A man from Denmark has been handed a 20-day suspended prison sentence for selling pirated ebooks via the Internet. The 26-year-old was caught by anti-piracy outfit Rights Alliance, whose investigator made a covert purchase and reported the activity to the police. Several similar cases are pending.
Audius is trying to avoid SoundCloud’s copyright issues by not hosting the user-uploaded content itself. Its open-source protocol, built on blockchain, means that the responsibility of hosting and making uploaded content available is spread out among people who register as node operators. They say this method should protect them from liability and the claws of major labels. This is actually an open question.
The Music Modernization Act did away with a patchwork of special deals, grandfathered rules, and politically-driven discounts that had worked their way into our laws over the past century at the behest of digital music services. But the MMA didn’t fix everything.
In a move to bring more transparency and potentially help reduce black-box royalties, SoundExchange is updating its website to allow artists and labels to now see all recordings currently associated with their accounts.
We welcome and support the goal of removing some of the barriers that prevent rights holders from protecting their copyrighted works. However, the specific legislation Congress has drawn up to achieve this – the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) — has significant design flaws that undermine free speech online and our due process rights.
The more legal services that stream online cultural content (such as music, series and films, television and books), the less piracy there is. That’s one of the main findings from a macro-survey carried out by Spain’s Culture Ministry into Spanish cultural preferences.
Musicians behind the soundtracks to hits like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” are seeking better pay from films and TV shows that go directly to streaming services. The musicians’ union says many of its 80,000 members have taken a 75% pay cut, as more content moves to streaming. The union is seeking residual payments from direct-to-streaming programs—something writers, actors and directors have already secured.
After following through with their plan to conduct a loud and conspicuous protest outside of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s October 1st book signing, musicians are doubling down and demanding that Disney pay more for the rights to their work. In-house musicians provide supporting music and original tracks for Disney’s films, video games, and other media.
The defecting artists have told the organization that, at the beginning of next year, they will officially pull their catalogs for royalty representation. Musicians are not the only Spanish artists leaving the SGAE. Directors such as Pedro Almodovar and others in the film industry are leaving as well.
The government agency responsible for anti-piracy enforcement in France has reported its latest set of results. Between January and August 2019, Hadopi sent more than 644,000 warning notices, with around 479,000 going to first offenders and 165,700 to repeat infringers. Ultimately, 86 people ended up with a criminal conviction but many others received fines and other punishments.