Amazon’s refusal to sell e-books published in-house to libraries is sparking backlash as demand for digital content spikes during the coronavirus pandemic. Librarians and advocacy groups are pushing for the tech giant to license its published e-books to libraries for distribution, arguing the company’s self-imposed ban significantly decreases public access to information.
In the pandemic, movie release dates are being pushed, and Hollywood agents are encouraging studios and clients to sell films to streamers. “Agencies are pushing to sell to streamers because they can immediately get cash and their commissions rather than wait for it,” one studio insider said. “The agencies are in such a crappy position that they are trying to push us to sell product — you are getting a premium if you are getting paid upfront.”
Release date delays, or the prospect of sending studio movies to streaming services, might seem obvious or expected at this point in the pandemic. Yet traditional Hollywood players are still struggling to navigate a new movie distribution landscape, one with contours that are being charted, smudged out, and redrawn again on the fly.
Several RIAA labels have secured a major win in their court battle against the popular hip-hop mixtape service Spinrilla. A federal court in Atlanta has ruled that the company is liable for direct copyright infringement after it streamed thousands of infringing works. In addition, the mixtape service can’t rely on the DMCA’s safe harbor since it failed to register an official agent.
Spotify’s invention would allow for a lead sheet to be fed through the platform’s ‘plagiarism detector’, which would then, “having been trained on a plurality of preexisting encoded lead sheets”, immediately compare the composition in question to all other songs stored in its database.
Liveurope, a live music promotional initiative funded in part by the European Union’s Creative Europe program, unveiled the telling projection in a detail-oriented analysis. According to this report, the average number of Liveurope-supported concerts featuring new artists dipped from 36 last season to 18 in 2020, factoring for each of the entity’s 15 member venues.
Twitch, which describes itself as “the world’s leading live streaming platform for gamers and the things we love,” is full of music. From talk shows to concerts, music is essential to its platform, and increasingly important to its business model. But tragically, Twitch has aimed to allow music on its service, while not fully licensing it, leaving its users in the lurch.
Facebook is to pay mainstream UK news outlets millions of pounds a year to license their articles, as the social network faces the threat of a government crackdown over its dominance of online advertising. Most British newspaper groups have signed up to the programme, under which their articles will appear in a dedicated news section on the site that is due to launch in January.
With more than a month left in 2020, this year could very well be the year in which the media sector sees a record amount of layoffs. The sector as defined by Challenger includes news (both broadcast and print), all print publications, all broadcast, television and movies, book publishing and digital media.
President-elect Joe Biden gained a clearer path to redirecting U.S. telecommunications policy Monday, after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to step down. The Republican chairman’s departure will allow Democrats to start work soon after Inauguration Day on their expected priorities, including restoring Obama-era net-neutrality rules regulating how internet service providers treat traffic on their networks.