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Canada Issues Its First Nationwide ISP Order To Block a Pirate Website

A federal court in Canada has ordered all the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block a company from offering pirated television channels online. This is the first time that Canada has ordered a nationwide ISP blocking order, which some believe is setting a precedent that could have negative consequences in the future. The order […]

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Songwriters, Artists Intensify Their Fight Against Spotify, Google, Pandora, Amazon Over Streaming Royalty Rates

The Music Artists Coalition (MAC) and the Songwriters of North America (SONA) have filed an amicus brief with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a recent Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruling that raised the rates of music streaming royalties. This year, the CRB raised the compulsory license fee that music streaming services […]

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Live Nation’s Acquisition of MCD ‘Does Not Raise Competition Concerns’

The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally approved Live Nation’s acquisition of MCD Productions, which is a leading Irish music promoter. In August of last year, LN-Gaiety Holdings Limited, which is a joint venture between Live Nation and Gaiety Investments, announced that it intended to acquire MCD. The terms of the deal have never been […]

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TuneIn Downplays Its Major Label Legal Defeat — “The Judgment Will Have Very Little Impact”

Last week, TuneIn suffered a legal defeat against two of the major labels on copyright infringement grounds. In the UK-based decision, TuneIn was found liable for streaming stations based outside of the country.  In his decision, judge Colin Birss in London found in favor of Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, while also issuing a […]

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PledgeMusic Is ‘Unlikely’ to Pay Nearly $10 Million Owed to Artists, Bank-Appointed Administrator Says

PledgeMusic’s bank-appointed receiver says it’s ‘unlikely’ that artists will see any of the money they’re owed. We predicted this outcome back in July when PledgeMusic filed its wind up petition. Instead of heading into administration (the British equivalent of bankruptcy), PledgeMusic executives just closed up shop. The Royal Courts of Justice granted the wind-up order. […]

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SoundCloud Faces Massive Lawsuit Over ‘GO’ Subscription Service

Last year, SoundCloud launched GO, a premium subscription tier.  Now, SoundCloud is facing millions in a patent infringement lawsuit. The following is a Digital Music News exclusive report, based on court filings obtained this morning.  We’ll be updating this story as we learn more. SoundCloud’s 99 problems now include a massive lawsuit and patent infringement […]

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Cloudflare Responds to RIAA ⁠— “We’re Not In the Business of Hiding Companies”

Cloudflare objects to being categorized as a helper of pirates in the latest “Notorious Markets” complaint. Copyright holder groups send the complaint to the U.S. Trade Representative every year. It calls out apps, piracy sites, and services that facilitate piracy across the globe. While Cloudflare isn’t on the list as a piracy provider, it is […]

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