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‘Royalty-Free’ Music Supplied By YouTube Results in Mass Video Demonetization 

A YouTuber who used a royalty-free track supplied by YouTube itself has had all of his videos copyright claimed by companies including SonyATV and Warner Chappell. According to the music outfits, Matt Lownes’ use the use of the track ‘Dreams’ by Joakim Karud means that they are now entitled to all of his revenue.

Source: ‘Royalty-Free’ Music Supplied By YouTube Results in Mass Video Demonetization – TorrentFreak

Elizabeth Warren Weighs In on Taylor Swift’s Dispute With Big Machine: ‘It’s Time to Rein In Private Equity Firms’

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has joined a number of public figures and celebrities taking to social media to comment on Taylor Swift’s battle with Scott Borchetta, head of Big Machine Label Group, and Scooter Braun, the company’s new owner.

Source: Elizabeth Warren Weighs In on Taylor Swift’s Dispute With Big Machine: ‘It’s Time to Rein In Private Equity Firms’

ImageRights Uses AI to Fight Copyright Infringement

The company recently announced an agreement with cartoon and comics publishing syndicate Andrews McMeel Universal, which will use ImageRights’ search and copyright enforcement services to protect AMU-licensed comics and cartoon materials. AMU publishes and syndicates such comic strips as Peanuts, Garfield, and Calvin and Hobbes.

Source: ImageRights Uses AI to Fight Copyright Infringement

Broadcasters, Streaming Services Want a Working Music Rights Database

Since the passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law in 2018, publishers and streaming services have focused on the creation of a functional mechanical rights licensing body. In formal comments to the Copyright Office, the National Association of Broadcasters, DiMA, and dozens of other organizations are demanding the creation of a far more comprehensive music rights database.

Source: Broadcasters, Streaming Services Want a Working Music Rights Database

London Stock Exchange admits Hipgnosis Songs Fund to Premium Segment of Official List

The Merck Mercuriadis-founded company visited the LSE on Friday (November 15) with Nile Rogers – a board member the company’s investment adviser The Family (Music) Limited – to celebrate its admission to the Premium Segment, and its completion of four equity fundraises since its launch in June 2018.

Source: London Stock Exchange admits Hipgnosis Songs Fund to Premium Segment of Official List

Spotify Is Actively Testing Realtime Lyrics in Certain Markets

Spotify is testing a new feature in its mobile app within select markets that provides real-time lyrics in sync with the music it is playing. The feature, which is powered by Musixmatch, scrolls a song’s lyrics in time with the music. The company is testing it in select, yet unnamed international markets, which are said to include Canada, Mexico and Indonesia.

Source: Spotify Is Actively Testing Realtime Lyrics in Certain Markets

EU Court to Decide on BitTorrent Questions in Copyright Trolling Case 

A copyright troll that failed in its quest to target Virgin Media customers earlier this year is having another bite at the cherry against a different ISP in Belgium. This time, however, a local court has referred several questions to the European Court of Justice, specifically related to the BitTorrent mechanism and EU privacy law.

Source: EU Court to Decide on BitTorrent Questions in Copyright Trolling Case – TorrentFreak

Can Blockchain Save Media?

Mainstream media outlets have already jumped on the blockchain bandwagon. Under its News Provenance Project,  The New York Times is using Hyperledger Fabric permissioned blockchain to guarantee the provenance of digital files, starting first with image and video files.  Through Civil, a blockchain journalism network, Forbes is publishing stories on the blockchain, where the information cannot be altered by third parties.

Source: Can Blockchain Save Media?

Amazon & Lionsgate Ink First Window Movie Streaming Deal For UK

The multi-year deal, which begins on January 1, 2020, will give Prime members in the UK, or those subscribing to the monthly standalone Prime Video service, access to movies including Angel Has Fallen, Rambo: Last BloodKnives OutMidwayBombshell and Lionsgate UK’s The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Source: Amazon & Lionsgate Ink First Window Movie Streaming Deal For UK

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