Google appears to prioritise ads for legit sources in searches for pirated content
Google appears to prioritise ads for legit sources in searches for pirated content

23 July 2014

Google is possibly experimenting with a new system that would see ads for legit content platforms positioned at the top of searches for...

Tulisa drugs trial collapses due to
Tulisa drugs trial collapses due to "serious misconduct" by Sun's 'fake sheikh'

22 July 2014

Tulisa Contostavlos's trial on drugs charges dramatically collapsed yesterday, after the judge called into question evidence The Sun's Mazher Mahmood, aka 'the fake...

Creative industries and ISPs announce copyright alert and education alliance
Creative industries and ISPs announce copyright alert and education alliance

21 July 2014

The major internet service providers, trade body reps for various content industries and the government came together this weekend to announce Creative Content...

Spanish court overturns web-blocks, as Pirate Bay says userbase has doubled since blockades began
Spanish court overturns web-blocks, as Pirate Bay says userbase has doubled since blockades began

18 July 2014

While Spain was one of the first countries to seriously consider web-blocking as a tactic in the fight against internet piracy with its...

Featured Artists Coalition backs indie community's Digital Deals Declaration
Featured Artists Coalition backs indie community's Digital Deals Declaration

17 July 2014

The UK's Featured Artists Coalition last night welcomed the indie label community's Fair Digital Deals Declaration, via which hundreds of labels have pledged...

MMF challenges Sony/ATV's threat to withdraw from collective licensing
MMF challenges Sony/ATV's threat to withdraw from collective licensing

16 July 2014

The UK's Music Managers Forum has responded to the letter sent last week by Sony/ATV chief Marty Bandier to American songwriters allied to...

Independents launch Fair Digital Deals Declaration
Independents launch Fair Digital Deals Declaration

16 July 2014

The Worldwide Independent Network - which brings together indie label trade bodies worldwide - this morning launched a new Fair Digital Deals Declaration,...

Garth Brooks says Dublin shows will definitely not go ahead
Garth Brooks says Dublin shows will definitely not go ahead

15 July 2014

Country music fans in Dublin have had the rope swing of hope dangled just out of reach for the last couple of weeks,...

US Department Of Justice's digital licensing review underway, though could wider remit result in bad news for the publishers?
US Department Of Justice's digital licensing review underway, though could wider remit result in bad news for the publishers?

14 July 2014

The US Department Of Justice has distributed a so called Civil Investigative Demand, or CID, to the two main performing rights societies in...

Line-up for the July edition of The CMU Podcast: Live announced
Line-up for the July edition of The CMU Podcast: Live announced

14 July 2014

Following the success of its first edition in June, the CMU Podcast will be back for another live recording at The Roundhouse in...

Sony/ATV boss says complete withdrawal is an option in US collective licensing dispute
Sony/ATV boss says complete withdrawal is an option in US collective licensing dispute

11 July 2014

The big boss of the biggest of all the music publishers, Marty Bandier of Sony/ATV/EMI, has formally re-affirmed the threat to withdraw from...

Melua responds to Liberty tax avoidance scheme involvement
Melua responds to Liberty tax avoidance scheme involvement

11 July 2014

Katie Melua has posted a statement following this week's latest tax avoidance exposé in The Times, as reported on Wednesday, in which she...

PRS confirms Global Repertoire Database
PRS confirms Global Repertoire Database "cannot" move forward, pledges to find "alternative ways"

10 July 2014

UK collecting society PRS For Music confirmed this morning that the grand Global Repertoire Database project has run aground, though said that it...

Michael, Melua and Monkeys linked to tax avoidance scheme
Michael, Melua and Monkeys linked to tax avoidance scheme

9 July 2014

George Michael, Katie Melua and the God-darn Arctic Monkeys have all been linked to the latest tax avoidance scheme to be exposed by...

TV firm secures mega web-block in India
TV firm secures mega web-block in India

8 July 2014

You might have thought sport was all about biking now, but no, that football kicking festival in Brazil is still going through the...

Italian investigation finds link between piracy operation and supposedly legit cyber-locker
Italian investigation finds link between piracy operation and supposedly legit cyber-locker

7 July 2014

A cyber-locker service called DDLStorage has been blocked in Italy amidst allegations the file-storage business exists primarily to assist in the distribution of...

Camden Crawl goes into voluntary liquidation
Camden Crawl goes into voluntary liquidation

4 July 2014

Crawl Promotions, the company behind North London's long-standing multi-venue music festival The Camden Crawl, has been put into liquidation by its organisers a...

Mike Weatherley to stand down as MP at next election
Mike Weatherley to stand down as MP at next election

4 July 2014

Mike Weatherley MP, who has been particularly vocal on music business and intellectual property issues in his time in parliament, has announced he...

YouTube to postpone indie block while licensing talks continue
YouTube to postpone indie block while licensing talks continue

3 July 2014

YouTube has postponed plans to block the indie labels from its video platform as talks continue over the Google-owned subsidiary's plans to launch...

Rough Trade links with Rise chain, confirms Nottingham shop
Rough Trade links with Rise chain, confirms Nottingham shop

3 July 2014

Music emporium Rough Trade is to launch a third British base inside Nottingham's Creative Quarter following a new alliance with another indie record...

Google buys Songza
Google buys Songza

2 July 2014

Following recent speculation that it was busy bidding for it, Google last night confirmed it had bought US-based interactive-radio style streaming service Songza....

Welsh Music Foundation suspends operations after government funding expires
Welsh Music Foundation suspends operations after government funding expires

1 July 2014

The Welsh Music Foundation, the development body that has supported the music industry in Wales for nearly fifteen years, announced this morning that...

Company behind new Michael Jackson doc goes legal over footage dispute
Company behind new Michael Jackson doc goes legal over footage dispute

30 June 2014

A production company making a new documentary about Michael Jackson has gone legal in an ongoing dispute with the late king of pop's...

IMPALA confirms EC complaint submitted over YouTube dispute
IMPALA confirms EC complaint submitted over YouTube dispute

27 June 2014

Pan-European indie label trade group IMPALA has confirmed this morning that it has now lodged a formal complaint against YouTube's negotiating tactics for...

CMU Podcast: Live goes live - hear it now
CMU Podcast: Live goes live - hear it now

27 June 2014

As pan-European indie label trade body IMPALA confirms it has filed a complaint with the European Commission over YouTube's negotiating tactics for its...

ERA chief hits out at failing music licensing framework
ERA chief hits out at failing music licensing framework

26 June 2014

The boss of the Entertainment Retailers Association hit out at music licensing processes yesterday, arguing that music rights owners were still trying to...

Weatherley publishes Follow The Money piracy report
Weatherley publishes Follow The Money piracy report

26 June 2014

Mike Weatherley MP, in his guise as IP Adviser to David Cameron, has published his 'Follow The Money' report, which puts the focus...

Music Publishers' Association backs indies in YouTube dispute
Music Publishers' Association backs indies in YouTube dispute

25 June 2014

The UK's Music Publishers' Association is the latest music industry trade body to back the indie label community in their battle with YouTube...

Further YouTube deal chatter as leaked contract is published
Further YouTube deal chatter as leaked contract is published

24 June 2014

So Digital Music News has published the leaked contact presented by YouTube to the indie labels that has been doing the rounds the...

CMU's new music business talk show live at The Roundhouse TONIGHT
CMU's new music business talk show live at The Roundhouse TONIGHT

24 June 2014

This evening CMU and Roundhouse Rising will present the first edition of a new music business news-related chat show, live in the Roundhouse's...

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