Report 419: The 40 Trends of 2018
“May you live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese curse. The music industry has certainly done that, through the last two decades of digital disruption. Typical to form, 2018 was very interesting indeed. For our...
December 20, 2018
Artists and music bodies say Brexit is ‘significant threat’ to UK music industry
As Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels to seek more concessions over the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the European Union, a group of artists and music-industry bodies has come out strongly against Brexit's...
December 11, 2018
YouTube CEO says Article 13 is a threat to creator livelihoods
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has criticised the European Parliament’s recent vote to approve the Article 13 section of the proposed new European copyright directive, and suggested that the legislation could force her company...
October 22, 2018
European Parliament approves video-streaming local-content quota
The European Parliament has voted in favour of new rules for ‘audiovisual media services’ – meaning broadcasters but also on-demand video platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and Facebook. The...
October 5, 2018
Mobility of artists key to Impala’s post-Brexit recommendations
Independent body Impala has been debating the potential impact on music from the UK’s upcoming exit from the European Union – aka ‘Brexit’. It has published a list of recommendations for the cultural sectors,...
October 3, 2018
Spotify and Deezer lobby for EU ‘platform-to-business’ law
The new European copyright directive has a few steps to go before becoming law yet, but there’s another piece of in-progress European legislation to keep an eye on. It’s called the ‘platform-to-business’ law (P2B...
September 26, 2018
Digital Music Europe calls for more regulation of big-tech platforms
Europe's new copyright directive - Article 13 and all that - isn't the only way legislators are getting involved in some of the big debates around the music industry.
September 18, 2018
Article 13 passed by European Parliament – what happens next?
As we reported yesterday, the European Parliament voted to pass the much-discussed Article 13 of its European Copyright Directive yesterday, with 438 MEPs voting in favour of the article focused on internet platforms and...
September 13, 2018
Article 13 approved by European Parliament by 438 votes to 226
MEPs have voted to pass the much-discussed Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive. Of the 751 politicians voting on the directive today in Strasbourg, 438 voted in favour, 226 against and 39 abstained. The news...
September 12, 2018
Music bodies make final push ahead of Article 13 vote today
Today’s the day for the crucial vote in the European Parliament on copyright reform, including the much-discussed Article 13 – which is being presented by music bodies as the means to fix the ‘value gap’ between music...
September 12, 2018
GEMA survey claims 87% of Europeans support copyright protection
As we move towards the pivotal vote on European copyright reform, the lobbying is intensifying. German collecting society GEMA published the results of a survey that it commissioned on European citizens’ attitudes towards...
September 10, 2018
EC to set new quotas for European content on video services
The European Commission is set to require video-streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to make at least 30% of their content in Europe, while also giving European shows ‘prominence and visibility’ on their...
September 5, 2018