YouTube launches ‘Copyright Match’ tool for its creators
YouTube has rolled out a new copyright-protection tool, but this one’s aimed more at the creators on its platform than it is at entertainment rightsholders. It’s called Copyright Match, and in a blog post addressed...
July 13, 2018
YouTube to invest $25m to ‘support the future of news’
YouTube has announced plans to invest $25m to “support the future of news in online video, and product features we’ve been working on to improve the news experience on YouTube”. The money will be spent on establishing...
July 10, 2018
European copyright vote stalls progress of Article 13
If this week has felt like a bit too much European policymaking at the top of this bulletin, apologies. But the debate around the draft Copyright Directive, and particularly its Article 13, is something that’s being watched...
July 6, 2018
Article 13 lobbying goes up to the wire – so what next?
Today sees the crucial European Parliament vote on the proposed new EU Copyright Directive, including the ‘Article 13’ that’s been the focus of so much attention for the music industry. Lobbying around the proposed...
July 5, 2018
Music bodies up lobbying efforts ahead of crucial Article 13 vote
It’s now one day until a crucial vote in the European Parliament on the EU’s draft Copyright Directive, and music bodies are leading the charge of creative industries in urging politicians to support the proposed legislation...
July 4, 2018
WMG signs partnership to boost video advertising revenues
Warner Music Group has announced a new partnership, with Sony Pictures subsidiary Internet Media Services (IMS), which the label hopes will boost its advertising revenues in some under-monetised parts of the world. IMS...
July 4, 2018
Social star Michelle Phan launches music-licensing startup
Michelle Phan made her name with fashion, beauty and lifestyle videos on YouTube, while along the way turning entrepreneur with ‘beauty box’ startup Ipsy. She’s also tangled with the music industry in the past: in...
June 29, 2018
T-Series races to 50m subscribers for its YouTube channel
Indian music giant T-Series has raced past another milestone for its YouTube channel, which now has more than 50 million subscribers. The channel only passed 40 million in March 2018, so it’s been adding around 3.3 million...
June 28, 2018
Dance star Marshmello doubles down on gaming with new show
For a man with a bucket on his head, dance star Marshmello isn’t half bad at playing games. As we reported earlier this month, he won a pro-amateur Fortnite tournament at the E3 show, after teaming up with online-video...
June 27, 2018
UK singles chart adds video streams and ‘weighted’ audio streams
The Official Charts Company in the UK is overhauling not just the way it tabulates streams but also what types of streams are now counted. Online video streams from services like YouTube will count towards the singles...
June 25, 2018
YouTube expands money-making features with Channel Memberships
YouTube’s latest announcement is about its full community of creators, rather than just musicians. It’s one to take notice of though: especially for anyone working with independent, emerging artists who are building...
June 22, 2018
European Parliament proceeds on Article 13 of new copyright directive
We’ve covered the ‘value gap’ debate regularly and emphasised that it’s a slow-burning issue in terms of policymakers deciding how to modernise safe-harbour regulations in the US and in Europe alike. On the latter...
June 21, 2018