The top 10 Domains subjected to DMCA Piracy Takedowns in 2014 according to torrentfreak.com and google.com are (with lead complainant and number of requests)
1 4shared.com 8,345,559 (BPI labels)
2 rapidgator.net 7,838,757 (NBC Universal)
3 uploaded.net 5,412,519 (FOX_
4 dilandau.eu 4,913,298 (BPI labels) *
5 GoSong.net 4,484,310 (BPI labels)
6 zippyshare 3,074,988 (Topple Track)
7 Muzofon.com 2,835,660 (BPI labels)
8 myfreemp3.cc 2,699,706 (BPI labels)
9 myfreemp3.eu 2,453,694 (BPI labels)
10 vmusice.net 2,303,615 (BPI labels)
Forbes have an interesting list of top 10 music industry predictions for 2015 including (1) Apple launching a new music service, (3) The digital pie getting larger and (4) Downloads continuing to slide. More interestingly and in at (6) in the prediction: "Artists find the right villain. Numerous artists see the various streaming platforms as the ones responsible for their tiny royalty payments, but many begin to see the light that it’s really the record label middle man that enjoys the majority of that income. As a result, artist’s attorneys negotiate new agreements with record labels to make the split a bit more equitable, but the record labels still continue to be favored. I doubt the last but! Labels do indeed take the lions share of digtital revenues but many of those artistes who have challenged old contracts have ended up with settlements which are - even without the benefit of hindsight - appalling and hardly equitable with the major labels clinging onto old fashioned (and hugely beneficial to the labels) 'per unit sold' royalty rates wherever possible. More here and here
A new report released reveals that core copyright industries in the U.S. generated over $1.1 trillion dollars of economic output in 2013, accounting for 6.71% of the entire economy. The study, Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: The Report, also details that the core copyright industries employed nearly 5.5 million workers in 2013, accounting for over 4% of the entire U.S. workforce, and nearly 5% of total private employment in the U.S. These workers earn on average 34% higher wages than other U.S. workers. More on Mi2N here.
Indian composer Ilayaraja has alleged that acclaimed film director Shankar has violated his copyright by “remixing and rearranging ”Ooru Vittu Ooru Vandhu" in the recently released film Kappal without permission. The song was originally used in the 1989 hit film Karagaattakkaaran. Whilst the Hindu reports that Shankar had entered into an agreement with Agi Music Pvt Ltd to acquire the licence to remix the song, the plaintiff says "Agi Music Pvt Ltd has no ownership or publishing rights in respect of the song."
And Beijing Today reports that popular romance screenwriter Qiong Yao won her lawsuit against fellow screenwriter Yu Zheng for plagiarism in the Third Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing. The court (25.12.14) found that Yu’s Gong Suo Liancheng was an unlicensed adaptation of Qiong’s popular Meihua Lao and awarded her 5 million yuan and a public apology from Yu and four other defendants named in the lawsuit.
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