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Uppbeat is the latest startup licensing music to YouTubers

British startup Uppbeat is the latest company promising to help YouTubers use music without fear of copyright strikes. It is launching with a catalogue of more than 900 tracks from artists, producers and composers, with...
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Audible Magic gets into B2B licensing with MediaNet deal

MediaNet is one of the longest established companies in the B2B digital music space, running services for other companies and brands. In 2016 it was bought by Canadian collecting society Socan as part of its drive into technology...
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Cyberpunk 2077 developer warns streamers over music

As music rightsholders step up the licensing pressure on livestreaming platforms like Twitch, game streamers on those services – and the developers of those games – are having to deal with the implications. For example,...
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Round Hill Music raises $291m music royalty fund

And still the money for investment firms to spend on music copyrights keeps flowing. Round Hill Music closed its third Round Hill Music Royalty Fund yesterday, with $291m to spend on “blue chip and classic songs that...
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Wixen Music Publishing sues Triller in $50m lawsuit

The latest copyright infringement lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing promises to be a biggie: it’s suing Triller for $50m, alleging that it has infringed more than 1,000 songs from the company’s catalogue. Billboard...
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Arguments over US songwriter streaming royalties kick off again

The good news for Spotify is that something other than its Discovery Mode is causing a stink today. The bad news for Spotify is that the something is the ongoing battle over new streaming royalties for songwriters set in...
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Tech firms want ‘strong copyright safe harbours’ in US/UK deal

With the UK ‘Brexiting’ the European Union, it’ll need a new trade deal with the US. Unsurprisingly, the big American internet companies have views on what that trade deal should require from the UK in terms...
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NMPA boss puts Twitch, Fortnite on livestream licensing notice

Twitch is having a difficult moment with copyright takedowns and demands for a platform-wide licensing deal, but the US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has its sights set on sync royalties for recorded livestreams...
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Livestreaming festival ‘Live From Out There’ has grossed $600k

Without wanting to go Jerry Maguire on you, the area of music livestreams is increasingly very much a ‘Show me the money!’ thing. Both in terms of the money being chased by publishers and collecting societies...
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US bodies explain why Twitch is suddenly getting takedowns

We’ve been writing about Twitch’s copyright-takedowns problem this month: a barrage of retrospective claims for past music use in videos archived on Amazon’s service, followed by news that Twitch will...
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Twitch will scan clips and delete ones with copyright music

Amazon’s live-video platform Twitch has been hit by a barrage of copyright takedown complaints in the last week, for clips (archived short clips from longer livestreams, which creators can show off on their channels)...
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Twitch users get retrospective claims for past music use

In yesterday’s bulletin, we covered the news that livestreaming platform Twitch has reminded users that DJ sets are among the “types of music content you may not use in Twitch streams or VODs”. We suggested...