Spotify hits back at low payout claims
This week's criticism of Spotify payouts by UK society BASCA has elicited a stern reaction from the streaming music service. Senior VP of strategic partnerships Paul Brown has patiently pointed out that stats cited on Lady...
April 15, 2010
WSJ claims EMI’s licensing lifeline may fall through
Last week, reports suggested EMI was looking to license its catalogue to one of its major label rivals in the US, to generate a lump sum to help it meet its upcoming covenant test with Citigroup. Now the Wall Street Journal...
March 31, 2010
Merlin memo reveals Virgin Media licensing hold-ups
It seems it's not just major labels holding up the launch of Virgin Media's new music service. Documents obtained by Music Week show that indie rights agency Merlin has yet to conclude a licensing deal with the ISP.
March 30, 2010
JASRAC gets bitter about quick lyrics on Twitter
Japanese publishing society JASRAC is on the copyright infringement warpath, with Twitter squarely in its sights. It's unhappy about lyrics being quoted on the micro-blogging service - and specifically on Twitter accounts...
March 5, 2010
Social music service Mflow inks more deals ahead of launch
UK-based digital music service Mflow is due to launch in April, and has announced a bunch of media deals with music magazines, including Q, Mojo, Kerrang, NME and Clash. The mags will provide editorial coverage in their pages...
March 1, 2010
FUGA signs 12 new labels and distributors
Digital content management firm FUGA has been busy, signing up 12 new labels and distributors to use its service.
January 11, 2010
Who are the iTunes holdouts?
Digital Music News has been compiling a list of the artists who still don't sell their catalogues (or at least the majority of their catalogues) on iTunes and other digital stores. The Beatles and AC/DC you know about, but...
December 21, 2009
ASCAP seeking licensing fees from live Guitar Hero games
Pubs and clubs are increasingly holding Guitar Hero or Rock Band events, letting people play with a big screen to entertain other attendees. It's the new karaoke! A bit....
December 16, 2009
Music Ally Report: Music moves for web 2.0 giants
Our lead examines new music services from Google, Facebook and MySpace. These three companies are offering more ways for people to discover music in a legal way – i) search, ii) gifting and iii) social recommendations.
October 29, 2009
German government planning new copyright law
The new coalition government in Germany has announced plans to rejig its copyright laws, with the aim of achieving "a high level of protection and an effective assertion of the copyright law".
October 28, 2009
Hulu mulling new subscription model
Online TV service Hulu might not seem directly relevant to the music industry (because, well, it's online TV). However, persistent rumours in recent months have suggested that Hulu is keen to start licensing music videos...
October 23, 2009