Copyright & Media Update 2/14/2020

Spotify Probably Owes You More Money — Here’s How to Get It (Our Latest Podcast) 

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Most artists (and even some labels) have no idea what a mechanical license is.  Most likely, Spotify isn’t paying it to you. Jeff Price is one of the music industry’s foremost experts on music copyright and artist royalties.  He was a cofounder at Tunecore and more recently started a company called Audiam, which is focused on mechanical rights licensing and collection and was acquired by SOCAN back in 2016. He’s also a huge critic of Spotify and the recently-passed Music Modernization Act (MMA).  That’s probably a gross understatement. READ MORE… 

DMCA Reform: Without it, “there will be no economic justice for working musicians. All the rest is hype.” 

MEDIUM: As the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property undertakes its review of the DMCA’s provisions related to the responsibilities of internet platforms, it is essential to recall the observations made by Chairman Tillis a few months ago. READ MORE… 

ALI’s proposed Restatement of Copyrights has the potential to harm the creative industries 

THE HILL: The American people have entrusted us to represent them in Congress – with our voices, votes, and lawmaking power. It is not a responsibility that we take lightly. Every statement we write and policy we create has the potential to impact the livelihoods of millions across the country. READ MORE… 

Attention @USTradeRep: Songwriters and Publishers Call on Canadian Parliament to Ratify the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement to Close Copyright Loophole 

MUSIC TECNOLOGY POLICY: We’ll be coming back to this soon, but readers should be aware that there’s a loophole in Canada’s Copyright Act that can be closed immediately through the the USMCA trade agreement.  Canada has an odd anachronism in the copyright term for works other than sound recordings–unlike the majority of Canada’s trading partners, Canadian copyright is based on the old life plus 50.  (Sound recordings are 70 years from release, essentially.) READ MORE… 

Acting U.S. Copyright Register Maria Strong: All Eyes on Modernization 

IP WATCHDOG: Congress enacted the first federal Copyright Act in 1790 in accordance with Article 1, section 8 of the United States Constitution, “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” READ MORE… 

Music industry again calls on UK government to include copyright in online harms debate 

COMPLETE MUSIC UPDATE: The music industry has responded to a government update on its online harms consultation by again urging ministers to widen the scope of the project. The UK government published a white paper on so called online harms last April. Part of what is often called the ‘platform responsibility’ debate, it considered possible legal reforms in relation to a whole load of issues created by the rise of the net, including cyberbullying, cyberstalking, disinformation, revenge porn, incitement of violence and the distribution of terrorist or violent content, or of images of child abuse. The big question is, to what extent should the responsibilities of the big digital services and platforms be increased? READ MORE… 

Retweet Copyright Infringement Case Against Chicago Cubs Will Proceed in Part 

LAW STREET MEDIA: A copyright infringement case against the Chicago Cubs baseball team, and associated sports psychologist Joshua Lifrak, will proceed in part according to a Memorandum Opinion and Order filed in Federal District Court last week. The case arose after Lifrak, who was employed by the Cubs as their Director of Mental Skills in the spring of 2016, retweeted a copyrighted portion of Keith F. Bell’s book “Winning Isn’t Normal” to his Twitter feed. As a result of the retweet, Bell filed a complaint for copyright infringement against both Lifrak and the Cubs. READ MORE… 

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