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An EMI-Universal Merger Won't Fix the Music Industry

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Sales of digital music surpassed disc sales for the first time last year, spurring the music industry's dawning awareness that this digital thing isn't going away. Executives at Universal Music Group (home of Gotye, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and numerous other hit makers) and EMI (for whom the Beatles...
An EMI-Universal Merger Won't Fix the Music Industry

Veoh Wins Important Case Against Universal Music Over DMCA Safe Harbors Again; But Is Still Dead Due To Legal Fees

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We've written a few times about the sad case of Veoh. Veoh was a YouTube-like site, funded by Hollywood insiders like Michael Eisner, but who got sued by Universal Music Group, claiming copyright infringement (using more or less the same theories used by Viacom against YouTube). Technically, Veoh sued first...
Veoh Wins Important Case Against Universal Music Over DMCA Safe Harbors Again; But Is Still Dead Due To Legal Fees
Vevo's mobile traffic up 463% since July of last year

Grooveshark's CEO Is Making A Comeback After 'Getting Punched In The Face 10,000 Times'

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The last couple of years were rough for Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino.  The span of time between 2011 and early 2012 was "a year of getting punched in the face 10,000 times," Tarantino tells Mashable's Seth Fiegerman Tarantino went through a series of blows during that time. First Google pulled the Groveshark...
Grooveshark's CEO Is Making A Comeback After 'Getting Punched In The Face 10,000 Times'

Veoh Still Not Dead Enough For Universal Music; Asks Court To Rehear Case Yet Again

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I sometimes wonder about the lawyers representing the major labels, and their ability to continually bill those supposedly struggling labels top dollar in quixotic attempts to fight any and all innovation. We've written plenty of times about Universal Music Group's legal crusade against online video site Veoh. Veoh was a...
Veoh Still Not Dead Enough For Universal Music; Asks Court To Rehear Case Yet Again
Google+ login button launches across hundreds of partner sites

Mobile boom means big challenges for Vevo's global roll-out

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Music video service Vevo will soon launch in three more western European countries, declaring most online videos will ultimately be viewed on mobile. But, although the service sees no problem heading to emerging young markets, high costs will keep it out of Germany for the foreseeable future. “We’re about to...
Mobile boom means big challenges for Vevo's global roll-out

How Digital Music Innovation Will Suffer if Universal Acquires EMI

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The music business, to say the least, ain't what it used to be. To be precise, the industry has shrunk by about 50% since Napster's heyday, and virtually nobody expects it to fully bounce back. The major labels know this and have tried just about everything to remain dominant, including...
How Digital Music Innovation Will Suffer if Universal Acquires EMI

Big Brother creator to launch 'first' gameshow/talent show hybrid

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John de Mol teams up with Universal Music Group as he looks to sell The Winner Is … to a UK broadcasterBig Brother and The Voice creator John de Mol has teamed up with Universal Music Group to launch what he claims is the first ever gameshow/talent show hybrid.De Mol's...
Big Brother creator to launch 'first' gameshow/talent show hybrid

Apple Close to Striking Deal with Record Labels for iRadio

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Apple is close to signing a deal with both Warner Music and Universal Music Group for its rumored streaming music service, reports CNET. Content negotiations between Apple and record companies were said to have stagnated because the Cupertino-based company was offering low royalty rates, but CNET's sources say that Apple's...
Apple Close to Striking Deal with Record Labels for iRadio

'Radio Buy Buttons' found in iOS 6.1 via newly jailbroken iPads, could mean new functionality coming

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‘Radio Buy’ buttons, above, enlarged, put together from files, below Having a look around our newly jailbroken iPads with iFunBox, we happened on a new set of files in the iPad Music.app. The files are called some variation of “radio button” with an icon that looks similar to the...
'Radio Buy Buttons' found in iOS 6.1 via newly jailbroken iPads, could mean new functionality coming
Moontoast signs 2-year deal to bring its social commerce platform to Universal Music Group
Google's big I/O reveal may be a streaming music service

Universal Music Group nearing its digital tipping point

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For the world’s biggest music label, the days of revenue decline are over — and soon, it will be surviving mostly on digital money. Universal Music Group (UMG), home to Lady Gaga and U2, on Tuesday reported revenue for the last nine months had risen 2.1 percent over the last...
Universal Music Group nearing its digital tipping point

Copyright enforcement gone wrong: Universal takes down a song it doesn’t own

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Proactive copyright protection systems like YouTube’s ContentID are double-edged swords. On the one hand, they help large companies efficiently ensure that their copyrights are not infringed, which can be difficult with sites where anyone can upload content. On the other hand, they can give those with the right deals and...
Copyright enforcement gone wrong: Universal takes down a song it doesn’t own

Judge Tosses DMCA Defenses, Creating Unexpected Copyright Liability for Web Services In New York

