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NFL, DirecTV Face Revived Antitrust Suit Over Telecasts of Out-of-Market Games

What would the television market look like if the NFL couldn’t pool all of the league’s out-of-market games and sell them as a package? What if NFL teams competed against each other and made their own TV deals? These provocative questions will be moving forward in a court of law thanks to a potentially huge decision on Tuesday from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Source: NFL, DirecTV Face Revived Antitrust Suit Over Telecasts of Out-of-Market Games

Cengage Faces New Class Action Suit From Authors

A group of textbook authors has filed a class action suit against Cengage, alleging that the company’s recent digital pivot violates their author agreements. The suit, filed yesterday in the Southern District of New York, claims that Cengage is cheating their authors out of proper royalties for sales through its digital products

Source: Cengage Faces New Class Action Suit From Authors

Spotify needs podcasts, so it’s offering podcasters something they can’t get anywhere else

Spotify is going to give podcasters listener data they can’t get anywhere else. The company is taking its Spotify for Podcasters dashboard out of a beta today, giving more podcasters a chance to see data like their listeners’ music taste, age, gender, location, and how long they listened to a particular episode. Apart from Apple, which offers some show analytics, this is the most detailed information podcasters likely have about their audience.

Source: Spotify needs podcasts, so it’s offering podcasters something they can’t get anywhere else

Blockchain Technology Makes Buying Concert Tickets Cheaper, And May End Robots Buying In Bulk

There’s always the looming risk of identity fraud and scalpers, but some companies say a newer, cheaper and more secure way of buying tickets is taking off. Lower Manhattan-based startup Blockparty is a ticketing company that’s utilizing something called blockchain. It involves associating a concert ticket with the unique features of your face.

Source: Blockchain Technology Makes Buying Concert Tickets Cheaper, And May End Robots Buying In Bulk

Exec who launched Universal’s Digster and Spinnup in Sweden starts platform for fans to invest in artists ‘without a traditional label’

Corite enables artists to estimate the value of a song they have created based on their streaming history and future projections, before announcing the amount they want to raise, and setting a percentage of streaming royalties which investors will receive in return.

Source: Exec who launched Universal’s Digster and Spinnup in Sweden starts platform for fans to invest in artists ‘without a traditional label’

Music User Groups Warn DOJ Over Abandoning Consent Decrees

While music publishers, songwriters and both ASCAP and BMI are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the consent decrees under which the two performance rights organizations operate, and eventually allow them to expire, music users insist that the consent decrees are vital to the music licensing landscape and without them chaos would reign.

Source: Music User Groups Warn DOJ Abandoning Consent Decrees ‘Would Be a Public Policy Error of the Highest Order’

SoundExchange To Offer New Music Licensing Service For Podcasts

SoundExchange has teamed with SourceAudio to offer a solution to help secure music with fully integrated, global licenses, beginning in 2020. The collaboration will provide podcastmusic.com, a digital music marketplace for podcasters, with access to SoundExchange’s membership of music creators and offers licensing for label and publisher-owned music.

Source: SoundExchange To Offer New Music Licensing Service For Podcasts

Will Smith, Robert De Niro and the Rise of the All-Digital Actor

It’s not too difficult to imagine in the near future, say, a digital likeness of an Avengers star appearing in Marvel Studios’ ever-expanding big-screen universe in perpetuity, even if the actor has long moved on from the role. And who profits from these digital copies of actors will likely spark union debates as usage grows more common.

Source: Will Smith, Robert De Niro and the Rise of the All-Digital Actor

Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free

Prior to 1964, books had a 28-year copyright term. Extending it required authors or publishers to send in a separate form, and lots of people didn’t end up doing that. Thanks to the efforts of the New York Public Library, many of those public domain books are now free online.

Source: Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free

How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn

How did a Swedish saxophonist from the 1980s transform into a leading entrepreneur in music’s digital transformation? Why are top technology VCs pouring money into a company that represents a roster of musicians? And how has the rise of music streaming created an opening for Kobalt to architect a new approach to the way the industry works?

Source: How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn – TechCrunch

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