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Documentary Detailing How “Geniuses Steal” Hit With Blurred Lines Copyright Complaint

This, of course, is the entire point of the Copy-Me documentary, that all artists and creators in various niches rely on those who went before to provide ideas and artistic inspiration. There truly is nothing new under the sun, but sadly that also includes highly questionable copyright hits on YouTube, pointing out that very thing. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/36MaUA5

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Billboard is changing its albums chart to count YouTube streams

Billboard has announced that YouTube streams will be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart starting early next year. Video streams from other platforms will also count, including Apple, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo, and Billboard says the change will also impact genre album consumption charts, like country, Latin, and others. – Dani Deahl, The Verge » https://trib.al/sIY0gLN

Supreme Court Denies Retrial to Adnan Syed, Subject of ‘Serial’ Podcast

Serial” launched in 2014 as a spinoff of NPR’s “This American Life” and became an overnight podcasting hit. In the first season, Sarah Koenig investigated Syed’s murder conviction for the death of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in Baltimore. “Serial” raised questions about the evidence against him, including an account of Asia McClain, who claimed she saw Syed at a public library during the time of Lee’s murder. That led to a 2016 ruling granting Syed a retrial; last year the Maryland Court of Special Appeals found that Syed had received ineffective legal counsel for not calling McClain as a witness and that his conviction should be vacated. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/BvM4HCK [photo: Serial]

Amazon makes its music streaming service free with ads

Instead, Amazon’s free music service serves more as a way to upsell consumers by encouraging them to join Amazon Prime in order to remove the ads from their music. (Prime Music’s 2 million songs are an added perk of a Prime subscription.) This is Amazon’s true motive: lock in more customers to Amazon Prime, ensure they realize the value of the free shipping and other benefits, then get them to renew every year. Once a Prime member, people will shop more often from Amazon, which is where the retailer’s profits lie. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2s15FOd

Marvel Creating ‘Substantial’ Number of Exclusive Podcasts for SiriusXM

Included in Marvel’s slate of upcoming programming are four new scripted series, each 10 episodes, based around Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star-Lord, as well as a fifth series in which all four team up. Unscripted podcasts will look at Marvel’s history through a modern-day lens of pop culture, along with podcasts dedicated to popular Marvel franchises and regular talk shows. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/vXdIHOm [photo:Marvel]

YouTube Sued For $720K Over Alleged Copyright Strike “Retaliation”

DJ Short-E, a popular YouTuber who claims to have earned $310,000 from the platform, is now suing the company. The case is extremely unusual and centered around claims that YouTube not only failed to promote his videos, but also “retaliated” to the threat of a lawsuit by not processing copyright claims properly, resulting in his channels getting shut down for repeat infringement. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://torrentfreak.com/youtube-sued-for-720k-over-alleged-copyright-strike-retaliation-190829/?fbclid=IwAR3W9TPMAeUdfOJE_lhLBoxSqfb2xNa3a-WB7V2S9AukVRj0gcH0mjAI76k

Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Breach, “Unconstitutional” Law

In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, Eight Mile accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement by reproducing “Lose Yourself” and about 250 of the rapper’s songs on its service to the tune of potentially billions of dollars in alleged damages. The suit also targets the Music Modernization Act, a federal law enacted last October that was intended to make life easier for tech companies and to get songwriters paid. The suit accuses Spotify, the $26 billion Stockholm-based streaming behemoth, of not living up to its obligations under the MMA, while also making a frontal attack on one of the few legislative accomplishments during the Donald Trump presidency. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2Z74Xi7

Tool, one of the last streaming holdouts, caves ahead of new album

Tool is one of the last big streaming holdouts. In fact, you can’t even buy the band’s first five albums digitally (CDs are available on Amazon, though). In 2017, reports indicated that the group might be willing to soften its stance ahead of a new album, especially since it’s the band’s first in over a decade. In an Instagram post today, the group confirmed Opiate, Undertow, Ænima, Lateralus and 10,000 Days would be available “all digital and streaming formats” at the end of this week. No details on specific services just yet, but it’s a safe bet Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Google and Amazon will likely be included. – Billy Steele, Engadget » https://engt.co/2K40K5u
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