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UK rightsholders reach piracy deal with search engines

As predicted last week, search-engine owners have reached an agreement with rightsholders on a new ‘voluntary code of practice’ in the UK to tackle links to copyright-infringing content on their services. “Creative...
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Brits now streaming 1bn songs a week says BPI

British industry body the BPI has published its annual report on music consumption in the UK, reporting a 1.5% rise in 2016, using its metric of ‘album equivalent sales’. That involves dividing the total individual track...
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YouTube pays out $1bn in ad revenue to music industry in past year

Amid the politicking around the “value gap”, an old revenue figure of $3bn paid to music rightsholders since 2007 was commonly thrown around to prove that YouTube was either great for the music industry or terrible for...
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BPI boss Geoff Taylor on AI, music and the technological singularity

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI and Brit Awards, wrote this foreword for Music Ally and the BPI's recent Music's Smart Future report, addressing the potential of machine-learning, chatbots and artificial intelligence...
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AI could be the music industry’s next Napster moment – but much bigger

“It’s probably fair to say that AI will change the music industry and lots of other industries a lot more than the internet did.” Ed Newton-Rex, CEO of startup Jukedeck, set the tone at last night’s ‘Music’s...
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BPI launches ‘Innovation Hub’ to link music and tech

British music body the BPI is trying a new initiative to get music and tech companies in the same room – talking, not arguing. Its new ‘Innovation Hub’ will involve quarterly events with presentations and networking....
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BPI to hold artificial intelligence and music event

The BPI has announced the details of its next BPI Insight Sessions event, which will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) technology and its likely impact on the music industry. Chaired by Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley, the...
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Former BPI chairman says labels are ‘the ultimate filter’

You wouldn’t expect the former chairman of a labels body to say anything else, but Tony Wadsworth’s argument for why labels remain important in the era of Chance the Rapper is still worth reading. “Because so many people...
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BPI passes 250m Google takedown notices

An unwanted milestone for the BPI this week, as the British music body passed 250m takedown notices for infringing links sent to Google’s search engine. TorrentFreak reported that the BPI is sending 3m more notices to...
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British artists get £2.8m more music exports funding

The BPI has announced a relaunch of the music exports scheme it runs with the UK’s Department for International Trade, which will see £2.8m made available for musicians (via independent music companies, labels, distributors...
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Music industry bodies launch first stream-ripping lawsuit

Music industry bodies have been talking more openly about the danger they see in ‘stream-ripping’ sites that help people rip permanent downloads from streaming services like YouTube. Now they’re taking one such site...
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BPI boss talks streaming, globalisation and album exclusives

The BPI AGM in London yesterday (7th September) saw the British industry body's chief executive warn that global playlists could see the UK tumble down the global pecking order, while also sending a coded warning to labels...