Jay-Z bids for WiMP as Spotify raises more finance
Jay-Z bids for WiMP as Spotify raises more finance

30 January 2015

Ha, and you thought Guvera buying Blinkbox Music was exciting. Now Jay-Z is trying to buy the company behind Nordic streaming platform WiMP...

Sony to shut Music Unlimited and push Spotify on the PlayStation Network, but what about Japan?
Sony to shut Music Unlimited and push Spotify on the PlayStation Network, but what about Japan?

29 January 2015

So, a handful of plums to anyone who had Sony Music Unlimited down as the first streaming music service to shut down in...

Marvin Gaye record will not be played in court during Blurred Lines trial
Marvin Gaye record will not be played in court during Blurred Lines trial

28 January 2015

So it seems that the main qualification for joining the jury in the upcoming and set-to-be-entertaining 'Blurred Lines' court case may just be...

IMPALA launches Digital Action Plan as digital single market plan discussed by European culture committee
IMPALA launches Digital Action Plan as digital single market plan discussed by European culture committee

27 January 2015

As European Commissioner Günther Oettinger heads into the European Parliament later today to discuss plans for a 'Digital Single Market' with the legislature's...

Guvera buys Blinkbox Music
Guvera buys Blinkbox Music

26 January 2015

So, as expected, Guvera has bought Blinkbox Music from Tesco, giving the Australian streaming music company a slice of the UK market for...

As Topshop fails to overturn Rihanna passing off ruling, does it set a precedent?
As Topshop fails to overturn Rihanna passing off ruling, does it set a precedent?

23 January 2015

Topshop has failed to overturn a court ruling that said its sale of a t-shirt featuring a photo of Rihanna amounted to 'passing...

UK announced as featured country at Great Escape 2015, plus topics of core convention strands revealed
UK announced as featured country at Great Escape 2015, plus topics of core convention strands revealed

22 January 2015

The Great Escape returns this May for its tenth anniversary edition, showcasing over 400 new bands across the city of Brighton, with over...

New homepage strengthens belief that Pirate Bay will return next month
New homepage strengthens belief that Pirate Bay will return next month

22 January 2015

For a while now it has been thought that the big bad Pirate Bay was planning to return to an internet near you...

Pirate Party MEP publishes copyright review in European Parliament
Pirate Party MEP publishes copyright review in European Parliament

21 January 2015

A Pirate Party MEP from Germany has published a draft report looking at some key copyright topics across the European Union with a...

European Commission opens in-depth investigation into collecting society joint venture
European Commission opens in-depth investigation into collecting society joint venture

16 January 2015

The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it has opened an "in-depth investigation" into the previously reported joint venture between three of Europe's...

Three-strikes back in the Irish commercial courts
Three-strikes back in the Irish commercial courts

15 January 2015

So, is this Irish labels v UPC thing still ongoing? Yes, yes it is. Let's recap. In Ireland the major record companies reached a...

Creative sector worth £76.9 billion to UK economy, says government
Creative sector worth £76.9 billion to UK economy, says government

14 January 2015

The government's Department Of Culture, Media & Sport took time out yesterday to shout very loudly indeed about just how F-A-B the UK's...

Tesco poised to sell Blinkbox Music to Guvera
Tesco poised to sell Blinkbox Music to Guvera

13 January 2015

Tesco is close to signing a deal to sell its Blinkbox Music business to Australian streaming service Guvera, reports the Financial Times. As previously...

Key players in music, sport and theatre call on Government to back secondary ticketing regulations as Consumer Rights Bill heads back to the Commons
Key players in music, sport and theatre call on Government to back secondary ticketing regulations as Consumer Rights Bill heads back to the Commons

12 January 2015

85 individuals, companies and organisations yesterday gave their backing to an open letter in the Independent On Sunday calling on the Government to...

