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Digital music outsells physical media in the UK for the first time

Music Industry Threatens to Bankrupt Pirate Party Members

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After an expensive legal battle a group of music labels achieved their aim of having The Pirate Bay website blocked in the UK. With the official site blocked, millions of users switched over to proxy services, and the proxy of the UK Pirate Party soon became one of the most...
Music Industry Threatens to Bankrupt Pirate Party Members

Torrent site sends condoms to MPAA in serious April Fools' message

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Filed under: Fun, P2P, Humor I'm sure you're sick of reading about April Fools' Day jokes, but this is one prank with a serious message. Russian Torrent site Vertor, tired of anti-piracy groups trying to shut them down, sent a most unusual package to six of its biggest opponents, including...
Torrent site sends condoms to MPAA in serious April Fools' message

Google: Pirate Site Blocking Just Leads To a Game of Whac-a-Mole

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‘Follow the Money: Can The Business of Ad-Funded Piracy Be Throttled?’ was the title of a debate held last night at the University of Westminster in London and attended by artists, labels, the BPI and Google. The follow-the-money approach to piracy has gained traction in recent months and efforts are...
Google: Pirate Site Blocking Just Leads To a Game of Whac-a-Mole

Dan Bull Shares His Thoughts On The Pirate Bay Being Blocked Right After Helping His Music Get On The Charts

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We recently noted that, in the same week that Dan Bull had his new single hit the music charts because he promoted it via The Pirate Bay, BPI had convinced a court to order UK ISPs to start blocking TPB. Earlier this year, Dan had already written a song, Bye,...
Dan Bull Shares His Thoughts On The Pirate Bay Being Blocked Right After Helping His Music Get On The Charts

Google Search Data Shows Torrent Site Censorship Reaction

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Following a High Court ruling last month, six ISPs – BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and TalkTalk – were required to block subscriber access to three of the world’s largest torrent sites. The legal action, initiated by the music industry group BPI on behalf of a variety of major...
Google Search Data Shows Torrent Site Censorship Reaction

Obsessed With Google, Copyright Holders Ignore The Actual Pirated Content

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Entertainment industry groups, such as the RIAA, BPI, IFPI and MPAA, view BitTorrent sites as a major threat. Owners of BitTorrent sites, on the other hand, believe they do nothing wrong. All of the major torrent sites, The Pirate Bay excluded, have a takedown policy and remove links to infringing...
Obsessed With Google, Copyright Holders Ignore The Actual Pirated Content

Massive Protest Against UK Anti-Piracy Bill

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The UK Government continues to push forward the Digital Economy Bill (DEB) that aims to protect copyright holders from online pirates. On 15th March the House of Lords approved the bill and handed it over to the House of Commons. To the absolute dismay of most outside the music and...
Massive Protest Against UK Anti-Piracy Bill

The UK top 100 comes of age with the launch of the Official Streaming music Chart

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The music chart industry is about to catch up with user habits online next week with the launch of the UK’s first Official Streaming Chart. The new Top 100 rundown, which will launch on Monday May 14, will be compiled by the Official Charts Company with data from the nation’s...
The UK top 100 comes of age with the launch of the Official Streaming music Chart

The rebirth of the compilation album: now that's what I call a surprise!

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Spotify, iTunes and digital downloads were supposed to signal the death of the compilation album. But in the past year sales have shot upThe triple-whammy of iTunes, YouTube and Spotify was supposed to kill off the compilation album, but it seems its demise has been greatly exaggerated. Based on new...
The rebirth of the compilation album: now that's what I call a surprise!

Steve Purdham: 'Music is so powerful a song can chemically change people'

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The boss of We7 reveals how he co-created the online jukebox with Peter Gabriel and why he believes it is the future of radio Steve Purdham, the co-founder and chief executive of online jukebox We7, can recall those heady Saturday nights as a DJ in the pubs and clubs of...
Steve Purdham: 'Music is so powerful a song can chemically change people'

iTunes and Spotify devastate high street music sales as fans go digital

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HMV and others hit by 'digital music switchover' as more than a quarter of UK population download or stream musicAlmost one in five music buyers have left the high street for good, according to the latest industry figures, as internet-savvy Britons flock to digital products such as Apple iTunes and...
iTunes and Spotify devastate high street music sales as fans go digital

Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics: How The BPI Cherry Picks Its Averages To Pretend File Sharers Spend Less

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We've written more than a few times about how multiple studies have shown time and time again that those who file share tend to spend more on buying music than those who don't. We've also talked about how the RIAA absolutely hates this fact and tries to dance around it...
Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics: How The BPI Cherry Picks Its Averages To Pretend File Sharers Spend Less

BitTorrent Site Admin Hits Out at UK Music Industry Site Blocking Demand

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Last year nine record labels including EMI, Polydor, Sony, Virgin and Warner asked several of the UK’s leading ISPs to censor The Pirate Bay under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. At the end of April 2012 the process concluded when the High Court ordered the site...
BitTorrent Site Admin Hits Out at UK Music Industry Site Blocking Demand

As digital music sales leap, paid-for print circulations tumble

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As music companies finally get to grips with the challenges of the internet, paid-for magazines and papers are strugglingJust nine years ago, Britain had a thriving music press and a music industry that was defying the worldwide trend for falling sales. While still some way past its peak, NME enjoyed...
As digital music sales leap, paid-for print circulations tumble

Dan Bull Talks About Trying To Reach The Charts While Giving Away His Music

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Earlier this week, we wrote about Dan Bull's new song and new experiment: could he release a track via The Pirate Bay for free... and still get it onto the music charts? We talked to Dan to see how the process has been so far, and discussed a few other...
Dan Bull Talks About Trying To Reach The Charts While Giving Away His Music

Are Torrent Sites All About the Money?

