Music publishing boss Andrew Jenkins: ‘Copyright should be forever’
“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.” Andrew...
June 12, 2017
Copyright report dings Canada as piracy ‘safe haven’
Oh Canada! The liberal world continues to flutter its eyes at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but music and movie rightsholders aren’t so impressed with his country’s copyright regime. The latest ‘watch list’...
February 17, 2017
Facebook licensing deals not expected before Spring
Facebook ended 2016 still under scrutiny for the role ‘fake news’ on its network played in the US presidential election. But the social network is going in to 2017 also under pressure from music rightsholders, eager to...
January 3, 2017
Anti-piracy firm Rightscorp unsure about future
Rightscorp may have played a major role in BMG’s successful lawsuit against ISP Cox Communications over copyright infringement, but the anti-piracy firm continues to face financial challenges in its business. Its latest...
November 21, 2016
NMPA calls for Trump administration to protect copyright
We wrote about lobbying body The Internet Association’s letter to US president-elect Donald Trump outlining its priorities for his incoming administration. Now the National Music Publishers Association has sent its own...
November 21, 2016
US Copyright Office wants more feedback on safe harbour
One of the reasons for the ramping up of rhetoric around safe harbour in 2016 has been the US Copyright Office’s review of the DMCA legislation governing how that safe harbour is applied. The Office has already held roundtables...
November 16, 2016
Cox Communications appeals against $25m BMG verdict
Earlier this year, American ISP Cox Communications was on the wrong end of a $25m damages bill, after being found guilty of wilful copyright infringement in a piracy case brought by BMG. Now, as expected, the ISP is appealing...
November 14, 2016
Don Henley joins row over Maria Pallante removal
The demotion and subsequent resignation of US Copyright Office boss Maria Pallante continues to spark debate, including anger from the creative community. Eagles star Don Henley has joined the row with comments made to the...
November 14, 2016
The next big question in the value-gap debate
The reactions to the European Commission’s proposals for copyright reform made one thing very clear: nothing has been settled. The proposals are just that – proposals – with plenty more lobbying in store before they...
September 26, 2016
Relive Midem 2016 with official review posts
Some of the key quotes and trends of this year’s Midem conference are being revived on Reed Midem’s official blog, courtesy of Music Ally contributing editor Stuart Dredge.
August 12, 2016
Report claims UMG closing in on vKontakte licensing deal
Russian social network vKontakte has been a controversial entity for the music industry thanks to songs being shared on its platform. Its launch of a licensed (by Sony Music and Warner Music) streaming app in May was a big...
July 19, 2016
YouTube making changes to its copyright complaints system
YouTube has apologised to creators and promised to “strive to do better” with its system for complaints, including those concerning copyright. It has created a new team “dedicated to minimising mistakes and improving...
February 29, 2016