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First off today, Matt Dathan at The Independent reports that, in the UK, the Tories have had an ad on YouTube pulled down due to a copyright claim by one of the videographers whose work they used.
The video was an attack on the Labour Party and its new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, featuring a series of controversial statements that Corbyn has made over recent years. However, one of the clips was taken by Adrian Cousins, who filmed it at the Dangerous Times festival in 2014.
Cousins filed a copyright notice against the video, prompting YouTube to pull it down. However, the Tories edited out the portion of the video that used Cousins’ work and re-uploaded it a short time later.
Next up today, Austin Siegemund-Broka at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that composer Deyon Davis has filed a lawsuit against his former music publisher Cinematic Tunes and Fox, alleging that Fox Sports has deliberately underpaid for royalties on musical compositions.
According to Davis, after his contract with Cinematic Tunes ended, he struck a deal with Fox Sports to allow them to continue using music he had written for the company. That deal required both an upfront fee and a licensing payments made to the performing rights agencies. However, Davis claims that Fox not only changed the prices that were offered, but provided false cue sheets as to misrepresent how much his music was used.
BMI, one of the performing rights agencies, had sued Davis for a very similar allegation, accusing him of using false cue sheets on various TV shows he represented songwriters on. As for the new complaint, Fox has no comment and says they have not been served with the paperwork.
Finally today, Jon Fingas at Engadget reports that Microsoft has announced it’s shutting down Zune services on November 15th, bringing an end to its support of the product line.
The Zune was Microsoft’s attempt at creating an iPod-like MP3 player that launched in 2006. The product, despite being loved by its fans, did not sell well and Microsoft quickly backed away from it, removing it from stores in 2008 and discontinuing it completely in 2012. However, services for the Zune continued for users, including Zune Music Pass, a music streaming service akin to Spotify that also allowed you to download and keep 10 tracks per month.
That service is shutting down and its subscribers will be moved to Groove, Microsoft’s current music streaming offering. However, other Zune functionality, including the system that allows any DRM-protected music play, will stop functioning. The Zunes themselves will continue to work so any unprotected content should still work but will have to be synced via a computer.
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