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...
July 14, 2017
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...
July 13, 2017
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...
July 10, 2017
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...
July 10, 2017
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...
July 7, 2017
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...
June 29, 2017
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...
June 28, 2017
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...
June 28, 2017
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...
June 22, 2017
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...
June 13, 2017
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...
June 12, 2017
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...
June 9, 2017