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Introducing the RightsTech Virtual Roundtable

The RightsTech Project is pleased to announce the RightsTech Roundtable, a weekly free webinar that will be part of the Digital Entertainment World Let’s DEW Lunch webinar series.

Each Thursday we will highlight the important news of the week and a deep dive into a critical topic or issue for the RightsTech community featuring expert speakers and presenters.

Stay tuned for launch information. Click here for more information on Let’s DEW Lunch, and on speaking and sponsoring opportunities.

Katy Perry & Capitol Records Off the Hook for $2.8M ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Verdict

It took much longer than expected but seven months after the conclusion of a copyright trial that stunned the music world, a California federal judge on Tuesday delivered a win to Katy Perry, Capitol Records, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and others who worked on the 2013 hit “Dark Horse.”

Source: Katy Perry & Capitol Records Off the Hook for $2.8M ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Verdict

Coronavirus is shutting down movies, tours and festivals.

As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, the entertainment industry has heeded health notices and travel restrictions by canceling events and postponing productions planned for the near future.  Countless jobs will be affected by the virus, and financial reverberations for individuals, companies and economies will last months, at the least.

Source: Coronavirus is shutting down movies, tours and festivals. Here’s where things stand.

US Recorded Music Revenue Reaches $11.1 Billion in 2019

The U.S. recorded music business generated $11.1 billion in revenue in 2019, according to the RIAA’s annual year-end report, a 13% year-over-year increase from the $9.8 billion it reached in 2018. That represents the fourth straight year of double-digit growth for the sector, and a faster rate of growth over 2018, when it increased 11.9% over the prior year.

Source: US Recorded Music Revenue Reaches $11.1 Billion in 2019, 79% From Streaming: RIAA

Blowback as Article 13 gets binned by UK Government

Independent music body IMPALA issued a statement (see below) today (January 28) arguing that it’s “illogical not to deliver the results now”. On Friday (January 24), Tom Kiehl, Deputy CEO of UK Music (an umbrella body that represents the recording, publishing and live sectors) wrote to Skidmore “to request an urgent meeting to discuss the music industry’s concerns”.

Source: Article 13 binned by UK Government as Brexit looms

Congress Introduces AM-FM Act to Get Artists & Labels Paid for Radio Play

New legislation introduced in both houses of Congress on Thursday brings artists one step closer to receiving performance rights royalties on radio airplay. The Ask Musicians for Music Act (AM-FM) would require radio stations to get consent from recording artists to play their music.

Source: Congress Introduces AM-FM Act to Get Artists & Labels Paid for Radio Play

Competing Publishing Industry Wishes, Concerns Give DOJ Plenty to Ponder In Consent Decree Review

Publishers, songwriters and performance rights organizations are at odds over other aspects of the DOJ’s consent decree review beyond the danger of potential unwanted legislation coming from the publishers’ request for the selective withdrawal of digital rights from ASCAP and BMI’s blanket licenses.

Source: Competing Publishing Industry Wishes, Concerns Give DOJ Plenty to Ponder In Consent Decree Review

Microsoft brought book burning into the digital age 

When Microsoft terminated its ebooks store — a service — it did not have to recall the books it had vended; instead, it terminated access to them. In essence, although the books continue to exist as intellectual property, those copies of the books just went away at the sole discretion of the provider, subject only to any contractual obligations.

Source: Microsoft brought book burning into the digital age — and you should be worried

ASCAP Launches Research & Innovation Initiative 

ASCAP has launched the Advanced Research & Innovation Initiative to explore how advanced technologies, new business approaches and creative collaborations can drive value for its music creator members and music consumers. The new program will help to identify and develop new areas of growth and efficiency through technology accelerators, prototyping research projects, cross-pollination with the startup community, and knowledge-sharing through a bi-monthly speaker series.

Source: ASCAP Launches Research & Innovation Initiative With Startup Summits, Speaker Series, More

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