UK bars gambling firms from advertising on piracy sites
Music Ally readers will be familiar with the ‘follow the money’ approach to tackling online piracy – rare in that it’s something Google and music rightsholders agree on and, indeed, collaborate on.
July 14, 2016
French Hadopi agency has sent out 5m copyright warnings
Despite longstanding rumours that French anti-piracy body Hadopi would be shut down, it remains in place, sending out copyright warnings to alleged infringers. And in fact, June 2015 was its most active month since the initiative...
July 21, 2015
Beatport takes on SoundCloud with stream embeds – and royalties
Dance site Beatport launched an early version of its streaming service earlier this year, but now it’s stepping up its activity – with SoundCloud squarely in its sights. Yesterday, Beatport launched an embeddable player,...
June 24, 2015
Australian anti-piracy measures move closer to becoming law
It has been brewing for a while and a bill was introduced in March, now it seems Australia’s anti-piracy legislative measures are well on their way to be implement in law. Key to the measures will be the ability of rightsholders...
June 12, 2015
Leaked Apple Music contract “pretty standard” but free three-month trial draws heat from A2IM
There was inevitable web-centric hysteria earlier this week when Digital Music News leaked a contract apparently give to an indie label that suggested it would get a 58% rate from Apple Music. DMN contrasted this with the...
June 12, 2015
Rithm relaunches as a streaming/messaging app hybrid
Here’s our problem – no, actually, here’s THE problem – with music messaging apps. They’re all starting from an install base of zero, without the tens of millions of users of a big streaming music service, or the...
April 7, 2015
Many cyberlocker sites have seen traffic slide since October
Last October, a change to Google’s search algorithm started downranking sites that had generated lots of piracy takedown notices – a long-anticipated tweak by rightsholders. At the time, we noted that one rapid result...
March 9, 2015
Spotify exec: free users will monetise as well as subscribers
It’s no secret that Spotify – and the rightsholders it pays – makes significantly more money from a paying subscriber than it does from a free user. Could that change in time, though? The company’s VP of North American...
February 26, 2015
Anti-piracy firm Rightscorp facing ‘robocalls’ lawsuit
Rightscorp is one of the companies building a business tackling piracy on behalf of music, film and other creative industries’ rightsholders – including by identifying people suspected of illegal downloads, and pursuing...
February 25, 2015
Pirate Party MEP lays out ideas for EU copyright reform
Some rightsholders may scoff at the idea of a Pirate Party politician drafting new copyright legislation for Europe.
January 30, 2015
Spotify loses Jason Aldean album but gets Quincy Jones’ backing
Spotify will be hoping the current Taylor Swift debate doesn’t lead to a number of other artists following suit by pulling individual albums or whole back catalogues. One who’s taking the former move is country...
November 17, 2014
Disney patent hints at piracy-shunning search engine
Music and movie rightsholders regularly encourage Google to scrub more piracy sites out of its search engine results. Now Disney may be exploring the feasibility of building this kind of technology itself. TorrentFreak reports...
November 4, 2014