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PRS for Music paid out £527.6m to members in 2016

UK collecting society PRS for Music has announced record figures for 2016, including payouts of £527.6m to its members – the first time it’s surpassed the half-a-billion milestone. That represented an 11.1% year-on-year...
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US music revenues up 11.4% but RIAA still focused on safe-harbour reform

Recorded-music revenues in the US grew by 11.4% to $7.7bn in 2016, but industry body the RIAA is determined to continue pressing for reform of the safe-harbour protection afforded to YouTube. The organisation published...
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Report: safe-harbour costs US music biz ‘nearly $1bn a year’

Expect industry bodies and rightsholders to seize upon a report by US non-profit organisation the Phoenix Center, which claims to have put a number to the financial cost to the music industry of current safe harbour legislation. Its...
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IFPI Norway head: “YouTube is not doing anything wrong: the legislation is wrong.”

Music Ally’s second conference session at the by:Larm festival this morning saw IFPI Norway boss Marte Thorsby joined by ReedSmith partner Gregor Pryor and PIAS director of streaming strategy Justin Barker. In a panel...
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Google files its latest comments in DMCA review process

The US Copyright Office continues to take submissions from interested parties as it examines whether the safe harbours of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) need to be modernised. We reported on the latest comments...
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US music industry bodies renew attack on ‘broken’ DMCA

Industry bodies including the RIAA, NMPA and SoundExchange have renewed their criticism of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the safe-harbour protection it provides for digital services like YouTube. 15...
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WMG says current music-streaming growth is ‘just a drop in the bucket’

Warner Music Group’s recorded-music business generated $311m from streaming in the final quarter of 2016 – its fiscal Q1 – taking it to more than $1bn for the last calendar year, according to its latest financial results. The...
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Live365 returns with DMCA-based online radio platform

Online radio platform Live365 shut down at the start of 2016, blaming the changing royalty-rates for internet radio. “There are always possibilities that we can come back in one form or another,” said the company at...
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David Lowery talks digital scepticism and music-streaming’s future

David Lowery started the year in the headlines for leading one of two class-action lawsuits against Spotify over mechanical licensing. They have since combined with the other lawsuit taking prominence. That has left Lowery...
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US music industry bodies lobby Trump ahead of tech summit

US president-elect Donald Trump is meeting a group of tech leaders today in New York, including Apple’s Tim Cook, Alphabet’s Larry Page and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Ahead of the event, a group of US music-industry...
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IFPI hits back at YouTube over $1bn payouts claim

Is the IFPI impressed with YouTube’s claim that it has paid $1bn out to the music industry in 2016 from ads? Entirely unsurprisingly, it isn’t, saying that the announcement “gives little reason to celebrate”. In a...
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Tech firms want Trump to tackle their digital music gripes

As the waves from Donald Trump’s shock election victory continue to ripple, the business of lobbying the president-elect is swinging into gear. The Internet Association, which includes Spotify, Pandora, Google, Facebook,...