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Plex Slammed By Huge Copyright Coalition For Not Policing Pirates

According to CreativeFuture, a pro-copyright coalition of more than 560 companies and organizations, Plex – which is basically a pretty media player – is helping to fan the flames of piracy. While there are some exceptions which we’ll come to shortly, people generally need to be in physical possession of movies or TV shows to watch them using Plex, with torrents providing the necessary material. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2wxPJVJ

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KFC sneaks ads onto Spotify Premium by taking over artist profiles

The campaign, while a gross misuse of the platform, did have some funny ideas, like creating playlists with song titles that spelled out “Discover, New, Kentucky, Burger, Come and Visit, KFC, Get It, Before It’s Too Late.” Artist bios were altered to read like menu ingredients, and upcoming events directed users to visit the nearest KFC locations, though it just looked like the artist had multiple concert dates at one very lucky KFC. – Dami Lee, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2uhVYw9

YouTube to invest $100M in kids’ content that showcases character strengths, like compassion and curiosity

The planned $100 million investment, which will be distributed over the next three years, is meant to help set the tone for the sort of children’s video content YouTube wants to see more of on its video-sharing platform. Today, a number of creators in the kids’ space are gaining views for things like toy unboxings, pranks and family vlogs. For example, Ryan Kaji of “Ryan’s World” and “Ryan ToysReview” was YouTube’s highest-paid star of 2019, pulling in a massive $26 million. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://ift.tt/2twLTuR [photo: Google/YouTube Kids]

AT&T is doing exactly what it told Congress it wouldn’t do with Time Warner

AT&T’s decision to prevent Time Warner-owned shows from streaming on Netflix and other non-AT&T services reduced the company’s quarterly revenue by $1.2 billion, a sacrifice that AT&T is making to give its planned HBO Max service more exclusive content. AT&T took the $1.2-billion hit despite previously telling Congress that it would not restrict distribution of Time Warner content, claiming that would be “irrational business behavior.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2UnImdq [photo: Orin Zebest/Flickr]

Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and more react to Roku dropping Fox channels, apps

Customers were only alerted Thursday via email that “all standalone Fox channels will no longer be available on Roku streaming devices” — just three days ahead of the Super Bowl. The move is over a distribution agreement dispute between Roku and Fox and each side is placing blame on the other. – Taryn Ryder, Yahoo Entertainment » https://ift.tt/2RKDFse [photo: Fox News]

YouTube reversed my bogus copyright strike after I threatened to write this

“Your case is a really extreme example of a fairly common situation in which these major companies send DMCA takedown on a very broad basis,” she explained. “YouTube is far more afraid of being sued by Warner Bros. than being sued by you, so you end up with them being much more cautious and doing things like just allowing DMCA strikes on anything.” – Matt Binder, Mashable » https://ift.tt/2t3Ud53

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