Copyright & Media Update 2/7/2020

The Cost of Free Movies 

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: As the supply of high-quality digital movies and TV shows online has increased through services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, so too has the prevalence of illicit streaming websites, apps and devices that facilitate access to the same high-quality digital content. Indeed, streaming piracy has exploded alongside the legitimate marketplace. One widely read study concluded that 6.5% of North American households – some seven million homes – had a device configured for streaming piracy. READ MORE… 

Juice WRLD Surviving Family Members Could Face a $15 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit 

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Despite the rapper’s untimely death, Juice WRLD family members could find themselves battling a $15 million copyright infringement lawsuit starting in March. Before Juice WRLD’s shocking death from a massive overdose, the rapper was being sued by early-2000s emo-punk band Yellowcard for an estimated $15 million.  Just days after the rapper’s death, the band decided to continue their litigation efforts, with attorney Richard Busch noting that other defendants besides Juice WRLD (aka Jarad Higgins) were liable for copyright theft. READ MORE… 

Why the post-Brexit UK needs its own Copyright Directive 

MUSIC WEEK: Well, that was a waste of time and effort. Or, at least, that’s what the music business executives and artists who campaigned tirelessly for the European Copyright Directive could have been excused for thinking, as Nigel Adams (pictured) casually noted the government has no plans to actually implement it. READ MORE… 

Tough negotiations in US over SA copyright bill 

MUSIC IN AFRICA: Senior US and South African officials were to sit together in Washington DC on Friday to try to resolve an argument over copyright laws which has put billions of dollars in trade at stake. READ MORE… 

Disney Wants Local School to Pay to Show “The Lion King” at PTA Fundraiser 

INSIDE THE MAGIC: Last Thursday, the principal and the PTA group of Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley, California, were contacted via email by Movie Licensing U.S.A., the agency used by Disney and other film houses to protect their copyright and licensing rights. The agency informed the school that they had “received an alert” about a PTA event–a fundraiser promoted by the Emerson Dads Club–at which Disney’s The Lion King was being screened. READ MORE… 

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