Copyright & Media Update 10/18/2019

What Happens to Your Copyrights After You Die?  

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: It’s not exactly fun to think about, but death is something that everyone will have to face eventually. And when creators spend their lives putting their blood, sweat, and tears into their passion, it makes sense that they’d want to protect their copyright post-mortem. Although it’s a popular misconception, copyrighted works do not become public domain once the owner has died (just ask Michael Jackson — who, according to Forbes, was the highest-earning dead celebrity of 2018). READ MORE… 

Music on Facebook & Instagram Launched in 7 New European Countries 

MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE: Facebook is ramping up the global expansion of its music products. Starting today (October 17) music on Facebook and Instagram will be available in seven new European countries – the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Romania and Slovakia. Music is now available on Facebook-owned products in over 30 countries across EMEA. READ MORE… 

The Music Modernization Act and 4 Steps Songwriters Can Take Now to Prepare for It 

BERKLEE ONLINE: When the Music Modernization Act was passed into law by the US Congress in 2018, it was heralded by the songwriting community as the last best hope to restructure the new digital music economy in a way that would treat songwriters equitably. READ MORE… 

YouTube gets alleged copyright troll to agree to stop trolling YouTubers 

THE VERGE: Alleged copyright troll Christopher Brady will no longer be able to issue false DMCA takedowns to other YouTubers, according to a lawsuit settlement filed today. Under the new agreement, Brady is banned from “submitting any notices of alleged copyright infringement to YouTube that misrepresent that material hosted on the YouTube service is infringing copyrights held or claimed to be held by Brady or anyone Brady claims to represent.” READ MORE… 

France to redouble efforts to create EU tech regulator after copyright spat 

REUTERS: France is pushing for the creation of a European-wide regulator of digital platforms such as Google to sanction possible abuse of power, a French presidency official said on Tuesday, citing a dispute over EU copyright law as an example. READ MORE… 

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