2022: the year when ‘anti-woke’ culture wars met copyright reform
In an ideal world, copyright reform would be driven by expertise, collaboration and careful consideration of the impact of new technologies.
May 12, 2022
The Shape of You court case shows the importance of tracking your creative process (guest post)
This is a guest post from Ed Newton-Rex, founder of AI music composition platform Jukedeck (acquired by Bytedance), and now leads Product in Europe for TikTok.
March 23, 2022
Investment giant Pimco eyes music copyrights with BMG
Its alliance with KKR is well established, but now the Financial Times has reported a separate BMG deal with Pimco, another giant financial investor.
January 17, 2022
Chinese copyright body officially bans exclusive music deals
Stop us if you saw this one coming, but the National Copyright Administration of China has officially banned exclusive copyright licensing deals.
January 7, 2022
YouTube publishes first Copyright Transparency Report
YouTube has published its first Copyright Transparency Report, to explain more thoroughly how copyright enforcement works on the platform.
December 7, 2021
Copyright Royalty Board ups rates for non-interactive streams
This particular ruling relates to non-interactive music streams: webcasting or personal radio of the kind offered by Pandora and iHeartRadio in the US.
December 3, 2021
UK’s Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians) Bill revealed
The UK has emerged as a bellwether country for the debate around the music streaming economy and artists' earnings.
November 24, 2021
Global value of music copyright grew 2.7% to $32.5bn in 2020
Spotify chief economist Will Page publishes his annual 'Global Value of Music Copyright' analysis weaving three reports together.
November 17, 2021
Pex launches copyright liability service for digital platforms
Here's an interesting intervention in the long-running debate about how liable internet platforms should be for copyrighted content uploaded by their users.
October 22, 2021
XSET is latest firm to offer streamers ‘DMCA-free’ music
The trickle of companies launching music that game streamers can use in their broadcasts and on-demand videos without fear of copyright strikes is turning into a flood.
October 15, 2021
YouTube expands Copyright Match Tool to more rightsholders
YouTube's latest blog post about the European Copyright Directive is a mix of existing stats and nudges for local policymakers.
September 1, 2021
US songwriter groups at loggerheads with government and major labels over “frozen mechanicals”
We’ve seen in the UK how effective a grassroots artist campaign can be with #BrokenRecord, and now another to keep an eye on is the #FrozenMechanicals campaign, which appears to be slowly picking up steam. It’s a little...
August 5, 2021