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Music News Recap: USCO to Review Safe Harbors, SFXE Continues Decline, Spotify in Legal Trouble

Posted by Glen Sears | January 4, 2016 10:40 am | No Comments

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U.S. Copyright Office to Review Safe Harbor Provisions
The U.S. Copyright Office announced that it is undertaking a public study of the country’s safe harbor provisions. Section 512 was introduced in 1998 as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and its safe harbor laws provide some liability limitations on usage for Internet-based services.

The rules focus on protecting services from liability due to copyright infringements occurring in user-generated content, such as video or audio creations. To qualify for safe harbor protections, the online platform usually needs to offer a process for quickly addressing any infringements in uploaded material. The Copyright Office will undertake a review of the impact and effectiveness of the existing safe harbor provisions, including the costs and burdens of the notice-and-takedown process for copyright owners of all sizes, online service providers, and the general public.

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Trademark Filings Point To 4 More Apple Music Beats Stations
Apple Music has filed for trademarks for the names B2, B3, B4 and B5 along with accompanying logos for Beats 2, Beats 3 Beats 4 and Beats 5. The logos match the one currently used by Apple Music’s flagship station. Beats 1.

SFX Defaults on Spotify Deal, Loses a Good Company, and Major Exec Prospect
SFX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman’s troubled dance event company has defaulted on its content agreement with Spotify, refunding the $10 million licensing advance first announced this past summer. Adding to the company’s troubles, SFX has parted ways with the company behind artist management firm TMWRK.

Spotify Hit With $150 Million Class Action Over Unpaid Royalties
David Lowery, retaining the law firm of Michelman & Robinson, LLP, has filed a class action lawsuit seeking at least $150 million in damages against Spotify. The lawsuit comes amidst ongoing settlement negotiations between Spotify and the National Music Publishers Assn. over the alleged use of allowing users to play music that hasn’t been properly licensed.

Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Remembered: A Hero, Rock Star, Warrior, Pirate, Legend, Human
“With respect to Lemmy, remember this — he rocked hard and true for fans around the world, never resting too long, never selling out. Missing. But never forgotten. Horns and halos, my friend.”

Russia Vows to Ban Most Popular Torrent Sites
Roskomnadzor, which regulates the Russian telecom and media industries, has decided to permanently block the country’s 15 most popular torrent sites next year in a move to crack down on piracy.

Cord Cutters Wreaked Havoc on Entertainment, Media Stocks in 2015
Media giant Viacom reported weaker cable networks profit figures for its latest fiscal year, and Walt Disney and others acknowledged subscriber declines, fueling worries that consumers are cutting the cable cord and tapping the Internet for entertainment.

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