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My Favorite Lawrence Bender Flick

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Lawrence Bender has made some of the most popular and successful films in American film – many of his films are used in pop-culture references. Lawrence Bender is an American film producer, known for multiple and notable Quentin Tarantino films and is an Academy Award nominee.

While Lawrence Bender was born in the Bronx, New York, he was raised in New Jersey. He came from a Jewish family with parents in the education profession: his father was a college history professor and his mother was a kindergarten teacher. He attended the University of Maine and graduated in 1979 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Interestingly, he developed a passion for dance and made plans to dance after college, but sustained an injury preventing him from doing so. Lawrence Bender got started in the film industry in the 1980s as a grip.

His films include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill-Volumes 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). Three (3) of these films received Oscar Nominations: Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Inglourious Basterds. My most favorite Lawrence Bender flick is Good Will Hunting (1997).

I love clever stories, but not only is this one clever but so is the title. The play on words in the title of doesn’t reveal itself until you learn that the main character, Will is a good person who’s searching for his way in the world. Also known for one of the first films that show us the talents of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting also gives us a great view of my hometown, Boston. The late and incredibly talented Robin Williams plays Will’s therapist, in a court-appointed turn of events. Will is a genius who works as a janitor at MIT but is held back from opportunity due to his lack of access as an orphan. Without guidance, Will sometimes goes astray and gets into trouble and a public fight gets him arrested. A highly intelligent professor learns of Will’s genius and makes it his mission to have Will work alongside him, but must promise the judge to get Will therapy to help him turn things around. Along the way, Will falls in love and learns that the world is his oyster and pursues his own dreams.

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Musicians to Receive Boost in Streaming Royalties

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Streaming services like Spotify and Google Music will soon have to change the way they pay artists on their platform. The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has just approved the largest increase ever in payment rate for songwriters and song publishers. Streaming platforms are now expected to pay 15.1 percent of revenue to artists, nearly a 50 percent increase from the previous rule of 10.5 percent.

The decision was made by three judges in the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, who were appointed by the Library of Congress. For many years, publishers and songwriters had been battling streaming platforms for a higher share of revenue. As the two sides were unable to come to an agreement, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board was forced to intervene.

This change to revenue rates will not completely satisfy the music publishers and artists, as their goal was to earn flat fees based on the number of times their music is played and the number of users on each streaming platform. For example, each songwriter would receive 15 center per 100 plays and an additional $1.06 for each paying user on the platform. The U.S. Copyright Board refused to put such rules into play, instead restricting its ruling to the revenue share model.

Companies affected by the ruling include Amazon, Google, Spotify, and Pandora, all of which offer paid streaming services with large libraries of music. Apple has distanced itself from competitors on this issue, as it has deemed the current revenue structure to be unsound. As a result, the company is facing a separate class action lawsuit.

Further discussion and negotiation on the subject is expected, especially now that a bill called the Music Modernization Act has been entered into Congress. The law would set up a new government group to oversee digital rights and royalties.