Digest: Spotify Inks Long-Term Deal With Merlin, Google Play Now Samsung’s Default Music Service, SAG-AFTRA Fund

Top Music News Story Spotify Locks Down Long-Term Licensing Pact With Merlin Spotify and independent label organization Merlin have agreed to a multi-year licensing agreement that ensures an uninterrupted flow of music from non-majors to the music streaming leader, plus extends to Merlin members the same flexible release option that was core to a recent… Continue reading Digest: Spotify Inks Long-Term Deal With Merlin, Google Play Now Samsung’s Default Music Service, SAG-AFTRA Fund

Digest: Songkick Accuses Ticketmaster of Hacking, Landmark Anti-Piracy Measure in U.K., YouTube Launches Live Streaming

Top Story Last Week Songkick Alleges Live Nation & Ticketmaster Hacked Trade Secrets Songkick’s long-running lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster alleging antitrust violations, anticompetitive behavior and intentional interference has taken another turn. In an amended complaint filed in U.S. District Court in California, Songkick is now alleging that a former CrowdSurge executive and current… Continue reading Digest: Songkick Accuses Ticketmaster of Hacking, Landmark Anti-Piracy Measure in U.K., YouTube Launches Live Streaming

RECAP: NMPA and Internet Assoc. Send Trump Wish-Lists, SACEM Helps Take Down What.CD, Streaming Trial-Hoppers

Music Publishers Send President-Elect Trump Their Wish List Story of the Week Many in the music community have argued that the Obama administration has a too cozy relationship with tech, particularly Google. David Israelite, who helms the National Music Publisher’s Association, hopes a Trump Oval Office could be more friendly to music rights holders than… Continue reading RECAP: NMPA and Internet Assoc. Send Trump Wish-Lists, SACEM Helps Take Down What.CD, Streaming Trial-Hoppers

RECAP: Google & Music Industry Spar Over Piracy Report, Apple Wants To Simplify Licensing, Crowdmix Goes Bust

Story of the Week “How Google Fights Piracy” Report Makes Youtube, Search Defense Google has published a new version of its ‘How Google Fights Piracy Report.’ It’s the third revision in four years for the report, which makes the company’s defence against creative industry attacks on its approach to copyright, from user-generated content on YouTube… Continue reading RECAP: Google & Music Industry Spar Over Piracy Report, Apple Wants To Simplify Licensing, Crowdmix Goes Bust

YouTube Finally Launches ‘YouTube Red’ Paid Subscription

It’s been a lot of years coming, but today YouTube finally announced its landmark new paid subscription service, ‘YouTube Red.’ The service will cost $9.99/month, and it launches on October 28th in the U.S. with other territories to follow. The move promises to be excellent news for rights owners, especially as YouTube also announced a… Continue reading YouTube Finally Launches ‘YouTube Red’ Paid Subscription