Copyright & Media Update 9/27/2019

Copyright and Artificial Intelligence 

PLAGIARISM TODAY: Depending on who you talk to, true artificial intelligence can be right around the corner or an impossible pipe dream that humanity will never reach. However, there is one unavoidable truth. READ MORE… 

SESAC Successfully Sells $560 Million In Bonds Backed by Music Royalties and Licensing Deals 

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: SESAC, which is the third largest performance rights organization in America after ASCAP and BMI, has announced that it has refinanced its capital structure by selling $530 million in corporate bonds. SESAC further received an additional $30 million in revolving credit. The bond sale was reportedly heavily oversubscribed. READ MORE… 

Music listening in 2019: 10 takeaways from the IFPI’s new report 

MUSIC ALLY: Global music-industry body the IFPI has published its latest ‘Music Listening’ report, for 2019, based on a survey of 34,000 people in 21 countries. Whereas the body’s annual Global Music Report focuses on revenues, this study is all about people’s music habits: how much they’re streaming and buying music; what devices they’re doing it on; and whether they’re still getting it from unlicensed sources at least some of the time. READ MORE… 

The EFF Thinks People Are Too Stupid to Understand the CASE Act 

THE ILLUSION OF MORE: As the copyright small claims provision, the CASE Act, continues to acquire congressional sponsors—96 House Members and 14 Senators to date—the EFF is amping up the scare-tactics with blunt messages asking the average internet user if they could afford a $30,000 fine for copyright infringement.  Clearly, the EFF expects this strategy to work because they think people are not smart enough to understand a fairly simple new law. READ MORE… 

Google won’t pay for news links under new French law 

LONDON (AP): Google said Wednesday it will tweak how it shows previews for news stories in France but won’t pay license fees to publishers when the country brings in new European Union copyright rules. The U.S. tech giant will stop showing a snippet — a few lines of text — and a small thumbnail photo for articles by European publishers seen in France, as it currently does for some news results. READ MORE… 

House Judiciary Committee Doesn’t Want ‘DMCA-Style’ Safe Harbor in Trade Agreements 

TORRENT FREAK: The House Judiciary Committee is concerned that including DMCA-style safe harbors in new trade agreements could become problematic. The Copyright Office is evaluating the effectiveness of the DMCA and may soon propose changes. That will be much more complex if the 20-year-old language is included in new trade deals, as is the case with the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. READ MORE… 

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