Beatport president sees dance music pioneering new digital rights
Beatport’s new president Lloyd Star has been talking about the recent controversy around EDM star Kaskade and SoundCloud, and the rights issues around mix sets and mash-ups. “It’s interesting how electronic music...
July 24, 2014
Music piracy update: RIAA v MegaUpload, Netherlands and Spain
It's a busy week for news relating to music piracy, so we thought we'd bundle some stories together as a snapshot of what's happening around the world. Starting with Kim Dotcom, and news that music industry body the RIAA...
April 11, 2014
RIAA spars with Google (again) over DMCA takedown system
You may wish to sit down for this morning's bombshell: a music industry body thinks Google could do more in response to piracy takedown notices. Let us know if you need any smelling salts to recover from the shock. Yes,...
March 17, 2014
UK government to legislate on search links to pirate sites?
British politicians have been debating the work-in-progress Intellectual Property Bill, and it’s emerged that a new clause in the proposed legislation may have a big impact on Google and other internet firms
February 3, 2014
Russian anti-piracy legislation may expand to include music
Russia is the latest country to introduce anti-piracy legislation, but according to TorrentFreak, last week's new laws focused on films and TV shows.
August 8, 2013
UK government reveals its copyright reform plans
There’s plenty of discussion in the British music industry about the government’s announcement yesterday of its plans for copyright reform. They include the anticipated launch of a digital copyright exchange by...
December 21, 2012
Swedish IPRED legislation had ‘limited’ effects on filesharing
Sweden is justifiably held up as a poster-market for digital music, thanks partly to the popularity of streaming music services like Spotify there, and also to the country's IPRED anti-piracy legislation in 2009.
May 23, 2012
Google co-founder says entertainment biz ‘shooting itself in the foot’
Google's complicated relationship with the entertainment industries may not be helped by an interview given by co-founder Sergey Brin to The Guardian, in which he warns that by lobbying for anti-piracy legislation the entertainment...
April 16, 2012
Spanish Sinde law sparks 79 site takedown requests in first month
Spain's new Comisión de Propiedad Intelectual body, created as part of the recent Sinde anti-piracy legislation, has revealed it received 292 complaints in its first month.
April 5, 2012
VC Fred Wilson calls for independent piracy-sites blacklist
Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson was one of the prominent critics of the SOPA and PIPA legislation in the US, arguing that it could have hugely harmful effects for the kind of tech startups his company invests in
February 16, 2012
UK government publishes consultation on copyright changes
Yesterday, the UK government launched its consultation on proposals to modernise the copyright system, following recommendations in the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth earlier this year.
December 15, 2011
Justin Bieber not going to prison for copyright infringement
Well, obviously. But Bieber has become one of the flashpoints in a debate in the US about new legislation that could make unauthorised web streaming of copyright work a felony offence, punished by jail terms of up to five...
October 25, 2011