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First off today, Music Business WorldWide is reporting that Universal Music Group has received payment from a settlement with Global Eagle, a company that provides in-flight entertainment for airlines, most notably American Airlines.
According to Universal’s lawsuit, Global Eagle took money from airlines to pay licensing fees for on-demand in-flight music streaming before it had a deal with Universal. As a result, Global Eagle played many tracks owned by Universal without a proper license.
However, in the settlement, the two sides seem to have worked out an arrangement, one where Global Eagle pays a total of $20 million in cash, the first $15 million having already been paid and another $5 million to be paid next year. Universal is also getting some 1.36 million shares of Global Eagle stock, currently worth around $12.3 million with another 400,000 shares owed if the stock price exceeds $12. The details of the settlement was disclosed in an SEC filing by Universal Music.
Next up today, Vishal Srivastava at Global Network reports that, in India, the Delhi High Court has ordered YouTube to remove various “how to” videos that show how to jailbreak or otherwise circumvent copy protection of cable boxes owned by local provider Tata Sky.
Tata Sky had previously filed complaints with YouTube about the videos but, according to them, issues with categorizing the infringement led to delays in their removal. Specifically, they say YouTube was confused as to whether it was a trademark or a copyright dispute.
The court said that YouTube wasted time in removing the videos since they were illegal under Indian law. The Justice also said that YouTube needs to fix its system for handling such complaints and respond immediately on ones such as these.
Finally today, Jason Schreier At Kotaku reports that Nintendo has shuttered another fan created game, this time a Pokémon one, but not before it was downloaded some 1.5 million times.
The game, entitled Pokémon Uranium, was an unofficial and unlicensed Pokémon game that took place in an area where Pokemon had evolved differently due to radiation. It included some 150 new Pokémon. However, shortly after it’s release, Nintendo sent notices to the hosting providers of the game and the developers, saying that they respect Nintendo’s wishes, have opted to pull it offline.
It’s the second fan creation to receive such a fate. The first, a remake of Metroid 2, was shuttered just last week.
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