Taylor Swift Rep Hits Back at Big Machine, Claims She’s Actually Owed $7.9 Million in Unpaid Royalties

After Swift posted on social media that her former label and Scooter Braun were keeping her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards next week, as well as denying their use in an upcoming Netflix documentary, Big Machine and Braun — who owns Swift’s masters — slammed the singer’s charges and then accused her of owing them millions of dollars. Now, a rep for the singer says the new claims from Big Machine are false.

Source: Taylor Swift Rep Hits Back at Big Machine, Claims She’s Actually Owed $7.9 Million in Unpaid Royalties

AI-Created Paintings to Be Put on Sale by Sotheby’s in New York

Sotheby’s will put two paintings by the French art collective Obvious up for sale on Thursday, including “Le Baron De Belamy.” The European classic style portrait is part of the same series as “Portrait of Edmond Belamy”, which sold for more than 60 times the lowest estimate at Christie’s during the 2018 fall auctions.

Source: AI-Created Paintings to Be Put on Sale by Sotheby’s in New York

Pirates Are Using Publishing Platform Medium to Distribute Illegal Movies 

Scammers have been found to be abusing the publishing platform, Medium to distribute bootlegged copies of the latest movies such as Joker. The posts feature links to the video files and a range of search keywords. Most sources lead visitors to registration pages that demand credit card details.

Source: Pirates Are Using Publishing Platform Medium to Distribute Illegal Movies | Digital Trends

Streaming TV’s Ratings “Black Box” Could Lead to Hollywood Guild War

As the industry enters a direct-to-consumer era, the dearth of data beyond “self-serving marketing” metrics will play a large role in the 2020 union talks. As linear television residuals decline, grasping more of the SVOD upside without losing the protections of the existing formula is do or die for the unions.

Source: Streaming TV’s Ratings “Black Box” Could Lead to Hollywood Guild War

EU Academics Publish Recommendations to Limit Negative Impact of Article 17 on Users 

A key recommendation is that national implementations should “fully explore” legal mechanisms for broad licensing of copyrighted content. The academics are calling for this to ensure that the preventative obligations of OCSSPs are limited in application wherever possible.

Source: EU Academics Publish Recommendations to Limit Negative Impact of Article 17 on Users – TorrentFreak

Team Behind Digital James Dean Forms New Company to Resurrect Other Legends 

The team that helped resurrect James Dean with visual effects for an upcoming Vietnam war movie isn’t done creating digital versions of famous actors and other celebrities: Intellectual property licensing specialist CMG Worldwide has merged with immersive content creation studio Observe Media to form Worldwide XR, a new company that aims to bring digital humans to traditional film as well as augmented and virtual reality.

Source: Team Behind Digital James Dean Forms New Company to Resurrect Other Legends (EXCLUSIVE)

Intellectual Property regime in the age of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) generated contents have been posing formidable challenges to the existing Intellectual Property (IP) regime. It remains a critical question as to how far prevailing IP system, dominantly premised on the consequentialist and/or utilitarian approaches, is ready to accommodate AI generated contents.

Source: Intellectual Property regime in the age of Artificial Intelligence

Classical Streaming Service IDAGIO Launches Free Tier

Classical music streaming service IDAGIO has released an ad-supported free tier as part of its efforts to make the hard-to-pigeonhole genre more accessible. The Berlin-based startup says the free tier will prominently feature its ‘Mood Player,’ which generates a playlist based on a person’s selected mood, as well as playlists curated by staff or well-known artists.

Source: Classical Streaming Service IDAGIO Launches Free Tier

The Disney+ launch ratchets up talk of streaming competition. But the same creators work for all of them.

As the streaming wars intensify companies are fighting to lock up consumers’ entertainment dollars. But another scramble is underway to land creative talent. The skirmish is so fierce, and the talent so scarce, it sometimes means that rabid streaming competitors are messily in business with the same creators.

Source: The Disney+ launch ratchets up talk of streaming competition. But the same creators work for all of them.

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