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European copyright vote stalls progress of Article 13

If this week has felt like a bit too much European policymaking at the top of this bulletin, apologies. But the debate around the draft Copyright Directive, and particularly its Article 13, is something that’s being watched...
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Article 13 lobbying goes up to the wire – so what next?

Today sees the crucial European Parliament vote on the proposed new EU Copyright Directive, including the ‘Article 13’ that’s been the focus of so much attention for the music industry. Lobbying around the proposed...
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US music bodies welcome progress of Music Modernization Act

The US Music Modernization Act (MMA) has taken its next step towards becoming law, with a unanimous vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve it. Not without changes, however: the National Music Publishers Association...
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Pressure builds ahead of European vote on safe harbour

Music rightsholders in Europe are preparing for the latest stage of lobbying in the debate over safe-harbour reform – ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament next week. PRS for Music is flagging up a ‘Make...
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Twitch gamers hit by DMCA takedowns for copyrighted music

A number of popular gaming stars on video-streaming platform Twitch were temporarily banned, after their channels received DMCA strikes for using copyrighted music. xQc, Sinatraa, Daequan, Alfie, Avxry, KittyPlays, Pokelawls,...
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Sirius XM to pay $150m to SoundExchange to settle lawsuits

Could peace and love be returning to the US digital-music ecosystem? Don’t answer that question… But there is a new rapprochement of sorts in the relationship between satellite-radio firm Sirius XM and royalty-collector...
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Impala warns of regulatory fight ahead for Sony / EMI deal

When we reported yesterday on Sony’s plans to up its stake in EMI Music Publishing, we noted that the deal would require regulatory approval before it could go through. Now independent body Impala has warned that this...
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Tidal shifts fake-streams focus to ‘potential data breach’

Streaming service Tidal is under fire for a report by Danish newspaper Dagens Næringsliv claiming that it inflated the stream-counts of albums by Kanye West and Beyoncé, based on internal data from the company. Its latest...
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Publishers hail ‘critical victory’ over Wolfgang’s Vault

The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) says its members have won a “critical victory” in their nearly-three-year legal battle with the Wolfgang’s Vault website. The site specialises in archive live recordings,...
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Music Modernization Act officially introduced in the US

We’ve been following plans for the US Music Modernization Act (MMA) for months, but yesterday saw the proposed bill formally introduced in the House of Representatives. Pulled together from three previously-launched...
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SEC files charges over ICO that was promoted by DJ Khaled

This may seem obvious in the light of some recent news stories, but prominent artists really do need to be careful when endorsing brand-new blockchain startups running ICOs. The latest example is a company called Centra,...
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SiriusXM CEO criticises proposed US Classics Act legislation

The proposed Classics Act is trying to clear up the digital-licensing status of songs recorded before 1972. When it was introduced earlier this year, we noted that Pandora was supporting the bill, in stark contrast to satellite-radio...