Author Archives: Bill Rosenblatt

Plugging Another Analog Hole in Music Royalties

While many areas of the music industry have digital infrastructure in place to facilitate royalty payments more or less accurately, a few analog corners remain. These are for music uses where royalties are calculated based on incomplete information using statistical samples and other “black box” methods. One of them is terrestrial AM/FM radio: performance rights […]

STM Publishing’s Identity Management Problem

Most of the talk about copyright and technology issues in the world of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishing these days focuses on two issues: Open Access and Sci-Hub. For STM publishers, these represent the Scylla and Charybdis of losing control over copyrights. Open Access is about replacing paywalls and traditional copyright licensing with Creative […]

Journal Article on Blockchain and Music

I have an article in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, “The Future of Blockchain Technology and the Music Industry.” The article explains the basics of blockchain technology, then evaluates proposed applications of the technology to music mainly by addressing the question of whether they solve known, current […]

Conference Coming Up January 15; Program Changes

A reminder that our eleventh annual Copyright and Technology Conference is coming up on Wednesday, January 15 at Fordham Law School in NYC, co-produced by the Copyright Society of the USA and sponsored by the good folks at the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Online registration is still available. I’d like to announce a couple of […]

EU High Court Rules Against Digital Resale; We’ll Talk About This at the Conference

This week the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a landmark ruling that digitally downloaded files are not subject to exhaustion (the EU equivalent of first sale in U.S. law). This means that consumers don’t have the right to resell (or give away, lend, or rent) ebooks and other digital files. This […]

What’s a Major Record Label Doing in Podcasting?

Sony Music announced last week that it is taking an ownership stake in Neon Hum, an LA-based podcast production company that currently produces 15 podcasts and partners with the likes of Spotify, Stitcher, Luminary, and the Los Angeles Times. This isn’t Sony Music’s first foray into podcasting: it formed a joint venture with two veteran […]

Libraries Take E-Book Lending Fight into Antitrust Territory

The U.S. library community has gotten involved in the investigation that Congress recently opened into possible anticompetitive behavior by Big Tech. The American Library Association, the advocacy group for public and academic libraries, sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee last week complaining of unfair behavior from Amazon as well as Big Five trade […]

Copyright and Technology 2020 Conference: Agenda and Call for Speakers

The agenda for the next Copyright and Technology conference is published. Registration is live, and earlybird discounts will apply through December 15. The conference will take place at Fordham Law School in Manhattan on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Once again, I am thrilled to be partnering with the Copyright Society of the USA and the […]

CJEU’s Advocate General Finds No Resale Right for Digital Files

The European Union’s highest court is likely to rule that, as with ReDigi in the U.S., it’s not legal to resell digital content files without the copyright owner’s permission.

UC Davis’s Plan to Disrupt Textbook Publishing

We are entering a period of real disruption in the textbook publishing industry, as the major textbook publishers are finding out that their strategy of continuously raising prices isn’t working anymore. As we saw a couple of weeks ago, Pearson’s new strategy includes taking over relationships with professors and students instead of ceding them to […]