In a patent application released March 8 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Silicon Valley tech company described a method for using a blockchain for downloading the rights to digital images, one it believes is unique enough to be a protected invention.
The Australian government is continuing to bring its copyright laws into line with technology advancements, seeking feedback on whether there is ‘general support’ on flexible exceptions such as fair use.
As a global streaming platform, Netflix wants worldwide distribution rights — and increasingly is willing to fund the total cost of a show in order to grab ownership. But Netflix’s deal terms mean it’s getting less and less likely that producers can count on receiving ancillary revenue streams.
The multi-year agreements, all handled by Sacem on behalf of the trio, cover more than 180 territories across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus, and will enable users to create and share videos including music from Sacem, Wixen and SOCAN’s repertoire.
Facebook really wants to get video creators to choose its platform over YouTube, and is now borrowing some ideas from Patreon to sweeten the deal: The company is starting to test a membership model that allows fans to support their favorite creators with a monthly recurring fee, it announced Monday.
Copyright societies representing French producers, directors, authors and content creators have called for a reduction in the theatrical release window for movies to three months and an alignment of linear and non-linear pay TV distribution on a technology-neutral basis.
The proposal is aimed at music and videos on streaming platforms, based on a theory of a “value gap” between the profits those platforms make from uploaded works and what copyright holders receive. However, the way it’s written captures many other types of content, including code.
As expected, SoundExchange’s gross distributions in the U.S. fell more than $225 million, or 26.2 percent, to $652 million from last year’s total of $884 million, due to Pandora switching from a compulsory license to direct deal with record labels.
Subscription streaming revenues in Japan last year hit 24.4bn Yen ($230m) across video and audio – the smallest annual revenue rise in the category since 2013. Physical music sales across CD, DVD, Blu-ray and other formats hit 232bn Yen ($2.2bn), down 6% year-on-year.