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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....
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Blockchain streaming service Audius under scrutiny already

Music Ally reported on the launch of decentralised streaming service Audius in September, and wondered whether its “censorship-resistant” features (or as one report put it, ‘anti-takedown) might cause problems if people...
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Euro copyright directive sparks Google change in France… for news

This week, Music Ally got a notification from Google that from late October, text snippets, video previews and thumbnail images from our website will not be shown in search results in France. We haven’t done anything...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...