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Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain

For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and download free of charge. Featuring data and material from all Smithsonian museums, research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo, the new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose.

Source: Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain

Whitney Houston hologram tour fan reaction: ‘What a mind f–k’

“An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” premiered Tuesday night. But judging from fans’ reactions, it’s not right — and it’s definitely not okay. One Twitter commenter recently suggested the tour “reeks like a desperate money grab” and added that “her estate should be ashamed,” while another wondered, “How dare people profit from such nonsense!”

Source: Whitney Houston hologram tour fan reaction: ‘What a mind f–k’

AMW Group Offers Music Label Services for Musicians & Record Labels

AMW Group has worked alongside some of the world’s top recording artists and performers promoting their music and helping them build their brand. Now, the international entertainment and marketing agency is introducing its signature music label services to help independent musicians and record labels create their own blueprints for success while managing their artists and talent in-house.

Source: AMW Group Offers Music Label Services for Musicians & Record Labels

Canadian Performance Rights Org SOCAN Collected Record $405 Million in 2019

The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) again reports record-breaking numbers, issuing preliminary year-end figures for 2019 of an estimated CA$405.5 million (USD $305.38 million) collected, an 8% increase over 2018’s $375 million ($282.41 million).

Source: Canadian Performance Rights Org SOCAN Collected Record $405 Million in 2019

France’s recorded music market was worth $867m last year, up 5.4% year-on-year

The recorded music market in France saw growth of 5.4% in 2019, with total revenues of €772 million ($867m), including physical and digital sales, neighbouring rights and sync. The results, published today (February 25) by French trade body SNEP, were fuelled by growth in streaming, which accounted for 59% of total revenue.

Source: France’s recorded music market was worth $867m last year, up 5.4% year-on-year

US Recorded Music Revenue Reaches $11.1 Billion in 2019

The U.S. recorded music business generated $11.1 billion in revenue in 2019, according to the RIAA’s annual year-end report, a 13% year-over-year increase from the $9.8 billion it reached in 2018. That represents the fourth straight year of double-digit growth for the sector, and a faster rate of growth over 2018, when it increased 11.9% over the prior year.

Source: US Recorded Music Revenue Reaches $11.1 Billion in 2019, 79% From Streaming: RIAA

WIPO: How to Train Your A.I.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last week published the comments it received as part of its public consultation on the impact and implications of artificial intelligence technology on intellectual property policy and practice. From an initial sampling of comments from primarily copyright-focused groups it’s pretty clear where the early policy battle lines will be drawn up.

Source: WIPO: How to Train Your A.I.

How blockchain is changing the face of soccer 

Evidently the beautiful game has never been more popular, but for every fan in the stands at Old Trafford, Anfield or Stamford Bridge, there are many more scattered around the globe. These fans might live thousands of miles from where their chosen teams play, but as significant contributors to the clubs’ coffers via the sale of overseas TV rights, shouldn’t their voices be heard too? Blockchain could be the solution.

Source: How blockchain is changing the face of soccer – Decrypt

 NFL TV rights up for renewal in 2022, and big media will pay more 

While Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google may be the barbarians at the gate looking to disrupt traditional media, the NFL probably isn’t ready to sell exclusive rights to streamers, according to people familiar the matter. Instead, the current players — Disney (which owns both ESPN and ABC), Comcast (which owns NBC), ViacomCBS (which owns CBS) and Fox — will probably just pay the league a lot more money for what they already have.

Source: Here’s how NFL TV rights are expected to shake out for the rest of the decade, according to sources

Coronavirus: Bologna Children’s Book Fair Postponed to May

The latest in how coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting world publishing events, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is postponed until May. Anticipated to bring more than 1,400 exhibitors and some 30,000 trade publishing and professionals to Bologna, the fair is considered the world’s most influential in children’s and young-adult content.

Source: Coronavirus: Bologna Children’s Book Fair Postponed to May

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