Copyright & Media Update 10/3/2019

Newly-Formed Mechanical Licensing Collective Issues Legal Threats Against AMLC Cofounder 

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: The major publisher-backed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) isn’t amused by AMLC co-founder Jeff Price’s latest emails. America’s newest federal agency is getting off to a rocky start. After demanding $66.25 million in startup costs — just to get through the first year of operation — and losing two of its members, the newly-formed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is now pointing its guns at AMLC co-founder Jeff Price. READ MORE… 

Is There a Fairer Way for Streaming Services to Pay Artists? 

PITCHFORK: When you buy an album, some of that money goes directly to the artist. But with streaming, the royalty breakdown works very differently: Subscription dollars go into one big pool and are doled out to artists based on how many times their songs are streamed across a given service. So even if you only listened to Purple Mountains all month, your subscription dollars will still end up lining the pocketbooks of Post Malone. It’s a little like the Electoral College, where a quick and dirty method of tallying represents a more complicated reality. READ MORE… 

Copyright in Pop Culture: Star Trek: Voyager 

PLAGIARISM TODAY: Since April 2016 I’ve been doing a series on Plagiarism in Pop Culture, looking at TV shows, movies and other media that used plagiarism as a plot point. The goal has been to examine how the media portrays and talk about plagiarism. READ MORE… 

DJ Paul Settles Copyright Lawsuit with Travis Scott 

ROLLING STONE: DJ Paul and Travis Scott have settled a copyright lawsuit the former filed against the latter over similarities between Three 6 Mafia’s 1997 track “Tear Da Club Up” and Scott’s Astroworld song “No Bystanders.” DJ Paul’s initial lawsuit sought $20 million in damages, although the financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. READ MORE… 

Justice Department once again advises SCOTUS to skip Java copyright case 

REUTERS:  In a brief filed Friday at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department urged the justices to deny Google’s petition for review of a pair of rulings that put the company on the hook for billions of dollars for infringing Oracle’s copyrights on Java computer code. READ MORE… 

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