Labels sue ISP RCN for enabling copyright infringement
In one sense, lawsuits by music rightsholders against ISPs around the music-piracy habits of their customers feel like a relic from The Bad Years of our industry’s recent history. Actually, though, they’ve been a factor...
August 29, 2019
Copyright hub ICE has paid out more than €1bn of digital royalties
ICE, the copyright hub co-founded by collecting societies PRS for Music, Gema and Stim, has announced a new milestone this morning: more than €1bn of digital royalties paid out to societies and publishers. That first billion...
August 27, 2019
The mysterious tale of disappearing viral hit ‘Omae Wa Mou’
It’s not entirely accurate to describe deadman死人’s track ‘Omae Wa Mou’ as having disappeared: you can still easily find it on YouTube. But Rolling Stone has published an excellent analysis of the track’s TikTok-fuelled...
August 19, 2019
YouTube manual-claiming copyright tool gets more changes
The news that YouTube is making changes to the way its copyright-claims process works for music used in videos sounds like big news, but the caveat in this case is that the changes apply to ‘manual’ claims. That’s as...
August 16, 2019
DSPs and NMPA filings are in over new CRB royalty rates
Breaking news: there isn’t just one appeal against the new songwriter-royalty rates proposed by the Copyright Royalty Board in the US. The one from Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon we all know about – it was officially...
August 16, 2019
Amid TikTok dispute, Bytedance hired ICE’s head of rights & repertoire
TikTok has referred licensing hub ICE and its three founders – PRS for Music, GEMA and STIM – to the UK’s Copyright Tribunal, in a dispute over licensing terms. The social app will have some expert help in its corner,...
August 1, 2019
Believe using ACRCloud to spot fake music before it’s distributed
Believe is the latest distributor to reveal how it plans to crack down on anyone attempting to upload other artists’ already-copyrighted music to digital music services through its pipeline. Believe has chosen Chinese firm...
July 16, 2019
YouTube adds new requirement for manual Content ID claims
YouTube’s Content ID copyright-protection system has long been a target of criticism not from music rightsholders, but from ‘creators’ on the platform. Now YouTube is making a change that it hopes will tackle the issues...
July 10, 2019
NMPA-backed consortium wins race to be the US’ new MLC
The keenly (and very publicly) fought race to oversee the US’ new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has been won by the consortium led by publishing bodies the NMPA, NSAI and SONA. The group prevailed over the rival...
July 8, 2019
Publishers slam Peloton over its copyright-infringement defence
Fitness startup Peloton’s decision to respond to music publishers’ copyright-infringement lawsuit with a counter-claim alleging anti-competitive behaviour has – and you may wish to sit down for this bombshell – not...
June 27, 2019
Indian Copyright Amendment Rules go against recent Wynk ruling
A recent high court ruling in India for a case involving streaming service Wynk Music seemed to make it clear that the country’s statutory licensing system for radio and TV broadcasters did *not* also apply to music-streaming...
June 19, 2019
Study asks Harvard lawyers for their attitudes towards piracy
What do “elite upcoming lawyers from around the world” really think about file-sharing and copyright? A new study based on a survey of international LL.M. (Masters of Law) students at Harvard University has been trying...
June 10, 2019