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...
September 18, 2018
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...
September 5, 2018
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...
September 4, 2018
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...
September 4, 2018
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.
September 3, 2018
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’.
August 28, 2018
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.
August 23, 2018
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...
August 15, 2018
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...
August 10, 2018
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...
August 7, 2018
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...
August 6, 2018
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,...
August 3, 2018