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Read our roundup of the latest news for the week ending September 30, 2018

Weekly News Roundup (September 30, 2018)

Posted by: Sean F, 16:59 UTC, Sun September 30, 2018

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Truce reached in copyright terms battle

Compromise Reached: Copyright Bill Shortens Copyright Protection for Older Songs

Posted by: Sean F, 14:52 UTC, Thu September 27, 2018

Compromise reached in settling the issue of old songs and their copyright terms ... More


Read our roundup of the latest news for the week ending September 2, 2018

Weekly News Roundup (September 2, 2018)

Posted by: Sean F, 21:51 UTC, Sun September 2, 2018

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News Icon GOG Launches 'FCK DRM' to Promote DRM-Free Movement

posted by: Sean F, 19:00 UTC, Sat September 1, 2018

GOG says 'FCK DRM' to promote the benefits of DRM-free

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (August 19, 2018)

posted by: Sean F, 20:54 UTC, Sun August 19, 2018

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending August 19, 2018

News Icon Australia's Piracy Site Blockade Shows Unexpected Results

posted by: Sean F, 18:04 UTC, Thu August 16, 2018

Pirate site blocking has decreased the piracy rate, but the amount of pirated downloads has increased

News Icon New Study Shows Innovation, Not Enforcement, Key to Solving Piracy Puzzle

posted by: Sean F, 17:01 UTC, Fri August 10, 2018

Study confirms link between better legal alternatives and a reduction in piracy, but fails to find similar links in relation to legal enforcement. Also, pirates buy more legal content than people who do not pirate

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (May 27, 2018)

posted by: Sean F, 20:44 UTC, Sun May 27, 2018

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending May 27, 2018

News Icon US Congress Considers Expanding Copyright to 144 Years

posted by: Sean F, 17:46 UTC, Sat May 26, 2018

Copyright terms set to be extended again, as recordings from 1923 won't be in the public domain until 2067

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (April 8, 2018)

posted by: Sean F, 18:44 UTC, Sun April 8, 2018

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending April 8, 2018

News Icon U.S. Music Industry Revenue Growing at Rapid pace, Thanks to Paid Subscriptions

posted by: Sean F, 16:15 UTC, Wed April 4, 2018

Music industry revenue grows again, two years in a row, but RIAA still not happy with "gaps in core rights"

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (April 1, 2018)

posted by: Sean F, 20:18 UTC, Sun April 1, 2018

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending April 1, 2018

News Icon Spotify Takes Action Against 'Pirate' Users

posted by: Sean F, 15:12 UTC, Sun April 1, 2018

Spotify identifies two millions users using hacked version of its app to unlock premium features for free

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (March 11, 2018)

posted by: Sean F, 14:41 UTC, Sun March 11, 2018

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending March 11, 2018

News Icon Spotify's Piracy Links Revealed: Company Used to Own uTorrent

posted by: Sean F, 15:53 UTC, Wed March 7, 2018

Spotify does battle with uTorrent these days, but one used to own the other

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (January 14, 2018)

posted by: Sean F, 17:52 UTC, Sun January 14, 2018

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending January 14, 2018

News Icon Streaming Now Accounts for Majority of Music Industry's Income, up 11% in 2016

posted by: Sean F, 16:19 UTC, Tue April 4, 2017

Music industry now dependent on streaming more than ever, but despite growing revenue, there are still complaints about YouTube piracy

News Icon Ed Sheeran: Piracy Helped My Career

posted by: Sean F, 14:58 UTC, Tue March 21, 2017

"Illegal fire sharing was what made me" says Ed Sheeran

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (February 26, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 16:24 UTC, Sun February 26, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending February 26, 2017

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (February 5, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 16:47 UTC, Sun February 5, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending February 5, 2017

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (January 8, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 18:14 UTC, Sun January 8, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending January 8, 2017

News Icon UK: Digital Overtakes Physical, Video Game Spending Rising

posted by: Sean F, 17:44 UTC, Sat January 7, 2017

The home entertainment industry in the UK record growth across all sectors, largely fueled by new revenue from digital formats

