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FTC fines three ticket brokers in first BOTS Act litigation

It still feels a little strange to be writing about ticket touting (scalping) controversies, given that the bottom has dropped out of the secondary ticketing market just as it has the live industry more generally. The concerns...
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Publishers and PROs ‘disappointed’ as US consent decrees are unchanged

The US Justice Department has decided to leave the ‘consent decrees’ governing public performances of music unchanged, sparking an unimpressed response from publishers and collecting societies there. This is the legislation...
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Despite early Covid-19 hit, US streaming grew by 17% in 2020

In the early weeks of Covid-19 lockdowns around the world, there were concerns about whether a noticeable dip in the number of music streams would turn into a longer-term trend. Would people working from home turn to other...
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MLC kicks off 2021 with its new blanket mechanical licence

The US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is up and running with the blanket mechanical licence that was created by 2018’s Music Modernization Act. The aim of the new licence remains to address some of the longstanding...
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US stimulus deal agreed including Save Our Stages Act

2020 may have been a shocker of a year for the live music industry in the US, but it’s closing with some good news. After lengthy wrangling, a second stimulus deal was agreed this weekend, with final votes expected...
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US streaming subscribers grow but stream volume flattens

Former Spotify exec Will Page has put his finger on one of the challenges the US music industry will be facing in 2021, based on data from this year. The number of subscribers has been growing in the US, but “the number...
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FTC steps up investigation into tech firms and privacy

December work slowdown? Not for the Federal Trade Commission in the US there isn’t. Having sued Facebook for ‘illegal monopolisation’ earlier this month, now the FTC is stepping up its investigation into...
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TikTok remains unbanned in the US as deal negotiations continue

Friday was the deadline for TikTok to be sold or shut down in the US, but now it’s Monday and neither has happened. However, the executioner’s axe has been popped back in its case for now: Bloomberg reported that...
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TikTok’s deadline for a US sale moves back again

An orderly presidential transition in the US may be underway at last – not that we’re counting any chickens just yet – but that raises more questions about what’s going to happen with the sale or shutdown...
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US music bodies lobby Congress for more Covid-19 relief

A group of US music industry bodies are lobbying Congress for more relief amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and its effect on live music specifically. “The live music business – once a sign of a thriving community...
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Arguments over US songwriter streaming royalties kick off again

The good news for Spotify is that something other than its Discovery Mode is causing a stink today. The bad news for Spotify is that the something is the ongoing battle over new streaming royalties for songwriters set in...
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Former WME exec Marc Geiger to invest in independent venues

Marc Geiger was the music boss at talent agency WME, before leaving earlier this year. Now he’s setting up to invest in a network of independent music venues across the US. Geiger has founded a company called SaveLive and...