How a Plague on the Movie and Music Industries Became Their Chief Protector in China 

Chinese search giant Baidu Inc. was once a scourge of Hollywood and the U.S. music industry, which accused it of being a pipeline for pirated content. Today when Baidu is involved in a copyright infringement case, chances are it is the one casting the blame.

Source: How a Plague on the Movie and Music Industries Became Their Chief Protector in China – WSJ

Blockchain and Music Data’s Byzantine Problem 

While blockchain has emerged as a hot topic in the digital music space, the technical and operational aspects of adoption have been largely absent from the conversation. Most would agree that the music industry has an extensively documented metadata problem, but relatively few people realize that publishing metadata and metadata standard already exist today.

Source: Blockchain and Music Data’s Byzantine Problem (guest column by Annie Lin)

Blockchain Music Gets Radio Station as Decentalized Platform Voise Continues ICO

The decentralized music service Voise.it has released an on-demand radio station as its ICO enters its eleventh day. Voise, one of a number of Blockchain projects seeking to use the technology to revolutionize music content sharing and rights protection, has named the new product Radio DAO.

Source: Blockchain Music Gets Radio Station as Decentalized Platform Voise Continues ICO

Judge Explores Boundaries of Authorship With Nods to ‘Star Wars’ and Spike Lee

The topic of U.S. District Court judge Charles Breyer’s latest decision is itself authorship, and with a crazy number of pop culture references, he explores a situation wherein game players become creative gods and the attendant implications.

Source: Judge Explores Boundaries of Authorship With Nods to ‘Star Wars,’ Spike Lee and ‘Love Actually’ | Hollywood Reporter

Spotify’s Troy Carter Concedes Artists Aren’t Being Paid Enough By Streaming Services 

Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, conceded in his keynote interview today’ at the Music Biz Convention, that artists aren’t being paid enough by streaming services. In a follow-up comment, however, he successfully evaded assigning blame to Spotify or any other streaming service or labels by saying, “We need to reconfigure the value chain.”

Source: Spotify’s Troy Carter Concedes Artists Aren’t Being Paid Enough By Streaming Services | Billboard

EU Votes Today On Content Portability to Reduce Piracy 

Members of the European Parliament will vote today on draft rules that would allow citizens to enjoy legally purchased music and movie streaming subscriptions when they travel to another EU country. It’s hoped that improved access to content will help to dampen frustrations and reduce Internet piracy.

Source: EU Votes Today On Content Portability to Reduce Piracy – TorrentFreak

Sony/ATV Upgrades Royalty Portal to Give Writers ‘Unparalleled’ Access to Data 

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has upgraded its SCORE royalty portal, giving songwriters access to easy-to-navigate, real-time data about their earnings. The portal provides detailed data for both current earnings and historic information that can be sorted and organized by song title, income source, time period and territory.

Source: Sony/ATV Upgrades Royalty Portal to Give Writers ‘Unparalleled’ Access to Data | Billboard

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