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Barstool Copyright Dispute Takes Over Twitter

“It remains to be seen if Berdouw’s tirade will be enough to invoke change and help content creators get the credit they are due.”

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A dispute between comedian Miel Bredouw and digital media powerhouse Barstool Sports has put a spotlight on a social media problem that far too often gets overlooked: copyright infringement. Bredouw took to Twitter Monday evening to relay the struggles she faced against Barstool and Twitter’s copyright policies.

The problems began when Barstool uploaded an original video of Bredouw’s without permission or credit in December, which she promptly reported to Twitter after her requests to be credited were ignored. The video was immediately taken down.

The video in question is a 36-second clip Bredouw posted on Youtube two years ago of her realizing the Christmas classic “Carol of the Bells” synced well with Three 6 Mafia’s “Slob On My Knob.” The video, like much of Bredouw’s work, went viral. Of course, that should be a good thing for exposure on Bredouw’s behalf, but the nature of social media means the video was reposted repeatedly without her permission more times than she can count.

The true crime here isn’t just that Barstool stole the video, it’s the fact that they, and any other account, avoid any amount of punishment if they fight back.

After the video was taken down, Barstool began reaching out via multiple affiliated accounts across any social media service Bredouw uses in an effort to resolve the conflict. Barstool initially offered a trade to have Bredouw remove the claim and allow Barstool to keep the video up with proper credit to the comedian. Over the past three months the offer ramped up to a $2,000 offer to have the claim rescinded.

Barstool then took advantage of a Twitter legal loophole by filing a counter-notice to allow the video to be put back which forces Berdouw to have to take legal action to resolve the matter in her favor. Once a counter-notice is employed, the case is out of Twitter’s hands entirely, according to company policy on the matter.

“If the copyright owner disagrees that the content was removed in error or misidentification, they may pursue legal action against you.  If we do not receive notice within 10 business days that the original reporter is seeking a court order to prevent further infringement of the material at issue, we may replace or cease disabling access to the material that was removed.

We cannot offer any legal advice. Should you have questions, please consult an attorney.”

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“I think what it really comes down to is support. For reasons I and the rest of the internet don’t seem to understand, Twitter refuses to have human support with major issues on the website like harassment and death threats and suspension of accounts,” Bredouw told The Verge. “It’s insane to me that the platform is allowing them to do this.”

Twitter’s copyright policy works on a strike basis, though the strikeout number isn’t known. Once that number is hit, Twitter will look to lock or shut down the violating account. Berdouw speculated Barstool’s actions show they could be nearing the count.

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Berdouw isn’t going to continue the fight against Barstool and whether the video is up now or not, Barstool won in a situation where they were blatantly wrong. Copyright infringement, in an age where anyone can create original content for the whole world to see, is not an easy thing to police. It remains to be seen if Berdouw’s tirade will be enough to invoke change and help content creators get the credit they are due.

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Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022

“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”

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Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.

It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.

The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.

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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM

“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”

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A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.

“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”

The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.

The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports. 

“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts.  “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team.  They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.” 

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