Copyright & Media Update 9/20/2019

Mechanical Licensing Collective Proposes Start-Up Assessment of $37.5M Ahead of 2021 Launch 

MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDEThe Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), established by the Music Modernization Act (MMA) and designated by the US Copyright Office, has submitted its proposal to the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) outlining the structure of the collective and the funding required to carry out the statutory demands of the bill. READ MORE… 

The Music Business Wants to Blow Up Copyright—and the Trump Administration Is On Board 

BLOOMBERG: Most Monday mornings, a cheery cabal of Hollywood-area music makers meets at a private club on the beach in Malibu. They call themselves the Composers Breakfast Club, and in recent months, over smoked salmon and fresh fruit, they’ve grappled with one of the biggest threats facing their vocation: a tsunami of copyright infringement lawsuits that has many of them worried they’ll be the next ones forced to pay out millions of dollars for stealing a catchy riff. READ MORE… 

Amazon Music Introduces Lossless, High-Definition Streaming — Spotify Says It’s Not What People Want 

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Amazon Music HD launched today, undercutting several other high-definition streaming services. A new HD streaming plan has been rumored to be in the works for a few months now. The new plan will cost $14.99 a month for the HD tier, or $12.99/monthly for Prime subscribers. By comparison, Tidal’s Hi-Fi plan starts at $19.99/monthly and has several tiers. READ MORE… 

CNN Beats Journalist’s Copyright Suit Over Gilda Radner Documentary 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ‘Love, Gilda’ used taped interviews of the SNL comedian conducted by Hillary Johnson. A lack of registration dooms the case. A New York federal judge has rejected a copyright lawsuit brought by journalist Hillary Johnson against CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures over Love, Gilda, a documentary about deceased Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. READ MORE… 

Swiss Parliament approves anti-piracy legislation 

WIPR: Switzerland’s Parliament amended its copyright law earlier this week, in a bid to modernise the law for the digital age and crack down on piracy. While Swiss-based hosting providers will be forced to remove illegal content from their servers, the reforms don’t punish consumers for downloading pirated content. READ MORE… 

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