Author Archives: Bill Rosenblatt

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 […]

Announcing Copyright and Technology 2020 Conference

I’m pleased to announce that the date and venue have been set for Copyright and Technology 2020. The date for our eleventh conference is Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and we will be back at Fordham Law School. Once again, I’m co-producing the event with the Copyright Society of the USA, and the Fordham IP Institute is sponsoring. As […]

Pearson Launches Digital-First Textbook Strategy

Pearson, the world’s largest educational publisher, announced on Tuesday that it is transitioning to a digital-first model for textbook publishing, moving away from the print-edition-based model that has been the foundation of higher education publishing for centuries. In its press release, the company announced that it will move almost all of its 1500 U.S. textbook […]

Blockchain Applications for Music Enter the Bowling Alley

An interesting experiment in the use of blockchain technology was announced last week at the MIDEM music conference in Cannes, France. It involves the Israeli music blockchain startup Revelator, working with the music recognition service BMAT and the Finnish music collecting society Teosto. The application is payment of performance royalties to composers for radio airplay, […]

Podcasting Leaves the Copyright Garden of Eden

For fifteen years — until last week — podcasting was a relatively untouched and unspoiled environment regarding copyright issues. Apart from clearing rights for music used within podcasts, no one in podcasting thought much about copyright. If you produced a podcast, you paid a distributor like Libsyn or Blubrry to host it and get it […]

EU Article 13 (Now Article 17) Passes After More Changes, Making Copyright Filtering More Likely

The European Union’s copyright directive finally passed last week, with 56% of the European Parliament vote, after several rounds of significant changes to the text. On its way to final passage, the controversial Article 13 — now Article 17 — went through yet another round of changes that are worth discussing here. Two issues in […]