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Publishers sue fitness firm Peloton for copyright infringement

Fitness startup Peloton made headlines last August when it raised a $550m funding round, valuing the company at more than $4bn. It was relevant to our interests, because music has been intrinsic to Peloton’s online exercise-bike...
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UN human-rights expert delivers warning about Article 13

There’s some new criticism of the proposed European copyright directive from an unexpected source: the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression. David Kaye holds that post, and he’s published his concerns...
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NMPA posts ‘fact check’ on Spotify’s CRB-rates defence

The National Music Publishers Association *really* isn’t happy about Spotify’s recent blog post defending its decision to appeal the new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board. The NMPA published...
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Creative bodies urge MEPs to adopt European copyright directive

The final push is on to persuade Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to either adopt the proposed new European copyright directive, or reject / change it (delete according to your side of the debate). Now more than...
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NMPA boss on why he sees Spotify and Amazon as CRB villains

If Google and Pandora have joined Spotify in Amazon in appealing against the US Copyright Royalty Board’s recent decision to raise songwriting royalties for streaming services, why were Spotify and Amazon the main focus...
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Publishers and streaming services square up over CRB rates

We don’t really want to talk about the dust ‘settling’ from last night’s news that Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon are appealing against the recent songwriter-royalty-rates decision by the US Copyright Royalty...
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Google continues lobbying on European copyright directive

The next hurdle for the proposed new European copyright directive to become law – Article 13 included – is a vote by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) later this month. It’s clear that lobbying from all sides...
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YouTube simplifies its Community Guidelines strikes system

While the dust continues to settle from the Article 13 battle in Europe – at least temporarily – YouTube has announced a revamp of how its Community Guidelines strikes work. This is the system by which channels get...
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Report claims indie US creators earned $6.8bn online in 2018

A year ago, Music Ally reported on a study calculating the value of the ‘independent creator economy’ in the US, from an organisation called the Re:Create Coalition. It claimed that musicians, filmmakers, artists and...
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Euro institutions agree new ‘platform-to-business’ regulations

Alongside the well-documented process for agreeing a text for a new copyright directive – Article 13 included – the three big European political institutions have also been working on another set of regulations that have...
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European copyright directive agreed – now for more votes

The three main European political bodies – the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, and the European Commission – have agreed a final text for the proposed modernisation of copyright laws across the EU. “The...
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Pitchfork calls TikTok ‘the great music meme scam’

Pitchfork spares no punches in its profile of social-video app TikTok, drawing an unflattering comparison between the value of its parent company Bytedance, and the level of royalties being paid to musicians for use of their...