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CMU’s Setlist podcast discusses ‘takedown-stay-down’

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The latest model of CMU’s weekly music enterprise podcast Setlist is out within the current day. This week’s episode sees CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke discussing the European Commission’s new recommendations on illegal content material materials on-line, Spotify’s ongoing mechanical royalty woes Stateside, and what Calvin Harris manufactured from his music opening Theresa May’s disastrous Conservative Party conference speech ultimate week.

Those new ideas from the EC largely take care of content material materials that incites violence or terrorism, however moreover embody new ideas on how copyright infringing supplies should be managed by internet platforms that inadvertently host such content material materials on account of automated or user-initiated train.

The doc suggestions on the ‘takedown systems’ that internet companies ought to perform in an effort to have the benefit of protected harbour security, ie so that they will’t be sued over the copyright infringing content material materials they inadvertently host. EC officers advocate additional refined takedown applications that make certain that as quickly as a bit of copyright infringing content material materials has been taken down as quickly as, it can’t then be uploaded as soon as extra by one different particular person – similar to YouTube’s Content ID system.

“That’s the irony here”, says Cooke on the current. “Because normally when we’re talking about safe harbours, and the music industry’s dislike of safe harbours, we’re laying into YouTube. But that’s not about the takedown system bit. The issue with YouTube is that the music industry doesn’t think that it should have safe harbour protection at all, however good its takedown system is. The argument being, it’s a user upload platform, not an internet service provider”.

He continues: “When it comes to all the other internet companies, where the music industry isn’t saying they shouldn’t have safe harbour protection – so internet service providers and server hosting companies – there they’re saying the takedown systems aren’t good enough. So it’s sort of ironic that when it comes to the whole takedown issue, YouTube is doing exactly what the music industry wants”.

Of course, these new ideas are merely that, and do not place any new licensed obligations on internet companies to provide additional robust takedown applications. However, offers Cooke, this report might presumably be a step in course of that occuring: “As is often the case when governments or the European Commission put out guidelines … there is an implied threat at the bottom, this maybe an opportunity for the internet companies to put their houses in order. If they don’t, then maybe next year [the EC will] actually start putting some new laws in place to try to make this happen”.

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