Stakeholders in Canada consider potential for planned blockchain copyright ledger 

The Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) and Access Copyright are developing a blockchain system where artists can register their work and protect it from copyright infringement. The blockchain will assist in the tracing and tracking of visual works, but has the potential to do even more — like link to royalty payment services.

Source: Stakeholders consider potential for blockchain ledger as it nears completion – iPolitics

China using blockchain evidence for copyright infringement 

China’s internet courts are stepping up their use of blockchain to protect writers and creative content creators. This has mainly been beneficial to authors who publish their works online and have faced problems in safeguarding their legal rights owing to the difficulty in collecting evidence.

Source: China using blockchain evidence for copyright infringement – Ledger Insights

Podcasting refreshes the parts that radio cannot reach – but for how much longer? 

The most distinctive thing about podcasts is the more intimate relationship between creator and listener that they enable. A radio broadcast reaches large numbers of listeners simultaneously, many of them not giving the programme their undivided attention. Most podcasts, on the other hand, are heard via headphones so the producer has a different relationship with the listener.

Source: Podcasting refreshes the parts that radio cannot reach – but for how much longer? | John Naughton

#BandTogether Musicians Reach Tentative Deal with Film and TV Studios

Negotiations between the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the studios lasted over two years, but while the former did receive significant improvements in their contract with the latter, their members still will not be getting residuals for TV shows and movies that are streamed online.

Source: #BandTogether Musicians Reach Tentative Deal with Film and TV Studios

PPL teams up with Sound Credit to improve recording metadata

Across the world, there are lots of different initiatives afoot to tackle the music industry’s metadata problems – including accurately filling out the credits for songs and recordings. The latest example comes from the UK, where collecting society PPL has announced a new partnership with startup Sound Credit.

Source: PPL teams up with Sound Credit to improve recording metadata

Educational Publishers File Suit to Block Sale of Pirated E-books

The country’s largest educational publishers have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop pirate sites from illegally selling their e-books and have won a temporary restraining order. According to the lawsuit filed in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the pirate sites are selling unlicensed e-books using Google ads which they place in response to searches for the publishers’ legitimate content.

Source: Educational Publishers File Suit to Block Sale of Pirated E-books

Streaming’s Data Compliance Headache: “Entertainment Companies Are Going to Be Targets”

While the streamers and the rest of Hollywood have been writing nine-figure checks to top talent to attract viewers, a California privacy law going into effect Jan. 1 is shifting their focus to how much information they’ve collected from their users — and who they’re sharing it with. Everything from Warner Bros.’ online Harry Potter shop to ABC’s Freeform app will need to be in compliance.

Source: Streaming’s Data Compliance Headache: “Entertainment Companies Are Going to Be Targets”

We need to talk more about the legal issues around training musical AIs

When most people think about the potential legal issues around AI-created music, they tend to think about the output – the music itself, and questions like whether an AI-generated track can attract copyright protection. Sophie Goossens, counsel at law firm Reed Smith, thinks that just as much attention should be paid to the input.

Source: We need to talk more about the legal issues around training musical AIs

Mechanical Licensing Collective Selects Leadership, Partners for Copyright Database

Technology company ConsenSys and mechanical licensing administrator Harry Fox Agency have been selected to manage the matching of data uses to musical works on the database; distributing mechanical royalties; and onboarding songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers and their catalogs.

Source: Mechanical Licensing Collective Selects Leadership, Partners for Copyright Database

Music Companies Don’t Want Copyright Profs to Be Heard in Piracy Case 

A group of major music publishing companies doesn’t want 23 copyright law professors to be heard in a piracy case. The scholars submitted a brief in the ongoing piracy liability lawsuit against ISP Charter, warning that a recent recommendation could harm both ISPs and consumers. However, the music groups suggest that not all profs are completely neutral.

Source: Music Companies Don’t Want Copyright Profs to Be Heard in Piracy Case – TorrentFreak

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