What Google wanted to launch in music, and why it couldn’t
Music Beta by Google continues to cause reverberations around the industry, with briefings from both sides providing more detail on Google's decision to launch without licences. All Things Digital has plenty of info on what...
May 12, 2011
Euro Commissioner Kroes calls for digital single market
European Commissioner Neelie Kroes has made her latest speech on the need for shaking up content licensing across the continent, at an event in London.
February 10, 2011
New president for SoundExchange
US rights organisation SoundExchange has appointed Michael Huppe as its new president, succeeding John Simson.
February 10, 2011
BlueBeat is back… as an iPhone app
Remember BlueBeat? The US music service made waves last year when it tried to sell digital Beatles songs, claiming that 'psycho-acoustic simulation' meant it didn't need a licensing agreement...
May 21, 2010
iPhone gets licensed lyrics app
There are hundreds - and possibly thousands - of unlicensed lyrics apps for iPhone, which doesn't yet seem to have attracted the ire of publishers that unlicensed websites have
May 10, 2010
GEMA’s talks with YouTube break down acrimoniously
There's more trouble for YouTube in Germany, where collecting society GEMA has broken off talks about a renewal of its licensing deal with Google's video site. What's more, GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by...
May 10, 2010
Irish music blogs protest at IMRO licensing demands
The latest country to see controversy around music blogs and licensing is Ireland, where the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is contacting blogs demanding they sign up to its Limited Online Exploitation Licence to...
April 30, 2010
Spotify hits back at low payout claims
This week's criticism of Spotify payouts by UK society BASCA has elicited a stern reaction from the streaming music service. Senior VP of strategic partnerships Paul Brown has patiently pointed out that stats cited on Lady...
April 15, 2010
WSJ claims EMI’s licensing lifeline may fall through
Last week, reports suggested EMI was looking to license its catalogue to one of its major label rivals in the US, to generate a lump sum to help it meet its upcoming covenant test with Citigroup. Now the Wall Street Journal...
March 31, 2010
Merlin memo reveals Virgin Media licensing hold-ups
It seems it's not just major labels holding up the launch of Virgin Media's new music service. Documents obtained by Music Week show that indie rights agency Merlin has yet to conclude a licensing deal with the ISP.
March 30, 2010
JASRAC gets bitter about quick lyrics on Twitter
Japanese publishing society JASRAC is on the copyright infringement warpath, with Twitter squarely in its sights. It's unhappy about lyrics being quoted on the micro-blogging service - and specifically on Twitter accounts...
March 5, 2010
Social music service Mflow inks more deals ahead of launch
UK-based digital music service Mflow is due to launch in April, and has announced a bunch of media deals with music magazines, including Q, Mojo, Kerrang, NME and Clash. The mags will provide editorial coverage in their pages...
March 1, 2010