Move Over, Twitch — Facebook Expands Fan Subscriptions for Musicians

Facebook is expanding fan subscriptions to eligible musicians in several countries to better support themselves online. It’s the same model Twitch uses. Musicians will need to have over 10,000 followers or more than 250 return viewers. They also need either 50,000 post engagements in total or 180,000 watch minutes in the last 60 days. Much like Twitch, Facebook takes a 30% cut of the subscription revenue.

Source: Move Over, Twitch — Facebook Expands Fan Subscriptions for Musicians

UK government announces $2bn funding package for the arts – including music venues

Following sustained lobbying from elements of the music business, the UK government has this evening (July 5) announced a £1.57bn ($1.96bn) support package for Britain’s arts and culture sector. The package covers funding for Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues.

Source: UK government announces $2bn funding package for the arts – including music venues

Tech firms want ‘strong copyright safe harbours’ in US/UK deal

With the UK ‘Brexiting’ the European Union, it’ll need a new trade deal with the US. Unsurprisingly, the big American internet companies have views on what that trade deal should require from the UK in terms of copyright and safe harbour rules. And no, sticking to the spirit of the recent European Copyright Directive isn’t one of their requests.

Source: Tech firms want ‘strong copyright safe harbours’ in US/UK deal – Music Ally

Grammy-Winning Artist Sues YouTube Over Content ID Discrimination

Grammy-winning jazz artist and composer Maria Schneider has filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube over alleged Content ID discrimination. “If a rights holder does not have the economic clout to qualify for Content ID,” writes the plaintiffs’ legal team, “YouTube refuses to add their works to the Content ID catalog for prepublication protection even if those works have previously been infringed on YouTube hundreds or even thousands of times.”

Source: Grammy-Winning Artist Sues YouTube Over Content ID Discrimination

Concert Venues Continue to Face Hardship, Optimism Amid COVID

Venues that were forced to lay off large chunks of their workforce at the beginning of the pandemic are now faced with a snowball effect of further problems: Unable to acquire Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans due to an inability to retain staff, these businesses now rely on the mercy of their landlords and may face impending eviction.

Source: ‘There’s Got to Be a Way’: Concert Venues Continue to Face Hardship, Optimism Amid COVID

Rightsholders Want African Countries to Up Their Anti-Piracy Game

According to a coalition of prominent copyright industry groups, piracy remains a widespread and serious problem among all African countries. United in the IIPA, they ask the US Government to make trade benefits for sub-Saharan African countries dependent on local copyright laws and the effectiveness of their anti-piracy enforcement.

Source: Rightsholders Want African Countries to Up Their Anti-Piracy Game * TorrentFreak

Spotify and Harry Fox Agency accused of ‘joint conspiracy’ to infringe copyrights in Eminem publisher lawsuit

The new claim was filed in a Nashville court yesterday (July 1) and suggests that Spotify and HFA’s alleged “scheme to engage in copyright infringement was a massive success”. The filing suggests that Kobalt “was tricked into believing that Spotify had compulsory licenses and into accepting ‘royalty statements’ distributed by HFA on behalf of Spotify” and “was further tricked into believing that Eight Mile was being accounted to properly”.

Source: Spotify and Harry Fox Agency accused of ‘joint conspiracy’ to infringe copyrights in Eminem publisher lawsuit

Amazon Sued For Copyright Infringement on Movies Including Austin Powers 

Amazon is facing a US copyright infringement lawsuit for distributing movies on its streaming service for which it doesn’t hold the rights. Filed in a New York court and alleging direct and contributory copyright infringement, the suit covers movies including Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. It demands a jury trial and statutory damages that could run to millions of dollars.

Source: Amazon Sued For Copyright Infringement on Movies Including Austin Powers * TorrentFreak

Matt Pincus-backed HIFI launches to help artists ‘actually see what they’re earning 

HIFI CEO and founder, Damian Manning, says the company, which dubs itself a “financial rights organization”  is “building innovative products and services that work in concert with them to financially empower the creator class.” Those products include Royalties Dashboard, available to use now, which is financial platform that aggregates data from labels, distribution services, PROs, music publishers and others.

Source: Matt Pincus-backed HIFI launches to help artists ‘actually see what they’re earning – and what they’re worth’

Coronavirus Spike Puts Hollywood’s Back-to-Work Plans in Serious Jeopardy

On Monday and Tuesday, California hit record numbers of daily confirmed cases, led by Los Angeles county, which has hit over 103,000 total cases of the over 230,000 total cases statewide. Cases are similarly skyrocketing in Florida, Texas, and Arizona, while the popular production hubs of Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico are seeing a precipitous rise as well.

Source: Coronavirus Spike Puts Hollywood’s Back-to-Work Plans in Serious Jeopardy

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