On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that on its face appears to have absolutely nothing to do with movies, television shows, and music. Wrong. In fact, the decision may have quite an impact in the entertainment sector. It could even shake an ongoing profit dispute over one of the longest-running shows on television.
Spanish regulator the National Commission of Markets and Competition (NCMC) has launched a competition probe of the big Hollywood studios and other companies. The regulator in a statement said it was investigating 14 companies “for possible restrictive practices of competition in the film distribution market.”
It’s been roughly five years since the expiration of sanctions placed on five major publishers by the U.S. Department of Justice for conspiring to fix e-book prices. And as 2019 draws down, American antitrust regulators—encouraged by U.S. publishers—now have a new target in their sights: the tech industry. But can America’s competition laws effectively address the growing power and dominance of a few firms in the sector? And what lessons can we take from the Apple e-books case?
The number of books self-published in the U.S.in 2018 jumped 40% over 2017, according to Bowker’s annual survey of the self-publishing market. More than 1.6 million books were self-published last year, nup from 1.19 million in 2017.
On Waterfall, the artist makes 85% of the monthly subscription fee, which is set by the artist. Musicians can make their catalog of music, demos and more available to your fans and collect the streaming revenue.
The marketplace for publishers to trade rights globally, IPR License, has continued to expand its global permissions network by announcing that it has signed up all the publishers of Germany’s Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
As television’s center of gravity begins to pivot decisively to made-for-streaming product, the lack of residuals for such programming becomes more and more urgent for musicians. “This is an extinction-level event,” says Marc Sazer, long active in AFM Local 47 and the RMA, which is a related organization. “Our ability to make a sustainable living is facing extinction.”
Apple wants to launch a new model of paying for music, and major labels are ‘wary’ of the implications. No, you haven’t time-travelled back to the early 2000s and the negotiations ahead of the launch of the iTunes Store, album-unbundling included. What’s causing the wariness in 2019 is the prospect of what the Financial Times describes as a ‘super-bundle of media content’ combining Apple Music with the soon-to-launch Apple TV+ video-streaming service.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to testify about the administration’s effort to include controversial language protecting internet platforms from legal liability in international trade agreements.
Some record labels are reportedly concerned about the idea of Apple potentially bundling its music streaming service and recently-announced TV+ video service for a single monthly fee. That’s according to an article published by the Financial Times earlier today (October 7), which says that ‘some record labels [are] nervous about the prospect of offering their music for a lower price’.