Canadian collecting society Socan acquires Sodrac
Socan is getting its wallet out again: this time the collecting society has closed its acquisition of fellow Canadian organisation Sodrac (the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers). Socan...
August 1, 2018
Socan collected $352m to songwriters and publishers in 2017
Canadian collecting society Socan is the latest industry entity to reveal encouraging growth in 2017. It collected $352m in royalties for songwriters, composers and publishers last year, up 8% year-on-year which thus reflects...
June 21, 2018
Assembly offers dashboard for influencer-marketing campaigns
Influencer marketing is a growing area of marketing activity for labels, as they try to build buzz around artists by forging partnerships with (well, paying) influential online-video and social personalities. Now a Canadian...
July 19, 2017
Canada ruling could force Google to remove ‘illegal’ sites
Equustek hasn’t been on Music Ally’s radar before, as industrial automation solutions aren’t quite our editorial bag. However, a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada involving the company is making major waves in...
June 29, 2017
Copyright report dings Canada as piracy ‘safe haven’
Oh Canada! The liberal world continues to flutter its eyes at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but music and movie rightsholders aren’t so impressed with his country’s copyright regime. The latest ‘watch list’...
February 17, 2017
SoundExchange and SOCAN payouts set records in 2016
Figures for 2016 are coming in thick and fast, with US performance-royalties body SoundExchange and Canadian collecting society SOCAN both announcing their payout stats yesterday. SoundExchange saw its payouts grow by...
February 1, 2017
CISAC collected €7.5bn in music royalties last year
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has published its annual collections report, outlining the royalties it collected for creators in 2015. The total was €8.6bn, up 8.9% year-on-year....
November 28, 2016
Facebook Messenger getting chat-room feature
We’ve written a lot about Facebook Messenger’s billion-plus users and its chatbots functionality in recent months. Here’s something new though: a feature called Rooms which has soft-launched in Australia and Canada....
November 14, 2016
French e-tailer Cdiscount launches Cstream service
We knew this was coming as B2B firm 7digital flagged it in its recent trading update, but French online retailer Cdiscount has now launched a music-streaming service. Well, more than music: Cstream combines music, videos...
October 5, 2016
Instagram says it now has 500k advertisers
Instagram has announced that it now has more than 500,000 active advertisers on its platform. Strong growth, given that Facebook’s photo and video-sharing app only opened up its ads platform a year ago, and grew to 200,000...
September 26, 2016