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Tech firms want ‘strong copyright safe harbours’ in US/UK deal

With the UK ‘Brexiting’ the European Union, it’ll need a new trade deal with the US. Unsurprisingly, the big American internet companies have views on what that trade deal should require from the UK in terms...
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NMPA boss puts Twitch, Fortnite on livestream licensing notice

Twitch is having a difficult moment with copyright takedowns and demands for a platform-wide licensing deal, but the US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has its sights set on sync royalties for recorded livestreams...
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Livestreaming festival ‘Live From Out There’ has grossed $600k

Without wanting to go Jerry Maguire on you, the area of music livestreams is increasingly very much a ‘Show me the money!’ thing. Both in terms of the money being chased by publishers and collecting societies...
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US bodies explain why Twitch is suddenly getting takedowns

We’ve been writing about Twitch’s copyright-takedowns problem this month: a barrage of retrospective claims for past music use in videos archived on Amazon’s service, followed by news that Twitch will...
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Twitch will scan clips and delete ones with copyright music

Amazon’s live-video platform Twitch has been hit by a barrage of copyright takedown complaints in the last week, for clips (archived short clips from longer livestreams, which creators can show off on their channels)...
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Twitch users get retrospective claims for past music use

In yesterday’s bulletin, we covered the news that livestreaming platform Twitch has reminded users that DJ sets are among the “types of music content you may not use in Twitch streams or VODs”. We suggested...
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Spotify and Kobalt fall out over Eminem copyright lawsuit

In August last year, we reported on a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Spotify by Eminem’s publisher Eight Mile Style, based on around 250 songs from the company’s catalogue. The latest development...
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Instagram publishes guidelines on use of copyrighted music

Verzuz battles, Robbie Williams’ kitchen karaoke, KT Tunstall solo raving… There have been some joyful musical broadcasts on Instagram Live during the Covid-19 pandemic. But as a blog post from Instagram noted...
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US Copyright Office posts transcript of AI music debate

“Country music is going to be the biggest sort of paradox for AI because the underlying melodies and so on are very formulaic. But the lyrics are based on human experience. I’d be very interested how long it would...
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Internet Archive’s ‘National Emergency Library’ sparks row

There’s a copyright row breaking out in the US after the launch last week by the Internet Archive of something called the ‘National Emergency Library’. It’s not actually a brand new thing: it’s a change of policy...
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TikTok appoints US external advisors for content moderation

TikTok has been under a lot of scrutiny in recent months, in the US particularly, over how its content moderation policies work. Now the app has appointed what US general manager Vanessa Pappas described as “an external...
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BPI has now asked Google to remove more than 500m search links

British music industry body the BPI has set a new milestone, but it’s announcing it in frustration rather than celebration. The body says it has just submitted its 500 millionth URL to Google, asking for it to be delisted...