Finnish digital rights case could set interesting precedent over pre-iTunes catalogue
Finnish digital rights case could set interesting precedent over pre-iTunes catalogue

27 March 2015

A potentially important test case being fought in the Finnish courts has ruled in favour of the family of a late artist who...

Beastie Boys gain summary judgement on TufAmerica case
Beastie Boys gain summary judgement on TufAmerica case

26 March 2015

The Beastie Boys have emerged victorious from a lawsuit accusing them of copyright infringement over unauthorised samples on their 1989 album, 'Paul's Boutique'. As...

Radio 1 Chart Show to move to Friday as global release day kicks in
Radio 1 Chart Show to move to Friday as global release day kicks in

24 March 2015

As expected, Radio 1's 'Official Chart Show' is moving to a new day so that it can still be the first place that...

WiMP brand to be phased out as Jay-Z takes control of Tidal
WiMP brand to be phased out as Jay-Z takes control of Tidal

23 March 2015

So, we can officially stop saying Tidal/WiMP to refer to the streaming service that began in the Nordics as WiMP but launched as...

Universal preparing to settle digital royalty class actions
Universal preparing to settle digital royalty class actions

20 March 2015

Universal Music is set to follow Sony Music and Warner Music in proposing a settlement to the widespread and long-running dispute - especially...

Sony fails to knock out 19's Idol stars lawsuit
Sony fails to knock out 19's Idol stars lawsuit

18 March 2015

Sony Music has failed to have a wide-ranging lawsuit filed by 19 Entertainment a year ago dismissed, though some elements of the case...

New research provides insights into what UK consumers think about music
New research provides insights into what UK consumers think about music

18 March 2015

Media Insight Consulting, the consultancy business set up last year by former Universal Music Global Insight Director Chris Carey, has released some top-line...

Pirate Bay blocks fall after SSL switch
Pirate Bay blocks fall after SSL switch

17 March 2015

Access to The Pirate Bay has been unhindered by most UK internet service providers for possibly a few weeks now, it has emerged,...

'Blurred Lines' lawyer confirms appeals will follow
'Blurred Lines' lawyer confirms appeals will follow

16 March 2015

A hot contender for least surprising development of the year, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' legal man Howard King has told Fox he...

Gaye family discuss 'Blurred Lines' win
Gaye family discuss 'Blurred Lines' win

12 March 2015

The Gaye family discussed the surprise ruling in their favour in the long-running 'Blurred Lines' copyright dispute with CBS's Entertainment Tonight yesterday, describing...

Gaye family win Blurred Lines dispute
Gaye family win Blurred Lines dispute

11 March 2015

OK, let's see if I can do this without resorting to the gag about it being a great day for 'Gaye rights'. So,...

Hodgson and Weatherley welcome Commons support for ticket touting rules, but point to importance of future review
Hodgson and Weatherley welcome Commons support for ticket touting rules, but point to importance of future review

10 March 2015

As the reworked version of the secondary ticketing rules set to be added to the Consumer Rights Bill were debated in the House...

How are Apple's plans impacting on the freemium debate?
How are Apple's plans impacting on the freemium debate?

9 March 2015

So speculation continues to mount about what Apple has planned for its new fangled iTunes-Beats mash up service, and about the general mood...

Blurred Lines trial moves to jury deliberations
Blurred Lines trial moves to jury deliberations

6 March 2015

We could find out later today whether pop monstrosity 'Blurred Lines' infringed Marvin Gaye classic 'Got To Give It Up', with the jury...

Minority shareholder group at Aspiro comes out against Jay-Z bid
Minority shareholder group at Aspiro comes out against Jay-Z bid

5 March 2015

Jay-Z's bid to enter the streaming market by buying the Nordic company behind WiMP and Tidal has seemingly hit a hurdle, as an...

