Triller gets a licensing deal with pan-Euro licensing hub Ice
Triller has been making the most of TikTok’s recent troubles, poaching creators, trumpeting its user growth and even pitching itself in the US as “a form of patriotic capitalism”. But with that higher profile has come...
October 2, 2020
Facebook warns that it could pull out of Europe altogether
American TikTokers have been grappling with the existential (in app terms) question of what they'd do if the app was banned. Now imagine the rumpus if Facebook and Instagram were suddenly unavailable across the whole of Europe. It...
September 22, 2020
Music bodies protest latest Article 17 developments in Europe
It almost feels quaint to think back to a time when the passage of Europe's new Copyright Directive felt like an all-consuming, existential issue, given the horrors that 2020 has inflicted on us so far. It was clear at...
September 11, 2020
EUCJ advocate general opines on YouTube copyright liability
Here's something to make the average music rightsholder spit their cornflakes across the room in shock: an official European Union document spelling out that "online platform operators, such as YouTube and Uploaded, are...
July 17, 2020
EC launches antitrust investigation including voice assistants
2020 appears to be the year of European Commission antitrust investigations affecting Apple's music operations, although the latest one will also be training its sights on Amazon and Google too. The Commission has launched...
July 17, 2020
Notes from Spotify’s Zoom call to discuss Apple antitrust investigation
Earlier today, the European Commission launched two formal antitrust investigations of Apple, including one spurred in part by Spotify's complaint to the EC last year. This afternoon, Spotify held a Zoom call for journalists...
June 16, 2020
EC launches formal antitrust investigations of Apple – one sparked by Spotify complaint
In March 2019, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission, accusing the latter company of anticompetitive behaviour in the way it managed its App Store and in-app purchases. 15 months on, the EC...
June 16, 2020
Impala publishes 10-step ‘recovery roadmap’ for music in Europe
European indie body Impala has published its latest thoughts on the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the music industry. It’s a ten-step ‘recovery roadmap’ that sets out what it would like to see governments...
April 29, 2020
European music orgs call for more pandemic-tackling investment
A collective of 40 European music bodies are calling for the European Union and also national governments to deliver more support to the music industry and its creators, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “In...
April 3, 2020
Huawei Music claims 160m monthly users, as it launches in Europe
Back in November 2018, we wrote about Chinese technology firm Huawei’s claim that its Huawei Music streaming service had 100 million monthly active users – a surprise to many people in the west who hadn’t been following...
April 1, 2020
Forget Eurovision: Europe now has an AI Song Contest too
We’re already looking forward to May, and the annual Eurovision Song Contest (aka ‘The Day When Non-Europeans Log On To Twitter And Wonder What The Hell Is Going On’). But while we wait, there’s another pan-European...
January 28, 2020
YouTube meeting EU governments to talk Article 17 implementation
It’s no secret that the approval of the European Union’s new copyright directive was not the end of the lobbying (and arguments) around its section covering user-uploaded-content platforms and copyright. Article 17...
November 22, 2019