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Imagine a scenario in which all file-sharing, streaming, linking and hosting websites are completely drained of cash, their revenues throttled by relentless anti-piracy company pressure. Free content and online piracy more or less comes to an end – right? If the rhetoric coming out of industry bodies like the RIAA,...
Are Torrent Sites All About the Money?

UK digital music downloads and streaming revenues overtake physical formats for the first time

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UK consumers are continuing to switch from physical music formats to digital downloads and streaming services, so much so that revenues from digital music surpassed those of physical sales for the first time in the first quarter of 2012. This is according to the British Phonographic Industry, whose new report shows...
UK digital music downloads and streaming revenues overtake physical formats for the first time

Does the BPI want MPs to debate the digital economy bill properly?

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Does the BPI want MPs to debate the digital economy bill properly?

Google Music: iTunes rival nears after filesharing search changes

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Google's downgrade of search results hosting unlicensed material expected to hasten expansion of music serviceGoogle is expected to accelerate the launch of its ambitious music service outside the US after the company announced last Friday that it will downgrade illicit filesharing sites in its search results.Websites that host unlicensed copies...
Google Music: iTunes rival nears after filesharing search changes

VIDEO: Music piracy: Google under fire

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The British music trade body, BPI has requested the deletion of more illegal online music files in the six months of this year so far than in the whole of 2011....
VIDEO: Music piracy: Google under fire

New Filesharing Index Shows Filesharing Is Now Mainstream

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By now, many of you have probably read about Musicmetrics' new Digital Music Index. Musicmetrics took a whole bunch of filesharing data and approximated the location of each downloader in order to get a better understanding of who shares music. What it found isn't really surprising. A whole lot of...
New Filesharing Index Shows Filesharing Is Now Mainstream

Music Pirates are Cheapskates, Some of Them

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Over the past months we’ve reported on a variety of studies which concluded that, among those who buy music, file-sharers spend the most. These findings were confirmed this week by a report from the UK music industry group BPI, but only for those who read between the lines. In their...
Music Pirates are Cheapskates, Some of Them

British music industry body puts pressure on UK Pirate Party to pull popular Pirate Bay proxy

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Serving as a way for The Pirate Bay users to continue visiting the file-sharing website despite blocks by numerous ISPs in the UK, the UK Pirate Party has been formally requested by British music industry body — the BPI — to take down its proxy, dismissing the party’s free speech...
British music industry body puts pressure on UK Pirate Party to pull popular Pirate Bay proxy

UK Recording Industry Doesn't Want Google To Reduce Piracy Until It Reduces Piracy

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Techdirt has written before about the self-destructive vindictiveness of the copyright industries, which would rather die in a futile attempt to stamp out piracy than embrace new ways of making money that will help to reduce piracy anyway. Here's another example of this blinkered approach from the UK, pointed out...
UK Recording Industry Doesn't Want Google To Reduce Piracy Until It Reduces Piracy

Pirate Bay Block Inspires Crowdsourced Song – Bye Bye BPI

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Earlier this month in a case brought by several major recording labels including Sony, EMI and Warner, a judge in the UK’s High Court ruled that The Pirate Bay and its users breach copyright “on a major scale.” This ruling means that it’s almost inevitable that the UK’s major Internet...
Pirate Bay Block Inspires Crowdsourced Song – Bye Bye BPI

UK Recording Industry Looks To Censor More Sites With No Trial Or Conviction

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Once the UK recording industry realized that UK courts would order ISPs to block websites it didn't like, it appears that the industry, led by BPI and PPL began putting together a list of over two dozen sites that they're asking to have blocked by all UK ISPs, even though...
UK Recording Industry Looks To Censor More Sites With No Trial Or Conviction

Google Relaxes DMCA Takedown Restrictions, Eyes Abuse

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In an effort to make piracy less visible copyright holders have been sending dozens of millions of takedown notices to Google over the past months. But they want more. One of the complaints often heard is that Google restricts the number of links that rights-holders can submit per day. Additionally...
Google Relaxes DMCA Takedown Restrictions, Eyes Abuse

Music Biz Hopes To End Piracy By Tempting ISPs With Millions

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Around seven years ago when pressure was first starting to form against the then-fledgling BitTorrent scene, attitudes were pretty much as they are now. “They’ll never stop it, we’ll always find a way,” cried the masses grabbing music, movies and software for free, and few disagreed. Of course, there will...
Music Biz Hopes To End Piracy By Tempting ISPs With Millions

BPI Threatens To Sue UK Pirate Party Leaders Personally Due To Internet Proxy

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With the BPI (the UK equivalent of the RIAA) successfully getting access to The Pirate Bay blocked via many UK ISPs, it's apparently turned its quixotic sites to the UK Pirate Party for daring to set up a proxy -- as if there aren't hundreds, if not thousands, of other...
BPI Threatens To Sue UK Pirate Party Leaders Personally Due To Internet Proxy
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