First off today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, which would make the unlicensed streaming of copyrighted content for commercial use a felony. The act closes what is widely seen as a loophole in the law, one where uploading and downloading such content is a crime but streaming is not expressly mentioned. The bill will now move to the Senate floor where it is expected to receive wide support from legislators and the President alike.
Next up today, the copyright battle between Rebecca Black, the singer behind the infamous “Friday” music video, and ARK Music Factory, the vanity publisher who helped create the video and song, is heating up. Earlier in the week ARK had made the song available for rent for $2.99 prompting Black’s attorneys to file a DMCA takedown notice on the song and get the video, which had received well over 150 million views, removed from the Web.
Finally today, even though all the four major record labels are on board with iTunes Match, Apple’s new service to help move tracks, no matter where they were acquired, into the cloud, some smaller labels are not so sure. This includes Chicago-based Numero Group, which has lashed out at iTunes Match publicly. According to them, there is “great risk” in what Apple and the other labels are doing and called Apple’s offer both a “pittance” and an “insult” while saying that it was not in line with their responsibility to their artists to take the offer. However, the label’s representative did say that, for consumers, iTunes Match is great and that he would continue to buy tracks from iTunes and use the free syncing feature for purchased tracks.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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