Google Beats Song Lyric Scraping Lawsuit

Google may have been caught “redhanded,” but a federal judge rules that Genius hasn’t alleged any viable claims not preempted by copyright law. “Plaintiff’s claim is preempted by the Copyright Act because, at its core, it is a claim that Defendants created an unauthorized reproduction of Plaintiff’s derivative work, which is itself conduct that violates an exclusive right of the copyright owner under federal copyright law.”

Source: Google Beats Song Lyric Scraping Lawsuit

Jukin Launches Self-Service Platform Allowing Anyone To License Its Videos, Starting At $50

Jukin Media, which licenses user-generated viral videos, is opening its trove of more than 65,000 clips to the public at large. Today, the company is officially launching a self-service program tailored to individual creators, digital publishers, and influencers who are creating content remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Jukin Launches Self-Service Platform Allowing Anyone To License Its Viral Videos, Starting At $50 – Tubefilter

Amazon to incorporate podcasts into Amazon Music, Audible

Amazon will incorporate free podcasts into its Amazon Music and Audible products, according to a confidential email distributed to some show producers on Monday. The email, a copy of which was obtained by The Desk, said Amazon would soon allow users of Amazon Music and Audible to subscribe, download and stream free podcasts using each service.

Source: Amazon to incorporate podcasts into Amazon Music, Audible

Universal signs two major deals in China – as it launches new label with Tencent Music

Universal Music Group has signed two important, direct licensing deals in China – one with Tencent Music Entertainment, and the other with TME’s biggest competitor, NetEase Cloud Music. In addition to announcing these deals today (August 10), UMG has also taken the wraps off a new as-yet-unnamed JV label, which it is launching with TME.

Source: Universal signs two major deals in China – as it launches new label with Tencent Music

Music Rights Awareness Foundation and WIPO Join Forces to Raise Awareness of IP Rights For Creators

Under the agreement announced on Monday between Sweden-based Music Right Awareness and WIPO, a United Nations agency, the partners will form a “WIPO for Creators” consortium that will organize activities that raise awareness of intellectual property rights.

Source: Music Rights Awareness Foundation and WIPO Join Forces to Raise Awareness of IP Rights For Creators

AI Can Almost Write Like a Human—and More Advances Are Coming

Last month, software developer Kevin Lacker tested GPT-3, the latest version of an artificial-intelligence language system developed by San Francisco-based software company OpenAI LP. The system isn’t yet public, but it set off a firestorm in tech circles after OpenAI gave select researchers and developers access so they could provide feedback.

Source: AI Can Almost Write Like a Human—and More Advances Are Coming

After a Flop, Amazon Makes Another Foray Into Video Games

With Twitch Prime, people got a free subscription to Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming site, with free games from small studios and unique, in-game equipment and discounts for larger titles like Grand Theft Auto and League of Legends. Prime Gaming will expand those benefits and offer more titles and content, but will no longer require a Twitch account for access.

Source: After a Flop, Amazon Makes Another Foray Into Video Games

Appeal Ruling on Publisher Royalty Rate Hike Looks Like it Favors Digital Services Contentions: Sources

Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and YouTube have been handed a procedural victory on their appeal to a 44% royalty rate increase for songwriters and publishers, sources tell Billboard. The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. that reviewed the digital services’ appeal on the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) mechanical rate determination has thrown out the rate structure cobbled together by a majority of the board’s three judges.

Source: Appeal Ruling on Publisher Royalty Rate Hike Looks Like it Favors Digital Services Contentions: Sources

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