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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...
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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’...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...