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German copyright bill includes upload filters, despite government’s promises

The bill was published by Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) and has yet to be approved by the federal government. Lambrecht said the draft is a “fair balance of interests”, and an “important step towards meeting the implementation deadline of summer 2021”. However, the government had promised that such upload filters would be avoided when it agreed to the EU copyright reform in April 2019.

Source: German copyright bill includes upload filters, despite government’s promises

TikTok inks multi-year licensing deal with Dutch collecting Society Buma/Stemra

TikTok has signed a multi-year deal with Dutch Collecting Society Buma/Stemra, securing royalty payments for the songwriters, composers and publishers represented by the organization. The agreement follows last month’s news of TikTok’s 100 million monthly active user milestone in Europe in addition to a similar number in the United States.

Source: TikTok inks multi-year licensing deal with Dutch collecting Society Buma/Stemra

New Spotify format allows podcasters to place songs between talk segments in shows

The company announced today that it’s testing a new podcast format that’ll allow podcast listeners to hear entire music tracks during a show, as opposed to a brief sample. Hosts will also be able to create shows in this format through Anchor, the Spotify-owned podcast creation app. The new format effectively makes Spotify the only podcast platform where hosts can include entire songs in their shows without having to worry about copyright.

Source: New Spotify format allows podcasters to place songs between talk segments in shows

Musicians have earned over $5m through Bandzoogle since the pandemic began

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, musicians have earned over $5 million in commission-free sales of digital music, merch, livestream tickets, fan subscriptions, digital multimedia, and tip donations through their websites powered by hosting provider Bandzoogle, the company says.

Source: Musicians have earned over $5m through Bandzoogle since the pandemic began

British Library releases 18,000 maps and views for free

The British Library has released a huge archive of nearly 18,000 maps and views that have been digitised and are available for free – with no copyright restrictions. In total, the collection contains 40,000 maps and views, and the British Library plans to make the whole collection available once the rest of it has been digitised.

Source: British Library releases 18,000 maps and views for free

Soundtrack Your Brand renews global licensing deal with Warner Music

Business-to business (B2B) music streaming service Soundtrack Your Brand has renewed its global licensing agreement with Warner Music. The company is also introducing a new on-demand service called Soundtrack Unlimited, which gives business users more control over the music they play to their customers.

Source: Soundtrack Your Brand renews global licensing deal with Warner Music, launches new on-demand streaming service for businesses

USPTO Report on Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and IP – Current Laws are Adequate, but Data is Key Issue

On the copyright front, the Report notes that existing “statutory and case law should adequately address the legality of machine ‘ingestion’ in AI scenarios.” Critically, however, “mass digitization for purposes of machine learning (ML) ‘ingestion’ processes-and large-scale ingestion of already-digitized works-has not yet been tested by the courts.”

Source: USPTO Report on Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and IP – Current Laws are Adequate, but Data is Key Issue

WIPO Launches New Free Database of Judicial Decisions on Intellectual Property from Around the World

As technological innovation often outpaces the ability of legislatures and governments to create new rules and regulations, courts across the world are increasingly facing common issues of a highly sophisticated nature. WIPO-Lex Judgments contributes to a greater overall understanding of how courts are handling these issues, by making available judgments that establish precedent or offer a persuasive interpretation of IP law in their jurisdiction.

Source: WIPO Launches New Free Database of Judicial Decisions on Intellectual Property from Around the World

French court: Google must open payment talks with publishers

A French appeals court upheld an order for Google to open negotiations with French publishers over payments to use their news content. The Paris Court of Appeal sided with France’s competition authority, which had ordered the U.S. tech company to discuss compensation with publishers and news agencies for reusing their material online.

Source: French court: Google must open payment talks with publishers

TikTok partners with John Lennon estate to bring classic songs to creators

Lennon’s estate is the latest to partner with TikTok. TikTok partnered with the Prince estate in June to bring the singer’s catalog of songs to the app. It marked the first time that the Prince estate partnered with a shortform video app. Although Prince’s songs haven’t particularly taken off on the app it seems like an attempt by the estate and labels to try to make a play for a younger generation of music listeners.

Source: TikTok partners with John Lennon estate to bring classic songs to creators

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