Publishers sue fitness firm Peloton for copyright infringement
Fitness startup Peloton made headlines last August when it raised a $550m funding round, valuing the company at more than $4bn. It was relevant to our interests, because music has been intrinsic to Peloton’s online exercise-bike...
March 20, 2019
UN human-rights expert delivers warning about Article 13
There’s some new criticism of the proposed European copyright directive from an unexpected source: the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression. David Kaye holds that post, and he’s published his concerns...
March 13, 2019
NMPA posts ‘fact check’ on Spotify’s CRB-rates defence
The National Music Publishers Association *really* isn’t happy about Spotify’s recent blog post defending its decision to appeal the new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board. The NMPA published...
March 13, 2019
Creative bodies urge MEPs to adopt European copyright directive
The final push is on to persuade Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to either adopt the proposed new European copyright directive, or reject / change it (delete according to your side of the debate). Now more than...
March 11, 2019
NMPA boss on why he sees Spotify and Amazon as CRB villains
If Google and Pandora have joined Spotify in Amazon in appealing against the US Copyright Royalty Board’s recent decision to raise songwriting royalties for streaming services, why were Spotify and Amazon the main focus...
March 11, 2019
Publishers and streaming services square up over CRB rates
We don’t really want to talk about the dust ‘settling’ from last night’s news that Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon are appealing against the recent songwriter-royalty-rates decision by the US Copyright Royalty...
March 8, 2019
Google continues lobbying on European copyright directive
The next hurdle for the proposed new European copyright directive to become law – Article 13 included – is a vote by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) later this month. It’s clear that lobbying from all sides...
March 5, 2019
YouTube simplifies its Community Guidelines strikes system
While the dust continues to settle from the Article 13 battle in Europe – at least temporarily – YouTube has announced a revamp of how its Community Guidelines strikes work. This is the system by which channels get...
February 20, 2019
Report claims indie US creators earned $6.8bn online in 2018
A year ago, Music Ally reported on a study calculating the value of the ‘independent creator economy’ in the US, from an organisation called the Re:Create Coalition. It claimed that musicians, filmmakers, artists and...
February 19, 2019
Euro institutions agree new ‘platform-to-business’ regulations
Alongside the well-documented process for agreeing a text for a new copyright directive – Article 13 included – the three big European political institutions have also been working on another set of regulations that have...
February 18, 2019
European copyright directive agreed – now for more votes
The three main European political bodies – the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, and the European Commission – have agreed a final text for the proposed modernisation of copyright laws across the EU. “The...
February 14, 2019
Pitchfork calls TikTok ‘the great music meme scam’
Pitchfork spares no punches in its profile of social-video app TikTok, drawing an unflattering comparison between the value of its parent company Bytedance, and the level of royalties being paid to musicians for use of their...
February 13, 2019