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French Culture Minister Pledges to Implement Article 13 Within a Matter of Months

According to a new report, France will implement the Copyright Directive, along with the controversial Article 13, as soon as this summer. Speaking at Series Mania in Lille, Frank Reister, France’s Culture Minister, praised the bill’s approval.  He said EU lawmakers had passed the Copyright Directive in spite of a massive campaign of “disinformation.”  Europe, he added, had “resisted” the power of major tech organizations.

Source: French Culture Minister Pledges to Implement Article 13 Within a Matter of Months

Outgoing Sony/ATV boss thinks labels ‘more vulnerable’ than publishers to DSP competition

Music publishers are currently engaged in verbal fisticuffs with a group of music-streaming services, and Spotify in particular, over the group’s plans to appeal against new songwriter royalty-rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). But in a valedictory interview with Variety on his last day as chairman and CEO of publisher Sony/ATV, Martin Bandier suggested that labels have more to fear from the DSPs in the longer term.

CISAC’s Oran: ‘EU Copyright Directive creates a fairer partnership between creators and big tech.’

For years, creators have watched the growth of global digital platforms using their works, dictating the terms, accumulating vast revenues and paying them next to nothing in return. Now, with the directive, policy makers have helped rebalance the market place.

Source: ‘The EU Copyright Directive creates a fairer partnership between creators and big tech.’

French ISPs Ordered to Block Sci-Hub and LibGen 

The High Court of Paris has ordered several of the largest French ISPs to block access to the pirate libraries LibGen and Sci-Hub. The decision is a setback for the sites that have come under increasing pressure, but Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan believes that determined researchers are smart enough to find an alternative route to her site.

Source: French ISPs Ordered to Block Sci-Hub and LibGen – TorrentFreak

AIM’s Gee Davy on the future of generative Artificial Intelligence in music

n comparison with the other buzzword technology phenomenon in its infancy, AI has far more immediate and clear impact and already significantly more current practical applications than Blockchain. Generative AI is already putting out entire albums (with the help of some human performers) and we are moving quickly towards AI which can create an album of music cradle-to-grave.

Source: AIM’s Gee Davy on the future of generative Artificial Intelligence in music

Dubset Media Quietly Inks a One-Year Pact With 7Digital

As part of the deal, 7digital will provide access to its platform to assist Dubset Media to enhance its proprietary ‘Mixscan’ recognition technology. The terms of the deal are confidential, though 7digital says the agreement will contribute to its monthly recurring revenue in 2019.  7digital will also receive a significant setup fee, according to the company.

Source: Dubset Media Quietly Inks a One-Year Pact With 7Digital

LBRY CEO Talks YouTube Censorship, Online Free Speech & Blockchain

LBRY is a decentralized protocol that is designed to allow people to share information with each other, for free or for a price. More specifically, LBRY is part YouTube competitor, part Amazon e-book seller competitor, and part iTunes music sales competitor. The platform allows individuals to upload content and optionally charge a price to unlock it that is paid in cryptocurrency. It also allows for content creators to release material for free and accept tips.

Source: LBRY CEO Talks YouTube Censorship, Online Free Speech & Blockchain

The $1 Billion Waiting For Artists Who Know Where to Look

SoundExchange pays out nearly $1 billion to musicians each year, but the lack of attention around it highlights the music industry’s overall disorganization. SoundExchange collects money from 3,100 online outlets — Pandora and SiriusXM are two of the biggest — and has no sign-up fee. So why does it need to chase artists down to give them their money?

Source: The $1 Billion Waiting For Artists Who Know Where to Look

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