EC presses internet platforms to crack down on illegal content
Yesterday saw a meeting in Brussels between a group of European Commission representatives and (unnamed) internet platforms to discuss illegal content. While piracy was included in the brief, the driving force behind the...
January 10, 2018
Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepers
Spotify and Deezer’s CEOs have both signed a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for the EC to ensure they get a “level playing field” on platforms owned by large US technology companies...
December 14, 2017
Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud launch European lobbying coalition
Music-streaming services Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud are among the founder members of a new coalition that plans to represent the European digital music industry in Brussels. Streaming service Qobuz, B2B firm 7digital...
November 8, 2017
Beyond Music: The pitfalls of influencer marketing
When is an #ad not an ad? When it’s native, organic-branded influencer #content on YouTube, Snapchat or Instagram. Or so some of those digital trendsetters appear to have believed when taking money from brands to promote...
August 31, 2016
EC still investigating Apple over music competition issues
The good news for Apple this morning is that European Commission investigators appear to be closing their examination of whether major labels colluded with the company to penalise competitors like Spotify. The not-so-good...
August 10, 2015
Apple Music: ‘millions’ of listeners but also FTC interest
Apple announced its latest quarterly results last night, and while the company resisted the temptation to give hard stats on the performance of its new Apple Music service, CEO Tim Cook did throw out a few nuggets. “Millions...
July 22, 2015
FTC looking into Apple’s 30% cut of App Store subscriptions
The issue of Apple taking a 30% cut of purchases made through its App Store – including subscriptions to rivals of its Apple Music streaming service – has been bubbling for months now. On Friday, speculation stepped...
July 13, 2015
Apple in crosshairs of Euro competition officials over music
2015 is fast turning into the year when European regulators get tougher on American tech giants, and Apple’s streaming music plans appear to be putting it alongside Facebook and Google in the European Commission’s crosshairs. At...
April 6, 2015
European Parliament votes for search-engine unbundling
As predicted, European politicians have voted in favour of breaking up Google. Without, as it turns out, actually mentioning Google by name at all. In a vote passed by 384 to 174, the European Parliament voted yesterday...
November 28, 2014
Online music videos to be age-classified in the UK from October
Won’t somebody think of the children? Oh, they have. The UK is set to introduce age ratings for online music videos this October, with a pilot scheme involving YouTube, Vevo, the three major labels and film-ratings body...
August 19, 2014
Why should the music industry care about the net neutrality debate?
That headline isn't meant to sound negative: the music industry should definitely care about this week's debate around net neutrality in the US, and what its implications may be for digital music services in the future. The...
January 16, 2014