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...
April 20, 2016
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...
April 19, 2016
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...
April 19, 2016
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...
March 22, 2016
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’...
November 16, 2015
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...
October 28, 2015
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...
October 7, 2015
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...
September 25, 2015
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’...
July 10, 2015
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...
June 26, 2015
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...
June 17, 2015