Copyright & Media Update 8/23/19

Spotify Faces Billions In Potential Damages for Infringing 243 Eminem Songs — Yes, Billions

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Eminem publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a massive copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify — and questioned the legality of the entire Music Modernization Act in the process. The massive lawsuit, filed Wednesday (August 21st) in the U.S. District Court in Nashville, alleges that Spotify grossly infringed upon hundreds of works by Eminem. READ MORE…

Copyright law issues on U.S. Supreme Court’s next term agenda

THE IPKAT: While the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is on its summer recess, IPKat looks closer at the copyright cases that await it in the next term. READ MORE…

Fair Use Error in Seuss/Trek Mash-Up Case Not Good for Small Creators

THE ILLUSION OF MORE: In order for copyright law to work for all the Whos in Whoville—the small and the tall—legal reasoning must apply equally whether the plaintiffs are major enterprises or kitchen-table start-ups. While it is understandably common in the court of public opinion to favor smaller defendants being sued by larger copyright owners, the fact is that when an error of law disfavors a large owner, it can have an even more profoundly negative effect on smaller creators.  READ MORE…

5 Things to Know About YouTube’s Copyright Changes

PLAGIARISM TODAY: On Thursday, YouTube announced some additional changes to its Content ID policies aimed at improving “fairness in their creator ecosystem while still respecting copyright owners’ rights to prevent unlicensed use of their content.” READ MORE…

Cloudflare goes public, warns of threats posed by copyright infringing users

CMU: Internet services company Cloudflare filed to go public last week. Within the necessary papers required before its IPO, the company warned potential investors that being drawn into copyright infringement lawsuits was a significant threat to its future. READ MORE…

YouTube is changing how some copyright claims work, and it could result in ‘more blocked content’

THE VERGE: YouTube is changing how it handles copyright claims around brief or unintentional clips of music in an attempt to make the system fairer to video creators. In the short term, however, YouTube warns that the changes could lead to more videos being blocked entirely. READ MORE…

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