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Viacom, Google Resolve Copyright Lawsuit (MarketWatch)
Google and Viacom jointly announced Tuesday the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The Associated Press New York-based Viacom filed the $1 billion suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Mashable Viacom later released conversations with Google executives that it claimed showed disregard for copyrights. Google countered that Viacom was uploading its content to YouTube. The case dragged on for years. In 2010, Google’s CFO said the company had spent $100 million on the case. GigaOM The case has been seen as a landmark test of copyright law’s so-called “safe harbor” rules, which can protect website owners from copyright infringement committed by their users. Google won a series of major victories in the case, including last April when a court threw out the case for a second time on the grounds that Google did not have “red flag” knowledge of the infringing shows. The judge had initially dismissed the case in 2010 but an appeals court partially reinstated it, leading to the second dismissal in April. Viacom filed an appeal once again last year, but the sides have now laid the matter to rest, citing a desire for collaboration. LostRemote Before the settlement, Google and Viacom made strides on dealing with piracy. The two companies have inserted filters that flag unauthorized Viacom content and allows the company to take it down from YouTube. SocialTimes Regarding the resolution of this lengthy litigation between them, the two companies made the following statement: “Google and Viacom [Tuesday] jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together.”

2 Killed as KOMO News Helicopter Crashes Near Space Needle (KOMO News)
Two people were killed and one was seriously injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burst into flames Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle in Seattle. Seattle Times / The Today File The two who died were on the helicopter, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. The helicopter, which apparently was taking off, dropped to the ground, landing on at least one car. A second car and a pickup were on fire when firefighters arrived, but it isn’t clear if they had been hit by the helicopter, according to the fire department. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The injured man emerged from his car shortly after the crash with his clothes in flames. Fire department officials extinguished the flames, according to reports, and took the man to the hospital. TVSpy The two victims were identified as Gary Pfitzner, the chopper’s pilot, and Bill Strothman, a former KOMO photographer. Strothman and Pfitzner were employed by the helicopter leasing company that operates KOMO’s chopper. During Strothman’s career at KOMO, he won 13 Emmy Awards.

CNN’s Ratings Surge Covering The Mystery of The Missing Airliner (NYT)
CNN, the cable network that has been scrambling to find a sustainable business model against its main competitors, Fox News and MSNBC, has perhaps invested most heavily in the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. CNN’s ratings soared last week and over the weekend, rising by almost 100 percent in primetime. The network even managed the rare feat of edging past Fox News for leadership in several hours. TVNewser Since the beginning of the coverage (March 8) through Sunday night, CNN has grown 68 percent in total viewers and 79 percent in adult 25-54 viewers in total day, and 72 percent in total viewers and 91 percent in adult 25-54 viewers in primetime. Mediaite Monday night, three out of four CNN programs in the 7-11 p.m. primetime schedule beat their Fox News competition in the 25-54 demo. While Bill O’Reilly broke Anderson Cooper’s demo winning streak at 8 p.m., CNN won the demo at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Washington Post / Style The disparity in hours of coverage might be driven as much by each network’s strategic identity as by the news itself. The Malaysia mystery plays most to CNN’s brand as the go-to source for big international stories. Indeed, the jet story might illustrate why the cable news networks are actually niche networks — each with its own topical turf, perceived expertise and audience preferences.

Global Music Sales Fell in 2013 Despite Strong Growth for Streaming Services (The Guardian)
Global recorded music revenues fell by 3.9 percent to $15 billion in 2013, despite income from subscription streaming services like Spotify and Deezer rising sharply. Figures published Tuesday by music industry body the IFPI in its annual Digital Music Report indicate a bump back to Earth for labels after a 0.3 percent rise in global revenues in 2012 — the first year of growth since 1999. NYT Digital sales last year grew by 4.3 percent around the world, led by a 51 percent increase in revenue from subscription services. Income from all-you-can-listen outlets like Spotify, Deezer and Rhapsody exceeded $1 billion for the first time last year, the federation said. About 28 million people around the world pay for access to them, up from 8 million just three years earlier. THR Sales from CDs, vinyl and other physical formats dropped 12.3 percent to $2.27 billion last year, while revenue from digital sources grew 7.6 percent last year to $4.36 billion. Last year, digital made up 64 percent of overall recorded music revenue. Within digital, however, a 1 percent decline in revenue from downloads to $2.8 billion in 2013 suggests that consumers may be shifting away from owning music towards streaming services that give them access to large catalogs of music.

