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YouTube targeted as German music revenues show slight decline

We’ve already seen strong recorded-music revenue growth in the 2017 figures from a number of countries, but Germany isn’t among them. Stats published yesterday by industry body BVMI revealed that recorded music generated...
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City Slang boss calls for governments to close the ‘value gap’

Christof Ellinghaus, founder of Berlin-based indie label City Slang, is keen for governments to take action to remove YouTube’s safe harbours, and thus address the ‘value gap’. “We’re all stopping to sell records...
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CISAC-commissioned study criticises safe harbour rules

It will come as no surprise that a study commissioned by collecting-societies body CISAC criticises ‘safe harbour’ exceptions in copyright law. But the study, from Ashbel Smith Professor Stan Liebowitz of the University...
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Neil Young takes aim at Google and other tech giants

Neil Young has said some thought-provoking things about digital music in the last few years, but his latest blog post about Google could have done with a fact-checker. “Today, in the age of FaceBook, GOOGLE and Amazon,...
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YouTube responds to Content Creators Coalition takedown claim

Yesterday, we reported on the claim by the US Content Creators Coalition (c3) that YouTube had removed one of its spoof ads protesting about the company’s music-licensing. The video was later returned to the service....
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UKF founder: ‘YouTube is a platform where you have to fend for yourself’

YouTube music boss Lyor Cohen has been winding up rightsholders recently with his views on why the 'value gap' debate is overblown. But amidst this controversy, it's easy to forget that some music executives see YouTube as...
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RIAA half-year figures reveal 17% rise for US recorded-music revenues

Paid music-streaming subscriptions are the star of US industry body the RIAA’s latest half-year figures, which show a 17% year-on-year rise in recorded-music retail revenues in the first six months of 2017. That means...
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YouTube’s Robert Kyncl: ‘The music industry has won the war’

No, not the war of words over whether ‘safe harbour’ laws should be reformed to give YouTube less of an advantage at the music-rights licensing table. That skirmish is going to run and run. The war that YouTube’s...
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YouTube’s Lyor Cohen: ‘The focus on copyright safe harbours is a distraction’

YouTube's head of music Lyor Cohen has admitted that "there’s still a disconnect between YouTube and the rest of the industry" but maintains that the company is keen to continue building bridges with music rightsholders. "I...
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RIAA: mixtapes site Spinrilla ‘ineligible’ for safe harbour

US industry body the RIAA is continuing its action against digital-mixtapes site Spinrilla, claiming that the site should not be eligible for DMCA safe-harbour protection. In a new court filing, the body claims that Spinrilla...
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Despacito is most-streamed song ever… thanks to YouTube

Universal Music Group is understandably trumpeting a new milestone for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’. Aided by a Justin Bieber-starring remix, the song has now been streamed more than 4.6bn times across...
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SACEM boss talks YouTube, blockchain and user-centric streaming royalties

At a recent event organised by collecting society PRS for Music, MEP Mary Honeyball noted that the debate around copyright reform and the ‘value gap’ has split the European Parliament like never before. “We have...