Facebook signs licensing deals with Sacem, Socan and Wixen
Facebook’s music-licensing efforts continue apace, with the announcement of three more deals this weekend. The social network now has agreements with French collecting society Sacem; Canadian PRO Socan; and music publisher...
March 19, 2018
WMG hails ‘untapped commercial potential’ of Facebook UGC
By now you may know that Warner Music Group has become the latest major label to sign a licensing deal with Facebook. Like the social network’s previous agreements, the focus is firmly on user-uploaded videos that feature...
March 12, 2018
Pew Research: 73% of US adults use YouTube, while 68% use Facebook
The Pew Research Center’s surveys of Americans are well-respected, so its new study of social-media habits is well worth perusing today, to see some of the trends at work. Facebook remains the top platform overall, used...
March 5, 2018
WMG’s Songkick signs new deals with Facebook and FNAC
We say ‘WMG’s Songkick’ here to differentiate the concert-discovery website and app – which the major label acquired last year – from its former owner, which shut down operations but went on to prevail in its legal...
February 26, 2018
Neil Young takes aim at Google and other tech giants
Neil Young has said some thought-provoking things about digital music in the last few years, but his latest blog post about Google could have done with a fact-checker. “Today, in the age of FaceBook, GOOGLE and Amazon,...
February 26, 2018
Facebook signs licensing deal with processing-hub ICE
The music agreements keep coming for Facebook, which now has a deal with online licensing and processing hub ICE – the joint venture between European collecting societies PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA. “The licence...
February 22, 2018
eMarketer claims Facebook is losing more younger users
‘Young people are ditching Facebook’ is a tech-industry trope that’s been running for at least five years now, without yet having an obvious impact on the social network’s growth or revenues. However, eMarketer’s...
February 12, 2018
Facebook’s viral crackdown sees time spent on service fall
It’s unusual to see a company proudly announcing in its quarterly financial results that people have been using it less. But Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 goal of focusing more on ‘time well spent’ on Facebook makes it an...
February 1, 2018
Facebook promises to redesign “too cluttered” Messenger app
2017 was a good year for Facebook Messenger, as the social network’s own-brand messaging app grew to 1.3 billion monthly active users. However, its boss David Marcus has admitted to one downside in his annual blog post...
January 17, 2018
Facebook sets 12 March licensing deadline for indie publishers
Earlier this month, Facebook announced a partnership with HFA/Rumblefish that would enable independent publishers and self-published songwriters to opt in to a standardised music-licensing and administration deal with the...
January 16, 2018
Facebook confirms plans to focus more on ‘personal moments’
Rumours have been bubbling for several months that Facebook was planning a shift for its news feed back towards ‘personal’ content from friends and family, rather than ‘public’ posts and content from brands and media. Now...
January 12, 2018
Facebook signs music deals for Irving Azoff’s GMR, Kobalt and indie publishers
Facebook's latest music-licensing deal, following its agreements with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV, is something a corker: it's with Irving Azoff's Global Music Rights. That would be the Irving Azoff who's regularly...
January 11, 2018