ShareBeast admin pleads guilty to copyright infringement
YouTube-MP3 may have settled in a lawsuit led by the RIAA, but the admin of file-sharing site ShareBeast is facing a bleaker resolution to its battle with labels. Artur Sargsyan faces up to five years in prison after pleading...
September 12, 2017
Recording Academy boss warns of ‘troublesome’ future for radio
Well, Neil Portnow thinks the future for radio is troubled if broadcasters don’t start paying performance royalties. But he’s tying that longstanding lobbying point to the disruption that streaming is creating for...
September 11, 2017
2017 was a billion-dollar distribution year for BMI
US performance-rights organisation BMI has announced a strong set of figures for its 2017 fiscal year, which ended recently. The company generated $1.13bn of revenues, distributing just over $1.02bn to songwriters, composers...
September 8, 2017
US surveys offer encouraging signs for Apple Music
We’re expecting a new milestone for Apple Music subscribers to be announced on 12 September at the iPhone 8 launch. If the service’s growth has held steady, it should have reached 30 million subscribers by then. Ahead...
September 8, 2017
NMPA boss ramps up the pressure on Spotify over mechanicals
Did we report yesterday on quotes from National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) boss David Israelite that suggested he was fairly relaxed about Spotify’s latest mechanical-licensing controversy? Yes, we did. But...
September 7, 2017
Stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after settlement
Another piracy mole has been comprehensively whacked, with the news that ‘stream-ripping’ site YouTube-MP3 is shutting down as part of a settlement in its legal battle with labels represented by US body the RIAA. TorrentFreak...
September 5, 2017
Pandora still setting sights on AM/FM ad budgets
When ad-supported music-streaming services attract criticism from rightsholders, one of the arguments – see our piece earlier today on YouTube's Robert Kyncl for example – is that there is plenty more money to be unlocked...
September 4, 2017
RIAA says it *does* support attribution rights for songwriters
The RIAA has responded to criticism over its stance on ‘moral rights’ for songwriters, saying that it is “puzzled” by the claim that it is against better credits. “We wholeheartedly believe that all creators...
August 29, 2017
Amazon prepares to expand ticketing ambitions to the US
Amazon’s ambition to do more around concert ticketing is hardly a secret: Amazon Tickets has been operating in the UK for some time now, and is increasingly prominent there through partnerships with venues. In January,...
August 11, 2017
Amper Music: ‘In the year 2117, AI-generated music will be old hat’
“We came together with a belief that the future of music would be created by the collaboration between humans and AI. We knew that AI, when someone got it right, would lead to an evolution towards a new era of creativity…” Drew...
August 11, 2017
RIAA and NMPA working on their own song-database project
One of the big challenges in any project to build a comprehensive database of music rights is the many cooks involved in such a recipe. Infighting, competition and mutual suspicion aren’t a smooth path to solving this particular...
August 3, 2017
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...
August 1, 2017