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Trump Wants the Government to Investigate Obama’s Netflix Deal

It’s not clear why Trump might think Obama’s post-presidency ventures are worth investigating. But they have proven lucrative: The former president and former first lady Michelle Obama inked the reportedly “high-8-figure” deal with Netflix and a joint book deal reportedly worth $65 million. The Obamas have launched a number of projects with Netflix already, including a documentary about a factory opening in Ohio and a drama about post-WWII New York. – Tim Marcin, VICE News » https://ift.tt/30ltmvV
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TV Giants Say Forcing Cable Companies to Sell “À La Carte” Violates First Amendment

One law, L.D. 832, attempts to force cable operators into providing the option of purchasing access to cable channels, or programs on cable channels, on an individual basis. Meaning, not only would citizens of Maine have the ability to say “yes” to ESPN while saying “no” to ESPN2, but they’d have the ability, for example, to only purchase NFL Monday Night Football without any of ESPN’s other shows. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2LRArPA

Members of Congress Question Google CEO about YouTube’s Content-ID System

This week, a group of eight members of Congress, including Sen. Marcha Blackburn, Sen. Christopher Coons, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, and Rep. Adam Schiff, invited Google CEO Sundar Pichai to a roundtable discussion specifically about Content ID. The members explain that they are quite content with Google’s copyright enforcement efforts, but they are also concerned that smaller content creators are being left out. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2PRndYv

Netflix seeks Turkish licence as new online video rules kick in

In order to comply with the rules, the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service will set up a local office and pay 0.5% of revenue generated in Turkey to the government, Reuters reported. The new licence is key to the company being able to continue operating in Turkey, as well as complying with the as yet unpublished RTUK guidelines. – Rebecca Hawkes, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2UvuMm4

The FTC looks to change children’s privacy law following complaints about YouTube

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the laws governing children’s privacy online, known as the COPPA Rule (or, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). The Rule first went into effect in 2000 and was amended in 2013 to address changes in how children use mobile devices and social networking sites. Now, the FTC believes it may be due for more revisions. The organization is seeking input and comments on possible updates, some of which are specifically focused on how to address sites that aren’t necessarily aimed at children, but have large numbers of child users. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2XY4TMb

‘The Investigation’ Read-Thru On Mueller Report Tops More Than A Million Livestreams

The play, which is a reading of excerpts from Robert Mueller’s investigation of potential Russian collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 election, was performed at New York City’s Riverside Church on June 24. Actors and readers included John Lithgow as President Trump, Kevin Kline as Robert Mueller, Joel Grey as Jeff Sessions, Jason Alexander as Chris Christie, and Alfre Woodard as Hope Hicks. – Bruce Haring, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/320bwAQ

Mark Hamill and other stars will read the Mueller Report live at 9PM ET

The performance will be presented by Law Works Action, an organization which “engages bipartisan voices and educates the public on the importance of the rule of law, the role of the special counsel in the justice system and the integrity of our judicial institutions.” The reading could prove an intriguing look at how we engage with legal investigations, especially one with as much cache as Robert Mueller’s report. If you miss the stream, you can watch an on-demand version of the performance after the fact. – Kris Holt, Engadget » https://engt.co/2J3ibkV

Netflix the Only Hollywood Studio to Speak Out in Attack Against Abortion Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

The major studios continue to rely on the Motion Picture Assn. of America, their collective voice in Washington, to play a role in the mess. At the time Kemp signed the heartbeat bill, the MPAA said it would monitor the legislation’s path toward becoming law, which could occur Jan. 1. There is wide expectation for the bill to escalate to circuit courts, where it might be struck down. In the same breath, the MPAA underscored the human cost of boycotts. Last year, Georgia reported some 92,000 jobs and an economic impact of more than $9 billion from production. – Matt Donnelly, Gene Maddaus & Elaine Low, Variety » http://bit.ly/2QsNjxH
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