Copyright & Media Update 2/28/2020

Mass Infringer TikTok Should Not Be Eligible For Compulsory Mechanical License 

THE TRICHORDIST: The Financial Times reports that the parent of mass copyright infringer* TikTok plans to launch a streaming service. Oh really.  So let me get this straight.  Executives at the major music conglomerates have largely sat on their hands while TikTok/Bytedance has engaged in pattern of willful mass copyright infringement  against songwriters, and now are gonna help TikTok/Bytedance launch a streaming service? Not if I can help it. READ MORE… 

Why Web Scraping/Spinning is Back 

PLAGIARISM TODAY: February 23, 2011, was a banner day for plagiarism and copyright infringement of blog/news content. It was the day that Google launched a major Panda/Farmer update that sought to reduce the presence of “low quality” content in search results. READ MORE… 

Google v. Oracle III – Popularity Does Not Overturn Copyright 

ILLUSION OF MORE: Looking at Google v. Oracle as a consumer and citizen, common sense insists upon a measure of skepticism in response to the premise that the “future of all software development” depends on Google prevailing in this case.  Many of those who say so are the same folks who tend to omit the fact that licensing—especially in B2B relationships—spawns innovation all the time.  The underlying bias that copyright makes works inaccessible, rather than licensable, is a connotation that should not be overlooked in this case, particularly when Oracle’s Java licensing agreement is specifically designed to demand interoperability and promote development.  READ MORE… 

50 Income Streams Music Creatives Should Know About… 

SOUND ROYALTIES: We put together a comprehensive guide to the most critical income streams that every music creative should know about.  Whether you’re a songwriter, artist, producer, attorney, manager – or any other position in the music industry – this guide is a compass for success! READ MORE… 

Bootleg Podcasts Are a New Frontier for Unlicensed Music on Spotify 

PITCHFORK: Browse Spotify’s section for featured music podcasts, and at first you’ll find what you’d probably expect. Last week, the top five slots were filled by two familiar NPR shows, a hip-hop talk show hosted by perennial shit-starter Joe Budden, a glossy true-crime-style look at the rise and fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine, and a podcast offering song-by-song breakdowns of various popular albums. READ MORE… 

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