DOJ to Seek Congressional Curbs on Immunity for Internet Companies

The Justice Department will submit a proposal to Congress on Wednesday to curb longstanding legal protections for internet companies such as Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Twitter Inc. and force them to shoulder more responsibility for managing content on their sites, a senior department official said.

Source: WSJ News Exclusive | DOJ to Seek Congressional Curbs on Immunity for Internet Companies

TikTok Received 10,625 Copyright Takedown Notices In H1 2020

The company released its latest transparency report with numbers for takedown notices. Over 104.5 million videos were removed from the platform in the first six months of 2020. TikTok also received 1,800 legal requests and 10,625 copyright takedown notices. TikTok says it removed content in 89.6% of those cases in which it received a takedown notice.

Source: TikTok Received 10,625 Copyright Takedown Notices In H1 2020

Who wants to buy a video service no one watches? Quibi is trying to find out.

Quibi was supposed to be revolutionary: A video service that was supposed to fill the gap between YouTube and HBO by bringing short, “premium” clips starring celebrities like Liam Hemsworth and Chrissy Teigen to your phone, for a price. But that was in the spring. Just six months after launching — and after raising $1.8 billion — Quibi has started looking for a buyer.

Source: Who wants to buy a video service no one watches? Quibi is trying to find out.

The 10,000-person dance party streaming in your living room

As dance studios closed because of COVID-19, Dance Church morphed into something else — a 10,000-person mega-event that takes place entirely online. The company has launched its own streaming platform to host dance classes twice a week, and is planning a subscription option soon. The class is less choreography and more aerobic exercise, synced to a Top 40-style playlist that veers from pop to deep house and hip hop.

Source: The 10,000-person dance party streaming in your living room

A Supreme Court Without RBG May Impact Hollywood’s Grip on Intellectual Property

On Oct. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court holds an oral argument in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., the most important copyright case in decades. It’ll now happen without the high court’s most fervently pro-copyright voice. More often than not, when a big ruling on the subject was on the table, it was she who carried the big pen.

Source: A Supreme Court Without RBG May Impact Hollywood’s Grip on Intellectual Property

‘There’s No There There’: What the TikTok Deal Achieved

As the dust settles on the weeks of drama over the social media app, investors and others are asking what it was all for. The answer? A cloud computing contract for the Silicon Valley business software company Oracle, a merchandising deal for Walmart and a claim of victory for President Trump.

Source: ‘There’s No There There’: What the TikTok Deal Achieved

Digital conference for Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union to explore copyright 

As technology develops, and borders dissipate in the digital environment, the policy landscape changes to open up new opportunities. The implementation of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive holds many promises for the digital cultural heritage sector. Decision-makers, practitioners, rights holders and others have a role in making them a reality.

Source: Digital conference for Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union to explore copyright | Europeana Pro

BTS partners with Epic Games for new video premiere on Fortnite’s Party Royale Main Stage

Developer Epic Games is teaming up with K-pop superstars BTS to premiere a “never-before-seen choreography version” of a video for BTS’ single Dynamite, inside Fortnite at Party Royale’s Main Stage. The new BTS video will premiere on Friday, September 25 at 8:00 PM EDT.

Source: BTS partners with Epic Games for new video premiere on Fortnite’s Party Royale Main Stage

Logic blames UMG for not letting game-streamers use his music

Having officially retired from music earlier this year, before signing what was reportedly a seven-figure exclusive deal to stream on Twitch, artist Logic is a prominent figure at the intersection of music and livestreaming. A tweet on Friday is thus making a few waves. “Too many of my gaming homies @Ninja included have wanted to play my music during stream and on YouTube but @UMG wont let me,” he wrote.

Source: Logic blames UMG for not letting game-streamers use his music

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