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KEY TREND RECAPS

Top three music business trends in January | February 2018
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BRAND TRENDS

Realising the revenue potential of free streams | April 2017
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COPYRIGHT TRENDS

Reviewing the sales v licence debate | January 2018
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Five contenders for music’s enemy number one – update! | January 2018
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Top five music lawsuits to watch in 2018 | January 2018
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Online music piracy – past, present and future | December 2017
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Dissecting The Digital Dollar – Step by step | October 2017
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The rights of artists and songwriters post-assignment – performer and moral rights | August 2017
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1972 and all that… Again! | April 2017
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Can contributory infringement be a crime in the US? | February 2017
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Five contenders for music’s enemy number one | January 2017
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Dancing babies, fair use and takedowns – Explaining Lenz v Universal | November 2016
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Deals, data and disputes – when copyrights are co-owned | October 2016
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Music rights and the European Copyright Directive | September 2016
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A matter of consent – why American publishers are talking about collective licensing rules | July 2016
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Why ‘making available’ is now on the European Commission’s copyright agenda | December 2015
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DATA TRENDS

Global music data and blockchain – the story so far | September 2017
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The music industry’s big copyright data problem | December 2015
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DIGITAL TRENDS

Top five streaming challenges | February 2018
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Reviewing the sales v licence debate | January 2018
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Five contenders for music’s enemy number one – update! | January 2018
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Top five music lawsuits to watch in 2018 | January 2018
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Online music piracy – past, present and future | December 2017
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Dissecting The Digital Dollar – Step by step | October 2017
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The latest record industry stats – three reasons for optimism, three reasons for gloom | May 2017
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Realising the revenue potential of free streams | April 2017
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The push for digital transparency gets political | March 2017
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Five contenders for music’s enemy number one | January 2017
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Reviewing the streaming market as we head into 2017 | November 2016
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What challenges remain to truly unlock the power of direct-to-fan? | October 2016
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How do artists know if they’re getting a good deal from streaming? There are too many unknowns | October 2016
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The big challenge of mid-price and free streams | September 2016
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Assessing the music industry in 2016 – is it saved yet? | September 2016
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Seeking alternative ways to stream – the SupaPass approach | July 2016
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Working through the streaming stats – which matter? | July 2016
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Tracking digital dollars – the transparency problem | June 2016
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The music industry and YouTube | June 2016
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Five key digital challenges for the music industry in 2016 | December 2015
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DIRECT TO FAN TRENDS

What challenges remain to truly unlock the power of direct-to-fan? | October 2016
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Seeking alternative ways to stream – the SupaPass approach | July 2016
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EDUCATION TRENDS

Building a more skilled music industry | May 2016
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LABEL TRENDS

The latest record industry stats – three reasons for optimism, three reasons for gloom | May 2017
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The record label of the future – the story so far | February 2017
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LIVE MUSIC TRENDS

Agent of change – the story so far | January 2018
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Five contenders for music’s enemy number one – update! | January 2018
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Top five music lawsuits to watch in 2018 | January 2018
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Five contenders for music’s enemy number one | January 2017
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Tackling the touts in 2016 – A recap | December 2016
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As FanFair launches, where next for the touting debate? | July 2016
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INVESTMENT TRENDS

Value of music – the story so far | June 2017
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MEDIA TRENDS

Five contenders for music’s enemy number one – update! | January 2018
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Making money from music media in the digital age | June 2017
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Five contenders for music’s enemy number one | January 2017
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PHYSICAL PRODUCT TRENDS

The physical market in 2016 – who the hell is buying all these CDs? | June 2016
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TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

AI – The next revolution in music? | February 2018
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Reviewing the potential of the new creative tech – the story so far | November 2016
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TICKETING TRENDS

Five contenders for music’s enemy number one – update! | January 2018
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Top five music lawsuits to watch in 2018 | January 2018
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Five contenders for music’s enemy number one | January 2017
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Tackling the touts in 2016 – A recap | December 2016
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As FanFair launches, where next for the touting debate? | July 2016
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