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11:40 AM ET, September 12, 2023


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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney and Charter reach an agreement to restore some channels, including ESPN and ABC, for the cable operator's nearly 15M Spectrum subscribers  —  Disney and Charter have decided to let ESPN sports take the field on traditional cable after all.  —  The two media giants …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Interviews with Disney Entertainment co-chairman Dana Walden and ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro about the Charter deal, how Spectrum expands ESPN+'s reach, and more  —  Walden, the co-chairman of Disney Entertainment, and Pitaro, the chairman of ESPN, talk about what the Spectrum deal means for their Disney divisions.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Spectrum will no longer carry some Disney-owned channels, like Freeform, Disney Junior, Disney XD, FXX, and Nat Geo Wild, as part of Charter's new Disney deal
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
An investigation finds that Barstool Sports apparently controls 40+ “burner” X accounts to launder viral copyright-protected videos for its legitimate accounts  —  A Daily Beast investigation found more than forty content-swiping Twitter accounts apparently controlled by Barstool …
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
The Internet Archive appeals a US judge's decision in March 2023 favoring publishers in a copyright infringement case over the nonprofit's ebook lending program  —  As expected, the Internet Archive this week submitted its appeal in Hachette v. Internet Archive, the closely-watched copyright case involving …
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
A profile of Walter Isaacson, who has written biographies of Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and others, was the editor of Time in the 1990s, and was running CNN on 9/11  —  It's a Saturday night in August, and Walter Isaacson is sitting in the back of Lilette, a restaurant on Magazine Street in his hometown of New Orleans, swizzling a Sazerac.
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
The US Copyright Office denies protection for an AI-made image that won an art competition, despite Adobe Photoshop alterations and 624+ text prompt revisions  —  The U.S. Copyright Office has again rejected copyright protection for art created using artificial intelligence …
Jairo Bolledo / Rappler:
A Philippine trial court acquits Nobel laureate and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and the outlet of tax evasion charges after a tax court cleared them in January 2023  —  MANILA, Philippines - A Pasig court acquitted Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
How the UK's Reach is expanding its reader revenue trials, including apps with metered paywalls, to diversify away from its heavy reliance on ads  —  Reach is diversifying away from ad revenue, although that will remain the main focus.  —  Reach has expanded its experiments with reader revenue …
Financial Times:
How a decade-long effort to restructure loans extended to the Barclay family culminated in Lloyds Banking Group seizing control of the Telegraph newspaper group  —  How a decade-long effort to restructure loans extended to the reclusive businessmen's empire culminated in Lloyds Banking Group seizing control of a national newspaper
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