Lords pass proposed secondary ticketing regulations
Lords pass proposed secondary ticketing regulations

21 November 2014

The House Of Lords yesterday voted - just - to include a new clause in the Consumer Rights Bill that would force people...

Billboard to include streaming and single track sales data in US album chart
Billboard to include streaming and single track sales data in US album chart

20 November 2014

Billboard, having adding streaming data into its main singles chart back in 2012, has announced that it will include the same in the...

Irving Azoff continues to put pressure on YouTube over song rights
Irving Azoff continues to put pressure on YouTube over song rights

19 November 2014

Despite being best known as a veteran artist manager and, from his time co-running Live Nation, a key player in live music, Irving...

Judge indicates that public performance right might apply to pre-1972 recordings in New York State too
Judge indicates that public performance right might apply to pre-1972 recordings in New York State too

18 November 2014

So the whole pre-1972 thing is getting very interesting indeed in the US, and arguably rather bizarre, in that recent rulings suggest that...

Band Aid 30 recorded, debuted and on sale now
Band Aid 30 recorded, debuted and on sale now

17 November 2014

So what did we learn this weekend? Well, mainly that, while God is happy to accept thanks for ensuring famine remains confined to...

Warner announces deal with Chinese internet giant
Warner announces deal with Chinese internet giant

14 November 2014

Warner Music has announced an alliance with Chinese internet giant Tencent which, says the major label, is the "first-ever master distribution partnership between...

YouTube unveils Music Key
YouTube unveils Music Key

13 November 2014

Ah, YouTube. Do you remember YouTube? It's where you used to go to access the very latest episodes of your favourite American TV...

Merlin reportedly signs up to YouTube's subscription service
Merlin reportedly signs up to YouTube's subscription service

12 November 2014

YouTube has signed a licensing deal with indie label digital rights agency Merlin for its much-delayed subscription streaming service, or so says the...

Significant jail time for former Dancing Jesus file-sharers
Significant jail time for former Dancing Jesus file-sharers

11 November 2014

Setting a precedent for the first time, in the UK at least, that operating an online file-sharing community can equate to running a...

Brand new week, more frickin Taylor Swift
Brand new week, more frickin Taylor Swift

10 November 2014

The boss of Taylor Swift label Big Machine, Scott Borchetta, confirmed on Friday that it was Spotify's freemium level that caused the singer...

Rdio gloats over Spotify and Deezer's Swifty situation
Rdio gloats over Spotify and Deezer's Swifty situation

10 November 2014

Following its initial song and dance (ie blog post) about Taylor Swift pulling her catalogue off its service last week, Spotify remained very...

Live Nation acquires Seatwave
Live Nation acquires Seatwave

7 November 2014

Live Nation's Ticketmaster has bought sometimes controversial secondary ticketing firm Seatwave - or, specifically, it's acquired "operating assets from Seatwave" - a deal...

More bloody Taylor Swift
More bloody Taylor Swift

6 November 2014

Well, whatever else, Taylor Swift has ensured she's high up on the news agenda this week hasn't she? It was Spotify which went...

Warner announces licensing deal with SoundCloud
Warner announces licensing deal with SoundCloud

5 November 2014

Why do people always want to break the ground? What has the ground ever done to hurt anyone? The 'land' just gets marked,...

Taylor Swift refuses to let you listen to her music on Spotify and now expects you to buy concert tickets too
Taylor Swift refuses to let you listen to her music on Spotify and now expects you to buy concert tickets too

4 November 2014

Taylor Swift's new album, '1989', is expected to sell over 1.3 million copies in the US in its first week, an impressive figure...

Controversial new copyright laws passed in Spain
Controversial new copyright laws passed in Spain

3 November 2014

Spain last week passed some controversial new copyright laws that will come into affect in the new year, which include new rules about...

Blurred Lines plagiarism case to proceed to court
Blurred Lines plagiarism case to proceed to court

31 October 2014

The big fat Blurred Lines plagiarism case is set to proceed to court, after a judge ruled that the family of Marvin Gaye...

Kim Dotcom's battle for his MegaUpload assets moves to Hong Kong
Kim Dotcom's battle for his MegaUpload assets moves to Hong Kong

30 October 2014

Kim Dotcom's hit back on all things MegaUpload shifted over to Hong Kong earlier this week, where legal reps for the founder of...

RIAA updates list of rogue piracy sites
RIAA updates list of rogue piracy sites

29 October 2014

The Recording Industry Association Of America has submitted its updated list of 'rogue' websites to the American government, something which has become an...

Music creator group CIAM calls for balancing of streaming royalty split between rights holders
Music creator group CIAM calls for balancing of streaming royalty split between rights holders

28 October 2014

A new report launched last week at a congress organised by the International Council Of Creators Of Music, or CIAM, called for a...

CIAM calls for more money and more transparency
CIAM calls for more money and more transparency

28 October 2014

As well as calling for a more balanced streaming royalty split between rights holders a new CIAM report by Professor Pierre-E Lalonde also...

As iTunes revenues dip 14%, what next for Apple and the record industry?
As iTunes revenues dip 14%, what next for Apple and the record industry?

27 October 2014

As the shift from downloading to streaming escalates, the Wall Street Journal has cited insider knowledge that says music sales on the iTunes...

IP crime policing unit gets two years more funding
IP crime policing unit gets two years more funding

24 October 2014

The UK government yesterday confirmed another two years of funding for the City Of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit, or PIPCU, which...

Kesha claims about Dr Luke contradicted in earlier deposition
Kesha claims about Dr Luke contradicted in earlier deposition

23 October 2014

There were developments earlier this week in the high profile and emotive legal battle between Kesha and her long-time collaborator Dr Luke. As previously...

Vocal Sony Corp investor sells stake
Vocal Sony Corp investor sells stake

22 October 2014

Noisy Sony Corp shareholder Daniel Loeb has divested his stock in the electronics and entertainment group, which will probably please the top guard...

Double legal setback for Kim Dotcom
Double legal setback for Kim Dotcom

21 October 2014

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom has had two setbacks in his long-running legal battle with the American and New Zealand authorities. Prosecutors in the...

Live Nation reshuffles management assets, launches the new Maverick
Live Nation reshuffles management assets, launches the new Maverick

20 October 2014

Following rumours in July that Live Nation was planning a shake up of its artist management assets, likely resulting in a more cohesive...

Spotify meets face-to-face with vocal artist critics Stateside
Spotify meets face-to-face with vocal artist critics Stateside

14 October 2014

There were some fiery exchanges at three artist-only forums organised by Spotify in the US last week, even though the streaming service had...

Simon Cowell considering alternative partner for Syco TV business, says FT
Simon Cowell considering alternative partner for Syco TV business, says FT

13 October 2014

Simon Cowell's current alliance with Sony Music is reaching its conclusion - a five year deal having been struck in 2010 - and,...

Copyright education should begin with the rights owners, says CMU Business Editor
Copyright education should begin with the rights owners, says CMU Business Editor

13 October 2014

Hot on the heels of Mike Weatherley MP's report on copyright education, published on Friday, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke has penned a...

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