Vimeo Buys Video-Making App Cameo, A Few Months After Its Debut (Re/code)
Vimeo has bought Cameo, a video-making app that launched last fall. It’s the second time in the last year that IAC’s video site has acquired a video app. Cameo is supposed to offer easy-to-use video-editing software that lets users create sophisticated effects, including the ability to combine video from multiple cameras. It appeared in Apple’s App Store in October, and earned some plaudits from the App Store’s curators, who gave it a “Best of 2013” award. SocialTimes The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but part of the deal is that Cameo CEO Matthew Rosenberg will transition to vice president of Cameo and the team will report to Vimeo chief technology officer Andrew Pile. Variety There’s no shortage of mobile video apps in the market. In late 2012, Google launched YouTube Capture, an app for editing and sharing videos, after Twitter acquired six-second video app Vine. Facebook’s Instagram added video features last year. And in January, YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen acquired mobile video startup Supernova, which was previously called Viddy. New York-based Cameo had raised a seed round of funding from Great Oaks Venture Capital.

Washington Post Widens Access to Its Digital Content (Financial Times)
The Washington Post is launching a program that offers subscribers of partner newspapers and services free access to its paid digital products, in one of the publisher’s first major developments under Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ The Post will give away its online and mobile content to paying subscribers of newspapers that sign on for the program, it said. The Post is offering participation only to outlets with a “premium subscription model,” which means the amount of free content available is limited. Initial partners include A.H. Belo’s The Dallas Morning News, Oahu Publications Inc.’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the family-owned Toledo Blade, Star Tribune Media Co.’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, PG Publishing Co.’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Journal Sentinel, Inc.’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Post said. Bloomberg Businessweek The Post can then benefit from the extra online traffic, according to Steve Hills, the newspaper’s president and general manager. A digital subscription to the Post costs $99 for a year, or $9.99 every four weeks. Adding readers is crucial to the Post, which has had a steadily shrinking audience along with suffering the advertising declines that have affected the entire industry.

AP Pushes Bid for Independent Coverage of Obama (The Associated Press)
The Associated Press is seeking to broaden independent news coverage of the White House under an administration that is hypersensitive about its image and which frequently bars the press from events involving President Barack Obama. AP White House correspondent Julie Pace and chief White House photographer Charles Dharapak described the AP’s efforts Tuesday at the Newspaper Association of America’s mediaXchange 2014 convention in Denver. Those efforts include ongoing negotiations for greater access by photographers to events the White House deems private. Poynter / MediaWire Media organizations have criticized the Obama administration for restricting access to many presidential events and meetings, including with foreign leaders like the Dalai Lama in February. The White House News Photographers Association urged members not to publish the official image of the meeting distributed by the administration.

Pandora Technology Chief Conrad Steps Down (WSJ)
Pandora Media Inc. on Tuesday said its chief technology officer, Tom Conrad, is stepping down, while development and engineering executive Chris Martin was promoted to fill the slot. NYT Conrad will move into a part-time advisory role in the next three months, the biggest management change at the Internet radio giant since the arrival of its new chief executive last year. Conrad joined Pandora 10 years ago and has been key to the development of its “music genome project,” the algorithm that creates a custom stream of songs based on what music a user has already listened to.

Introducing ‘AnonyWatch’: Tracking Nameless Quotations in The Times (NYT / Public Editor’s Journal)
New York Times columnist Margaret Sullivan launched an effort Tuesday to point out some of the more regrettable examples of anonymous quotations in the Times. Mediaite An initial example of the pervasive phenomenon is Ginia Bellafante’s column about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s trip to Albany in which a “Democratic insider” says the mayor thinks he and the New York governor are friends “but Andrew Cuomo doesn’t really have friends.” FishbowlNY Another article Sullivan called out was even worse. In a piece on the Malaysian Airlines plane, an anonymous quote was issued on an anonymously sourced theory that someone on the plane made abrupt shifts in altitude to “depressurize the cabin and render the passengers and crew unconscious.”

