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News Corp files formal complaint with EC over Google

News Corp is battling Google again: this time with a formal complaint to the European Commission over how the search engine handles news content. “News Corp is concerned Google reinforces its dominance in general search...
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EU Google antitrust charges may come this week

The EU’s digital boss may have entered the debate about YouTube and music royalties, but Google is facing a major headache from another wing of the institution. According to the Financial Times, EU competition commissioner...
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SoundCloud secures European deal with Sony/ATV

SoundCloud’s global dealmaking continues as it works towards launching its new SoundCloud Go premium tier outside the US. Its latest agreement is with publisher Sony/ATV: a multi-territory agreement for Europe that extends...
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European study reveals content geo-blocking figures

The European Commission has released the first results of its research into ‘geo-blocking’ by digital services across Europe, including music. That refers to the process of blocking people in one country from accessing...
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Why safe harbour will be the music industry’s big battle in 2016

Never generalise about the technology and music industries being at loggerheads. Music Ally readers are thankfully well aware that it’s much more complex and nuanced than that. In 2015 there are plenty of ‘music people’...
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Spotify joins European Tech Alliance for EU lobbying

Spotify has joined mobile games firms King, Rovio and Supercell as well as a group of other tech firms to create a new body for lobbying European governments and the EU. The European Tech Alliance has as its president...
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Euro court rules safe harbour is invalid (but there’s a but)

The technology industry has been chewing over the implications of a ruling by the European Court of Justice that the current ‘safe harbour’ agreement between the EU and US is invalid. But this is a specific safe harbour...
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EC launches consultation on European safe-harbour legislation

When PRS for Music sued SoundCloud recently, at the heart of the case was the much bigger question of how safe-harbour legislation works in Europe, and the desire – shared by other music rightsholder bodies – that it...
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Study claims Italian piracy blocks increased traffic to sites

ISP-level blocks of piracy websites are increasingly common across Europe, but debate about how well they work continues to rage. A new study published in Italy comes out firmly on the side of ‘they don’t work at all’...
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Spotify expands discounted trial to other markets

Not for the first time, Spotify has been offering a massively discounted trial to potential consumers in the US – offering premium access to the service for three months for just $0.99. Elsewhere it was offering one month...
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PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA cleared to launch licensing hub

Three of the key collecting societies in Europe have been cleared to continue their plans to create a pan-European licensing and processing hub, following an investigation by the European Commission. PRS for Music, STIM and...
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Rdio to launch €3.99 ‘Select’ tier in Europe

Streaming service Rdio launched its $3.99 Rdio Select tier in the US in May, describing it as the “coach” class to the “business class” of fully on-demand services. It blends Pandora-style personal radio with limited...