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Music Ally Report 377 – Unsafe harbour?: sink or swim for digital music

Our cover feature looks at why the PRS/SoundCloud legal tussle is a foreshadowing of the single biggest issue that will impact on the digital music industry next year. At the very heart of it is the viability and future of...
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Spotify joins European Tech Alliance for EU lobbying

Spotify has joined mobile games firms King, Rovio and Supercell as well as a group of other tech firms to create a new body for lobbying European governments and the EU. The European Tech Alliance has as its president...
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Google opposes ‘whole-site removal’ in anti-piracy efforts

Should Google remove piracy sites entirely from its search database, rather than simply downranking them when it receives too many successful takedown requests for individual pages and files on them? The company says not....
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Euro court rules safe harbour is invalid (but there’s a but)

The technology industry has been chewing over the implications of a ruling by the European Court of Justice that the current ‘safe harbour’ agreement between the EU and US is invalid. But this is a specific safe harbour...
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EC launches consultation on European safe-harbour legislation

When PRS for Music sued SoundCloud recently, at the heart of the case was the much bigger question of how safe-harbour legislation works in Europe, and the desire – shared by other music rightsholder bodies – that it...
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Dancing baby copyright case boogies back into view

Music rightsholders and internet activists alike are digesting a new US court ruling on the infamous ‘dancing baby’ YouTube copyright case. The long-running lawsuit concerns a 29-second video uploaded to YouTube in 2007...
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BPI boss warns BBC to license its new music-streaming service

BPI boss Geoff Taylor has called on the BBC to focus on licensing deals for its planned music-streaming service, saying that any attempt to avoid paying royalties will not be "viable". The plans were announced in the broadcaster’s...
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Tech firms call for safe harbour rules to be strengthened

Lobbying body the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) includes Google, Pandora, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft among its members. So its new report on “Copyright Reform for a Digital Economy” will...
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YouTube as well as SoundCloud should worry about PRS lawsuit

We reported yesterday on PRS for Music’s decision to sue SoundCloud for copyright infringement. Over the course of the day, the key contradiction between the two parties’ statements became clear: it’s about whether...
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News Corp’s Robert Thomson criticises tech gatekeepers

News Corporation CEO Robert Thomson has form sticking it to Google, so it’s unsurprising that his latest speech had some tough words for Silicon Valley more generally. “We are living in the decade of content distribution,...
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SoundCloud flakk’d by Jakk’d over copyright takedowns

SoundCloud continues to walk a tightrope between copyright takedowns and the views of its community, with American DJs Jakk’d issuing a blistering broadside towards the company after their profile was blocked after repeated...
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Periscope has received 1,391 copyright takedown requests

Remember the flurry of articles earlier this year about the copyright issues around Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope? People live-streaming Game of Thrones episodes or pay-per-view boxing matches by pointing their...