Report 419: The 40 Trends of 2018
“May you live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese curse. The music industry has certainly done that, through the last two decades of digital disruption. Typical to form, 2018 was very interesting indeed. For our...
December 20, 2018
Label lawsuits target US ISP and Russian stream-ripping sites
Major labels’s latest copyright lawsuits are fighting on two fronts: the US and Russia. The first concerns a new copyright-infringement liability lawsuit filed against American ISP Cox Communications by Sony Music, Universal...
August 6, 2018
vKontakte says it has 1.2m paying subscribers in Russia
It’s not so long since Russian social network vKontakte was one of the primary villains for music rightsholders, on account of its platform being a thriving repository of user-uploaded, unlicensed music. But after signing...
June 20, 2018
Yandex and Google targeted in Russia over piracy results
Rightsholders criticising search engines – mainly Google – for returning links to piracy sites in search results isn’t a new thing. But there is a new frontier for it in Russia this month, after local search engine...
June 18, 2018
Russian streaming services add restrictions for free users
The first industry push in Russia was to clamp down on pirate and unlicensed music services, persuading some of the highest-profile examples to sign licensing deals. Now we appear to be entering a second phase: to shift...
November 6, 2017
Yandex Music strikes deal with Facebook in Russia
Russian music-streaming service Yandex Music has followed western peers like Spotify and Apple Music in launching an integration with Facebook. Like those, its music will now be playable in 30-second clips on the social...
September 29, 2017
Digital music trends from Russia, China, Africa and Latin America
The music industry is getting even more excited about emerging markets in 2017, from Latin America to Russia, China and India. A panel at our NY:LON Connect conference today explored some of the challenges and opportunities...
January 25, 2017
Russian streaming service Zvooq sues Yandex for poaching
2016 has been a chaotic year for Russia’s music industry, with ructions engulfing the country’s collecting societies. Now two of the biggest players in the Russian music-streaming market are embroiled in a legal dispute....
November 28, 2016
vKontakte gets indies licensed through Merlin deal
Russian social network vKontakte has continued its move towards licensed-music legitimacy, thanks to a new deal covering Merlin’s roster of independent labels. The agreement, brokered through United Media Agency, covers...
October 21, 2016
Russia could introduce fines for illegal downloading
The Russian authorities have been cracking down on piracy sites – and in a separate trend, on the country’s own collecting societies – for some time. It seems the Russian government may now be mulling direct action...
October 10, 2016
Cooking Vinyl boss: ‘Amazon has more US streams than Apple’
As independent music company Cooking Vinyl embarks on its 30th anniversary celebrations, chairman Martin Goldschmidt has been sharing his views on music-streaming, and particularly the impact it may have in emerging markets. “I...
October 10, 2016