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...
January 19, 2021
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...
January 12, 2021
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,...
December 11, 2020
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...
November 19, 2020
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...
November 19, 2020
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...
November 4, 2020
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...
July 6, 2020
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...
June 18, 2020
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...
June 18, 2020
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...
June 16, 2020
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)...
June 12, 2020