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Loudr boss: Spotify songwriter settlement is just a ‘speeding ticket’

When Spotify agreed a $43.4m deal in May this year to settle a class-action suit brought against it over mechanical royalty payments – in a case combining lawsuits filed by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick – it was no...
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RIAA: mixtapes site Spinrilla ‘ineligible’ for safe harbour

US industry body the RIAA is continuing its action against digital-mixtapes site Spinrilla, claiming that the site should not be eligible for DMCA safe-harbour protection. In a new court filing, the body claims that Spinrilla...
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Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royalties

Startup Paperchain has launched a survey to gauge the scale of the music industry’s problem with unattributed royalties and unidentified rights owners. The company is hoping to receive responses from publishers, labels,...
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Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify

Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
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SACEM boss talks YouTube, blockchain and user-centric streaming royalties

At a recent event organised by collecting society PRS for Music, MEP Mary Honeyball noted that the debate around copyright reform and the ‘value gap’ has split the European Parliament like never before. “We have...
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Judge approves request to rescind UMG’s Prince music deal

The saga of the Prince estate’s recorded-music archives deal with Universal Music Group is reaching an end. A judge has approved a request to rescind the distribution deal – estimated as being worth $31m – after...
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That famous monkey selfie could affect AI music copyright

Cast your mind back to 2011, and the marvellous ‘selfie’ taken by a macaque monkey with a camera set up by a professional photographer. At the time, it sparked a debate about who owned the copyright to the image: was...
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Blockchain: the music industry’s saviour or a false prophet?

This guest column comes from Sam Pearse, partner at Pillsbury Law: At any point in time, there is a latest and greatest new product, technique, form of exercise, diet and so on that will be the answer to all of our problems. Sometimes...
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Newspapers want to team up to negotiate with Google and Facebook

The music industry’s major labels know all about the need to avoid looking like a cartel in their dealings with technology companies. So they’ll be keen to follow the progress of a group of major news publishers, who...
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Collaboration with YouTube and SoundCloud key to tackling stream-ripping piracy

Earlier today, we covered a new report co-published by PRS for Music and the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) about 'stream-ripping' piracy – where music from streaming services is converted into downloads to keep. Following...
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Canada ruling could force Google to remove ‘illegal’ sites

Equustek hasn’t been on Music Ally’s radar before, as industrial automation solutions aren’t quite our editorial bag. However, a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada involving the company is making major waves in...
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Google fined $2.7bn by European Commission in antitrust ruling

Earlier this month, we reported on an anticipated antitrust ruling by the European Commission over whether Google had abused its search dominance to promote its Google Shopping over rival services. “Google could be facing...