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Five years of consistent revenue growth for the U.S. recorded music industry

By: Maud Sacquet : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

Once again, tales of the demise of the music industry appear to have been exaggerated. Revenue figures for recorded music in the U.S. show strong growth in 2017, both at wholesale value (12.6% to $5.9 billion) and at estimated retail value (16.5% to $8.7 billion). According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), “total revenues from streaming platforms were…

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Re:Create Recap – Trade Edition – April 19, 2018

With reports that there could be a renegotiated NAFTA agreement in the next several weeks, below is Re:Create’s recap of resources to help readers better understand how balanced copyright will help keep America winning online.  Public Interest Groups And Tech Organizations Urge Balanced Copyright System In NAFTA. A compilation of letters from various public interest groups and tech organizations to…

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Copyright Reform: European Creators, Artists and Users Reject Upload Filtering

By: By: Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, Laura Blanco : Originally Posted On: CDT

By now, the background to the DSM Copyright Directive is well-known. The global recording industry convinced European Commissioners about the existence of the “value gap”. The story goes that advertising-funded internet platforms that enable users to upload copyrighted content should pay record labels a larger share of their revenues. At the core, this is a commercial dispute between Youtube and…

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Re:Create Recap – April 12, 2018

The “Blurred Lines” Between Inspiration and Imitation. What kind of impact has the “Blurred Lines” copyright lawsuit had on the music industry? Rolling Stone found that the verdict has resulted in “more infringement cases…even if the merits of the claim are ‘marginal.’” The industry is seeing more copyright lawyers and forensic musicologists as artists and labels witness growing uncertainty over…

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Re:Create Recap – March 29, 2018

RSVP: Learn How Libraries Support The New Creative Economy. The American Library Association will host a Capitol Hill briefing on April 11 with President Jim Neal, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and the DC Public Library to explain how libraries are advancing the new creative economy “by providing the general public access to technologies that are revolutionizing the manufacturing…

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Five years of consistent revenue growth for the U.S. recorded music industry

By: Maud Sacquet : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

Once again, tales of the demise of the music industry appear to have been exaggerated. Revenue figures for recorded music in the U.S. show strong growth in 2017, both at wholesale value (12.6% to $5.9 billion) and at estimated retail value (16.5% to $8.7 billion). According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), “total revenues from streaming platforms were…

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Re:Create Recap – March 22, 2018

Does “Blurred Lines” Decision Open Door To Copyrighting A Cowbell? In a column for Forbes, contributor Adrienne Gibbs analyzed the March 21 federal appeals court ruling on the “Blurred Lines” copyright case and what it means for artists. Gibbs wrote that the court’s ruling in favor of the Marvin Gaye Estate “is major” because “artists might consider erring on the…

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Re:Create Recap – March 15, 2018

Bipartisan Agreement: Copyright Regulatory Capture Is Bad For The Economy. NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast interviewed libertarian Brink Lindsey and liberal Steven M. Teles on how regulatory capture leads to economic inequality. The podcast hosts noted that Disney should be enshrined in the “hall of fame for regulatory capture” for the company’s efforts to change copyright law to suit its own…

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Re:Create Recap – March 8, 2018

And The Oscar Goes To…Fair Use For Its Role In Free Speech Protections. In a Medium post published on the heels of the 90th Academy Awards, Re:Create Executive Director Joshua Lamel spotlighted the “inherent tension” between Hollywood’s love for free speech as part of the creative process and its use of copyright law to limit free expression in support of…

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Re:Create Recap – March 1, 2018

New Podcast: Copying Is Human Nature. As part of Fair Use Week, Re:Create released the latest episode of our Copy This podcast with guest Laura Quilter, Copyright and Information Policy Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Quilter shares with listeners her insights about the role copyright plays in education, research and learning. According to Quilter, a crucial part of…

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