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Seeing Red Over The DMCA

How much knowledge is “enough” to require preemptive removal has been a key question at the heart of some of the most important and precedential litigation over the DMCA since its enactment, including UMG v. Veoh and Viacom v. YouTube. In those cases and others, courts have generally set the bar for red-flag knowledge quite high, much to the dismay of copyright owners. But in its report, the Copyright Office makes clear it thinks the courts have got it wrong and that Congress should “clarify” that it intended the bar to be lower.

Source: Seeing Red Over The DMCA

Tackling the dark side of the movie business: the blockchain startup ensuring film workers get paid

Subscribers to FilmChain, including HBO, Film Agency Wales and Screen Australia, can log into a dashboard that shows incoming revenues and how they are allocated based on a film’s contracts. The platform also allows revenues to be withdrawn in fiat currencies and performance reports are generated on-demand.

Source: Tackling the dark side of the movie business: the blockchain startup ensuring film workers get paid

Roskino Unveils Program for Russia’s First Virtual Content Market

Russian film promotion body Roskino has unveiled the program for its digital Key Buyers Event, a virtual content market that will present over 300 projects from more than 120 leading Russian companies to international buyers. Buyers and producers from more than 40 countries are slated to take part, including RTL Group, AMC Networks, CGV Mars, Wild Bunch, Beta Film, and Chinese streaming service iQIYI.

Source: Roskino Unveils Program for Russia’s First Virtual Content Market

The Story Behind The Cannes Virtual Market(s): A New Way Of Doing Business 

The festival announced last month that it wouldn’t be able to go ahead due to the pandemic, marking its first cancellation in almost 70 years. The online Marché will instead fly the flag this summer. Registration for the event opened last week. It’s a comprehensive offering including online screenings, virtual pavilions and industry conferences. Confirmed keynotes so far include HBO Max and Quibi. Participants will also be able to connect via the market app Meet&Match.

Source: The Story Behind The Cannes Virtual Market(s): How Coronavirus Has Led To A New Way Of Doing Business & An Unprecedented Agency Coalition

‘The Outpost’ Plots Theatrical Run on 500 Screens in July

As some states begin to partially reopen their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, Screen Media’s Afghanistan war film The Outpost is planning a brief theatrical run on about 500 screens starting July 2. Fathom Events, owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark and Regal Cinemas, on Friday said that it would distribute the Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom film nationwide for a weeklong run in theaters.

Source: ‘The Outpost’ Plots Theatrical Run on 500 Screens in July

Warner Music Group Launches IPO

Warner Music Group Corp. announced today that it has launched the initial public offering of 70,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock, pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The initial public offering price is expected to be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share, which values the company at $13.3 billion.

Source: Warner Music Group Launches IPO

A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question

What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse? The question has members of the Omegaverse community choosing sides between two writers — as will a federal judge in Virginia, who is considering whether the allegations, and the consequences, merit a payout of more than a million dollars.

Source: A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question

The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020

Uncertainty about the coronavirus and the challenge of protecting audiences and artists is prompting many prominent presenters to wait till next year. Even as reopened barbershops, beaches and bookstores herald the resumption of economic life across America, concert promoters, theater presenters, orchestras and dance companies are ripping up their 2020 calendars and hoping 2021 will mark a new beginning.

Source: The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020

Spotify finally removes its 10,000-song library limit

While Spotify has more than 50 million songs available to customers to stream at any time, until today, there was a hard limit of 10,000 songs that users could save to their own “Your Music” collections on Spotify for easy access. Users have been requesting that Spotify remove the limit for years, but the company had previously shown resistance to the idea.

Source: Spotify finally removes its 10,000-song library limit

The Biggest Dance Music Livestream So Far Will Happen Inside a Video Game

Happening June 25-28, Electric Blockaloo is set to feature a stacked lineup of more than 300 artists including Bedouin, Jauz, Justin Martin Nicole Moudaber, Getter, Gryffin, Tokimonsta, Walker & Royce and many more, all hosting stages built inside the game Minecraft. Interestingly, the event has an 18+ age restriction. Attendees will also pay for access to the event, with GA and VIP ticket prices.

Source: The Biggest Dance Music Livestream So Far Will Happen Inside a Video Game: See the Lineup

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