Hollywood Studios: VidAngel Threatens the Legitimate Streaming Market

VidAngel customers “buy” a movie like The Force Awakens for $20, set filters to remove offending content, watch it and then can “sell back” the film to the company for $19 — leaving them having paid $1 to stream it. […] Disney, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Entertainment sued VidAngel in June, claiming the company is blatantly violating their rights by masquerading an unauthorized streaming service as a mission to clean up Hollywood content. – Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter http://ift.tt/2bu0Y5b

Universal reportedly outlaws streaming ‘exclusives’ after Frank Ocean release

According to Bob Lefsetz, author of an influential music industry newsletter,[CEO Lucian Grainge,Universal Music Group] sent out a company-wide email on Monday. UMG, which boasted seven of 2015’s 10 best-selling albums and 38.5% of the year’s recorded-music sales, will be the first major label to ban the practice, which many feel has begun to diminish rather than enhance the way music is distributed and consumed. – Edward Helmore, The Guardian http://ift.tt/2bxtCze

Pretend Rdio never died with this Spotify theme

You’ll need to set your Mac’s security preferences to accept apps from “anywhere,” and close the regular version from Spotify HQ. Then it’s just a matter of deleting the original app from your Mac, should you prefer [Devin Halladay]’s Rdio-inspired alternative. It’s only a reskin, so temper your expectations — this isn’t a full recreation of the Rdio interface. Still, for fans of the now deceased music streaming service, it’s a nice way to show your appreciation. We miss you, Rdio. – Nick Summers, Engadget http://ift.tt/2bAHKuO

You can face 3 years in jail and penalty for ‘viewing’ torrent sites

According to the report, you will be shown the following warning, if you visit a blocked torrent site or URLs: “This URL has been blocked under the instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents under this URL is punishable as an offense under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957 which prescribe imprisonment for 3 years and also fine of up to Rs. 3,00,000/-. – Kavita Iyer, Techworm http://ift.tt/2bGxfnh
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