UK MPs weigh in over ‘platform or publisher?’ debate
The UK’s House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published an interim report exploring the threats to democracy posed by ‘fake news’ and hyper-targeted advertising designed to swing election...
July 30, 2018
Google Assistant tops VC firm’s voice-assistant ‘IQ’ test
Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the smartest smart-speaker of them all? This is no fairytale: it’s a study by venture-capital firm Loup Ventures of the relative ‘IQs’ of the main voice assistants: Google Assistant,...
July 26, 2018
Even with $5bn EC fine Alphabet posted a $3.2bn net profit in Q2
The European Commission recently hit Google with a $5bn fine for anti-competitive behaviour around its Android platform, although the company is planning to appeal. How much would the fine hurt its parent company Alphabet...
July 24, 2018
Google fined $5bn by EC for Android anti-competitive behaviour
The sight of Google being slapped with a multi-billion-dollar fine by European regulators will undoubtedly cheer up some music rightsholders, but what implications might it have for the industry? The European Commission...
July 19, 2018
Report: mobile app and game spending up 27.8% year-on-year
Research firm SensorTower has published its latest figures on the mobile apps and games industry, and they suggest strong growth even though we’re now a decade in to the modern apps era. “App Store and Google Play users...
July 17, 2018
100m smart speakers expected to be in use by end of 2018
Research firm Canalys has published the latest report predicting the growth of the smart-speakers market, and there’s a big, round number attached to it. “Canalys expects the smart speaker installed base will approach...
July 10, 2018
European copyright vote stalls progress of Article 13
If this week has felt like a bit too much European policymaking at the top of this bulletin, apologies. But the debate around the draft Copyright Directive, and particularly its Article 13, is something that’s being watched...
July 6, 2018
Article 13 lobbying goes up to the wire – so what next?
Today sees the crucial European Parliament vote on the proposed new EU Copyright Directive, including the ‘Article 13’ that’s been the focus of so much attention for the music industry. Lobbying around the proposed...
July 5, 2018
Google says it has demoted 65k pirate sites in search results
The music industry hasn’t been alone in wanting Google to do more about links to piracy sites appearing in its search results. But labels and representative bodies did play a significant role in Google’s moves towards...
July 2, 2018
Pressure builds ahead of European vote on safe harbour
Music rightsholders in Europe are preparing for the latest stage of lobbying in the debate over safe-harbour reform – ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament next week. PRS for Music is flagging up a ‘Make...
June 29, 2018
Marketers “losing” audiences on Facebook and Google after GDPR
If you are in Europe, by now, you’ll have had to wade through a billion (approx.) emails about what GDPR means for you. Or else you’ll have been the person sending out emails on behalf of your company about what GDPR...
June 19, 2018
YouTube Music rolls out: ‘Leading with audio is the key for us’
YouTube Music Premium, the new subscription tier for Google’s video service, is launching fully in 17 countries today, including 12 additional markets to the five that were announced in May. The UK, Germany, France,...
June 18, 2018