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German rights holders sue YouTube in escalating royalty fight

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German music rights group GEMA has filed a lawsuit against YouTube, alleging that the video site is misleading users about the details of an ongoing licensing dispute between the two parties. The lawsuit is the latest escalation in that dispute, which has been going on since 2010, and resulted in...
German rights holders sue YouTube in escalating royalty fight

Apple To Enter The Music Streaming Arena

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In an attempt to compete with music streaming services like Pandora, Apple could be trying its hand at one of its own.  Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has plans on expanding its musical prowess to include a streaming service similar to Pandora and Spotify. According to the...
Apple To Enter The Music Streaming Arena

Demystifying Amazon's Cloud Player

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Moving your digital music files from your old computer to your phone to your laptop to your new computer used to be a lengthy and annoying process, especially for consumers with thousands of tracks from different music sources. Now, with tech companies offering “cloud,” or Web server-based, storage solutions for...
Demystifying Amazon's Cloud Player

UK Government Pressuring Search Engines To Censor Results In Favor Of Copyright Industries

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One of the most insidious aspects of recent Internet policy-making is that much of it is taking place behind closed doors, with little or no consultation -- think of SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and TPP. But there's another dangerous trend: the rise of "informal" agreements between the copyright industries and Internet...
UK Government Pressuring Search Engines To Censor Results In Favor Of Copyright Industries

Music Rights Group Sues ISPs Over "Pirate Tax"

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Over the past several years Belgian music rights group SABAM has pressured Internet providers to take responsibility for online piracy. An attempt to force ISPs to monitor and filter copyrighted material found itself stranded in the European Court, but the group has not given up. This week SABAM sued the...
Music Rights Group Sues ISPs Over "Pirate Tax"

YouTube loses music clip copyright battle in court

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German court rules that YouTube must take down copyrighted music clips - a move which could lead to royalty paymentsYouTube must take down copyrighted clips of music, a German court has ruled, in a move which could be a step towards forcing it to pay large sums in royalties.The move...
YouTube loses music clip copyright battle in court
Apple Reportedly Brings Warner Music On Board For iRadio Streaming Service Ahead Of WWDC

Rumor: Music Streamer Spotify To Try Streaming Video Too

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Can the little British firm upset the U.S. video giants? According to sources who've spoken to BusinessInsider.com, Spotify is poised to expand its services from streaming music over the Internet to streaming video content too. For ages Spotify was mainly limited to British, then European consumers thanks to complex...
Rumor: Music Streamer Spotify To Try Streaming Video Too

In spite of $96M in losses, Spotify seeks new investors, better revenues

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Streaming music service Spotify hasn’t made too many friends in the music industry, mostly because it’s bringing fewer paid subscribers to the table than record labels had anticipated. But that’s not stopping the startup from trying to pick up more funding. In an interview with Swedish business-focused daily newspaper...
In spite of $96M in losses, Spotify seeks new investors, better revenues

Amazon reportedly adding music rights to Cloud Player, could close gap with iCloud

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Amazon's Cloud Player app just made its way to the iPhone and iPod touch, but the company's web-based music service still lacks the license deals that make Apple's iCloud a more seamless experience. While iCloud scans a user's hard drive to match songs and stream them from iTunes, Cloud...
Amazon reportedly adding music rights to Cloud Player, could close gap with iCloud

YouTube's Three-Plus Year Copyright Battle With German Music Rights Agency Rumbles On, As GEMA Breaks Off Negotiations

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A copyright dispute that has blocked German YouTube users’ access to certain music videos continues to rumble on with little sign of a resolution – despite going on for more than three years already. Today GEMA, the German music royalties collection agency at the centre of the dispute, announced it has broken off...
YouTube's Three-Plus Year Copyright Battle With German Music Rights Agency Rumbles On, As GEMA Breaks Off Negotiations
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Sony Music Boss: Censored YouTube Videos Cost Us Millions

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For years the music industry has blamed Internet piracy for all their troubles. Slowly, however, the record labels are starting to realize that the Internet is the future and it will ultimately do more good than harm. One of the people who embraces this positive view is Edgar Berger, Sony...
Sony Music Boss: Censored YouTube Videos Cost Us Millions

SABAM Charged With Copyright Fraud, Embezzlement, Money Laundering

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In 2004, a Belgian composer filed a complaint against local music rights group SABAM. Philippe Delhaye, an associate member of SABAM, claimed that there had been “breaches” in the correct payment of his royalties. Delhaye’s complaint, which was backed up with witness statements from a former SABAM general manager and...
SABAM Charged With Copyright Fraud, Embezzlement, Money Laundering

Music rights firms target users

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Two business are urging wedding video makers and other individual users to pay for music licences before adding clips to the web....
Music rights firms target users

Pandora Says Musicians Will Get More if It Pays Less. How Does that Work?

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The latest round of Pandora vs. the music business is really complicated, because music licensing is really complicated.* It’s also very simple: Pandora wants to spend less money on music rights every time it streams a song over the Web. Many people who own music rights want Pandora to spend...
Pandora Says Musicians Will Get More if It Pays Less. How Does that Work?

