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Artists threaten to boycott SiriusXM over its MMA lobbying

US satellite-radio service SiriusXM has been coming under sustained fire for its lobbying around the proposed Music Modernization Act legislation, which this week has reached a crucial stage in its passage through the US...
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Viagogo sues Kilimanjaro Live over ticket cancellations

The already-heated debate around secondary ticketing in the UK has stepped up a notch: secondary firm Viagogo is suing promoter Kilimanjaro Live for its recent cancellations of Ed Sheeran tickets resold through the platform. Viagogo...
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UK broadcasters call for more regulation of internet firms

In a year of enhanced scrutiny of internet companies, the latest example is a group of British broadcasters lobbying for Facebook, Google and Twitter to face more regulation by a new watchdog created specifically for the...
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Tencent / NetEase affected as Chinese government cracks down on gaming

Here’s a story that’s only just getting picked up in the west: the Chinese government has not approved the release of any new paid games in the country since March, nor has it approved any new free games to use in-game...
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The UK’s competition watchdog is taking Viagogo to court

The UK is currently the bellwether country for some interesting changes to the way the secondary-ticketing market works, not to mention how regulators and legislators approach it.
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BMG secures settlement from ISP Cox over copyright case

BMG and American ISP Cox Communications have settled their legal battle over whether the ISP was liable for ‘contributory copyright infringement’.
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Apple expected to gain EC approval of its Shazam acquisition

Apple announced that it was buying music-recognition app Shazam in December 2017, but by April 2018 the deal was still on ice after the European Commission launched an investigation into the proposed acquisition.
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European indies say Sony’s acquisition of EMI “has to be blocked”

As Sony Music Publishing moves to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, European independent trade body Impala says a deal on this scale – and the market consolidation it will deliver – must be stopped. It has...
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Guvera investor with Alzheimer’s to be repaid $6.6m

The collapse of Australian music-streaming firm Guvera is already one of the least-edifying stories of the digital-music era. But now it has plumbed new depths. It concerns AMMA Private Equity, the company run by Guvera...
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Recording Academy launches social-media campaign to support MMA

The lobbying continues in the US to get the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law, with platforms SiriusXM and Music Choice now the focus of anger within the music industry over their opposition to the bill in its current...
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Label lawsuits target US ISP and Russian stream-ripping sites

Major labels’s latest copyright lawsuits are fighting on two fronts: the US and Russia. The first concerns a new copyright-infringement liability lawsuit filed against American ISP Cox Communications by Sony Music, Universal...
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SESAC row eases to take Music Modernization Act one step forward

Peace appears to have broken out after a heated row involving collecting societies and songwriting bodies in the US, over the Music Modernization Act (MMA). Songwriter bodies SONA and NSAI had strongly criticised Blackstone,...