Warner’s latest web3 move is an investment in virtual artist and metaverse platform Authentic Artists

Warner Music Group has joined a strategic funding round for San Francisco-based Authentic Artists, a music platform that claims to power “metaverse-native virtual artists, digital collectibles and interactive music experiences”. Authentic Artists says that its music platform uses “cutting edge deep learning, game engine and blockchain technologies”.

Source: Warner’s latest web3 move is an investment in virtual artist and metaverse platform Authentic Artists

Universal Music Group just launched a ‘secret’ sample service… for major label artists only 

Universal Music Group, via its Universal Music Production Music division, has quietly launched a new sample service called Usample. According to the Usample website, the service offers a catalog of around 7,000 “rare” tracks, that, Universal says, come “from the depths of the [UMG] archive, digitised for the first time since the original pressings”.

Source: Universal Music Group just launched a ‘secret’ sample service… for major label artists only 🤫

Meta, Microsoft and Other Tech Giants Say They Want an Open Metaverse—Should We Believe Them? 

On Tuesday, 35 technology companies—among them Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Microsoft, Alibaba, and Sony—announced their founding membership in an organization calling itself the Metaverse Standards Forum. The Forum’s stated goal: to foster coordination and cooperation among the hundreds of companies currently jockeying to create (or depending who you ask, dominate) the still-nascent metaverse.

Source: Meta, Microsoft and Other Tech Giants Say They Want an Open Metaverse—Should We Believe Them? – Decrypt

Ted Sarandos Explains Why Netflix Will Add New Ad-Supported Tier to Streaming Service

Netflix’s Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, speaking at the Cannes Lions advertising festival on Thursday, confirmed that the future of the streaming giant will include ads, explaining the about face. “We adding an ad tier; we’re not adding ads to Netflix as you know it today,”  Sarandos said Thursday, speaking on the Cannes Lions stage with Sway podcast host Kara Swisher. “We’re adding an ad tier for folks who say, ‘Hey, I want a lower price and I’ll watch ads.’”

Source: Ted Sarandos Explains Why Netflix Will Add New Ad-Supported Tier to Streaming Service

Music industry launches ‘large-scale action’ against infringing music services in Brazil

In a move supported by global recorded music body IFPI and its Brazilian national group, Pro-Música Brasil, Brazilian law enforcement are coordinating with US and UK authorities on what the IFPI calls a “substantial series of actions” as part of the fourth wave of ‘Operation 404’, an initiative to tackle infringing services online.

Source: Music industry launches ‘large-scale action’ against infringing music services in Brazil

France accepts Google’s truce with publishers

As part of Tuesday’s announcement, Google promised to negotiate “in good faith” with media organizations over payments; to share information with them to evaluate those payments; and to submit itself to arbitration if either side disagrees with how the remuneration mechanism operates. Now, both sides must hammer out the thorny details over these proposed agreements after years of bitter wrangling over whether media organizations should even receive payments from tech giants.

Source: France accepts Google’s truce with publishers

Canada to Compel YouTube, TikTok and Streamers to Boost Domestic Content

Canada approved legislation that targets what video- and audio-sharing platforms can broadcast to a Canadian audience, as the country follows in Europe’s footsteps in imposing a heftier regulatory burden on the digital sector. As contemplated under the new measures, users who search for music, television programming, films or do-it-yourself video shorts would get results incorporating a certain quota of Canadian-made content.

Source: Canada to Compel YouTube, TikTok and Streamers to Boost Domestic Content

Netflix Has a Message for Hollywood: We’re Still Spending Money

In the wake of a massive stock slide triggered by a subscriber dip during the first quarter, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, head of global film Scott Stuber and head of global television Bela Bajaria have launched a charm offensive, stressing to top creators and agents that they will continue to spend aggressively to make and market movies and shows.

Source: Netflix Has a Message for Hollywood: We’re Still Spending Money

Paris Hilton is One of the First Defendants at the ‘Small’ Copyright Claims Board 

The U.S. Copyright Claims Board has been live for a few days and thus far 19 cases have been filed. This doesn’t include any file-sharing piracy claims. Most cases are filed by smaller creators, including an artist who accuses Paris Hilton of repeatedly sharing photos on social media that infringe on her fairy wing design.

Source: Paris Hilton is One of the First Defendants at the ‘Small’ Copyright Claims Board * TorrentFreak

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