UK government clarifies post-Brexit touring arrangements; #LetTheMusicMove pressure group underwhelmed
Partially due to the impact of the pandemic, the UK has still not experienced the full implications of Brexit – which officially began in January. Since then, there has been deep consternation amongst touring artists...
August 5, 2021
EU Court of Justice ruling goes YouTube’s way on infringement
The long-running debate over YouTube and ‘safe harbours’ for internet platforms that let users upload content isn’t going to be settled any time soon. However, a new ruling from the European Union’s...
June 23, 2021
Deadline arrives for EU implementation of copyright directive
Call us naive in the ways of European legislation if you like, but this seems bizarre. Yesterday was the deadline for European Union member states to implement the bloc’s new copyright directive, so the European Commission published...
June 8, 2021
European Commission to review TikTok’s consumer policies
There may be more regulatory trouble for TikTok ahead, thanks to an announcement by the European Commission. It has launched “a formal dialogue” with ByteDance’s social app to “review its commercial...
June 1, 2021
British artists criticise UK government over Brexit mess
Musicians in the UK are still angry about the lack of a deal to help them avoid increased costs and red tape when touring Europe, after Brexit. A number of them have written an open letter to the British government lambasting...
January 21, 2021
Aim calls for UK / EU cooperation to resolve Brexit mess
Anger is still reverberating around the British music industry about the costs and red tape musicians will face touring in Europe following Brexit. News that Brits running training seminars on the continent wouldn’t...
January 13, 2021
UK music industry enraged by post-Brexit touring revelation
“Immigration arrangements for members of the armed forces, musicians and other performers are completely unchanged, and those routes will operate as they do now,” said the UK’s home secretary Priti Patel...
January 11, 2021
Tech body CCIA criticises the European Copyright Directive
US tech-industry body the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) counts Amazon, Facebook, Google and Pandora among its members. It’s also, perhaps not entirely surprisingly, not a fan of the European...
February 11, 2020
UK government won’t implement the European Copyright Directive
British music-industry bodies played an important role in the lobbying process leading up to last year’s European Copyright Directive, including its Article 13 (which became Article 17 in the final legislation) section...
January 27, 2020
EU study reveals music has seen the sharpest decline in piracy
The good news in 2019 about piracy has been that it’s declining for music. The latest evidence comes from a study published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) examining consumption of copyright-infringing...
December 5, 2019
EU report highlights the sharp decline in music piracy
Music Ally is long enough in the tooth (17 years old!) to remember the days of doom and gloom in the music industry, when piracy’s growth seemed (to many people, at least) to be unstoppable. So it’s worth taking a moment...
October 31, 2019
Euro copyright directive sparks Google change in France… for news
This week, Music Ally got a notification from Google that from late October, text snippets, video previews and thumbnail images from our website will not be shown in search results in France. We haven’t done anything...
September 27, 2019