Tag: music rightsholders

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Music rightsholders have reported 200m pirate URLs to Google

Here’s a milestone that probably isn’t worth celebrating: music bodies the RIAA and BPI have reported more than 200m URLs to Google that they believe to be infringing copyright. According to TorrentFreak, that’s up...
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vKontakte’s changes go beyond copyrighted content

Russian social network vKontakte has been a bugbear for music rightsholders for several years, but in recent times the site has taken steps towards cracking down on filesharing within its system. That’s not all that has...
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Google takedown requests rose 75% to 345m in 2014

A couple of years ago, music and film rightsholders adapted their tactics trying to persuade Google to crack down on pirate sites, by increasing their takedown filings for infringing links on its search engine to blizzard-like...
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UK music bodies hit back after private copying exception

There’s a new row brewing within the UK music industry over recent changes to copyright laws – and specifically the private copying exception that finally made it legal for people to copy music for private use. UK Music,...
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Grooveshark Presents is a ‘fan-sourced live music initiative’

Streaming service Grooveshark remains a villain for many music rightsholders, with a recent high-profile court ruling having gone their way in declaring the site to have wilfully infringed copyrights. That isn’t stopping...
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Google hits torrent sites: ‘Search traffic dropped in half’

Is Google really downranking piracy sites in its search results? Music rightsholders have been complaining about broken promises for a couple of years now, but Google’s latest measures appear to be having a real impact....
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Rosanne Cash attacks streaming again, as ‘dressed-up piracy’

American musician Rosanne Cash has criticised Spotify and streaming music before, but last week she elaborated on her views in a series of Facebook posts. “‘Download’ and ‘stream’ are different...
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Grooveshark claims court defeat focused on ‘early version’ of site

We’re waiting to find out what kind of damages bill Grooveshark will face after summary judgement was awarded to labels in its copyright case. And also waiting to find out if the company will appeal. Here’s its...
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UK’s culture secretary: ‘Copyright infringement is theft’

That headline may seem an obvious thing to say, but in the bungled aftermath of the UK’s Digital Economy Act, a government minister talking about piracy in such terms will be welcomed by music rightsholders – even if...
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German music revenues dipped in the first half of 2014

German rightsholder’s music income dipped slightly in the first half of this year, although the 0.8% drop pales next to the kind of decline seen in the worse times of the last decade. Music industry body BVMI reported that...
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VKontakte in the dock in Russia as major labels’ lawsuit hits court

Russian social network VKontakte is a long-term bugbear for music rightsholders, whose latest copyright infringement lawsuit is the most high-profile yet. All parties were at the St Petersburg and Leningrad region arbitration...
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Vimeo taps Audible Magic for new Copyright Match infringement-spotting system

YouTube’s Content ID system for identifying licensed music and enabling rightsholders to file takedowns, take over the advertising or leave it be has been in place for a long time. Now video service Vimeo is following...