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First off today, Tunescore founder and CEO Jeff Price has publicly released information about the first royalty checks his label has received from iTunes Match: Specifically over $10,000 in the first two months. iTunes Match is a new service by Apple to let users synchronize their music via the cloud. Apple charges users $25 per year for that feature and pays a portion of that money as royalties to labels. Tunecore is an Internet-based label dedicated to helping unsigned and independent artists get their music on iTunes and similar stores. Price did not say how much of the royalties were going to his artists and how they would be divided up but said that it seemed like “magic money” that was not there before.
Next up today, in the UK a High Court judge has ruled that pubs in the country will be allowed to stream football (soccer) matches using foreign decoders as long as they do not charge an admission fee and only play the live game. The issue has been the center of two now-joined lawsuits that both featured pub owners using cheaper foreign decoders to access football matches. In both cases the FA Premier League (FAPL) sued the owners and one of the cases went before the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which found that, while it was legal to stream the games using a foreign decoder, it was still a public performance that the league had a right to control. However, the High Court in the UK, basing its ruling on the ECJ’s ruling, found that the FAPL had no such right when no admission is charged, opening up the opportunity for other pubs to do the same. This, if upheld, would put a severe limitation on the FAPL’s rights to restrict streaming of matches to pubs and other venues.
Finally today, The Boston Phoenix is calling out The New York Times claiming that the newspaper published a PDF of a 1976 article from The Real Paper about the Death of Football. However, though The Real Paper is defunct its rights were bought by The Boston Phoenix’s publisher and that, according to the paper, makes the use a likely infringement. Though they have no plans on taking legal action, The Phoenix points out that the PDF appeared the same days as an op-ed by former NY Times Editor Bill Keller, who was advocating for stronger copyright enforcement and taking a strong pro-SOPA/PIPA stance.
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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