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (January 1, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 17:56 UTC, Sun January 1, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending January 1, 2017

News Icon Solving Piracy Puzzle Part of Spotify's DNA, Says Company's Top Lawyer

posted by: Sean F, 15:38 UTC, Sat December 31, 2016

Spotify claims that solving the piracy problem is in the company's DNA

News Icon Critics Say US Government Got Piracy List 'Notoriously' Wrong

posted by: Sean F, 14:46 UTC, Tue December 27, 2016

The USTR releases updated "Notorious Market" list, but critics say several inclusions should not be there

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (December 11, 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 16:55 UTC, Sun December 11, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending December 11, 2016

News Icon YouTube To Music Industry: Stop Blaming Us

posted by: Sean F, 12:25 UTC, Thu December 8, 2016

Music industry blames YouTube for not paying enough, YouTube says they've paid out over a billion in ad-revenue in the last year to them

News Icon Aussie Piracy on the Slide Thanks to Legal Streaming

posted by: Sean F, 13:31 UTC, Thu November 24, 2016

Legal streaming is making people less interested in piracy

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (October 16, 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 14:55 UTC, Sun October 16, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending October 16, 2016

News Icon RIAA Seizes Wrong MP3Skull Domain, Act Could Be Illegal

posted by: Sean F, 14:31 UTC, Fri October 14, 2016

Wrong MP3Skull domain name seized, but the RIAA probably won't care

News Icon Music Groups Launch Multi-Million Lawsuit Against YouTube Ripper Site

posted by: Sean F, 15:46 UTC, Sat October 1, 2016

Massive lawsuits aimed at YouTube MP3 ripper site

News Icon Content Owners Warn Against Fair Use

posted by: Sean F, 15:06 UTC, Tue July 12, 2016

Content owners not happy about calls to introduce Fair Use in Australia, saying Fair Use will ruin innovation and creavitity

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (10 July 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 15:18 UTC, Sun July 10, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 10 July 2016

News Icon It's Official: Spotify, Netflix Helping to Reduce Online Piracy to Record Lows

posted by: Sean F, 12:12 UTC, Thu July 7, 2016

Legal services are helping to reduce piracy, says official UK report on intellectual property

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (31 January 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 11:18 UTC, Sun January 31, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 31 January 2016

News Icon New YouTube, Spotify Mashup Launches and Then 'Pauses'

posted by: Sean F, 16:37 UTC, Sat January 30, 2016

What do you get when you add a Spotify interface to YouTube music videos? A lot of legal headaches, apparently

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (24 January 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 00:34 UTC, Mon January 25, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 24 January 2016

News Icon New Study: Piracy Boosts Digital Music Sales

posted by: Sean F, 14:12 UTC, Sun January 24, 2016

Music piracy's effect on sales differ depending on media, quality of music, and popularity of the artist, according to new paper

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (17 January 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 10:30 UTC, Sun January 17, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 17 January 2016

News Icon Music Labels Earning More Thanks to Spotify

posted by: Sean F, 15:36 UTC, Sat January 16, 2016

Labels and artists have complained, but Spotify appears to help revenue, not hurt it

News Icon Pirate Bay Founder Builds '$10 Million Damages per Day' Piracy Machine

posted by: Sean F, 14:33 UTC, Tue December 22, 2015

Peter Sunde builds machine that makes 100 copies of a copyrighted song every second

News Icon SoundCloud Flags 'Silence' As Copyright Infringement

posted by: Sean F, 16:23 UTC, Mon November 30, 2015

SoundCloud's automated copyright take-down system tested, and fails test, as completely silent track taken down

News Icon Pirates More Likely to Pay for Content, Sweden

posted by: Sean F, 16:53 UTC, Thu November 19, 2015

New study shows legal services winning the war against piracy, but pirates are still the best customers

News Icon MPAA, RIAA Submits Lists of 'Notorious' Pirates

posted by: Sean F, 17:11 UTC, Sat October 10, 2015

Hollywood and the record industry targets usual suspects, as well as piracy "enablers" and "apologists"

