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12:20 PM ET, September 21, 2022


 Top News: 
Twitch Blog:
Starting June 1, 2023, Twitch says subscription revenue above $100K will be split 50/50, not 70/30, for streamers on premium deals, citing hosting costs  —  Hello, Twitch community.  I'm Dan Clancy, President of Twitch and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the service.
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
The Telegraph, openDemocracy, TBIJ, and OCCRP face libel lawsuits in the US and UK over reporting on a fund named after ex-Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev  —  Complaints filed by charity named after ex-president reopen the debate over legal action against public interest journalism
Pew Research Center:
Survey of US adults: 31% get news on Facebook, 25% on YouTube, 14% on Twitter, 13% on Instagram, and 10% on TikTok; a third of TikTok users get news on the app
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A judge dismisses Alex Jones' lawyer and chief restructuring officer in the bankruptcy of Infowars parent Free Speech Systems and expands a trustee's control  —  Citing a “lack of candor,” including over the Infowars fabulist's lavish spending, the judge ordered substantive changes to his company's oversight.
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
European publishers criticize the EU's proposed European Media Freedom Act, arguing the law gives regulators too much power and would limit editorial control  —  Brussels has put forward a new law to protect deteriorating media freedom and pluralism across Europe — but press publishers argue it will have the opposite effect.
Discussion: Yahoo News and RFI
James Vincent / The Verge:
Getty Images bans the upload and sale of AI-generated images using tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, citing concerns over legal challenges  —  Getty Images has banned the upload and sale of illustrations generated using AI art tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion.
Andrew Limbong / NPR:
PEN America: 1,600+ books were banned in the US throughout the 2021-2022 school year, due to coordinated campaigns by well-resourced advocacy organizations  —  Throughout the 2021-22 school year, more than 1,600 book titles were banned, according to a new report by the group PEN America, which advocates for freedom of expression.
An analysis of Twitch streams from October 2020 to August 2022 shows Twitch's moderation tools often failed to stop children streaming and adults grooming them  —  The gaming platform's design enables people to find and exploit kids in real-time  —  Graphics and illustrations by Rachael Dottle
Mia Sato / The Verge:
A Mozilla study using YouTube recommendation data from 20,000+ users and 500M+ videos finds the “dislike” and “not interested” buttons are largely ineffective  —  Even when users tell YouTube they aren't interested in certain types of videos, similar recommendations keep coming, a new study by Mozilla found.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube unveils Creator Music, which lets creators browse a catalog and use songs by buying rights or sharing revenue, launching out of beta in the US this fall  —  In addition to the groundbreaking news that YouTube would begin to monetize Shorts videos and revamp its Partner Program …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
YouTube plans to expand its Partner Program to give 45% of Shorts ad revenue to creators with 1,000+ subscribers and 10M views on Shorts within a 90-day period
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Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Memo: Kobalt Music strikes a new licensing deal with Meta after pulling 700K songs from Facebook and Instagram in the US in July 2022 due to failed negotiations
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Jesse Whittock / Deadline:
Fox re-enters the international distribution business with sales unit Fox Entertainment Global; its international sales arm in 2019 was integrated into Disney's
Discussion: Axios and Next TV
Scott Feinberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
NBC plans to air the 80th Golden Globes awards on January 10, 2023, as part of a one-year agreement to let the HFPA “explore new opportunities” for distribution
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify launches a US audiobook service with 300K titles from major and independent publishers; users purchase and download individual books to play in its app