Spotify Responds to Apple’s Response Over App Store Flap, Calls Company a ‘Monopolist’

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.

Source: Spotify Responds to Apple’s Response Over App Store Flap, Calls Company a ‘Monopolist’

Apple Attacks Spotify For ‘Trying To Squeeze Musicians, Songwriters’ As App Dispute Escalates

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.

Source: Apple Attacks Spotify For ‘Trying To Squeeze Musicians, Songwriters’ As App Dispute Escalates

Amazon is slashing royalties for video makers uploading to Prime Video 

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.

Source: Amazon is slashing royalties for video makers uploading to Prime Video – Digiday

‘Star Trek’/Dr. Seuss Mashup Deemed Copyright Fair Use by Judge

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.

Source: ‘Star Trek’/Dr. Seuss Mashup Deemed Copyright Fair Use by Judge

The New York Times Is Planning to Experiment With Blockchain Publishing 

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.

Source: The New York Times Is Planning to Experiment With Blockchain Publishing – CoinDesk

London Book Fair: With Blockchain and AI, Rana DiOrio Explores Publishing’s Cutting Edge

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.

Source: London Book Fair 2019: With Blockchain and AI, Rana DiOrio Explores Publishing’s Cutting Edge

IPR License GM: Why I’m Attending RightsTech: Europe in September

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.

Source: Why I’m Attending RightsTech: Europe in September

YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules 

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.

Source: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules – TorrentFreak

New Report Reveals Why Piracy Persists In The Streaming Era

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.

Source: New Report Reveals Why Piracy Persists In The Streaming Era

A Guide to the Royalties Battle Between Streaming Services and Songwriters

One side gave birth to headlines that were literally untrue. The other side was accused of engaging in “fake news.” All this for a 119-page, footnote-packed ruling by a little-known panel of federal judges? Welcome to the no-holds-barred legal battle currently pitting trade groups for songwriters and music publishers against the major streaming services.

Source: A Guide to the Royalties Battle Between Streaming Services and Songwriters

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