Copyright & Media Update 2/21/2020

How to Legally Play Music in Your Business 

PLAGIARISM TODAY: It’s a story that we hear fairly often, ASCAP, BMI or another performing rights agency (PRO) files a lawsuit against bars, restaurants or other businesses that play music without a license. While these lawsuits are relatively rare, they grab headlines and get the attention of business owners. READ MORE… 

Apple Moves to Dismiss Copyright Suit Against AppleTV+ Show 

LAW STREET: Defendant Apple, joined by production studios and staff, has filed a motion to dismiss a copyright lawsuit filed by Francesca Gregorini, a film director who alleged that the AppleTV+ series Servant infringed upon her copyright in her film The Truth About Emmanuel. The defendants argued that Servant is not “substantially similar” to Gregorini’s film. READ MORE… 

Trump administration backs Oracle in Supreme Court battle against Google 

THE HILL: The Trump administration is siding with software company Oracle over Google in the pivotal Supreme Court battle that has pitted the U.S. government against some of the top titans of the tech industry. READ MORE… 

Music Licensing Startup Syncfloor, Co-Founded by 20 year Microsoft Veteran, Secures $200,000 Investment 

MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE: Seattle-based music licensing startup SyncFloor, co-founded by 20 year Microsoft veteran Kirt Debique (pictured) and veteran IP attorney Cestjon McFarland has been accepted as part of Betaworks Audiocamp program. Betaworks is a New York-based startup studio and seed stage venture capital company. In addition to extensive mentoring and support, SyncFloor will receive $200,000 in funding. READ MORE… 

Copyright Office Fee Schedule 

COPYRIGHT.GOV: The Copyright Office is adopting a new fee schedule for services in the following areas: registration, recordation, record retrieval, search and certification, the Licensing Division, and other services. Congress authorized the Register to set and adjust Copyright Office fees that are fair, equitable, and give due consideration to the objectives of the copyright system. READ MORE… 

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