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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...