Billboard Adds Chart-Topping Staffers (FishbowlNY)
The sweeping hand of Janice Min is at it again. In a memo to staff, the Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president and chief creative officer announced an impressive roster of Billboard hires. Starting Tuesday, Rob Hewitt is the publication’s new design director. He comes to Billboard after three years with Condé Nast Traveler. Hewitt once worked with Min at InStyle and has also held positions at Premiere, GQ and New York magazine. Joining Hewitt as Billboard art director is Frank Augugliaro, previously with Esquire, alongside several recognizable new reporter and editor names.

Observer CEO Touts Gains Ahead of Relaunch (Capital New York)
As The New York Observer braces for the most radical design overhaul in its 27-year history, employees are chewing on a message from the chief executive of its parent company touting recent successes and future prospects. In an internal memo distributed Tuesday afternoon and obtained by Capital, Observer Media Group CEO Joseph Meyer wrote that Observer Media Group, which also owns a commercial real estate trade publication, a society magazine and several websites focused on politics, art and tech, “has taken great strides as a business” in the past year. Wednesday, newsstand readers and subscribers will get a look at the Observer‘s relaunched print product, which is a smaller, tabloid-format, saddle-stapled publication that will trade in its distinctive salmon hue for white paper. FishbowlNY The paper’s site, oberver.com, has been completely revamped — there’s a new font, streamlined sections and even a new logo. Instead of the old standard lineup of articles, observer.com now has featured pieces and a sidebar containing others.

Discovery Names COO of International Networks (Variety)
Discovery Communications has promoted Doug Baker to chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Discovery Networks Intl. He previously served as exec VP and CFO. In his new role, Baker will be responsible for oversight of strategy and research for Discovery’s 100-plus international outlets, in addition to leading all financial aspects of Discovery Networks Intl. finance and marketing. Baker joined Discovery in 2005 as CFO of Discovery Commerce.

CBS Evening News to Groom Marsha Cooke for Executive Producer (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CBS News Asia bureau chief Marsha Cooke is moving to New York where she is ultimately expected to take over as Executive Producer of CBS Evening News, sources at the network told Politico on Tuesday. Network executives are planning to groom Cooke, a former Evening News producer, to replace current EP Pat Shevlin within the year, the sources said. Those sources cautioned that the executives could change their plans. Cooke joined CBS News in Los Angeles in 1993 and became a producer of Evening News With Dan Rather in 2000. She began reporting from Asia in 2006 and was named Asia bureau chief in 2009.

Disney Shareholders Vote ‘Yes’ on CEO’s Pay (WSJ)
Walt Disney Co. shareholders signaled their approval of the company’s executive compensation by a wider margin than in past years, eliminating one of the few points of contention over chief executive Robert Iger’s stewardship. According to preliminary results that counted votes cast before the annual meeting held Tuesday in Portland, Ore., 80 percent voted “yes” on Disney’s “say on pay” proposal. Last year, 58 percent supported the nonbinding vote and in 2012 the percentage was 57 percent. Iger’s compensation, which totaled $34.3 million in the company’s last fiscal year, has been questioned in the past by critics, including some state pension funds.

March Madness Live to Provide More NCAA Tournament Coverage Than Ever (LostRemote)
This year, the NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will make it easier than ever to watch the NCAA Tournament. NCAA March Madness Live will provide streaming access to every March Madness game — that’s more than 150 hours of live basketball on essentially every device imaginable. All games will be available via NCAA March Madness Live on PCs, mobile and tablet devices; games will air live on TNT, TBS and truTV; fans can access the games at NCAA.com, CBSSports.com, BleacherReport.com, the App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. For the Final Four, which takes place April 5, fans using March Madness Live will have access to three different feeds of the two games. On linear TV, TBS will be broadcasting the main game coverage, while TNT and truTV will be broadcasting team-specific broadcasts.

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