Spotify's Will Hope to lead re-evaluation of music marketing with CMU Insights at The Great Escape
Spotify's Will Hope to lead re-evaluation of music marketing with CMU Insights at The Great Escape

4 March 2015

Spotify's Director Of Label Relations Will Hope will reveal what factors are driving streams in 2015 at the top of a CMU Insights...

Gaye lawyer says Thicke defence is misleading the jury in 'Blurred Lines' trial
Gaye lawyer says Thicke defence is misleading the jury in 'Blurred Lines' trial

3 March 2015

The attorney speaking for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the ongoing 'Blurred Lines' copyright case has made statements that are "confusing, wrong,...

As figures confirm 2014 was challenging for the record industry, will 2015 be better than
As figures confirm 2014 was challenging for the record industry, will 2015 be better than "flat"?

2 March 2015

Despite the 'streaming music boom' and the rather more modest 'vinyl revival' both providing some positive spin, few would deny that 2014 was...

Entertainment retailers publish manifesto, call for more collaboration
Entertainment retailers publish manifesto, call for more collaboration

24 February 2015

The Entertainment Retailers Association this morning published a manifesto which requests for its membership of high street retailers, download and mail-order stores, and...

Global Radio launches its music business Stateside, appoints former AEG Live chief
Global Radio launches its music business Stateside, appoints former AEG Live chief

20 February 2015

Good news if you're one of those people who like companies called Global to actually be global, because Global's gone global. Yes, Global Entertainment...

Library music firm accuses MCNs of abusing its user-generated content service
Library music firm accuses MCNs of abusing its user-generated content service

19 February 2015

A US-based library music company, which was one of the first to capitalise on the rise of bedroom filmmakers seeking music to sync...

Sony/ATV signs new Europe-wide licence with Spotify
Sony/ATV signs new Europe-wide licence with Spotify

18 February 2015

Sony/ATV boss Marty Bandier told the Pre-Grammy Gala earlier this month that he had made it his "number one priority to ensure songwriters...

Swedish songwriters call for more clarity and fairness over digital royalty distribution
Swedish songwriters call for more clarity and fairness over digital royalty distribution

17 February 2015

Swedish songwriters, including some of the country's champion pop makers, have followed the lead of their UK counterparts in going public about what...

Advisors in HMV plc administration earn millions while creditors will receive little
Advisors in HMV plc administration earn millions while creditors will receive little

13 February 2015

Just in case there was any doubt whatsoever (there wasn't), next time a major entertainment retailer goes bust, try your best to be...

Streaming data to be added to the UK albums chart
Streaming data to be added to the UK albums chart

12 February 2015

So, it was confirmed last night that the UK's Official Albums Chart is "being reshaped for the future of music", and possibly the...

BMI v Pandora royalties dispute reaches court
BMI v Pandora royalties dispute reaches court

11 February 2015

The latest skirmish in the music industry's war with Pandora kicked off in New York yesterday as the legal battle over what royalties...

Next Big Sound tops most innovative music company list
Next Big Sound tops most innovative music company list

11 February 2015

And now, it gives me great pleasure - courtesy of the diligent dudes at Fast Company magazine and their ever insightful mission to...

One of the MegaUpload accused is in the US, speculation he's prepared to testify against Dotcom
One of the MegaUpload accused is in the US, speculation he's prepared to testify against Dotcom

10 February 2015

One of the men facing extradition to the US for his involvement in the running of controversial file-transfer company MegaUpload is now in...

Marty Bandier uses Grammys speech to call for more digital dollars to go to songwriters
Marty Bandier uses Grammys speech to call for more digital dollars to go to songwriters

9 February 2015

Marty Bandier, boss of the world's biggest music publisher Sony/ATV, was presented with the President's Merit Award at the Recording Academy's annual Pre-Grammy...

US Copyright Office publishes numerous proposals for overhaul of music licensing
US Copyright Office publishes numerous proposals for overhaul of music licensing

6 February 2015

The US Copyright Office yesterday published a lengthy report proposing a pretty radical overhaul of music copyright in the States - covering both...

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