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Spotify and Warner Chappell settle their dispute in India

Spotify’s launch in India last year was marred by a licensing dispute with Warner Chappell, in which Spotify argued that it could use a statutory licence designed for broadcasters to cover its use of the publisher’s...
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Composer Kerry Muzzey tweets tangled tale of Chinese licensing problems

If you want an insight into some of the challenges for composers in 2020, grab a large cup of tea and settle down to read this Twitter thread from Kerry Muzzey, whose music has been used by a number of high-profile TV shows....
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Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019

This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
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Rolling Stones rarities seen as copyright-extension tactic

Rolling Stones fans – at least, those camping out on YouTube in the final hours of 2019 – got an unexpected treat on 31 December. More than 75 rare tracks popped up on Google’s video service on the Stones’ and catalogue...
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TikTok says it received 3,345 copyright takedown notices in 2019

Right at the end of 2019, TikTok published its first ‘transparency report’ on requests from governments, law-enforcement and copyright holders for takedowns and other actions. It’s a familiar publication for other...
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Taylor Swift: ‘We’re working off of an antiquated contractual system’

Taylor Swift’s latest interview (with Billboard) sees her talking about the music industry’s approach to rights ownership. It won’t surprise you, given recent events, to find out she thinks change is needed. “We...
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Labels AND TuneIn can appeal UK High Court’s copyright decision

In early November, the UK’s High Court delivered a ruling in a copyright lawsuit involving major labels and radio-aggregator TuneIn which saw both sides claim victory. As we reported at the time, on one issue in the lawsuit...
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Row over ALI ‘Restatement of Copyright’ rumbles on in the US

A long-running argument about an American legal organisation’s desire to ‘clarify, modernise, and otherwise improve’ copyright legislation in the US is making headlines again. Some of the details of what’s being done...
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Audiam has collected $120m of royalties for clients in four years

Rights-management firm Audiam has published some new figures about its business, including the fact that it has collected more than $120m of royalties for its clients over the last four years. What’s more, the company...
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Tech-industry bodies unhappy with copyright-legislation trends

Shock news! Some organisations representing the technology industry aren’t happy with the European Copyright Directive – or similar legislation around the world. Two bodies, the Computer & Communications Industry...
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Reprtoir launches works-management software for publishers

Music Ally spotted French startup Reprtoir back in September 2017, with its plans to launch “a breakthrough online music industry platform that lets artists, producers, labels and publishers administer, license,...
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UK High Court offers mixed ruling on TuneIn copyright lawsuit

The UK’s High Court has delivered its ruling on Warner Music and Sony Music’s copyright-infringement case against online-radio firm TuneIn. As is often the way of these things, both sides have claimed victory....