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AI-Created Paintings to Be Put on Sale by Sotheby’s in New York

Sotheby’s will put two paintings by the French art collective Obvious up for sale on Thursday, including “Le Baron De Belamy.” The European classic style portrait is part of the same series as “Portrait of Edmond Belamy”, which sold for more than 60 times the lowest estimate at Christie’s during the 2018 fall auctions.

Source: AI-Created Paintings to Be Put on Sale by Sotheby’s in New York

Pirates Are Using Publishing Platform Medium to Distribute Illegal Movies 

Scammers have been found to be abusing the publishing platform, Medium to distribute bootlegged copies of the latest movies such as Joker. The posts feature links to the video files and a range of search keywords. Most sources lead visitors to registration pages that demand credit card details.

Source: Pirates Are Using Publishing Platform Medium to Distribute Illegal Movies | Digital Trends

Streaming TV’s Ratings “Black Box” Could Lead to Hollywood Guild War

As the industry enters a direct-to-consumer era, the dearth of data beyond “self-serving marketing” metrics will play a large role in the 2020 union talks. As linear television residuals decline, grasping more of the SVOD upside without losing the protections of the existing formula is do or die for the unions.

Source: Streaming TV’s Ratings “Black Box” Could Lead to Hollywood Guild War

EU Academics Publish Recommendations to Limit Negative Impact of Article 17 on Users 

A key recommendation is that national implementations should “fully explore” legal mechanisms for broad licensing of copyrighted content. The academics are calling for this to ensure that the preventative obligations of OCSSPs are limited in application wherever possible.

Source: EU Academics Publish Recommendations to Limit Negative Impact of Article 17 on Users – TorrentFreak

Team Behind Digital James Dean Forms New Company to Resurrect Other Legends 

The team that helped resurrect James Dean with visual effects for an upcoming Vietnam war movie isn’t done creating digital versions of famous actors and other celebrities: Intellectual property licensing specialist CMG Worldwide has merged with immersive content creation studio Observe Media to form Worldwide XR, a new company that aims to bring digital humans to traditional film as well as augmented and virtual reality.

Source: Team Behind Digital James Dean Forms New Company to Resurrect Other Legends (EXCLUSIVE)

Intellectual Property regime in the age of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) generated contents have been posing formidable challenges to the existing Intellectual Property (IP) regime. It remains a critical question as to how far prevailing IP system, dominantly premised on the consequentialist and/or utilitarian approaches, is ready to accommodate AI generated contents.

Source: Intellectual Property regime in the age of Artificial Intelligence

Classical Streaming Service IDAGIO Launches Free Tier

Classical music streaming service IDAGIO has released an ad-supported free tier as part of its efforts to make the hard-to-pigeonhole genre more accessible. The Berlin-based startup says the free tier will prominently feature its ‘Mood Player,’ which generates a playlist based on a person’s selected mood, as well as playlists curated by staff or well-known artists.

Source: Classical Streaming Service IDAGIO Launches Free Tier

The Disney+ launch ratchets up talk of streaming competition. But the same creators work for all of them.

As the streaming wars intensify companies are fighting to lock up consumers’ entertainment dollars. But another scramble is underway to land creative talent. The skirmish is so fierce, and the talent so scarce, it sometimes means that rabid streaming competitors are messily in business with the same creators.

Source: The Disney+ launch ratchets up talk of streaming competition. But the same creators work for all of them.

How the Streaming Revolution Is Making Guild Negotiations Even More Complicated

The creative community is concerned about the impact of the latest wave of media mergers and acquisitions, and about how paychecks will be affected by the shift to direct-to-consumer content platforms. There is growing interest over what role Netflix will play in the next round of negotiations.

Source: How the Streaming Revolution Is Making Guild Negotiations Even More Complicated

Will the Music Industry Continue To Win Its Copyright Battle Against ISPs?

For the last twenty years, the music industry has been in a pitched battle to combat unauthorized downloading of music. Initially, the industry focused on filing lawsuits to shut down services that offered peer-to-peer or similar platforms, such as Napster, Aimster and Grokster. Recently, the industry has shifted gears and has begun to focus on Internet Service Providers.

Source: Will the Music Industry Continue To Win Its Copyright Battle Against ISPs? | Socially Aware Blog

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