US regulator to toughen up its rules on influencer marketing
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to be preparing for another crackdown on shady influencer marketing. Commissioner Rohit Chopra has published a statement that suggests the current regulations there need to...
February 13, 2020
FTC to examine past acquisitions of big US tech companies
Whenever Apple buys a startup not big enough to ping any regulatory radars, it has a standard statement that it gives to journalists requesting comment on the acquisition: “Apple buys smaller companies from time to time,...
February 12, 2020
Chinese authorities suspend Tencent Music antitrust probe
Tencent Music’s share price enjoyed an upwards bump yesterday, as news broke that China’s State Administration of Market Regulation had suspended an investigation into the company’s licensing strategy. The probe began...
February 6, 2020
UK watchdog threatens StubHub with court action over website
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has long been a thorn in the side of secondary ticketing firm Viagogo. Now it’s also training its sights on StubHub, the company that Viagogo is in the process of buying...
January 30, 2020
Pro Music Rights extends streaming lawsuits beyond Spotify
In November 2019, we reported on the latest lawsuit filed against Spotify by music rightsholders: Sosa Entertainment and its sister firm Pro Music Rights. Sosa was claiming that it had not been paid the full royalties for...
January 29, 2020
House antitrust chairman David Cicilline talks Big Tech
We reported earlier this month on Sonos CEO Patrick Spence’s testimony before the US House’s Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, outlining his company’s complaints against Google and Amazon....
January 24, 2020
Recording Academy fallout continues as Dugan complaint published
Is there any way that this week’s Grammy Awards can NOT be overshadowed by the fallout from Recording Academy boss Deborah Dugan being placed on administrative leave? Given yesterday’s developments, surely not. Dugan...
January 22, 2020
Google boss: ‘Artificial intelligence needs to be regulated’
The artificial intelligence technology being developed by companies including Google needs to be regulated… thinks the CEO of Google (and now also its parent company Alphabet) Sundar Pichai. He published a guest column...
January 21, 2020
Music industry victorious in Cox Communications lawsuit
US rightsholders and industry bodies got an early Christmas present yesterday: victory in the long-running copyright infringement lawsuit involving ISP Cox Communications. A US District Court jury ruled in favour of the major...
December 20, 2019
Live Nation tipped to face Department of Justice investigation
Live Nation’s shares have endured a bit of a buffeting after reports that the company is facing an investigation from the US Department of Justice. The central issue, according to the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles...
December 16, 2019
What do YouTube’s new harassment policies mean for music?
Spend any amount of time digging in to the comments on any public figure’s social-media accounts, and you’ll quickly realise it’s not all wonderful #engagement with fans. In fact, it can often be a cesspit. This is...
December 12, 2019