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Curtain rises on future of film and TV copyright

The Shanghai Film and Television Copyright Services Center was set up in December 2019 to offer a full value chain of services, such as the valuation of copyright and guidance for derivatives development, as well as technology, talent and information research support. It has brought together relevant industry bodies, production sites, financial institutions, colleges and law firms to provide professional service for a wide range of industry participants.

Source: Curtain rises on future of film and TV copyright

Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries

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.

Source: Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries

Microsoft’s 15 Seconds

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.

Source: Microsoft’s 15 Seconds

Facebook to showcase music videos after inking deal with record labels

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.

Source: Facebook to showcase music videos after inking deal with record labels

Snapchat Will Let You Add Songs to Posts Under Music Deals With WMG and Others

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

Source: Snapchat Will Let You Add Songs to Posts Under Music Deals With WMG and Others, Copying Key TikTok Feature

Apple, Amazon Shrug Off Streaming Production Halt In Comments To Wall Street

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.

Source: Apple, Amazon Shrug Off Streaming Production Halt In Comments To Wall Street

Pandemic Pushes Museums Deeper Into Digital Age

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.

Source: Pandemic Pushes Museums Deeper Into Digital Age

YouTube threatens to remove music videos in Denmark over songwriter royalty fallout

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.

Source: YouTube threatens to remove music videos in Denmark over songwriter royalty fallout

What’s Fair? Senate IP Subcommittee Contemplates Problems with Copyright Fair Use Regime

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?”

Source: What’s Fair? Senate IP Subcommittee Contemplates Problems with Copyright Fair Use Regime

Bold or Reckless? Movie Business Debates AMC and Universal’s Early VOD Deal

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.”

Source: Bold or Reckless? Movie Business Debates AMC and Universal’s Early VOD Deal

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