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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...
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Deerhoof criticise Daytrotter website over live session

From cabs to balconies to generic in-studio appearances, there is no shortage of opportunities for artists to record live sessions for websites and YouTube channels. But a row between Deerhoof and music site Daytrotter...
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TuneIn sues Pandora over ad-sales partnership

If Pandora thought its troubles were easing after securing a $480m strategic investment from SiriusXM… well, another digital radio firm is set to give it a headache. TuneIn is suing Pandora, after an advertising-sales...
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Report: celebrities are flouting influencer marketing guidelines

There’s a lot of excitement around influencer marketing at the moment – including among music-industry marketers – but also concerns about the transparency of this area. Those will only be enhanced by a new report...
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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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STIM Spotify royalty payouts delayed after ‘unmatched tracks’ dispute

The relationship of Spotify and Swedish collecting society STIM has encountered a bump in the road, relating to the terms of their royalties agreement. "We have informed our rightsholders that the royalties from Spotify...