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Massive Legal Bills Force TVAddons’ Adam Lackman Towards Bankruptcy

In his latest fundraising effort, launched this week, he’s seeking a total of CAD$171,981 – an amount which includes close to CAD$50,000 to cover some of the plaintiffs’ legal fees, previously awarded to them by the court. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2LGB6Vm [photo:TVaddons]

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Netflix commits to Korean content with 10 new originals

In addition to new titles such as supernatural action drama The School Nurse Files, the slate includes returning seasons of Kingdom and unscripted variety show Busted, featuring Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Kwang-soo and Kim Jong-min. The company is also working on a drama called Round Six, to be produced by award winning director Hwang Dong-hyuk. – Rebecca Hawkes, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2N6mmkj

Could The Beatles Be Coming To Streaming Services This Month?

Early this year, Universal Music Group started up discussions about licensing [The Beatles]’s catalog to streaming services — and they allegedly inked a deal with a major streaming service in September. It’s not clear how much of the Beatles’ music will be available at first (Spotify declined to comment, and other major platforms didn’t reply), but it sounds like the big rollout will kick off with “Hey Jude” on December 24. – Sasha Geffen, MTV
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‘Friends’ Is Streaming On Netflix Everywhere But The U.S.

It’s true. Friends is already on Netflix, but unless you have your passport handy and feel like venturing to Finland, you’ll have to wait until January 1, 2015 to binge-watch the series. […] Since Friends has been such a pop culture phenomenon here in the U.S. for the last twenty years, it’s pretty outrageous to think we have unlimited access to the series after the rest of the world — kind of like sloppy streaming seconds. Why do things like this happen, you ask? International television distribution markets are all kinds of crazy and abide by completely different contracts than over here in the states. Add the newness of SVOD into the mix and things get even more complicated. Therefore, acquiring streaming rights to a series of Friends’ caliber is pretty much luck of the draw and up to the distributors’ (in this case Warner Bros. TV) foreign branch. And of course, Netflix. – Olivia Armstrong,Decider
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YouTube to Censor Search Results From Artists Who Rebuff New Streaming Music Service

Big corporations bully smaller businesses all the time, but it’s hard to believe that YouTube would risk angering its user base by blocking popular content in order to strong-arm a licensing deal. […] If YouTube pushes these independent labels too hard, and they block too much of their content, YouTube will actually lose out on the revenue it would have made running ads on the existing content. Licensing agency Merlin estimates that collectively, independent labels account for more than 32 percent of market share of the music industry’s sales and streams. – Dan Cristo, Search Engine Watch http://ift.tt/1sBlmV4

Can Streaming Music Innovation Be Supported By The Industry Without Reducing Licensing Fees? -…

[W]hat if the music industry itself worked out a plan that could allow for some kind of program to let startups experiment within specific limits that include no licensing fees until they can show user uptake? The startups would be required to pay licensing fees possibly even before they have revenue if users respond strongly. If a reasonable period of time after proof of concept was included, that would allow the startups to go to investors with that proof and negotiate investments if available before having to pay fees. Since a miniature version of this scenario plays out at music hackathons where coders are often given free access to music APIs, perhaps something similar could be developed with sanctioned access. – Clyde Smith, Hypebot http://ift.tt/1qoWUS3

WIN’s Alison Wenham on Licensing Imbroglio: ‘YouTube Is Trying To Devalue the Streaming Market’

What is at stake here is the continuance of diversity and choice for companies and consumers in the streaming market place and fair rates for independent record companies and their artists, who produce 80% of the world’s music and control 34% of the U.S. market alone. Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Beats Music have pre-licensed the sector on rates which are in line with all other copyright owners. YouTube, for reasons which are unclear, are trying to devalue the streaming market for producers. – Alison Wenham, WIN via Billboard http://ift.tt/1pn9Fg8