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Chernin Entertainment Inks Spotify First-Look Deal to Adapt Podcasts for TV, Film

Peter Chernin wants to spin Spotify’s podcasts into TV and movie gold. Spotify and Chernin Entertainment have formed a multiyear partnership to adapt the audio streamer’s original podcasts for television, film and digital video. Under the first-look deal, the two companies will collaborate 50-50 on investing in developing new projects.

Source: Chernin Entertainment Inks Spotify First-Look Deal to Adapt Podcasts for TV, Film

Artists are missing out on tens of millions of dollars from neighbouring rights. IAFAR is trying to fix the problem.

The trade organization doesn’t collect money for performers and it doesn’t represent neighbouring rights for them. What it does do is every bit as important: offering guidance, education and advice about neighbouring rights for performers and rightsholders, within a community comprised of some of the music business’s biggest names.

Source: Artists are missing out on tens of millions of dollars from neighbouring rights. IAFAR is trying to fix the problem.

Why Some Classic Films Still Aren’t Streaming, From ‘Jungle Fever’ to ‘Silkwood’

The causes of unstreamableness vary. For films made before digital distribution existed, it can be unclear who owns streaming privileges. Restrictions on digital use of the music in a film can hold it back. For those who want to release older films in new formats, hunting down rights holders can become a Watergate-like investigation. After decades of mergers and acquisitions, the corporate owner of a film may not even know it’s the owner.

Source: Why Some Classic Films Still Aren’t Streaming, From ‘Jungle Fever’ to ‘Silkwood’

Rightsholders Ask Europe for Broad “Know Your Customer” Checks to Deter Piracy 

In a letter sent to the European Commission, a large group of anti-piracy organizations and copyright holders calls for stricter online identity checks. As part of Europe’s planned Digital Services Act, online services such as hosting companies, domain registrars, and advertisers, should be required to perform “know your customer” checks. This can help to combat all sorts of illegal activity including online piracy.

Source: Rightsholders Ask Europe for Broad “Know Your Customer” Checks to Deter Piracy * TorrentFreak

Dispute over EU Copyright Directive flares anew

The battle over the European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was thought to be all over but the shouting. The final text of the directive was adopted by the European Parliament last year and the deadline for member countries to implement the directive in their local laws was set for June, 2021. All that was left was to figure out how member state legislatures, rights owners and digital platform providers would give it practical effect.

Source: Dispute over EU Copyright Directive flares anew

TikTok Received 10,625 Copyright Takedown Notices In H1 2020

The company released its latest transparency report with numbers for takedown notices. Over 104.5 million videos were removed from the platform in the first six months of 2020. TikTok also received 1,800 legal requests and 10,625 copyright takedown notices. TikTok says it removed content in 89.6% of those cases in which it received a takedown notice.

Source: TikTok Received 10,625 Copyright Takedown Notices In H1 2020

A Supreme Court Without RBG May Impact Hollywood’s Grip on Intellectual Property

On Oct. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court holds an oral argument in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., the most important copyright case in decades. It’ll now happen without the high court’s most fervently pro-copyright voice. More often than not, when a big ruling on the subject was on the table, it was she who carried the big pen.

Source: A Supreme Court Without RBG May Impact Hollywood’s Grip on Intellectual Property

Digital conference for Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union to explore copyright 

As technology develops, and borders dissipate in the digital environment, the policy landscape changes to open up new opportunities. The implementation of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive holds many promises for the digital cultural heritage sector. Decision-makers, practitioners, rights holders and others have a role in making them a reality.

Source: Digital conference for Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union to explore copyright | Europeana Pro

Facebook’s new Rights Manager tool lets creators protect their photos

Facebook today is introducing a new tool that will allow rights holders to protect and manage their photos across both Facebook and Instagram. With the newly launched “Rights Manager for Images,” Facebook is offering creators and publishers access to content matching technology similar to what it introduced in 2016 to combat stolen videos.

Source: Facebook’s new Rights Manager tool lets creators protect their photos, including those embedded elsewhere

‘Spinal Tap’ Creators Settle Rights Dispute With StudioCanal

This is Spinal Tap co-creators Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest have got a deal that could potentially revive the franchise.  On Friday, attorneys for the group as well as Vivendi and its StudioCanal division told a California federal court that they had finally achieved settlement.

Source: ‘Spinal Tap’ Creators Settle Rights Dispute With StudioCanal

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