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Billboard reports "Internet video giant YouTube has made a change in its Content ID evaluation process that will benefit creators whose work has been improperly challenged by a rights holder. Admitting “we agree this process could be better,” YouTube announced the move in a Thursday blog post Thursday, and it seems like a simple fix. The platform will now continue to collect, but retain, any ad revenue accrued until any rights-verification process that has been started is resolved."
Re/code reports "It’s hard to make any money at all on the web. But if you do make money, we can help you make sure you get your hands on it. That’s the pitch from Stem, a startup that promises to help content-makers collect money they’re owed when their songs and videos are played online."
TechCrunch reports "A judge today officially put an end to the fight between the Justice Department and Apple over unlocking the iPhone of a New York man convicted of selling drugs. U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie denied as moot the government’s request to force Apple to help extract data from the phone after an individual provided the passcode to the government."
Wire reports "Fifteen months ago, hackers lifted more than $5 million from the bitcoin exchange operated by Bitstamp, a Slovenian company that aspired to push the digital currency across Western Europe. The hack wasn’t nearly as large or as devastating as the one that pilfered $460 million from Mt. Gox and sent the Japan-based exchange, then one of the world’s largest, spiraling into bankruptcy."
Mashable reports "China has blocked the sale of iBooks and iTunes movies less than seven months after Apple launched its service in the country. The New York Times reported Thursday that Apple's online movie and book stores initially received government approval but were blocked last week on orders from the broadcasting regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television."
Billboard reports "Typically, when someone gets sued for misappropriating someone else's piece of authorship, the defendant goes out of the way to show the work isn't worthy of the broadly claimed protection. But in the topsy-turvy case of ABS Entertainment v. CBS Corporation, the defendant is the one theorizing the broad reach of copyright law. ABS, which owns the recordings of Al Green and others, is suing CBS over the public performance of its pre-1972 sound recordings. For decades, radio operators have assumed no need to pay anything to broadcast tunes because of copyright limitations, but the fact that such recordings are not covered by federal copyright law has become a sticky legal issue. That's because such recordings then fall under state laws, recently interpreted by judges in California and New York to protect public performance."
Hypebot reports, "ASCAP has filed 10 lawsuits against bars and restaurants for the unauthorized use of its members’ copyrighted musical works. Over the past two years, and in many cases longer, ASCAP says it made numerous attempts to offer to license these venues and educate the owners about their obligations under federal law."
Digital Media Rights (DMR) announced today the relaunch of two popular over-the-top channels featuring new branding and a 75% increase in new content. Midnight Pulp is a popular over-the-top channel featuring highly curated genre films and television programs specializing in horror, cult, paranormal, sci-fi and action. Asian Crush is a popular over-the-top channel featuring one of the largest selections of Asian movies and television programs, all subtitled in English.
Publisher's Note: The following guest article was written by Paul Sweeting, Founder of Concurrent Media, a research, consulting and editorial services company specializing in strategic business, technology and policy issues facing producers and distributors of digital media content. Apple Music this week tapped rights-tech developer Dubset Media to manage clearances and royalty payments for DJ mixes and other mashups, opening the way for thousands of hours of user-generated content to be made available legally on the streaming service.