Chernin Entertainment Inks Spotify First-Look Deal to Adapt Podcasts for TV, Film

Peter Chernin wants to spin Spotify’s podcasts into TV and movie gold. Spotify and Chernin Entertainment have formed a multiyear partnership to adapt the audio streamer’s original podcasts for television, film and digital video. Under the first-look deal, the two companies will collaborate 50-50 on investing in developing new projects.

Source: Chernin Entertainment Inks Spotify First-Look Deal to Adapt Podcasts for TV, Film

Artists are missing out on tens of millions of dollars from neighbouring rights. IAFAR is trying to fix the problem.

The trade organization doesn’t collect money for performers and it doesn’t represent neighbouring rights for them. What it does do is every bit as important: offering guidance, education and advice about neighbouring rights for performers and rightsholders, within a community comprised of some of the music business’s biggest names.

Source: Artists are missing out on tens of millions of dollars from neighbouring rights. IAFAR is trying to fix the problem.

Ingrooves has built its own AI music marketing technology – and been granted a patent for it

The patent – which you can read in full through here – is for AI-powered marketing technology. According to Ingrooves, it exclusively secures the company the rights for a proprietary method of using artificial intelligence to “detect significant shifts in audience engagement and identify high-value streaming audiences”.

Source: Ingrooves has built its own AI music marketing technology – and been granted a patent for it

With fresh cash injection, Hipgnosis has raised over $500m in two months

Hipgnosis Songs Fund hit a major milestone in its native UK last month with its market cap soaring above GBP £1 billion for the first time – just over two years after going public on the London Stock Exchange. Today (September 24), the aggressively acquisitive company, has hit another impressive financial landmark – raising more than £420m ($535m) in the past two months alone.

Source: With fresh cash injection, Hipgnosis has raised over $500m in two months

Why Some Classic Films Still Aren’t Streaming, From ‘Jungle Fever’ to ‘Silkwood’

The causes of unstreamableness vary. For films made before digital distribution existed, it can be unclear who owns streaming privileges. Restrictions on digital use of the music in a film can hold it back. For those who want to release older films in new formats, hunting down rights holders can become a Watergate-like investigation. After decades of mergers and acquisitions, the corporate owner of a film may not even know it’s the owner.

Source: Why Some Classic Films Still Aren’t Streaming, From ‘Jungle Fever’ to ‘Silkwood’

Rightsholders Ask Europe for Broad “Know Your Customer” Checks to Deter Piracy 

In a letter sent to the European Commission, a large group of anti-piracy organizations and copyright holders calls for stricter online identity checks. As part of Europe’s planned Digital Services Act, online services such as hosting companies, domain registrars, and advertisers, should be required to perform “know your customer” checks. This can help to combat all sorts of illegal activity including online piracy.

Source: Rightsholders Ask Europe for Broad “Know Your Customer” Checks to Deter Piracy * TorrentFreak

Dispute over EU Copyright Directive flares anew

The battle over the European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was thought to be all over but the shouting. The final text of the directive was adopted by the European Parliament last year and the deadline for member countries to implement the directive in their local laws was set for June, 2021. All that was left was to figure out how member state legislatures, rights owners and digital platform providers would give it practical effect.

Source: Dispute over EU Copyright Directive flares anew

The Future of the Art World Is Direct-to-Consumer As the Market Shifts Online 

While auction sales overall were down 58.3 percent the first half of the year compared to 2019, the smallest decrease came at works that cost $10,000 and under, according to the fall Artnet Intelligence Report. Many online art sales, particularly on Instagram, are on the low end of even that spectrum.

Source: ‘The Future of the Art World Is Direct-to-Consumer’: As the Market Shifts Online, a Growing Number of Artists Are Thriving Without the Middle Man

Artificial intelligence and copyright: ownership issues in the digital age

As a society, we have become increasingly comfortable with the idea that AI can be applied to produce non-creative outputs, such as data processing and analytics. There has traditionally been resistance, however, to the notion that AI could parallel, or even come close to mimicking, the human imagination. However, there are a number of examples that demonstrate the creative capabilities of AI.

Source: Artificial intelligence and copyright: ownership issues in the digital age – Intellectual Property – Australia

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