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US recorded-music revenues rose slightly in 2015 says RIAA

US music industry body the RIAA has published its figures for 2015, revealing that recorded-music revenues rose by 0.9% last year to $7bn. That’s estimated retail value: the amount of money people spent on physical music,...
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YouTube making changes to its copyright complaints system

YouTube has apologised to creators and promised to “strive to do better” with its system for complaints, including those concerning copyright. It has created a new team “dedicated to minimising mistakes and improving...
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YouTube sees safe-harbour backed by German court

German collecting society GEMA’s battle with YouTube continues, but the latter has prevailed in the latest round. The Munich Regional Appeal Court reaffirmed that individual uploaders, rather than YouTube, are responsible...
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Hateful Eight producer attacks Google over film piracy

Richard Gladstein is the producer of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film ‘Hateful Eight’. He’s also not the biggest fan of Google’s piracy policies. “Google and YouTube have the ability to create a vaccine that...
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US Copyright Office launches study of DMCA safe harbour

It’s not just Europe getting a review of whether safe-harbour legislation is fit for purpose in 2016. The US Copyright Office has launched its own consultation “to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the DMCA...
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Google was asked to remove 558m piracy links in 2015

Rightsholders submitted more than 558m URLs to Google in 2015 for DMCA takedowns – up 60% year-on-year. That’s according to TorrentFreak, which crunched the public data from Google on DMCA requests to its search engine.
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SoundCloud settles with PRS for Music. What next?

The boundaries of European safe-harbour legislation won’t be tested in court just yet, after SoundCloud reached a settlement with collecting society PRS for Music that ends the latter’s copyright-infringement lawsuit. The...
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BMG prevails in copyright battle with Cox Communications

American ISP Cox Communications has lost its copyright-infringement battle with music publisher BMG, in a high-profile case that saw the telco denied the ability to use a safe-harbour defence. A Virginia federal jury awarded...
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Google counsel on the problems of ‘take down, stay down’

As rightsholders continue their pressure for legislators to rethink current safe-harbour rules, Google’s copyright counsel Cédric Manara has spoken publicly about what his company sees as the problems of any “take down,...
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YouTube to defend creators from some DMCA takedowns

Just when you thought the relationship between YouTube and rightsholders was entering calmer waters, things start to get choppy again. Google has announced a pushback against “legally unsupported DMCA takedowns” on...
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Why safe harbour will be the music industry’s big battle in 2016

Never generalise about the technology and music industries being at loggerheads. Music Ally readers are thankfully well aware that it’s much more complex and nuanced than that. In 2015 there are plenty of ‘music people’...
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BPI boss: UK vinyl sales trumped YouTube revenues in 2014

BPI chief Geoff Taylor delivered a keynote address at the Music Futures conference in Gateshead yesterday, including firing his latest shot at YouTube with a new statistic. “UK record labels earned more last year from...