on comedian Dave Chappelle and the Travis Scott Astroworld tragedy that resulted in the death of 10 people and numerous inuries.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/05/live-nation-attacked-new-jersey-congressman-callls-for-beakup-1235018988/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: May 8, 2022

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  • WGA East Executive Director Lowell Peterson Sets Stage For Showdown With Studios Next Year

    The WGA is gearing up for a showdown with the major companies next year. In his annual report, WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson told his members that the WGA East and West “have a lot of work to do at the bargaining table next year … to ensure that our members can sustain meaningful careers as the industry continues its transformation.”

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/05/wga-east-sets-stage-for-showdown-with-studios-1235018388/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: May 6, 2022

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  • New inflation matching settlement on US disc and download song royalty rate welcomed

    A plethora of organisations from across the US music industry have welcomed a new proposed settlement regarding the mechanical royalty rate paid on discs and downloads Stateside, after an initial proposal from the National Music Publishers Association and the major labels was widely criticised by songwriter groups.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/new-inflation-matching-settlement-on-us-disc-and-download-song-royalty-rate-welcomed/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: May 6, 2022

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  • SGA, SCL & MCNA ‘Extremely Pleased’ With Mechanical Royalty Rate Increase Decision In the US — Here’s Their Statement

    Major label and publishing conglomerates Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, as well as other publishers represented by the NMPA, have tentatively agreed to increase mechanical royalty rates on physical products and downloads in the United States from 9.1 cents to 12 cents per song use. Already, independent music organizations including SGA, SCL and MCNA are reacting to the move — here’s their official statement on the matter as shared with Digital Music News.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/05/05/mechanical-royalty-rate-increase-us-statements/?utm_source=Daily+Snapshot&utm_campaign=26099a340b-Daily_Snapshot_May_6_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-26099a340b-21465306&mc_cid=26099a340b&mc_eid=6746066f83

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 5, 2022

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  • ‘If the music industry wants to continue its exponential growth, its data backbone needs to become significantly more efficient.’

    Verifi Media recently announced the launch of the Verifi Rights Data Alliance (“VRDA”), with partnerships in place with Warner Music Group, Warner Chappell, FUGA, Unison Rights and Deezer.

    Together, these inaugural members have committed to using Verifi’s services to enhance, collaborate and share music rights data, with the cumulative aim of improving each of their businesses.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/music-industry-wants-to-continue-its-exponential-growth-its-data-backbone-needs-to-become-significantly-more-efficient/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: May 4, 2022

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  • A New Study Confirms the Obvious: Major Labels Control Spotify Playlists

    A Spotify playlist study has found that the Big Three labels (UMG, Warner, Sony) benefit most from curated playlists. In many cases, they practically control them.

    Consultancy firm Music Tomorrow published the study, dissecting how playlists impact emerging artists. The study finds that over the last four years, major labels accounted for nearly 70% of the music featured in the ‘New Music Friday’ playlist on Spotify. Of that number, 30% was UMG content, while 19% was for Warner and 19% for Sony.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/05/04/spotify-playlist-study-major-labels/?mc_cid=47904256d6&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 4th, 2022

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  • Kanye West sued over sermon sample on Donda

    Kanye West has been sued by a Texas-based pastor who claims that a track on the rapper’s ‘Donda’ album samples one of his sermons without licence. That copyright infringement, the pastor’s lawsuit stresses, has resulted in a “considerable influx of ill-gotten financial gains and other benefits” for West and his label.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/kanye-west-sued-over-sermon-sample-on-donda/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: May 4th, 2022

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  • US Court Orders Every ISP in the United States to Block Illegal Streaming Sites

    More than a decade after U.S. lawmakers scuttled the controversial SOPA legislation that would’ve required ISPs to block pirate sites, a US court has demonstrated that the ability to block sites has been available all along. Injunctions issued in response to lawsuits against three pirate streaming services require every ISP in the United States to prevent subscribers from accessing them.

    Read More: https://torrentfreak.com/us-court-orders-every-isp-in-the-united-states-to-block-illegal-streaming-sites-220502/

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    SOURCE: Torrent Freak

    Date: May 2, 2022

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