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...

SoundCloud label talks faltering, says FT
SoundCloud label talks faltering, says FT

10 October 2014

SoundCloud's latest bid to become a licensed music service is faltering, according to the Financial Times, because of those pesky major record companies...

Pras sues New York Post over cancelled benefit gig claims
Pras sues New York Post over cancelled benefit gig claims

9 October 2014

One time Fugee Pras ain’t happy with the New York Post, and he’s firing up his litigation machine to prove it. The New York...

Spotify UK went into profit last year
Spotify UK went into profit last year

8 October 2014

Spotify's UK business went into profit last year, which is cheery news given that most streaming music companies are still major loss-makers. Though it's...

BPI launches private prosecution against former file-sharing site
BPI launches private prosecution against former file-sharing site

7 October 2014

Record label trade group the BPI has confirmed that a trial against two people involved with a defunct file-sharing forum called Dancing Jesus...

ERA opposes Friday as Global Release Day without more evidence
ERA opposes Friday as Global Release Day without more evidence

6 October 2014

Following a meeting called by record label trade body the BPI last Friday, the UK's Entertainment Retailers Association has issued a statement this...

Festival Republic cancels Norwegian festival, partly blames new Danish rival
Festival Republic cancels Norwegian festival, partly blames new Danish rival

3 October 2014

Festival Republic has announced that the 2015 edition of its Hove Festival in Norway will not take place, with a pretty loaded statement...

Music driving UK demand for tech, BPI study says
Music driving UK demand for tech, BPI study says

2 October 2014

A new BPI study has suggested that Britain's desire for music has lead to increased sales of consumer technology products - calculating that...

RadioCentre questions Radio 1 and 2 output (again)
RadioCentre questions Radio 1 and 2 output (again)

1 October 2014

Radio 1 and Radio 2 should stop playing so much popular pop music and put more time, effort, money, love, energy, commitment, passion,...

Grooveshark dealt a blow in label lawsuit number two
Grooveshark dealt a blow in label lawsuit number two

30 September 2014

Hot on the heels of the record industry pushing for a final summary judgement in its favour in its first lawsuit against Grooveshark,...

Universal pushes for summary judgement in Grooveshark pre-1972 case
Universal pushes for summary judgement in Grooveshark pre-1972 case

29 September 2014

If all that talk last week about the complexities of American copyright law when applied to pre-1972 sound recordings got you all excited...

Google responds to News Corp criticism
Google responds to News Corp criticism

26 September 2014

Google has responded to the previously reported letter from News Corp to European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, in which the Murdoch-controlled newspaper...

City Of London Police commander celebrates PIPCU, calls for more global collaboration on tackling IP crime
City Of London Police commander celebrates PIPCU, calls for more global collaboration on tackling IP crime

25 September 2014

The City Of London Police's National Coordinator For Economic Crime, Steve Head, has bigged up his force's IP Crime Unit, or PIPCU, and...

Pre-1972 copyright ruling goes in favour of music community, but does it set any precedent?
Pre-1972 copyright ruling goes in favour of music community, but does it set any precedent?

24 September 2014

OK, America's pre-1972 copyright thing. Big development. Possibly. A court in California has found in favour of Flo & Eddie in their lawsuit...

Apple not closing Beats Music, though a rebrand under iTunes could be on the cards
Apple not closing Beats Music, though a rebrand under iTunes could be on the cards

23 September 2014

There has been some debate as to what it was that most persuaded Apple to part with $3 billion earlier this year to...

Mega hits out at inclusion in critical cyber locker report
Mega hits out at inclusion in critical cyber locker report

22 September 2014

The boss of Mega, the file-storage service set up by MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom after his original business was shut down by the...

Grants available to fund music business internships
Grants available to fund music business internships

22 September 2014

UK music companies are being encouraged to offer paid internships to young people considering a career in the industry. The call is being...

U2 and Apple developing 'unpirate-able' format the fans will LOVE to pay for
U2 and Apple developing 'unpirate-able' format the fans will LOVE to pay for

19 September 2014

Hey, so while you were moaning about U2 devaluing music in your seventeenth opinion piece about their new album and the way they...

News Corp chief lays into Google on competition and copyright grounds
News Corp chief lays into Google on competition and copyright grounds

18 September 2014

Rupert Murdoch's publishing business News Corp has joined the public assault on the ever-powerful and slightly evil (allegedly) Google by releasing a letter...

GVA of British music up 9% in 2013, says UK Music
GVA of British music up 9% in 2013, says UK Music

17 September 2014

Cross-sector trade group UK Music has been busy counting once again, and reckons that the business of music made a contribution of £3.8...

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams depositions made public in Blurred Lines squabble
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams depositions made public in Blurred Lines squabble

16 September 2014

First you tapped your feet and you hummed the tune. Then you danced a little. Then you all downloaded and streamed it making...

Hoax call radio firm makes donation to nurse's family
Hoax call radio firm makes donation to nurse's family

15 September 2014

The Australian media group at the heart of the hoax call incident involving the hospital treating Kate Middleton in December 2012 has reportedly...

BMG does direct deal with Pandora
BMG does direct deal with Pandora

12 September 2014

BMG yesterday announced that it had entered into a direct deal with American streaming service Pandora covering its catalogue of songs that are...

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