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The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

The European Commission paid €360,000 (about $428,000) for a study on how piracy impacts the sales of copyrighted music, books, video games, and movies. But the EU never shared the report—possibly because it determined that there is no evidence that piracy is a major problem.

Source: The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

US recorded music industry revenues grew 17% in first half of 2017 

The main driver of this jump was full paid subscription, which jumped 49.5% year-on-year in retail sales terms, hitting $1.49bn in the first half of this year. ‘Limited’ (ie. not fully on-demand) paid services generating $224.7m in the six months – up by a whopping 224.7% year-on-year.

Source: US recorded music industry revenues grew 15% in first half of 2017 – Music Business Worldwide

CCC’s Michael Healy on World Copyright Issues Publishers Need to Watch

In quite a short time, copyright has come to be seen by many outside our industry as an inhibitor to creativity and innovation instead of the enabler and protector it once was. It’s true to say that the consequent disruption to our industry has been felt more intensely in some countries than others.

Source: Michael Healy on World Copyright Issues to Publishers Need to Watch

PR: W3C Publishes Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a W3C Recommendation

The viewing experience of watching movies and TV shows on the Web has now moved from a cumbersome and possibly insecure arrangement to the security of the Open Web Platform. The integration of the EME API into the Open Web enables Web browsers to communicate with the software that allows playback of protected content.

Source: W3C Publishes Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a W3C Recommendation

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