May 8th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Musician David Byrne has been a prominent critic of streaming music and its business models. Now he’ll have a ringside view of the licensing negotiations around some of those models, having been appointed...

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May 7th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Pandora won’t have to increase the rates that it pays royalty collection body ASCAP just yet, after the latter lost its latest appeal in the court battle between the two. The US Second Circuit Court...

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March 16th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

UK-based karaoke torrenting site Karaoke World has been shut down by the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) after a referral from collecting society PRS for Music. The site...

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February 17th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Would anyone who isn’t thinking of buying Taylor Swift’s label Big Machine raise their hand? We’ve had the Apple rumour, but now here’s some even more startling speculation: could Snapchat be about...

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November 5th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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SoundCloud announced its first licensing deal with a major label yesterday, as well as its plans to launch a subscription streaming service in the first half of 2015. Unsurprisingly, it’s a deal that...

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October 29th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

When indie licensing agency Merlin struck a direct deal with Pandora in August, the company said it was “a hugely important opportunity to increase our members’ revenues”. Yesterday, though, the...

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October 15th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Publisher Sony/ATV has already signalled its willingness to withdraw from collecting societies BMI and ASCAP in order to negotiate deals directly with digital music services like Pandora. An attempt to...

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August 11th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Amazon's war of words with book publisher Hachette has stepped up a notch in recent days, with an open letter signed by authors provoking further communications from both companies. It's safe to say neither...

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July 30th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed copyright infringement lawsuits against two big lyrics websites, SeekLyrics and LyricsTime. It’s the latest step in the body’s...

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