Labels say stream-ripping site had 31m US visitors in last year
A lawsuit in the US focusing on two Russian stream-ripping sites has thrown up some interesting stats on their popularity with American music fans. The three major labels, under the RIAA’s umbrella, are suing the developer...
October 22, 2018
You want to stop piracy? Go explicit with your warnings
That is the conclusion of a study from researchers at the University of Nevada looking at the different types of anti-piracy messaging and which have the most impact with consumers. It seems that something along the lines...
October 15, 2018
Streaming and piracy star in IFPI’s 2018 consumer-insight report
Global industry body the IFPI has published its latest ‘Music Consumer Insight Report’, which is based on a survey by market-research firm AudienceNet earlier this year. The trends it outlines will not come as a surprise,...
October 10, 2018
Muso launches ‘Piracy by Industry’ dashboard for trade bodies
Anti-piracy-tools firm Muso has made its name with research on the scale of online piracy of music and other content, as well as with its partnership with UK indie trade-body AIM to help its labels tackle piracy of their...
October 8, 2018
BPI sees stream-ripping sites as threat to legal streaming
British industry body the BPI has been talking to news site The Independent about its battle against ‘stream-ripping’ websites, which enable people to download music from services like YouTube, against its terms and conditions.
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
Nintendo seeks millions in damages from gaming piracy site
Remember the days (circa 1999-2004) when the entire music business agenda was dominated by one topic and one topic alone – illegal filesharing? Just as the music business was first through the wringer, so it was the first...
August 14, 2018
YouGov study claims fewer Brits are pirating music
Market-research firm YouGov has put out some new figures on online piracy in the UK, claiming that there is good news for the music industry. “The number of Britons that are illegally downloading music is decreasing…...
August 3, 2018
New Google-funded study explores online piracy trends in 2018
We’ll get the caveat in upfront: a new study of online piracy by researchers at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law is “financed by Google” – although its authors say the project was “conducted...
August 1, 2018
Danish court rules that stream-ripping is illegal
Given the growth of the recorded-music market overall, it’s hard to make apocalyptic predictions about how specific forms of piracy will damage the industry. Not that rightsholders haven’t been tempted to do that with...
July 11, 2018
UK study tracks latest piracy and digital content habits
The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has been tracking online piracy and attitudes towards digital content for years now, with the eighth ‘wave’ of its study published yesterday. It has some encouraging...
July 5, 2018
Google says it has demoted 65k pirate sites in search results
The music industry hasn’t been alone in wanting Google to do more about links to piracy sites appearing in its search results. But labels and representative bodies did play a significant role in Google’s moves towards...
July 2, 2018