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A2IM Partners with Cosynd to Make Copyright Protection a Priority

Under the terms of the partnership, Cosynd will provide A2IM’s community of over 700 record labels and publishers the ability to automate copyright agreements and easily register those copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. These protections will benefit all of A2IM’s members’ content assets, such as sound recordings, compositions, lyrics, videos, imagery, literature, and more, at discounted rates.

Source: A2IM Partners with Cosynd to Make Copyright Protection a Priority

Prince Photographer Gets DOJ Backing in Warhol High Court Case

The US government backed a finding that an Andy Warhol print used on a magazine cover infringed a photo of Prince, as friend-of-the-court briefs continued to pour into the US Supreme Court on Monday. The brief from the US solicitor general and US Copyright Office criticized the Warhol Foundation’s argument that the print was fair use because the colorized version added new meaning to Lynn Goldsmith’s photo.

Source: Prince Photographer Gets DOJ Backing in Warhol High Court Case

€8.5m Copyright Infringement Verdict Against Vimeo Stands on Appeal 

The Rome Court of Appeal has confirmed that American streaming platform Vimeo must pay €8.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Italian broadcast giant Mediaset. The verdict centers around roughly 2,000 infringing videos that were uploaded to the platform. The Court affirms that Vimeo plays an “active role” and can’t hide behind a safe harbor defense.

Source: €8.5m Copyright Infringement Verdict Against Vimeo Stands on Appeal * TorrentFreak

Paramount+ to Be Bundled With Walmart+ Membership Program

Walmart reached a deal with Paramount Global to include the Paramount+ streaming service as part of the retailing giant’s Walmart+ membership program starting in September. The Paramount+ Essential plan, which includes ads, will be available for no extra cost to Walmart+ members. In the U.S., Paramount+ Essential is regularly $4.99/month.

Source: Paramount+ to Be Bundled With Walmart+ Membership Program

Music Rights Giant BMI Cancels Plan for Billion-Dollar Sale

Broadcast Music Inc., which represents the rights of thousands of songwriters, including Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Rihanna, is no longer on the market. A sale “is no longer an avenue we are considering,” the company said in a statement Friday, adding “we’ve been clear from the start that as we explored strategic opportunities for BMI, we were going to evaluate all options that would support our affiliates and grow the value of their music.”

Source: Music Rights Giant BMI Cancels Plan for Billion-Dollar Sale

Apple is reportedly funding podcasts that it could one day turn into TV shows

Apple has reportedly signed a deal with podcast producer Futuro Studios to help it fund the development and production of future podcasts, Bloomberg reports. In return for its Futuro deal, Apple gets first refusal on the rights to turn any resulting podcasts into a film or TV show. It has already produced TV shows based on the podcasts WeCrashed and The Shrink Next Door.

Source: Apple is reportedly funding podcasts that it could one day turn into TV shows

Walmart Ponders Streaming Deal With Paramount, Disney and Comcast

Walmart has held discussions with major media companies about including streaming entertainment in its membership service, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations, part of an effort to extend its relationship with customers beyond its brick-and-mortar stores. In recent weeks, executives from Paramount, Disney and Comcast have spoken with Walmart, the people said.

Source: Walmart Ponders Streaming Deal With Paramount, Disney and Comcast

Lawsuit from Grammy winner claims that YouTube’s copyright systems ‘reduce the value of all works’

There’s another legal battle brewing between a major video platform and a Grammy winner, and this one has nothing to do with Bridgerton. On August 1, A California judge denied YouTube‘s request to throw out a 2020 lawsuit filed by jazz musician Maria Schneider. The suit, which argues that YouTube fails to protect smaller creators from infringement, will now be allowed to move forward.

Source: Lawsuit from Grammy winner claims that YouTube’s copyright systems “reduce the value of all works” – Tubefilter

ONErpm launches global music publishing service, ONE Publishing

ONE Publishing is being made available to both ONErpm’s premium distributed artists and labels, plus DIY-distribution accounts that meet certain criteria. ONErpm says that in the past three years, it has developed the necessary technology to register, identify, and manage compositions in compliance with international standards.

Source: ONErpm launches global music publishing service, ONE Publishing, partnering with multiple PROs worldwide

A2IM CEO: Time to Modernize the Entire Mechanical Licensing System

It’s time to reject the “penny rate” model for mechanical royalties altogether, in favor of a percentage of revenue. The penny rate structure has been “frozen” since 1909 and the rates have simply been increased periodically, through processes seemingly disconnected from the marketplace. Tying future increases to inflation sets the penny rate on a path to being even much more detached from reality.

Source: Time to Modernize the Entire Mechanical Licensing System (Guest Column)

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