Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud launch European lobbying coalition
Music-streaming services Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud are among the founder members of a new coalition that plans to represent the European digital music industry in Brussels. Streaming service Qobuz, B2B firm 7digital...
November 8, 2017
MelodyVR signs European collecting-society deals
British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has announced its latest set of deals this morning: with various European collecting societies. The agreements, covering use of songwriter copyrights in MelodyVR’s upcoming service,...
August 10, 2017
Facebook recruiting music publishing biz-dev manager for EMEA
Facebook’s music-licensing ambitions continue, with news that the social network is recruiting a music publishing business development manager for the EMEA region. The London-based role requires someone who is “passionate...
August 3, 2017
SACEM boss talks YouTube, blockchain and user-centric streaming royalties
At a recent event organised by collecting society PRS for Music, MEP Mary Honeyball noted that the debate around copyright reform and the ‘value gap’ has split the European Parliament like never before. “We have...
July 17, 2017
Music rightsholders attack ‘complete tomfoolery’ of YouTube
"There is a massive contradiction in the messages they are giving out... It is complete tomfoolery." BASCA chairman Crispin Hunt was speaking at an event held in London last night by British collecting society PRS for...
June 30, 2017
Google fined $2.7bn by European Commission in antitrust ruling
Earlier this month, we reported on an anticipated antitrust ruling by the European Commission over whether Google had abused its search dominance to promote its Google Shopping over rival services. “Google could be facing...
June 28, 2017
Is the ‘value gap’ debate anywhere near a resolution? (#midem)
Yesterday, we reported on a Midem panel providing the European perspective on the debate about YouTube, safe harbour legislation and the ‘value gap’. Today there was a panel billed as “round two” – although still...
June 8, 2017
The European perspective on music’s ‘value gap’ (#midem)
The music industry’s arguments about the ‘value gap’ tend to be summarised as ‘rightsholders versus YouTube’. While that’s often the case, there are wider issues in play here around how internet safe-harbour...
June 7, 2017
Life as a young European indie label in 2017 (#midem)
We’re pleased that independent labels are getting stage time at this year’s Midem conference. The latest example was a session this morning of young European labels sharing their experiences. Andreas Ryser of Mouthwatering...
June 7, 2017
EC’s Martine Reicherts talks Europe and music (#midem)
Brussels has long held a magnetic draw for music companies and their representative bodies, and technology companies alike. From copyright-reform lobbying to funding schemes, Europe remains a hive of activity. Today, the...
June 7, 2017
EC responds to Spotify / Deezer complaints on Apple / Google
Earlier this month, Spotify and Deezer signed a letter to the European Commission alleging that big internet platforms like Apple and Google “can and do abuse their privileged position” as the gatekeepers of app stores...
May 11, 2017
Spotify and Deezer back regulatory crackdown on Apple and Google
Long-simmering discontent among pureplay streaming services about some of the terms and conditions of operating within the apps ecosystems of Apple and Google is bubbling back out into the open this week. Spotify and Deezer...
May 5, 2017