Starting in mid-September, the video giant will forbid copyright holders from making manual claims to commandeer revenue generated by YouTube videos that include very short music clips (e.g., five seconds of a song) or “unintentional” music (like music from passing cars).
Spotify will test raising subscription prices in Scandinavia with an eye towards taking the increases worldwide, according to a new report. The test comes at a time when labels are complaining about falling per listener payouts from the steamer.
In a letter to the US Department of Commerce, the RIAA is calling for stronger measures to curb piracy and counterfeiting that takes place through online marketplaces. The music group points out that copyright infringement is widespread on many services, including Amazon and eBay, where a significant percentage of the CDs and box-sets are sold without permission.
Though in different keys and tempos, both songs feature a descending minor-key progression with evenly spaced B and C notes. This four-note progression is as basic as the major-scale power-chord riffs in punk, and Perry’s supporters argue that standard songwriting tropes like these should stay in the public domain.
The social giant is launching what it’s describing as a small-scale test to sell subscription VOD services directly to users. Initially, the Facebook video subscriptions will be available for four services: BBC and ITV’s BritBox, CollegeHumor’s Dropout, MotorTrend App and Tastemade Plus.
Now that the recorded music business has completed the mega shift from an ownership to an access and consumption model, record company executives find themselves in an uncomfortable position. Most music today is distributed via a handful of companies (Spotify, Apple, Amazon), and no business in any sector wants to be beholden to just a few companies. So how do they secure relevance going forward?
The tokenization of virtual in-game assets would create a provably limited supply. As a result, users might spend more, possibly even treating their in-game expenditures as investments. If Lego toys have already outperformed stocks and bonds, why couldn’t in-game virtual property emerge as a new alternative investment?
Publishers should be given a waiver on part of the EU’s recently passed Digital Single Market Directive regarding licensing deals for links to their content, a new report recommends. The Quality Control report, which examines “reading, publishing and the modern attention economy” suggests the government should consult with publishers over Article 11 of the new copyright law.
Adult industry-oriented blockchain project SpankChain has launched a crypto payments platform called, of course, SpankPay. Dedicated to helping adult content providers maintain a reliable payments provider in the face of a largely reluctant traditional finance industry, the new SpankPay service allows users to pay with cryptocurrencies including bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH) and litecoin (LTC), as well as the “privacy coins” zcash (ZEC) and monero (XMR).
Getting a record deal used to be the number one priority for unsigned bands. Having the backing of a label, with the budget to distribute and market their music, was perhaps the only way to grow and start playing bigger and better shows. But with a shift in how listeners consume music, there’s been a change in what’s actually important when you want to “make it”.