Deezer buys Muve Music
Deezer buys Muve Music

9 January 2015

Deezer yesterday confirmed it had purchased Muve Music from AT&T, and for "under $100 million" according to TechCrunch. What a bargain! US-based Muve Music...

TalkTalk buys Blinkbox movie service, separate talks underway about music element
TalkTalk buys Blinkbox movie service, separate talks underway about music element

8 January 2015

Internet service provider TalkTalk has bought the Blinkbox movie streaming business from Tesco in a deal that also sees the net firm acquire...

Live Nation Labs closes
Live Nation Labs closes

7 January 2015

This is 2015, in case you hadn't noticed, and if there's one thing we don't need in this bold new year it's labs....

Google search takedowns top 345 million in 2014
Google search takedowns top 345 million in 2014

6 January 2015

Google was asked to remove over 345 million infringing links from its search engine last year according to some maths done by Torrentfreak,...

Fabric saved from closure after police prompt licence review over drug deaths
Fabric saved from closure after police prompt licence review over drug deaths

19 December 2014

London nightclub Fabric has been saved from closure, following a licence review by Islington Council last night. The review was prompted by police,...

Now Pirate Bay Facebook is deleted, though file-sharing levels seemingly unaffected
Now Pirate Bay Facebook is deleted, though file-sharing levels seemingly unaffected

18 December 2014

As the future of The Pirate Bay remains uncertain following the server raid in Sweden that took it offline last week, Torrentfreak has...

Apple defeats anti-trust case over iPod software
Apple defeats anti-trust case over iPod software

17 December 2014

It took the jury in the big Apple anti-trust case less than three hours yesterday to rule that the IT giant had not...

Pirate Bay operators taking a break as copycat sites gain momentum
Pirate Bay operators taking a break as copycat sites gain momentum

16 December 2014

One of the current operators of The Pirate Bay has told Torrentfreak that the community of up to 50 people who have run...

BPI unblocks FilesTube
BPI unblocks FilesTube

15 December 2014

So this is novel. A one-time piracy website has been officially un-web-blocked in the UK after relaunching itself as a licensed video aggregator. FilesTube...

US movie industry investigating if web-blocks can be secured under existing law
US movie industry investigating if web-blocks can be secured under existing law

12 December 2014

It's no secret that the Motion Picture Association Of America would like some web-blocking to occur on its patch. It's boss bigged up...

The Pirate Bay remains offline, despite previous claims of resilience against raids
The Pirate Bay remains offline, despite previous claims of resilience against raids

11 December 2014

The Pirate Bay remains unaccessible today, following the raid on a server hosting company in Stockholm earlier this week that took the site...

The Pirate Bay down after Stockholm server raid
The Pirate Bay down after Stockholm server raid

10 December 2014

Swedish police yesterday seized servers, computers and other equipment used by the big bad Pirate Bay, knocking the always controversial file-sharing platform offline. The...

Viagogo comments on proposed secondary ticketing rules
Viagogo comments on proposed secondary ticketing rules

9 December 2014

Secondary ticketing company Viagogo yesterday commented on efforts to include a few lines regulating the resale of tickets online in new consumer rights...

Grooveshark launches 'radio' app licensed via SoundExchange
Grooveshark launches 'radio' app licensed via SoundExchange

8 December 2014

While some have predicted the imminent demise of Grooveshark in the wake of the digital firm's legal defeat in one of its disputes...

Parklife Festival fined £70,000 over Mum text
Parklife Festival fined £70,000 over Mum text

5 December 2014

Organisers of Manchester's Parklife festival have been fined £70,000 after they sent out a promotional text message ahead of this year's event which...

Kim Dotcom's lawyers get to negotiate with Hong Kong authorities over asset freeze
Kim Dotcom's lawyers get to negotiate with Hong Kong authorities over asset freeze

4 December 2014

After a run of bad luck, things are possibly starting to turn in Kim Dotcom's favour, though the latest development in Hong Kong...

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