Rdio signs deal with UK music rights-holders, as it cranks up its European expansion

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Digital music subscription service just Rdio just took one small step closer towards launching in the UK, after PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the rights of 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK, announced a licensing agreement with the music streaming service. Launched in 2010 in...
Rdio signs deal with UK music rights-holders, as it cranks up its European expansion

Indie music rights agency Merlin reaches $1.6m settlement with Sirius Satellite Radio

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Global independent rights agency Merlin has agreed to the settlement of a long-running copyright infringement dispute with New York-based Sirius Satellite Radio for a sum of $1.6 million. Merlin fought for the settlement with Sirius Satellite Radio over its Stiletto range and other similar recording devices, after claims were settled...
Indie music rights agency Merlin reaches $1.6m settlement with Sirius Satellite Radio

Danish Trade Minister Apologizes For Using Bogus Industry Numbers To Support Pro-ACTA Argument

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One of the things we've noted for years is how the debate over copyright issues is dominated by (often questionable) numbers put out by the copyright industries themselves. They get especially questionable when it comes to talking about infringement and the impact of infringement... and apparently some folks are finally...
Danish Trade Minister Apologizes For Using Bogus Industry Numbers To Support Pro-ACTA Argument

Germans can't see meteorite YouTube videos due to copyright dispute

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The error message reads: “Sorry, this video, which includes music from [Sony Music Entertainment], is not available in Germany because GEMA has not granted the publishing rights thereto.” @jke Last week, when the world was watching crazy Russian meteorite videos on YouTube, Germans weren’t. As a result of an...
Germans can't see meteorite YouTube videos due to copyright dispute

German court: YouTube must prevent upload of copyrighted content

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On Friday, the Hamburg State Court ruled that Google, YouTube’s corporate parent, will need to prevent users from posting copyrighted material without express consent. The suit was filed two years ago by GEMA, the German royalty agency, and other music rights groups, who alleged that the video-sharing site had...
German court: YouTube must prevent upload of copyrighted content

Peter Gabriel's digital music rights company CueSongs concludes BMG deal, all the majors now on board

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Digital music licensing hub CueSongs has announced that it has concluded agreements with BMG Rights Management, meaning it now has deals in place with all the major music publishers for online licensing – EMI Music Publishing, SonyATV, Universal Music Publishing and Warner Chappell, in addition to the bigger independents such...
Peter Gabriel's digital music rights company CueSongs concludes BMG deal, all the majors now on board

Norway Faces Site Blocking Measures in Anti-Filesharing Bill

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Back in March 2009, the IFPI and several local movie studios began putting pressure on Telenor, Norway’s largest Internet service provider. It was a familiar tale – stop your subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay, the ISP was told, or legal action will follow. Following Telenor’s refusal the rightsholders kept...
Norway Faces Site Blocking Measures in Anti-Filesharing Bill

Vevo prepares for European launch

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Music video website, founded by Sony and Universal, aims to attract fans who currently watch clips on its YouTube channelVevo, the music video website founded by music majors Universal and Sony, is to break into mainland Europe, launching in France, Spain and Italy.The service, which is also backed by EMI...
Vevo prepares for European launch

Google and Facebook reportedly interested in buying into music video site Vevo

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Google and Facebook are considering investments in Vevo, the New York Post reports in an exclusive story. According to its sources, both are competing for an equity stake and an ad deal with the music video service. It wouldn’t be the first time Facebook has shown interest in partnering with Vevo,...
Google and Facebook reportedly interested in buying into music video site Vevo

Apple’s Siri sings “Stairway to Heaven” and it’s amazing [video]

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Our favorite Apple parody site Scoopertino has struck again with a magnificent bit of fake news. This is the same site that brought us such gems as “iBalls“, the Retina display to replace your actual eyeballs. In today’s Apple “scoop”, Scoopertino discusses the company dropping musicians to let Siri sing...
Apple’s Siri sings “Stairway to Heaven” and it’s amazing [video]

File-Sharing and Link Sites Declared Legal in Spain

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Despite many rulings which have declared file-sharing sites legal if they don’t profit directly from copyright infringements, in recent years its become something of a custom in Spain for music rights groups to attempt to close down sites in advance of a full hearing to assess their legality. One such...
File-Sharing and Link Sites Declared Legal in Spain

Why You Can't See SNL's Great "Game of Thrones" Sketch On NBC.com

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The great thing about Saturday Night Live and the Internet is that you don’t have to watch Saturday Night Live anymore. Because of the Internet. Do whatever you want on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning, you can see all of the show online, legally, for free. Your cyber-pals will...
Why You Can't See SNL's Great "Game of Thrones" Sketch On NBC.com

Artist and Hacktivists Sabotage Spanish Anti-Piracy Law

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Traditionally, Spain has been one of the few countries where courts have affirmed that P2P-sites operate legally. This situation was met with disapproval by the United States Government who behind closed doors proceeded to help the Spanish authorities draft new laws to protect the interests of copyright holders. Threatened with...
Artist and Hacktivists Sabotage Spanish Anti-Piracy Law

Big Data Helps ID Who's "Stealing" That Song

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The same kind of digital fingerprinting that helps music lovers identify songs using apps like Shazam and Soundhound is also being used to help help artists, performers and rights holders identify who is using those songs - yet another way big data is changing the way we live and...
Big Data Helps ID Who's "Stealing" That Song
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