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (4 October 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 17:32 UTC, Sun October 4, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 4 October 2015

News Icon Recording Industry Boss Bemoans 'Outdated' DMCA Take-Down Regime

posted by: Sean F, 17:50 UTC, Mon September 28, 2015

RIAA boss blames the lack of tough copyright laws for the industry's declining revenue

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (13 September 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 01:08 UTC, Mon September 14, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 13 September 2015

News Icon Meet Aurous, the 'Popcorn Time' for Music Set to Make Piracy Too Easy

posted by: Sean F, 15:23 UTC, Sat September 12, 2015

Spotify for music pirates set to be released in early October

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (30 August 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 00:00 UTC, Mon August 31, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 30 August 2015

News Icon Spotify's Warning: Piracy Will Rise without Freemium Model

posted by: Sean F, 11:25 UTC, Thu August 27, 2015

Spotify warns against industry pressure to scrap Spotify's free listening plan

News Icon RIAA Asks BitTorrent Inc to Help Combat Piracy, Hints at Filtering

posted by: Sean F, 20:16 UTC, Mon August 17, 2015

RIAA pens another letter, this time asking BitTorrent Inc, makers of the uTorrent client, to help stop BitTorrent piracy

News Icon RIAA Accuses CNET of Offering Piracy Tool Downloads

posted by: Sean F, 16:49 UTC, Fri August 14, 2015

CNET's Download.com again attacked for offering downloads that the RIAA says is helping people to pirate music

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (12 July 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 23:46 UTC, Sun July 12, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 12 July 2015

News Icon Musician David Guetta Embraces Piracy

posted by: Sean F, 17:11 UTC, Tue July 7, 2015

The well known DJ and music producer says piracy helps to bring in new fans, to allow more people to have access to his music

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (5 July 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 13:46 UTC, Mon July 6, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 5 July 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (14 June 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 21:09 UTC, Sun June 14, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 14 June 2015

News Icon Current Copyright Law Encouraging Piracy, Says EU

posted by: Sean F, 14:19 UTC, Sun June 14, 2015

Current copyright restrictions forcing people to pirate, says the EU

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (1 February 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 13:45 UTC, Sun February 1, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 1 February 2015

News Icon Dramatic Piracy Reduction in Norway Has Not Helped Profits to Rise

posted by: Sean F, 12:01 UTC, Thu January 29, 2015

Less piracy does not equal more money for the music industry, as music piracy in Norway all but wiped out thanks to legal streaming

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (23 November 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 21:07 UTC, Sun November 23, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 23 November 2014

News Icon BitTorrent Users More Likely to Pay for Music, Movies

posted by: Sean F, 22:47 UTC, Fri November 21, 2014

BitTorrent users, far from being leeching pirates, are also bigger spenders than the average Internet user

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (16 November 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 00:36 UTC, Mon November 17, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 16 November 2014

News Icon Spotify Defends Business Model Following Taylor Swift Withdraw

posted by: Sean F, 14:05 UTC, Sun November 16, 2014

Spotify says that it's business model is good for the music industry and that artists like Taylor Swift are benefiting from the music streaming platform

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (14 September 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 16:04 UTC, Sun September 14, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 14 September 2014

News Icon Australian Music Piracy down 20 Per Cent following Spotify Debut

posted by: Sean F, 22:57 UTC, Fri September 12, 2014

Spotify counters claim that legal options have not made a dent in music piracy rates in Australia, by showing that piracy dropped 20% in the year following Spotify's release locally

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (3 August 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 00:23 UTC, Mon August 4, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 3 August 2014

News Icon New Anti-Piracy Method: Finger Amputations

posted by: Sean F, 21:31 UTC, Sat August 2, 2014

Singer proposes new punishment for pirates that may prove to be extremely effective

News Icon Legal Music Streaming's Biggest Threat: Rights Holders?

posted by: Sean F, 16:10 UTC, Sat August 2, 2014

Music industry's thirst for more royalties could kill off services like Spotify and Pandora

