In the wake of the Veronica Mars movie’s dramatic success on Kickstarter last week, filmmakers are trying to raise $20,000 on the crowdfunding site to release an “Arrested Development” movie.
Kim Dotcom’s latest website, Mega, promised to be a replacement of Megaupload, the file-sharing and mostly-pirated video host site the government took down a year ago. But Mega is a cloud-storage service: Users have access to their files, but no one else, not even the site’s administrators, know what’s in them because they’re encrypted before they reach Mega’s servers.
The shutdown of Megaupload adversely affected movie box office earnings, according to a paper by European researchers European researchers Christian Peukert and Jörg Claussen.
The Internet music service Pandora filed suit against the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers yesterday, asking the court to establish reasonable licensing fees for the titles in ASCAP’s catalog.
The government of Gabon, Africa, will bar Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from forming a new website on the Gabonese domain .ga, the AFP reports.
The bit-torrent sharing site The Pirate Bay has abandoned its servers and moved its data to the cloud, the Swedish nonprofit said in a blog post. Pirate Bay seemed to be responding to the threat of a law enforcement shutdown, similar to what happened to Megaupload.
A celebrity photo agency, Mavrix, has sued the website BuzzFeed for using its copyrighted photos. At issue are photos of actress/comedian Kathy Griffin and photos of singer Katy Perry in Miami.
The sound-sharing service SoundCloud is rolling out a partnership with Getty Images that will let users sell licenses to their original sounds and music. By providing some basic paperwork, users will gain access to a button they can attach to their clips, inviting advertisers, media and others to pay to use the sounds through Getty’s well-established licensing processes.
YouTube launched Content ID nearly five years ago to help creators, big and small, manage their content and protect themselves from copyright violations on YouTube. However, the service has not been without its flaws, as false copyright claims have abounded, with YouTubers as well-known as Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber being affected. Today YouTube has announced a number of new updates designed to improve Content ID.
Back in May we shared the story of YouTuber Steve Miller, aka QiRanger, who said “YouTube’s Content ID is broken and needs a fix.” The travel video extraordinaire ran into problems when a video featuring music he had purchased a legal commercial license for was flagged and stripped of monetization. Nearly half a year later, Miller is still dealing with the same issues.