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...
October 21, 2020
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...
October 8, 2020
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...
September 16, 2020
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...
September 15, 2020
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...
July 7, 2020
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...
June 24, 2020
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...
March 30, 2020
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...
March 27, 2020
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...
March 9, 2020
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...
February 26, 2020
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....
February 20, 2020
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...
February 18, 2020