As the pandemic continues to impact the country, Penguin Random House has announced that it is extending its temporary digital license terms for libraries through December 31, 2020. The news comes after PRH last month announced that it is also extending its Open License for online story time and read-aloud videos through December 31.
Integrating TikTok data with data on Xbox users could yield a very valuable resource and would allow Microsoft to play a role in the entertainment and consumer brands industries more akin to its comfort-zone positioning in business services — as a provider of data analytics and cloud computing resources, without having to take on Google and Facebook directly and at a bargain-basement price.
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Facebook has inked deals with music giants that will let its billions of users watch hit music videos alongside viral cat clips and political rants, the company said Friday. Official music videos from artists such as Nicki Minaj, Bob Marley and the Jonas Brothers went live on the social network Saturday thanks to Facebook’s new partnerships with labels including Sony Music Group, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and BMG.
Snap, whose features have been copied directly by Facebook, is now borrowing a concept popularized by short-form lip-sync app TikTok: It’s going to let Snapchat users add officially licensed music tracks to videos. Snap plans to launch the music feature widely in the fall of 2020 for English users
As traditional entertainment companies grapple with the upheaval and uncertainty of COVID-19, tech giants Apple and Amazon are profiting handsomely during the pandemic. The tech giants on Thursday reported blockbuster results for the second quarter, the same April-to-June period that paralyzed legacy media companies.
When museums were forced to shut their physical doors this spring, they simultaneously enhanced their online offerings, creating new ways for the public to experience their collections and spaces virtually. In fact, say insiders and consultants, museums increasingly are behaving almost like media-production companies, seeking to tell the stories behind their collections and exhibits in ways that entertain, as well as educate.
YouTube is embroiled in a very public spat with songwriters and music publishers in Denmark, via local collection society Koda. According to Koda – Denmark’s equivalent of ASCAP/BMI (US) or PRS For Music (UK) – YouTube has threatened to remove “Danish music content” (ie. music written by Danish songwriters) from its service.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property on Tuesday continued its year-long series of hearings on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), this time focusing on the question, “How Does the DMCA Contemplate Limitations and Exceptions Like Fair Use?”
The pandemic dramatically shifted the power dynamics between studios and exhibitions, giving content creators more leverage in the debate over how films are made, marketed, and distributed. “Pre-coronavirus, we were marching toward shorter windows,” said Erik Gordon, an associate professor at University of Michigan. “Covid changed the balance of power so now we’re racing toward shorter windows.”
The new rules, which need to be passed by Australia’s Parliament, would require digital platforms to take part in negotiations with media companies over payment, Australia’s competition regulator said Friday. If the media companies and the platforms can’t reach an agreement during three months of talks, an independent arbitrator would pick a compensation plan from one of the sides.