EU study reveals music has seen the sharpest decline in piracy
The good news in 2019 about piracy has been that it’s declining for music. The latest evidence comes from a study published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) examining consumption of copyright-infringing...
December 5, 2019
Disney+ arrives in UK and other European countries in March
Last week we noted the announcement of a March 2020 launch date for Disney’s new video-streaming service Disney+ in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, but there’s more to say about this. Particularly relating...
November 11, 2019
EU report highlights the sharp decline in music piracy
Music Ally is long enough in the tooth (17 years old!) to remember the days of doom and gloom in the music industry, when piracy’s growth seemed (to many people, at least) to be unstoppable. So it’s worth taking a moment...
October 31, 2019
Internet firm Cloudflare hits back over piracy accusations
Cloudflare is one of the biggest content delivery networks (CDNs) in the world: CDNs being companies providing services to websites and digital services to help their content be delivered faster and more reliably, while reducing...
October 21, 2019
Lawsuits against Megaupload on hold until next April, possibly longer
The lawsuit against Megaupload and its flamboyant public face Kim Dotcom has been rumbling on for years. Since 2012, in fact, when his mansion in New Zealand was raided by 72 police officers. The resulting court action was...
October 15, 2019
RIAA targets Telegram in latest ‘notorious markets’ piracy list
US music-industry body the RIAA has submitted its latest list of sites and apps raising piracy concerns, for consideration for the next ‘notorious markets’ list produced by the US Trade Representative. Some familiar names...
October 3, 2019
Labels sue ISP RCN for enabling copyright infringement
In one sense, lawsuits by music rightsholders against ISPs around the music-piracy habits of their customers feel like a relic from The Bad Years of our industry’s recent history. Actually, though, they’ve been a factor...
August 29, 2019
UK’s ‘Get It Right’ piracy campaign enlists influencers
In the recent lobbying around the European Union’s new copyright directive and its Article 13, the music industry and YouTubers were usually on opposite sides of the argument. YouTube actively encouraged its creators to...
August 15, 2019
Japanese music industry asks Apple to crack down on pirate app
Apple under fire for the way it runs its App Store? But this time, it’s nothing to do with Spotify. A group of Japanese music-industry bodies representing labels, publishers and producers have written to Apple expressing...
July 15, 2019
YouTube may be blocking stream-ripping sites from ripping vids
Up to this point, much of the music industry’s action against ‘stream-ripping’ websites has been taken by industry bodies taking those sites to court and getting them shut down. Now it seems the main site from which...
July 11, 2019
German stream-ripping site Convert2MP3 is shutting down
Forget the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie: it’s stream-ripping websites that are putting Queen on our internal jukebox regularly at the moment. Every few months, another one bites the dust. The latest to bow after being...
June 24, 2019
Study asks Harvard lawyers for their attitudes towards piracy
What do “elite upcoming lawyers from around the world” really think about file-sharing and copyright? A new study based on a survey of international LL.M. (Masters of Law) students at Harvard University has been trying...
June 10, 2019