Items tagged "Music"

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On “Blurred Lines,” Copyright Infringement, and “Sample Trolls”

August 20, 2013 Copyright , Music , Music Licensing

 

Robin Thicke pushes back against copyright litigation threats.


Robin Thicke is apparently being accused of infringing copyrights in Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” in his single “Blurred Lines.” Apparently in response to demands that he pay licensing fees to the estate of Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music, Inc. (the company that has bought up the rights to Funkadelic’s songs), Thicke is asking a court to state conclusively that he’s not infringing copyrights.

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PK In The Know Podcast: 3D Systems vs. Formlabs and IRFA

November 30, 2012 3D Printing , Music

On today’s podcast we discuss patent lawsuits between 3D printer manufacturers and a bill in Congress that could open the door to more online music services.

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The Internet Radio Fairness Act: What It Means for Radio, Musicians, and You

November 6, 2012 Limitations & Exceptions , Music , Music Licensing , radio royalties

Last week we broke down the details of the Internet Radio Fairness Act, the recently proposed bill that aims to update the compulsory licenses for online radio services. This week we’ll be delving more into the real world impacts of IRFA.

At the end of the day, the proposals in IRFA are a good start toward promoting a healthy, competitive radio marketplace, but there are still a couple of missing pieces that the bill must include to truly be technology-neutral and to fairly balance the interests at stake in the radio marketplace.

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The Internet Radio Fairness Act: Revamping the Online Radio Marketplace

November 2, 2012 Limitations & Exceptions , Music , Music Licensing , radio royalties

Royalties for online radio and other digital music services are a prominent topic for today’s recorded music industry, and the discussion has only grown with the recent introduction of the Internet Radio Fairness Act in the House and Senate. IRFA aims to revamp the parts of the Copyright Act that create licenses for online radio services to pay for transmitting sound recordings to their users. More specifically, IRFA would change the standard by which online radio royalty rates are set, alter the qualifications and appointment procedures for the Copyright Royalty Judges, and make several more changes to the process of setting online radio royalties.

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The First Amendment is not a Buzzword: The Silversun Pickups and the Romney Campaign

August 16, 2012 Fair Use , Music , Music Licensing

Yet again, a band is objecting to the use of its music by a political campaign it doesn’t like. The Silversun Pickups, upon learning that their song “Panic Switch” was used at a Romney campaign event, sent a cease-and-desist letter to the campaign, claiming that the use infringed the band’s copyrights and trademarks.

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Trying to Make it in Music? Why Artists Should Oppose the UMG-EMI Merger

June 26, 2012 Music , Music Licensing , UMGEMI

It is hard enough to land a job in a profession that accepts applications. So imagine chasing a career that depends on getting discovered. This is the reality for artists who aspire to sign a record deal with a major label. The four major record labels – Sony, EMI, Warner, and Universal (or UMG) – do not typically accept unsolicited submissions from artists. And to make matters worse, if UMG is successful in its bid to acquire EMI, artists could face an even steeper climb to success.

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Public Knowledge Testifies Against the Universal/EMI Merger

June 22, 2012 Music , UMGEMI

Yesterday I watched PK President and CEO Gigi Sohn, among others, testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights in a hearing on “The Universal Music Group/EMI Merger and the Future of Online Music.” Seeing the hearing in person was itself an achievement, as the line was already down the hall and around the corner an hour and a half before the scheduled start. Obviously, this is a subject people are interested in. PK, in particular, is concerned that allowing the largest record company to absorb the fourth largest would create a “super-major” label that would have too much control over methods of distribution and would harm consumer access to music.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Hopper, YouTube Covers, and TPP/ITU

June 8, 2012 DVR , International , Music , Music Licensing

On today’s podcast we discuss who gets to control your DVR, more cover songs on YouTube, and international policy madness with the TPP and ITU.

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Where Are The Record Label Best Practices?

April 23, 2012 Music , Music Licensing , Piracy , RIAA

RapidShare’s recent release of its new best practices for cloud storage service throws into stark relief the lengths to which online platforms will go to avoid the wrath—justified or not—of incumbent content distributors like record labels. As we watch digital distributors adopt “best practices” that go well beyond their legal obligations under copyright law to prevent copyright infringement, one obvious question comes to mind: Where are the record label best practices?

Last week RapidShare announced its new “Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services,” in which RapidShare promises to go above and beyond its copyright law obligations to stop infringement—and urges other cloud storage services to do the same.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Internet Blueprint, VZ/Spectrum Co., Universal/EMI, and Ripping DVDs

March 16, 2012 Music , Piracy , SOPA , VerizonSpectrumCo , Wireless

On today’s podcast we discuss crafting a positive post SOPA/PIPA agenda on InterentBlueprint.org, updates for Verizon/SpectrumCo., Universal buying EMI, and the new “disc to digital” program from the movie studios.

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