Row over ALI ‘Restatement of Copyright’ rumbles on in the US
A long-running argument about an American legal organisation’s desire to ‘clarify, modernise, and otherwise improve’ copyright legislation in the US is making headlines again. Some of the details of what’s being done...
December 5, 2019
Epidemic Sound plans US push under former Spotify exec
Swedish music company Epidemic Sound is planning a new push in North America, under the leadership of Kate Vale, who’s just been appointed as the company’s managing director of North America. Vale was previously Google’s...
November 27, 2019
MLC confirms data partners and identity of its CIO
Launch-funding secured, the US’ new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is continuing to build its team and partnerships. Yesterday, the body announced that Richard Thompson will be its chief information officer. He’s...
November 27, 2019
No Music for Ice campaign asks artists to pull music from Amazon
Amazon remains under pressure from campaigners over the company’s relationship with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. We reported in October about how nearly 1,000 musicians had backed an open letter calling...
November 26, 2019
US has generated one trillion on-demand music streams in 2019
The US music-streaming market has reached another milestone: more than 1tn (one trillion) on-demand audio and video streams in a calendar year. And there’s still more than a month to go in 2019. Billboard reported the...
November 26, 2019
US Congress launches investigation into secondary ticketing
The Energy & Commerce Committee in Washington is launching an investigation into the secondary ticketing sector in the US and has contacted major players in the space – notably Live Nation, AEG, StubHub, Vivid Seats,...
November 25, 2019
MLC and digital music services reach deal over budget
We reported before on the (sadly inevitable) squabbling over the budget for the new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) in the US, with the bill to be footed by digital music services. However, the latter’s representative...
November 15, 2019
Tech-industry bodies unhappy with copyright-legislation trends
Shock news! Some organisations representing the technology industry aren’t happy with the European Copyright Directive – or similar legislation around the world. Two bodies, the Computer & Communications Industry...
November 11, 2019
US digital-audio listening tipped to overtake radio in 2020
Research firm eMarketer has published some new estimates and predictions for the size of the US digital-audio market – music-streaming, podcasts, online and satellite radio. The big claim is that by 2020, American adults...
November 5, 2019
An argument is brewing over the costs of the US’ new MLC
Well, this was predictable: the predicted costs of the US’ new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) are meeting resistance from the digital music services that will be paying for it. That’s according to Digital Music...
October 31, 2019
Study finds music still rocks for US tweens and teens
Common Sense Media has been surveying more than 1,600 American 8-18 year-olds about their media habits, and there are plenty of findings relevant to the music industry. The toplines include the fact that tweens (8-12 year-olds)...
October 30, 2019
Recording Academy launches ‘Behind The Record’ credits campaign
We referred to it in our story about Pandora adding full credits for songs last week, but now US music body the Recording Academy has officially launched its ‘Behind the Record’ campaign. It’s an initiative encouraging...
October 28, 2019