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1: CBS, Time Warner Reach Deal to End Blackout

First off today, Shalini Ramachandran at The Wall Street Journal reports that CBS and Time Warner Cable have reached an agreement that ends their month-long dispute, which resulted in CBS channels being blacked out in several Time Warner markets.

The issue was retransmission fees, which cable companies are required to pay in order to retransmit or rebroadcast over-the-air signals to their customers. CBS had been asking for more money in the new round of negotiations but Time Warner had declined. Time Warner also wanted digital rights to any programming CBS licensed to online video outlets, something CBS was reluctant to give.

However, with football season looming and CBS having reached a similar deal with Verizon, Time warner was forced to try and resolve the dispute. Both released statements saying they are happy with the outcome, with CBS saying that they are “receiving fair compensation” and Time Warner saying that, while they didn’t get everything they wanted, they “Ended up in a much better place.”

2: Jeremy Scott and Santa Cruz Skateboards Reach Settlement Over Plagiarism Claims

Next up today, Zahra Jamshed at Hypebeast writes that fashion designer Jeremy Scott has reached a settlement with Santa Cruz Skateboards that puts an end to their dispute, which began in February when Scott’s 2013 fall/winter showcase used images that were based upon skateboard designer Jim Phillip’s previous work.

The two sides have reached a settlement and, though the full terms are not disclosed, it’s reported that the financial terms were limited. However, Scott did apologize for the use of Phillip’s artwork, which is owned by Santa Cruz Skateboards, and has agreed to not produce or distribute the items in question.

The case had stirred up deep emotions in the skateboarding community, which considers the designs iconic. However, the designs had also led some to question Phillip’s integrity, worrying that he was a willing participant in the new fashion designs.

3: Oyster Launches Spotify for Ebooks

Finally today, Digital Book World reports that Oyster, a venture-backed ebook subscription company has launched on the iPhone today and is shooting to be a service akin to Spotify or Netflix, but for ebooks.

The service currently offers some 100,000 ebook titles available from a variety of publishers. The service costs $9.95 per month and will allow users to read an unlimited number of ebooks as long as they are a member.

The company declined to discuss its business model though it did say all publishers are being compensated for their inclusion in the library. Registration for the service is currently limited to iPone users and is on an invite-only basis.


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