Netflix is investing in technology to automate movie and television trailers, an executive said on a July earnings call. Gregory Peters, chief product officer at Netflix, said the Los Gatos, California, company is investing in technology that can index characters and scenes in a movie “so that our trailer creators can really focus their time and energy on the creative process.”
A move by publishers to limit libraries from access to e-books, e-audiobooks and other digital materials has some local library officials warning customers that those services are at risk. Executive Director of the Dayton Metro Library Tim Kambitsch said the e-book and e-audiobook issue has been brewing for a while, but has accelerated substantially in the past few months with Macmillan announcing its plans to institute a two-month embargo.
There are dark hints that the hand of Amazon is at work in the current tensions over library e-book lending, including reports that Amazon reps have been showing publishers data to portray library e-book lending in a negative light. That’s not surprising. It’s widely known that Amazon’s greatest and most valuable asset is the abundance of data it collects.
On Wednesday (August 21) Pandora announced an expansion of its Independent Artist Submissions tool, offering new avenues for creators to grow their audience and engage with existing fans while also allowing for more submissions and reduced wait times.
Though the idea had previously been floated on Swift’s behalf by no less than Kelly Clarkson, Swift publicly raised the possibility herself for the first time in a pretaped interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” set to air this weekend. The singer and songwriter could gain control by creating new master recordings of material that has been sold. It’s a drastic but not unheard-of move.
YouTube is going after an alleged copyright troll using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) provisions, alleging that Christopher Brady used false copyright strikes to extort YouTube creators, harming the company in the process. Now, YouTube is suing Brady, using the DMCA’s provisions against fraudulent takedown claims, seeking compensatory damages and an injunction against future fraudulent claims.
Terms were not disclosed for the deal, which sees Hipgnosis acquire 100% of the duo’s copyright interest, including ASCAP income, in 32 Chainsmokers’ songs, as well as 10 additional songs written by Andrew Taggart, who co-founded the group alongside Alex Pall in New York in 2012.
After a story in Monday’s ‘New York Times’ pointed to the availability of counterfeit books in Amazon’s bookstore, marking the second piece in two months on the topic, Amazon said the real issue has to do with differing copyright timing between countries.
In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, Eight Mile accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement by reproducing “Lose Yourself” and about 250 of the rapper’s songs on its service to the tune of potentially billions of dollars in alleged damages. The suit also targets the Music Modernization Act, a federal law enacted last October that was intended to make life easier for tech companies and to get songwriters paid.
A new streaming service with its sights set on making the middlemen of the music biz obsolete is inching closer toward its goal of disrupting the Spotifys and SoundClouds of the world. After a year of development, and armed with $5 million in investment capital from VC firms General Catalyst, Lightspeed, and Pantera Capital, blockchain startup Audius is finally ready to show the world what it’s been working on.