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...
February 20, 2017
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...
January 3, 2017
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...
December 6, 2016
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...
November 29, 2016
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...
November 24, 2016
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....
November 21, 2016
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...
November 9, 2016
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...
November 9, 2016
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...
October 25, 2016
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...
October 10, 2016
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...
September 27, 2016
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...
September 8, 2016