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UPDATE: The (Legal) Battle of Axanar

The Star Trek fan film that was once sued and then settled with CBS. Is now in hot water once again, with CBS filing a “Notice of Breach” against the production . – Michael Whay, Streaming-TV

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Apple Offered J.J. Abrams Far More Than WarnerMedia; Here’s Why He Said No

While Abrams‘ five-year, $250 million deal seems low compared to the $300 million and $400 million Ryan Murphy and Greg Berlanti received from Netflix and Warner Bros. TV, respectively, the ability to see that figure multiply is vast. (And it’s worth noting that Berlanti and Murphy’s deals were so rich because Warners and Netflix bought out the prolific producers’ profit participation in multiple shows.) Sources note senior execs at Warners’ TV side called the studio’s top producers to downplay the previously reported $500 million figure. – Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2ZXGyMi

SVOD giants look to literary classics

The Ampere Analysis study found that the SVOD giants are actively snapping up intellectual property rights from the likes of Dahl to CS Lewis, Dr Seuss to Tolkien and Gabriel García Márquez. Most literature adaptations are based on crime and thriller, with murder and mystery featuring heavily. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2W6ZgKV

Sony/ATV Chief Slams Streaming Services’ ‘Incredibly Disappointing’ Copyright Appeal

I am incredibly disappointed that Spotify and the other companies have chosen to attack songwriters by appealing the long-overdue rate increases. The move flies in the face of everything that I have fought for on behalf of songwriters for fair-market rates. Songwriters are unquestionably the most important contributors to the success of the streaming services and deserve the benefits of the new rates that we worked so hard to achieve. – Martin Bandier via Jem Aswad, Variety » https://ift.tt/2XTuzum

Hollywood Studios Win Copyright Battle Against VidAngel’s Streaming Service

The studios alleged that what VidAngel was really doing was “space-shifting” and violating exclusive rights to copy and perform copyrighted works. Specifically, the lawsuit took issue with how VidAngel was circumventing the encryption on DVD and Blu-rays that protected against unauthorized access. By doing so, VidAngel was able to not only offer nudity-free versions of movies, but also access to films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens before such content was available on licensed VOD services like Netflix. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2TnNzTh

Captain Marvel won’t stream on any service but Disney+

In an investors call on February 5th, Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors that Disney plans to forgo its current rate of $140 million year over year in licensing revenue, in favor of moving its currently licensed content to Disney+. He noted that Captain Marvel will be the first Disney movie that the company will completely withhold from its licensee partners. The news follows Disney’s decision in 2017 to stop licensing its films to services like Netflix. – Julia Alexander, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2SbPWIm

Netflix and chill no more – streaming is getting complicated

Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix’s dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to watch hit movies such as “Black Panther” or “Moana,” which will soon reside on Disney’s subscription service. WarnerMedia, a unit of AT&T, will also soon have its own service to showcase its library of blockbuster films and HBO series. – Associated Press via WWLP-22News » http://bit.ly/2VxXC5x

A TV station just made a first-of-its-kind sports streaming deal

KSL, an NBC affiliate, is charging into the digital future by securing the local rights to livestream the games of Major League Soccer franchise Real Salt Lake to viewers in the Salt Lake City area. The deal announced Tuesday is the first such agreement between a U.S. local TV station and a pro sports team. – Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times http://ift.tt/2F1daqF
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