Category Archives: Policy & Ethics

Spotify Sued Over Sales Team’s ‘Boys’ Trips’ to Strip Clubs

Hong Perez filed suit in New York Supreme Court, accusing the streaming company of systemically discriminating against female employees. Perez alleges that her boss, Brian Berner, selected an all-male group to attend Sundance in 2016 and 2017, and that some of the men got into a physical altercation during one of the trips. – Gene Maddaus, Variety https://ift.tt/2MMltc0
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Music Modernization Act Passes in Senate With Unanimous Support

The bill creates a blanket mechanical license and establishes a collective to administer it; reshapes how courts can determine rates, while making sure future performance rates hearings between performance rights organizations BMI and ASCAP and licensees rotate among all U.S. Southern District Court of New York Judges, […] creates a royalty for labels, artists and musicians to be paid by digital services for master recordings created prior to Feb. 15, 1972, while also eliminating a Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 carve out for “pre-existing digital services” like Sirius XM and Music Choice that allows for certain additional considerations not given to any other digital service when rates are set; and codifies a process for Sound Exchange to pay producers and engineers royalties for records on which they have worked. – Ed Christman, Billboard https://ift.tt/2MKCcwn

Charter negotiating with NY to avoid being kicked out of the state

But there’s still a chance that Charter and New York could strike a deal that would avert a lengthy court battle and sale of the network to a new provider. Charter was originally ordered to submit an exit plan by September 25 and to leave the state six months after that. But the PSC has now granted two extensions, resulting in a November 8 deadline for filing an exit plan and a May 8, 2019 date for leaving New York. In the meantime, both sides say they’ve been having productive talks. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2QsthTC

Netflix and YouTube are most throttled mobile apps by US carriers, new study says

AT&T and Verizon were by far the most egregious throttlers, differentiating delivery speeds for streaming video 8,398 and 11,100 times, respectively. T-Mobile and Sprint differentiated traffic 3,900 times and 339 times, respectively. Most of this differentiation equates to throttling, the study concludes, meaning US carriers are slowing the delivery speed of the data based on the type of data it is — a violation of one of the pillars of modern net neutrality principles. – Nick Statt, The Verge https://ift.tt/2Q56KM7

Netflix and Amazon will have to make more European content by law

Once the measures are enshrined in law, EU countries will have 20 months to apply them, and Viola noted that member states can opt to increase their individual quotas to 40 percent of local material. The nations can also determine if they want to mandate production of a minimum number of shows and movies in their own countries, and whether they will apply a surcharge on subscription fees to pay into national film funds, like Netflix has to do in Germany. – Kris Holt, Engadget https://ift.tt/2Nc53Op
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