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Initial coin offerings are now banned in China

The Chinese government has banned initial coin offerings (ICOs), claiming that businesses raising funding through offers of virtual coins or tokens are engaging in “essentially a form of unapproved illegal public financing...
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YouTube app ProTube pulled from Apple’s App Store

ProTube has been one of the most successful alternative-YouTube apps on iOS since its launch in November 2014, topping Apple’s paid-app charts in 11 countries. Now it’s gone, with developer Jonas Gessner claiming that...
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Stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after settlement

Another piracy mole has been comprehensively whacked, with the news that ‘stream-ripping’ site YouTube-MP3 is shutting down as part of a settlement in its legal battle with labels represented by US body the RIAA. TorrentFreak...
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RIAA says it *does* support attribution rights for songwriters

The RIAA has responded to criticism over its stance on ‘moral rights’ for songwriters, saying that it is “puzzled” by the claim that it is against better credits. “We wholeheartedly believe that all creators...
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Viagogo heads to court with Australian competition regulator

Viagogo has become one of the magnets for anger about the state of the secondary-ticketing market. Now the company is being taken to court by Australian competition authority the ACCC. It’s accusing Viagogo of failing...
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Loudr boss: Spotify songwriter settlement is just a ‘speeding ticket’

When Spotify agreed a $43.4m deal in May this year to settle a class-action suit brought against it over mechanical royalty payments – in a case combining lawsuits filed by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick – it was no...
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RIAA: mixtapes site Spinrilla ‘ineligible’ for safe harbour

US industry body the RIAA is continuing its action against digital-mixtapes site Spinrilla, claiming that the site should not be eligible for DMCA safe-harbour protection. In a new court filing, the body claims that Spinrilla...
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Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royalties

Startup Paperchain has launched a survey to gauge the scale of the music industry’s problem with unattributed royalties and unidentified rights owners. The company is hoping to receive responses from publishers, labels,...
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Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify

Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
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SACEM boss talks YouTube, blockchain and user-centric streaming royalties

At a recent event organised by collecting society PRS for Music, MEP Mary Honeyball noted that the debate around copyright reform and the ‘value gap’ has split the European Parliament like never before. “We have...
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Judge approves request to rescind UMG’s Prince music deal

The saga of the Prince estate’s recorded-music archives deal with Universal Music Group is reaching an end. A judge has approved a request to rescind the distribution deal – estimated as being worth $31m – after...
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That famous monkey selfie could affect AI music copyright

Cast your mind back to 2011, and the marvellous ‘selfie’ taken by a macaque monkey with a camera set up by a professional photographer. At the time, it sparked a debate about who owned the copyright to the image: was...