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Report 418: Article of faith

This report looks at the aftermath of the recent Article 13 vote in the European Parliament. We’ve talked to several of the music bodies who were most involved in the lobbying process to find out what they think the...
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Grooveshark hits back at Daniel Ek over piracy claim

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek mentioned Grooveshark in his blog post about Taylor Swift and artist complaints about streaming yesterday. The US firm is NOT happy to have been singled out. “Copyright laws are complex, and many companies...
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New MP3Tunes ruling reduces punitive damages for Michael Robertson

Did you think we’d seen the last of the long-running legal battle between MP3Tunes and labels? Pfft. As is the way of these things, the verdict – which went against the cloud-locker service and its founder Michael...
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Michelle Phan hits back at Ultra Records lawsuit

We reported yesterday on dance label Ultra Records suing one of YouTube’s most recognisable figures: beauty expert Michelle Phan. Now her legal advisers have released a statement claiming the label’s copyright...
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US rightsholders keen to upgrade criminality of unauthorised streaming

Yesterday saw a House Judiciary Committee hearing in the US into unauthorised internet streaming, which the US government wants to upgrade from a misdemeanor offence to a felony. "It is clear that unauthorized copyrighted...
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Hadopi stats reveal more support for three-strikes than expected

French copyright protection body Hadopi has published some stats based on a survey of 1,500 people, which it says demonstrates broader support for the French government's graduated response regime than expected.
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Japan beefs up copyright laws

The Japanese parliament has passed an amendment to existing copyright laws that for the first time makes it illegal for private users to download copyrighted material that has been uploaded without the permission of the rights-holders.