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Safe harbour reform must benefit artists as well as labels warns IAO

Artists have been prominent in this year’s debate around YouTube and reform of ‘safe harbour’ legislation on both sides of the Atlantic. See this week’s open letter to US Congress signed by Taylor Swift, U2 and Paul...
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Taylor Swift, U2 and Paul McCartney join DMCA reform campaign

The US campaign for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – and by extension, for a shift in the licensing relationship between the music industry and YouTube – has picked up more high-profile artist advocates. An...
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BPI returns to vinyl / YouTube comparison for 2015

Comparing vinyl sales with online-video revenues has become one of the sticks the music industry is using to beat YouTube with. The BPI was first to make the comparison in November 2015 with chief executive Geoff Taylor’s...
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British government reveals IP enforcement strategy

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has published its IP Enforcement 2020 report, outlining how it plans to protect intellectual property – music included – over the next five years. Among its proposals: “Reviewing...
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Irving Azoff continues his attack on YouTube

Veteran manager Irving Azoff may have been late into the current round of anti-YouTube argument, but you can’t fault his enthusiasm. He has followed up last week’s comments on YouTube and safe harbour with an open...
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BPI boss takes new aim at YouTube over ‘value gap’

BPI chief Geoff Taylor used his appearance at Canadian Music Week to weigh back in to the debate about YouTube and music royalties. Taylor claimed that revenues for British labels from music videos “flat-lined in 2015,...
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Streaming now top recorded revenue source for Warner Music

Warner Music Group has announced a new milestone this afternoon: streaming is now the largest source of revenue for its recorded music business. The label group's streaming income has now overtaken both its physical revenues...
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PRS for Music chief talks financials, blockchain and YouTube

British collecting society PRS for Music has announced its 2015 financial results, reporting record royalties revenue of £537.4m, up 4.7% year-on-year. The society’s costs increased by 17.7% to £67.8m, but that still...
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YouTube launches Foundry initiative amid Euro criticism

YouTube’s latest response to music-industry criticism of its investment in artists is, well, a program to invest in artists. It’s called Foundry, and was first reported by Bloomberg this weekend. The initiative has...
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US music bodies and artists battle for DMCA reform

The music industry is making a new, concerted push for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) legislation in the US. 18 American music bodies teamed up yesterday to send a 100-page ‘joint brief’ to the...
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MusicFirst Coalition tears into Google and YouTube

It is open season once again on Google and YouTube in the US, following the RIAA’s decision to make the ‘value gap’ a key part of its 2015 figures announcement. A blog post by the MusicFirst Coalition has torn into...
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BPI targets Google with demand for ‘notice and stay down’ policy

The BPI has criticised Google – an opening sentence that could have been taken from a Music Ally story at pretty much any point in the last decade. In March 2016, though, the topic is a familiar complaint: Google's policy...