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Downtown and eOne: a $700m+ day in copyright acquisitions

One day; two acquisitions; and more than $700m spent on music companies and copyrights. Downtown’s sale of its copyrights to Concord and Hasbro’s sale of eOne’s music business to Blackstone are different...
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‘Single Ladies’ choreographer is copyrighting his dance moves

As things to put on your CV go, inventing the dance moves in Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ video is nigh-on unbeatable. Well, if you’re a choreographer it is, if not perhaps quite as useful for a builder or an accountant....
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TuneIn loses appeal in UK copyright infringement case

Radio aggregator TuneIn has lost its appeal in a copyright infringement case brought against the company in the UK by Sony Music and Warner Music. The original ruling, in November 2019, was mixed with the High Court ruling...
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Music bodies slam Twitter for ‘rampant theft of creative works’

Yesterday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (and his *sigh* bitcoin clock) made an appearance before a US House hearing about online extremism and misinformation. Copyright wasn’t the matter at hand, but a group of music industry...
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Global value of music copyright grew 7% to $31.6bn in 2019

Will Page used to be Spotify’s chief economist. Now he’s preparing to publish a book called Tarzan Economics, focusing on “principles for pivoting through disruption”. However, he’s also continuing...
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UK’s Intellectual Property Office surveys musicians on earnings

We’ve been covering the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, and the debates swirling around it about how much artists and songwriters earn. Now the UK’s Intellectual Property...
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YouTube launches ‘Checks’ tool to check videos for copyright

Content ID is well established as YouTube’s system for identifying copyrighted music in user-uploaded videos, and giving rightsholders the option to take them down, claim their ad revenues or leave them be. Now YouTube...
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Twitch transparency report focuses on safety, not copyright

When we saw headlines about Twitch publishing its first ever transparency report, our news antenna started pinging. Would this be a chance to get data on how many copyright takedowns the service has been hit by from music...
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Your Music Your Future teaches creators about copyright buyouts

Copyright buyouts, where composers and other musicians creating music for film and TV give up their future royalty rights and accept a one-off fee instead, are currently a very sensitive subject in music circles. Now collecting...
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Copyright scanning startup Pex raises $57m funding round

We profiled Pex in March last year: the startup has developed technology to scan, fingerprint and index audio and video on a swathe of video streaming services and social apps. It has since shared some of its data on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook....
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Twitter under pressure from rightsholders to license music

Twitch has been under fire from music companies in recent months over its licensing status, but it’s got company. Twitter is firmly on the radar of labels and publishers alike in the US, with a Billboard piece suggesting that...
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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...