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Editor’s note: Sid Venkatesan is an IP partner specializing in high stakes IP disputes and IP counseling for technology companies in the Silicon Valley office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. James Freedman is an associate in Orrick’s IP group and a recent Stanford Law School graduate.  A New York appellate court...
Judge Tosses DMCA Defenses, Creating Unexpected Copyright Liability for Web Services In New York

Vevo continues its global rollout with launches in France, Spain and Italy

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Vevo, the online music service started by Universal and Sony, has continued its global rollout and expanded across Europe after going live in France, Spain and Italy today. The service landed in the UK in April 2011, in what was then its first expansion outside of North America, and now it...
Vevo continues its global rollout with launches in France, Spain and Italy

Interscope Records relaunches its corporate website for the e-commerce, Twitter generation

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Interscope Records, the record company behind the likes of Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Lana Del Rey, Carly Rae Jepsen and La Roux, is taking a new approach to its corporate website, working to merge traditional and social content. Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) is actually the full name of the umbrella...
Interscope Records relaunches its corporate website for the e-commerce, Twitter generation

Anybeat Founder Dmitry Shapiro Officially Moves to Google

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Anybeat CEO Dmitry Shapiro has started at Google, the company told AllThingsD. Shapiro is now a officially group product manager on the Google+ team, confirming recent speculation. As for the alternative social network Shapiro founded, it’s now completely shut down and redirects to a splash page for a yet-to-launch start-up...
Anybeat Founder Dmitry Shapiro Officially Moves to Google

Apple tipped to unveil iRadio streaming music and new look for iPhone software

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CEO to use speech at developer conference to reinvigorate brand amid slumping share price and pressure from regulatorsThe Apple chief executive, Tim Cook, is expected on Monday to unveil an "iRadio" streaming music service to compete with Spotify, Pandora and Google, along with a new look for the iPhone's software...
Apple tipped to unveil iRadio streaming music and new look for iPhone software
US, EU regulators approve Universal-EMI music deal

Despite the Rumors, RickRolling Isn't Dead

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Dramatic headlines cried out overnight that RickRolling was dead. The original Rick Astley video with more than 30 million views has been pulled from YouTube due to copyright violation. In fact, however, YouTube appears to have simply moved the video to Vevo, its music video website in partnership with Universal...
Despite the Rumors, RickRolling Isn't Dead

Anonymous Now Has Anontune, Its Own Social Music Platform

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(via YouTube.com) The relationship between Anonymous and the recording industry could not be described as copacetic. Nor is this likely to improve things: Wired reports that a band of affiliated coders is building its own open social music platform. Naturally, it is named Anontune. This is just the latest in...
Anonymous Now Has Anontune, Its Own Social Music Platform

Paul McCartney jets from streaming music services; Rhapsody calls it a ‘shock’

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Paul McCartney. Wikipedia photo Paul McCartney appears to be a “Band on the Run” … at least when it comes to popular music streaming services. The former Beatle has pulled his tracks from the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody just a few days after releasing a new album, Kisses on...
Paul McCartney jets from streaming music services; Rhapsody calls it a ‘shock’

Here's The Vine Video Prince Abused The DMCA To Take Down

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We just posted about Prince's NPG Records issuing DMCA takedowns on a set of Vine videos. While noting that Prince regularly seeks to shut down internet support of his work far beyond what the law allows, we also pointed out that, given the 6 second limit on Vine videos, it...
Here's The Vine Video Prince Abused The DMCA To Take Down

Winning But Losing: Lessons From An Internet StartUp

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"Justice prevails" is often declared when a court case ends, honoring a system that produces the right result. Right, however, is not always just. The judicial system needs to address the exorbitant costs that accompany litigation, or a situation can happen when a company is sued by a deeper pocket...
Winning But Losing: Lessons From An Internet StartUp

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 resists request to unseal Jobs deposition in Universal suit

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Plaintiffs suing Universal Music Group in a class action suit are asking that trial exhibits from a similar case be unsealed, but Apple is objecting to the motion as secret depositions from Steve Jobs and other sensitive materials are part of the document cache....
Apple resists request to unseal Jobs deposition in Universal suit

Branson Considering Virgin Records Bid

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Richard Branson is considering a bid for Virgin Records, one of the record labels Universal Music Group may sell to win regulators’ clearance of its $1.9 billion acquisition of rival EMI Music, according to a person familiar with the discussions. If Mr. Branson were to bid on Virgin, he would...
Branson Considering Virgin Records Bid

Universal Music agrees to pay indie artists Vevo royalties

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Universal Music Group has agreed to pay royalties to independent artists whose videos are streamed on Vevo, the fast-growing music-video platform the label co-owns with Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media. The agreement with the biggest music label, brokered by the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and announced Tuesday, enables...
Universal Music agrees to pay indie artists Vevo royalties
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