There is no doubt that 2020 has been an unprecedented year; between the COVID-19 pandemic, an economy under fire, and a massive racial justice revolution that continues every day, this calendar year has been one for the history books. Though 2020 has certainly been depressing and bleak, the racial upheaval that has taken place and that continues to move forward has been brewing for years, and it was only a matter of time before the systemic racism that is deeply rooted in American culture moved its way to the forefront of the country’s mind, demanding some drastic change. What started as a spotlight on police brutality evolved into a deep dive into essentially every American structure and organization, from large corporations, to the entertainment industry, to small-town black-owned businesses. Somewhere in the middle of all that, the sports industry found its voice, and it made waves through its various influential platforms as a vehicle for change. … More The NBA’s Collective Voice for Change Against Racial Injustice in America
Image: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert in Toronto. Creative Commons user thecomeupshow, Creative Commons. Background The practice of copying sounds from existing songs and incorporating them into new ones, digital sampling, allows for nostalgia, timeless melodies, and you guessed it, copyright infringement, if not done legally. Perhaps one of the most infamous examples of digital sampling … More “Thrift Shop[ping]” for Samples: How Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Escaped Copyright Infringement Liability
Last year one of the biggest moves in the streaming wars was the Walt Disney Company’s (Disney) announcement of Disney+. A new streaming platform that would include access to Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and various other Disney related films and shows. Along with Disney+, Disney also created ESPN+ which gave premium sports content to their viewers. Disney has progressively been accumulating ownership and media rights of organizations for quite some time. … More Will Disney’s Sunday Night Football Dreams Come True?