YouTube and the German copyright public company Gema have reached an agreement regarding author rights on YouTube.
Gema wanted authors to be paid for each view; Youtube wanted to pay a flat rate.
Gema, and Germany in general, is well known for pushing for a very strict application of copyright law.
The amount of money paid by YouTube to get Gema’s approval has not been revealed but Gema said “it was a good offer,” adding it is “a clear signal sent to all online platforms […] authors must be correctly paid for the use of their music.”
Among the 1,000 most popular videos on YouTube in 2013, 61.5 percent were blocked in Germany, according to OpenDataCity.
Happy Halloween ending for three-year old girl
Molly, a three-year old girl, was sad she was on a flight from Boston to San Francisco, instead of being out trick-and-treating.
It forced her dad to come up with a great idea.
He distributed sweets to the other passengers on the plane with a note explaining the situation.
He wrote: “My three-year-old daughter, Molly, was bummed that she wouldn’t be able to go trick-or-treating this year due to this flight…so I decided to bring trick-or-treating to her.
“If you are willing, when my little donut [sic] comes down the aisle, please drop this in her basket. You’ll be making her Halloween! If you’re unwilling, no worries, just pass the treat back to me. Thanks so much!”
OMG, my heart is exploding right now. Dad of the year just passed out candy to everyone on the flight so his 3 year old could trick or treat pic.twitter.com/vfsAcYNrhr
Tom Hanks has been in Budapest for the shooting of “Inferno,” the movie based on Dan Brown’s novel.
The Hollywood actor published two photos from the Hungarian capital.
On both of them he is seen with a Polski Fiat 126p. This car is the iconic Polish version of the Fiat 500 and one of the most popular vehicles in Hungary and Poland from the Soviet era.
In his posts, Hanks says: “I’m so excited about my new car” while pretending to get into the Polski.
Watson gives Londoners a treat
Emma Watson has been leaving hidden treats for London commuters – copies of the latest selection from her “Our Shared Shelf” book club.
The British actress, who made her name in the Harry Potter franchise, has placed copies of Maya Angelou’s memoir, Mom & Me & Mom all over the London Underground (Tube) network.
The books contain special messages from the 26-year-old.
Watson created a feminist book club as part of her work with the UN.
On the Goodreads page for Our Shared Shelf, she wrote: “As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on.
“There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”
Silver surfer wows Manhattan
Fictional superhero “Silver Surfer” has made a special guest appearance in New York City.
The superhero is a humanoid with metallic skin who can travel through space on his surf board.
Normally he travels at the speed of light. While in Manhattan he made his way through the city at a more relaxed pace.
Donned in full-body make up, his Halloween effort wowed crowds who stopped to take photos, including a police officer, who was driving at the time.
Dazzling initiative by Chinese road police?
Police in China are giving drivers a taste of their own medicine in a bid to get them to mend their ways.
Drivers caught dazzling others with full beam headlights have been punished by being forced to stare into the lights for a minute.
Shenzhen Traffic Police posted photos of the campaign in action on their official Weibo account.
Chinese Police make drivers stare at full-beam headlights as punishment for dazzling others on road. China is brill. http://t.co/pRBxDEhWEl