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How a Dispute About Energy Drinks May Disrupt Legal Fights in Entertainment

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.

Source: How a Dispute About Energy Drinks May Disrupt Legal Fights in Entertainment

Spanish Regulator Launches Competition Probe of Hollywood Studios

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.”

Source: Spanish Regulator Launches Competition Probe of Hollywood Studios

What We Learned from the Apple E-books Case

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?

Source: Frankfurt Book Fair 2019: What We Learned from the Apple E-books Case

“This Is an Extinction-Level Event”: Musicians Fear for Livelihood Without Streaming Residuals

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.”

Source: “This Is an Extinction-Level Event”: Musicians Fear for Livelihood Without Streaming Residuals

Entertainment bundles are coming: the question is the terms 

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.

Source: Entertainment bundles are coming: the question is the terms – Music Ally

Labels ‘nervous’ about Apple Music & TV+ subscription bundle plan – report

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’.

Source: Labels ‘nervous’ about Apple Music & TV+ subscription bundle plan – report

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