Piracy Crackdown May Be Next Front in Streaming Wars

For much of this century, the content industry’s antipiracy focus has been on file-sharing. First it was Napster and its progeny, then ISPs willfully blinding themselves to copyright infringement. Now, streaming hubs are growing while fears of illegal downloads fade. This evolution is sparking a shift in thinking.

Source: Piracy Crackdown May Be Next Front in Streaming Wars

Rick Rubin on Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit: “A Feeling Is Not Something You Can Copyright”

Pharrell says the saga “hurt my feelings, because I would never take anything from anyone. It really set me back.” He admits there was a shared “feeling” between his track and Gaye’s, but that’s as far as it went. To that Rubin adds, “A feeling is not something you can copyright.”

Source: Rick Rubin on Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit: “A Feeling Is Not Something You Can Copyright”

How Esquire is trying a ‘micro-membership’ model around Charles Pierce 

Since launching the micro-membership model in November 2018, the site has garnered over 10,000 subscribers, and Sebastian expects that the election year will drive up that number even higher. Additionally, in October, Pierce’s content was up 60% in views year over year.

Source: How Esquire is trying a ‘micro-membership’ model around Charles Pierce – Digiday

Touring Artists Are Sitting on a Goldmine of Live Recordings — Veva Live Is Doing Something About It

VEVA Live focuses on real-time turnaround. All of the hi-res audio and metadata captured from the night is immediately accessible via VEVA’s platform, Asset Connect. Working directly with the FOH engineer, VEVA is able to connect the entire artist team — ranging from management, their label, marketing, and social media teams — to quickly access the material and decide how to exploit it.

Source: Touring Artists Are Sitting on a Goldmine of Live Recordings — Veva Live Is Doing Something About It

MPA Wants Pirated Content Removed Proactively, Just Like Hate Speech 

Major Internet platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are taking proactive measures to keep offensive content off their services. According to the Motion Picture Association, online services can use similar systems to proactively remove pirated content too. That would be even easier since it doesn’t raise the same speech concerns, the group’s senior vice president notes.

Source: MPA Wants Pirated Content Removed Proactively, Just Like Hate Speech – TorrentFreak

As the popularity of vinyl music has surged, so have bootleg records — but some artists say it’s not all bad

You may have heard that vinyl is back, but with the resurgence of records comes the return of a controversial practice in the music industry: bootlegging. “There are more bootlegs around today than any other time in the last 20 years,” said Ian Shirley, editor of the Rare Record Price Guide.

Source: As the popularity of vinyl music has surged, so have bootleg records — but some artists say it’s not all bad

U.S. opens national security investigation into TikTok – sources

The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly, according to three people familiar with the matter. TikTok has been growing more popular among U.S. teenagers at a time of growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over trade and technology transfers.

Source: Exclusive: U.S. opens national security investigation into TikTok – sources

Is Publishing Too Top-Heavy?

Book publishing has long been a hits-driven business. The bestsellers, the logic went, paid for the flops. And it was the authors of those in the middle—the so-called midlist—that publishers hoped to build into the next crop of bestsellers. But midlist sales have faltered enough in recent years that there is a growing concern among publishers and agents about how the business can create new hits when the field they once turned to is, well, disappearing.

Source: Is Publishing Too Top-Heavy?

Cruz calls on trade rep to remove tech legal shield from agreements

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday sent a letter to the Trump administration’s top trade official asking him to remove language from legal liability protections for internet companies from trade agreements. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have increasingly called for amending or even gutting Section 230 as Silicon Valley has fallen out of favor with Washington.

Source: Cruz calls on trade rep to remove tech legal shield from agreements

AI is making literary leaps – now we need the rules to catch up

If the row over GPT-2 has had one useful outcome, it is a growing realisation that the AI research community needs to come up with an agreed set of norms about what constitutes responsible publication (and therefore release). At the moment, as Prof Rebecca Crootof points out in an illuminating analysis on the Lawfare blog, there is no agreement about AI researchers’ publication obligations.

Source: AI is making literary leaps – now we need the rules to catch up

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