Tag: piracy

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YouTube is trying to crack down on stream-ripping websites

There’s a long history of Google and YouTube being at loggerheads with music rightsholders over issues like (respectively) piracy and safe harbours. However, when it comes to the music industry’s latest piratical bugbear...
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Major labels target Apple in Russia over iOS piracy apps

It's been a while since we've seen public tensions in the west between music rightsholders and Apple over piracy apps – Apple's involvement being as the owner of the store through which those apps are distributed. According...
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PRS for Music claims stream-ripping has grown ‘dramatically’

UK collecting society PRS for Music has published some research into the growth of 'stream-ripping' piracy: sites and tools that help people rip streams (e.g. from YouTube or Spotify) into downloads. It claims that usage...
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Spotify’s Anchor says it’s cracking down on copycat podcasts

There have been growing complaints about copycat podcasts uploaded through Spotify's Anchor app. That means taking other people's podcasts and re-uploading them – often with the same artwork – as your own, in the hope...
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Anti-piracy project The Music Mission reports first findings

In March, anti-piracy firm AudioLock and distributor Label Worx launched a campaign called The Music Mission, to try to shut down paid piracy websites, with backing from dance labels like Defected. Now the initiative...
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Danish study reveals music piracy has fallen in last two years

In 2019, we wrote about a couple of piracy reports (here and here) that offered good news for the music industry: sharp declines in music piracy over the previous year. Now there’s another one for the list: a report...
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AudioLock and Label Worx launch The Music Mission to battle piracy

Anti-piracy firm AudioLock and distributor Label Worx have teamed up for a campaign called The Music Mission, which they say will target ‘pay for access’ piracy download sites. The companies want other music firms to...
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Russian anti-piracy boss hails efforts to tackle infringement

The head of Russian anti-piracy body the Internet Video Association has claimed that voluntary piracy measures in the country imposed two years ago have been having the desired impact. Back in 2018, a number of Russian content...
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Label-led piracy lawsuit against ISP Grande is postponed

The latest label-led copyright infringement lawsuit against an ISP in the US was focusing on Texan ISP Grande Communications. However the case has been postponed until September. The reason given was that the court only...
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Music pirates may be (slowly) increasing again in the UK

Piracy is much, MUCH less of a collective music industry nightmare now than it was a decade ago, with the consensus being that streaming has replaced it for all but the keenest music pirates. We’ll avoid scaremongering...
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Cloudflare faces new legal action from music rightsholders

Cloudflare is the technology company that helps a range of websites fend off security threats and speed up people’s access to their content. It’s also controversial though, because some of those clients are piracy sites....
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Rightsholders worried about South Africa mobile piracy potential

The IIPA (International Intellectual Property Alliance) is a coalition of a number of US trade associations – including, on the music side, the RIAA and NMPA. According to TorrentFreak, it is lobbying to have South Africa...