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
Disney+ arrives in UK and other European countries in March
Last week we noted the announcement of a March 2020 launch date for Disney’s new video-streaming service Disney+ in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, but there’s more to say about this. Particularly relating...
November 11, 2019
Reeperbahn Festival day one: Copyright, Brexit and more
Authenticity, Copyright law, and - oh yes - Brexit were all on the agenda during the first day of conference sessions at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. In an era where perceived authenticity counts for so much, songwriters...
September 20, 2019
Apple says only 680k Spotify subscribers use in-app purchases
Apple has officially responded to the European Commission, as the latter weighs up whether to launch an investigation based on Spotify’s anti-competition complaint earlier this year. It’s interesting to see the different...
June 25, 2019
European Parliament backs continent-wide ticket-bot ban
Sorry, make that *three* pieces of new legislation in Europe that have implications for the music industry. Alongside the new copyright directive and new platform-to-business regulations, there’s also a crackdown afoot...
April 18, 2019