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Not every YouTuber agrees with YouTube about Article 13

We’ve covered YouTube’s recent comments on the Article 13 section of the proposed new European copyright directive, as well as music industry bodies’ responses to those comments.
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Music rights orgs hit back at YouTube over Article 13

Startling fact of the day: music-industry bodies aren’t entirely happy with YouTube’s latest thoughts on the Article 13 section of Europe’s proposed new copyright directive.
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UMG sues poker website over unlicensed music in podcasts

Gambling-focused website PokerNews is on the wrong end of a lawsuit from a group of Universal Music’s labels, alleging wilful copyright infringement. How does a site about poker news infringe music copyrights? The issue...
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Royalty Exchange sued by investor over breach of contract in $420,000 deal

Royalty Exchange, the broker/marketplace to connect owners of copyrights with private investors, is being sued by Ryan Stotland who invested $420,000 to take 100% ownership of the recording and publishing rights in five albums...
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NMPA lambasts ALI’s Copyright Restatement Project as “written by extremist anti-copyright lawyers”

The National Music Publishers’ Association has come out swinging against the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Copyright Restatement Project (which could be considered for adoption by the Council of the American Law Institute),...
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IFPI head talks EU Copyright Directive, China, Africa and if labels are still necessary (spoiler: she thinks they are)

IFPI CEO Frances Moore has been in the job for eight years now and spoke to Billboard about the organisation’s biggest concerns (yes, the “value gap”/EU Copyright Directive is high among them) and where the next waves...
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Report 418: Article of faith

This report looks at the aftermath of the recent Article 13 vote in the European Parliament. We’ve talked to several of the music bodies who were most involved in the lobbying process to find out what they think the...
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Industry cheers as Music Modernization Act is signed into law in US

It is no surprise that the music business has been cheering the Music Modernization Act as it was signed into law by President Trump yesterday.
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$321.3m copyright infringement case against Spotify continues

Bluewater Music Services Corp. has been given the go-ahead to continue its copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify, despite the streaming service’s attempt to get the case struck down. A Tennessee federal court denied...
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RIAA criticises new US trade agreement with Mexico and Canada

President Trump was certainly happy with the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal that he announced yesterday, describing it as “one of the most advanced trade deals” in the world that’s “truly...
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Music Modernization Act approved by House of Representatives

Nobody is counting chickens just yet when it comes to the Music Modernization Act, given that its final hurdle to become law is President Trump’s signature. But music-industry bodies are confident that there won’t be...
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Last-minute negotiations see Music Modernization Act passed

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t just one of the greatest football managers of all-time: he also came up with some of the best soundbites. Particularly “squeaky bum time” – the phrase he...