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SOCAN Delivers Record Payouts to Members, But Says Streaming Services Could Step It Up

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) announced another “record-setting” year with the release of its 2018 financial numbers, during the performing rights organization’s annual general meeting in Vancouver yesterday (June 18).

Source: SOCAN Delivers Record Payouts to Members, But Says Streaming Services Could Step It Up

Meet the Robot Artist Who Just Became the First to Stage a Solo Exhibition

Ai-Da has been billed by creators as the world’s first robot artist and she’s the latest AI innovation to blur the boundary between machine and artist.She has a robotic arm system and human-like features, is equipped with facial recognition technology and is powered with artificial intelligence. She is able to analyze an image in front of her, which feeds into an algorithm to dictate the movement of her arm, enabling her to produce sketches.

Source: Meet the Robot Artist Who Just Became the First to Stage a Solo Exhibition

The solution to Deepfakes 

Today, when we see a photo or video, we do not know its origin and thus cannot asses the intention of its creator. Mostly, was it made to deceive or to thoughtfully report? Indelibly linking a creator to its creation would bring accountability and, in the process, dramatically reduce damages done by deep fakes. Intent could quickly be derived from knowledge of the source.

Source: The solution to Deepfakes – Kaptur

LyricFind: It’s possible that we ‘unknowingly’ pinched Genius lyrics 

LyricFind explains that the lyrics it uses are taken from multiple sources before being edited, corrected and then published. As a result, it concedes that its team may have “unknowingly” taken lyrics from a source that originally copied them from Genius, but that it “offered to remove any lyrics Genius felt had originated from them.”

Source: LyricFind: It’s possible that we ‘unknowingly’ pinched Genius lyrics for Google search results

A Universal Music Fire Case Could Break New Legal Ground

Howard King, an attorney representing several artists, is keeping his client list close to the vest for the time being, though in the past, he’s been involved in legal matters for such Universal acts as Tupac Shakur, Soundgarden and the Eagles. On Tuesday, in a prelude to litigation, he demanded that UMG furnish him with a complete inventory of all master recordings, including finished songs as well as outtakes, destroyed in the fire.

Source: A Universal Music Fire Case Could Break New Legal Ground

Spotify’s Crypto Strategy

So far, Spotify is the only music or media-related organization among the launch partners, but its presence and prominence is sure to fuel speculation about the intentions of other steaming services and media providers regarding blockchain. In truth, though, the move likely reveals more about Spotify’s own ambitions that about the future prospects for blockchain in the music business.

Source: Spotify’s Crypto Strategy

Atlas Music Publishing CEO: Solutions to Streaming Rate Debate ‘Staring Right at Us’ 

Nobody can answer the question who is more important to the song, the writer or performer – Sammy or Frank so to speak.  The answer is that both sides are equally as important.  This is why, in the only open market licensing structure, synchronization, writer-side and performer-side are paid equally.  All of our revenue streams should work in a similar fashion, and they can.

Source: Atlas Music Publishing CEO: Solutions to Streaming Rate Debate ‘Staring Right at Us’ (Guest Op-Ed)

VidAngel Must Pay $62.4 Million for Ripping and ‘Pirating’ Movies 

Video streaming service VidAngel, which allows users to filter objectionable content from movies and TV-shows, has to pay $62.4 million to Disney and Warner Bros. The company is liable for copyright infringement after it streamed movies without permission of the rightsholders. In addition, it violated the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision, by ripping DVDs.

Source: VidAngel Must Pay $62.4 Million for Ripping and ‘Pirating’ Movies – TorrentFreak

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