Amazon-owned Twitch has operated under the DMCA for years without backlash, but ever since the pandemic turned the music industry’s attention to Twitch for livestreaming concerts, spurring huge growth for the platform, music trade organizations like the NMPA and RIAA have accused Twitch of taking advantage of the DMCA to avoid paying for music — similar to the way the organizations have pressured TikTok, Facebook and YouTube to sign licensing deals in the past. So the two organizations have flooded Twitch with tens of thousands of takedown requests over the past year, forcing Twitch to the negotiation table by frustrating its users.In response, Twitch vp/head of music Tracy Chan has reiterated that Twitch does not tolerate copyright infringement, arguing that Twitch’s monetization system offers artists a more valuable business model than licensing payouts could. Last September, to help streamers navigate the situation, the company launched Soundtrack by Twitch, an in-platform service that lets users legally incorporate into their videos more than 1 million rights-cleared recordings from labels like Monstercat and Anjunabeats.Platforms licensing music usually deal with the recording side first, then tackle the more complex publishing side, but it’s unclear where negotiations between Twitch and record labels stand. Behind the scenes, executives have been complaining about Twitch’s frequent promises that a deal is coming soon. “It’s been ‘next month’ for almost years now,” says a record label source.More often than not, platforms licensing music need time to set up reporting mechanisms to identify song usage and figure out who to pay. When the NMPA and YouTube entered a music licensing agreement in 2011, settling the NMPA’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the video platform, YouTube acquired licensing and royalty service provider RightsFlow for help. In a more recent example, even after Facebook Gaming secured music licensing deals with the major label groups last September, the platform spent a year fine-tuning its content recognition system before granting only its top users the ability to incorporate popular music into their streams earlier this month.That’s why lump sum payments are often offered and accepted. From there, the burden is on the publisher to decide how to allocate royalties to its artists and songwriters, which is sometimes done by market share. Those settlements can also have go-forward licenses, which are also based on a lump-sum pool and distributed accordingly.Meanwhile, the NMPA is still fighting a separate battle over music licensing with gaming platform Roblox. In June, the NMPA filed a $200 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Roblox, alleging that the gaming platform is hosting a “massive” library of thousands of unlicensed songs for users to broadcast in games. Roblox has denied wrongdoing, vowing to defend itself “vigorously” against those claims.
Young Thug Joined by Travis Barker & Nate Ruess During ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut: Watch
Actor Rami Malek hosted the Oct. 16 episode of SNL, where Thug made his proper debut as a musical guest debut after joining Megan Thee Stallion onstage to perform their “Don’t Stop” collab last year.For his second song, Young Thug slowed things down with a moving performance of “Love You More,” from his just-released second album,…
Actor Rami Malek hosted the Oct. 16 episode of SNL, where Thug made his proper debut as a musical guest debut after joining Megan Thee Stallion onstage to perform their “Don’t Stop” collab last year.For his second song, Young Thug slowed things down with a moving performance of “Love You More,” from his just-released second album, Punk. In addition to Barker, the rapper was also joined by Fun. singer Nate Ruess and fellow hip-hop artist Gunna. Keeping the pink color theme intact, Thugger donned a puffy pink fur coat with a lighter shade of pants to match.Young Thug and his label YSL Records’ Billboard 200-topping collaborative album Slime Language 2 came out in April. But his latest studio release, Punk, dropped on Friday through YSL Records/300 Entertainment. The new set features guest appearances by Post Malone, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Travis Scott, Future, Doja Cat and J Cole, along with late rappers Juice WRLD and Mac Miller.See Young Thug’s SNL performances below, and watch the full episode on Hulu here. The streaming service is currently offering a 30-day free trial, which you can sign up for here.
Lil’ Kim Says Nick Cannon Is Now Her Manager
When asked about what’s next for her, Cannon’s name entered the conversation — since he’s apparently helping her make those decisions.”I just shot a movie with Nick Cannon,” she said. “Nick Cannon, people don’t even know, like he’s one of my best friends. We’ve been best friends for years … And we just shot a…
When asked about what’s next for her, Cannon’s name entered the conversation — since he’s apparently helping her make those decisions.”I just shot a movie with Nick Cannon,” she said. “Nick Cannon, people don’t even know, like he’s one of my best friends. We’ve been best friends for years … And we just shot a movie called Miracle Across 125th Street. I really did that movie for Nick, but I love doing movies.””It’s part of my next level,” she added. “Nick is convincing me. You know he’s my manager?””I did not know that,” the host replied. “Your manager has like 20 kids.””Leave my manager alone,” Lil’ Kim joked.(For the record, Cannon, who also keeps busy as a TV and radio host, is the father of seven children, four of whom were born in the last year. Earlier this month, he announced his plans to practice celibacy until 2022.)Lil’ Kim’s most recent album, 9, was released in 2019. Three of her albums — 2000’s The Notorious KIM, 2003’s La Bella Mafia and 2005’s The Naked Truth — reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.She has an upcoming memoir titled The Queen Bee that’s slated for a Nov. 2 release.Watch her discuss working with Nick Cannon in her hike-and-interview video below.
Motley Crue’s Vince Neil Injured After Falling Off Stage at Tennessee Festival
“The truth is Vince fell and broke ribs when he fell. He can’t breathe and he’s gonna get dealt with medically,” Strum told the crowd at Monsters on the Mountain. “He was so excited to be here. He lives in Tennessee. But he was willing to stick it out and tough it out when the people…
“The truth is Vince fell and broke ribs when he fell. He can’t breathe and he’s gonna get dealt with medically,” Strum told the crowd at Monsters on the Mountain. “He was so excited to be here. He lives in Tennessee. But he was willing to stick it out and tough it out when the people back here were telling him ‘Don’t do it.’ Let’s have one good round of applause, please, for this guy.”Neil’s band continued performing without the the vocalist, with guitarist Jeff Blando taking over singing duties, Blabbermouth reports.Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard are scheduled to embark on a long-delayed joint North American stadium tour in June 2022. The mega-trek, which will also feature Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, was originally slated to hit the road in 2020 before getting postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.Watch Neil’s fall and Strum’s announcement in the fan-captured videos below.