The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is now blasting a federal judge that ruled in favor of YouTube stream-rippers FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com in January. In a sharply-worded appeal, the RIAA’s hired attorneys sharply criticized U.S. District Court judge Claude M. Hilton, who ruled that the RIAA and its major label clients simply lacked proper jurisdiction in the case.
In a response to Apple’s response, late Friday morning a Spotify rep said: “Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers at heart. In that way, Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with our expectations.
Apple has attacked Spotify for “making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters – even going so far as to take these creators to court.” in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission.
Starting in April, Amazon is implementing changes to its U.S. rate card that will drop prices to between 4 cents and 10 cents per hour streamed, according to an email sent to Prime Video Direct account holders obtained by Digiday. In effect, this means that Amazon will be dropping its rates by 33 percent on both ends of the rate card.
In a culturally adventuresome legal dispute, ComicMix has successfully defended its mashup of Star Trek and Dr. Seuss against a lawsuit brought by Dr. Seuss Enterprises. A judge praised the “highly creative” nature of “Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!” and doesn’t see sufficient evidence that the book will harm Dr. Seuss’ position in the children’s book market.
According to a new job posting, the Times is looking for someone to help “design a blockchain-based proof of concept for news publishers.” To start the project, NYT is looking for a “forward-looking leader” who would be working on the proof-of-concept’s outline for 12 months within the company’s research and development division, according to the post, which was removed after this article was published.
As publishing ambitions go, they don’t come much loftier than those held by Rana DiOrio. In 2009, DiOrio—a lawyer, investment banker, and private equity investor—founded Little Pickle Press, a cutting edge children’s book publisher dedicated to “helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible children through media, technologies, and techniques.” Her latest venture, Creative Mint, is arguably her most cutting edge yet: it seeks to leverage the power of blockchain technology to “democratize and decentralize” rights transactions.
As publishers, we tend to sit in our book publishing bubble and don’t look out onto the parallel fields of music, news, journalism, and media. Technology in transactional licensing is where I really get excited. It’s an area where publishing crosses over into the worlds of other aligned media. We all have one thing in common. We publish and produce Intellectual Property (IP), and I think it’s important to take a look at the technologies being deployed around IP in all industries, and to share our innovations in that space.
The Higher Regional Court of Vienna, Austria, has ruled that YouTube can’t be held liable for infringing videos uploaded by users. The Court overturned a previous verdict which held that YouTube takes an “active role,” which disqualifies it from safe harbor protection. Rightsholder Puls 4 is disappointed with the outcome and will take the case to the Supreme Court.
Given the ubiquity of available content and ease of access which many of us now have to music and video in 2019, analysts had predicted that the streaming age would all but eradicate piracy. This hasn’t quite panned out however, according to a new study out of New Zealand, although not for the reasons you might think.