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By the end of the year, YouTube, a division of Google, will unveil a paid subscription music service to compete with Spotify and other streaming outlets, according to people briefed on the company’s plans.
Subscriptions to YouTube’s program, at about $10 a month, would be tailored to mobile devices, and let its customers watch videos — or just listen to the music on them — without interruptions from advertising, according to these people, who were not authorized to discuss the service publicly.
The deal would also allow record companies, which have long complained about low per-stream payouts, to reap bigger royalties on YouTube, which has become the dominant listening platform for young people all over the world.
» via New York Times
British dance music label Ministry of Sound (MoS) has filed a lawsuit against Spotify. MoS claims that by hosting playlists that mimic tracklists on its collections, Spotify has violated UK copyright law.
The dance music record label sells collections like “The Sound of Dubstep Classics” and “Ibiza Annual 13.” MoS doesn’t own the music on the CDs it sells; it licenses them from others. However, the company is now arguing that its actual track listings are creative works worthy of copyright protection. It’s an extraordinary claim, not too different from claiming a copyright over something like a simple list of one’s own favorite songs.
"What we do is a lot more than putting playlists together," MoS CEO Lohan Presencer told The Guardian. "A lot of research goes into creating our compilation albums and the intellectual property involved in that. It’s not appropriate for someone to just cut and paste them."
» via ars technica
A Harvard University law professor and an Australian record company are wrapped up in a court fight over the professor’s use of a French band’s hit single in a video that was part of an online lecture, The Boston Globe has reported.
The professor, Lawrence Lessig, used music from the band Phoenix’s 2009 song “Lisztomania” during a lecture that he recorded and posted on YouTube. The lecture described how people had used the song to create dance videos, putting them online and creating something of a phenomenon on the Web.
» via The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription may be required for some content)
In the latest sign of friction over the licensing of online music, a group of music publishers has sued Fullscreen, one of the largest suppliers of videos to YouTube, saying that many of Fullscreen’s videos — particularly cover versions of popular songs — infringe on the publishers’ copyrights.
Fullscreen is one of the largest of the so-called multichannel networks, or M.C.N.’s, which produce their own content — the company’s offices are in Culver Studios in Los Angeles, where “Gone With the Wind” and “Citizen Kane” were filmed — and represent the work of thousands of other creators of widely varying sizes. According to Fullscreen, the 15,000 channels the company represents have a total of 200 million subscribers and draw more than 2.5 billion views each month.
» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)