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...
July 6, 2018
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...
July 5, 2018
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...
June 29, 2018
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...
June 29, 2018
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,...
June 26, 2018
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...
June 12, 2018
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...
May 23, 2018
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...
May 21, 2018
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,...
April 11, 2018
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...
April 11, 2018
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,...
April 4, 2018
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...
February 27, 2018