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
Will Article 17 have unintended consequences for musicians?
The new European Copyright Directive, complete with its Article 17 (formerly 13) on liability for user-uploaded-content platforms, is about to be passed into law, and then transposed into the legislation of the EU’s member...
May 10, 2019
EU to formally investigate Apple following Spotify’s anti-trust complaint
It is a dispute that has been brewing for a long time and which went public in recent months. Now, according to the FT, the European Union is preparing to formally investigate Spotify-led anti-trust complaints about Apple...
May 7, 2019
European Copyright Directive approved by EU member states
The new European Copyright Directive cleared its final legislative hurdle – at the continental level – yesterday, as it was approved by the Council of the European Union. That’s the body of the EU’s member states,...
April 16, 2019
European copyright directive responses are, well, as expected
We fired out a quick alert yesterday with the news that the European Copyright Directive had been approved by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) by 348 votes to 274. Since then, reactions have been flooding in from...
March 27, 2019
Music and tech industries hold their breath for Article 13 vote
Today is crunch time – or more accurately, the latest crunch time in a series of crunch times – for the proposed new European copyright directive. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be voting this morning...
March 26, 2019
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...
March 11, 2019
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...
March 5, 2019