News Icon Rightsholders Prefer 'Ineffective' Google Takedowns Over Proven Anti-Piracy Tool

posted by: Sean F, 21:19 UTC, Fri July 25, 2014

File hosting service 4shared says rightsholders may be choosing 'ineffective' Google take-downs over the company's own efficient take-down tool for "PR reasons"

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (20 July 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 17:27 UTC, Sun July 20, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 20 July 2014

News Icon Legal Music Easier to Find on Google than Pirated Versions

posted by: Sean F, 15:09 UTC, Wed July 16, 2014

TorrentFreak's experiment shows that legal music options on Google are easier to find than pirated ones

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (15 June 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 21:11 UTC, Sun June 15, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 15 June 2014

News Icon Apple Cracking down on Music Downloading Apps?

posted by: Sean F, 21:32 UTC, Sat June 14, 2014

Apple may be doing a bit of house cleaning by booting apps that allow copyrighted music to be downloaded, while also targeting apps that post excessively to social media (Candy Crush, anyone?)

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (1 June 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 21:24 UTC, Sun June 1, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 1 June 2014

News Icon Spotify Attacks Copyright Lobby's Claims

posted by: Sean F, 18:08 UTC, Sat May 31, 2014

Spotify says industry claims that free and cheap music services like Spotify has done nothing to stop piracy is not true, and that many of Spotify's users are ex-pirates

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (11 May 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 21:00 UTC, Sun May 11, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 11 May 2014

News Icon Study Finds Average Person Should Be Fined $67M For Music Piracy

posted by: Sean F, 22:09 UTC, Thu May 8, 2014

Study finds that from a random sample of 6,000 Finns, each downloaded nearly 3,000 pirated music and movie files

News Icon Zona: Popcorn Time On Steroids

posted by: Sean F, 13:24 UTC, Sun April 27, 2014

A new super consumer friendly piracy tool combines the best of Popcorn Time, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Spotify and adds tons of other really useful features

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (13 April 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 17:04 UTC, Sun April 13, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 13 April 2014

News Icon UK Consumers Finally Get Legal Right to Rip CDs - DVD, Blu-ray Ripping Still Illegal

posted by: Sean F, 21:23 UTC, Thu April 3, 2014

UK copyright law finally catches up to the 2000s, as CD ripping is finally made legal (people still use CDs?)

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (5 January 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 06:18 UTC, Sun January 5, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 5 January 2014

News Icon Streaming and Downloads Helps UK Entertainment Sales to Rise After Five Year Decline

posted by: Sean F, 11:29 UTC, Thu January 2, 2014

Digital streaming and downloads reverses fortune for UK's home entertainment industry, helping it to record its first rise in sales in over five years

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (15 December 2013)

posted by: Sean F, 19:08 UTC, Sun December 15, 2013

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 15 December 2013

News Icon Lorde 'Royals' Parody Latest Victim of Copyright Zealotry

posted by: Sean F, 18:45 UTC, Mon December 9, 2013

A parody video of Lorde's Royals music video taken down on copyright grounds, despite adherence to fair use regulations

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (8 December 2013)

posted by: Sean F, 17:13 UTC, Sun December 8, 2013

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 8 December 2013

News Icon Removing DRM Improves Music Sales, A New Study Finds

posted by: Sean F, 23:09 UTC, Sat December 7, 2013

Removing DRM increased digital sales, with sales of less well known albums up by 30% in some cases, according to a new working paper

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (1 December 2013)

posted by: Sean F, 19:38 UTC, Sun December 1, 2013

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 1 December 2013

News Icon Moby: Music Industry Shortsighted Over Piracy Approach

posted by: Sean F, 20:44 UTC, Sat November 30, 2013

Musician Moby takes music industry to task over their "shortsightedness" in not recognizing the importance of creating new fans, even if these fans come via piracy

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (24 November 2013)

posted by: Sean F, 18:51 UTC, Sun November 24, 2013

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 24 November 2013

News Icon MPAA, RIAA Against Lowering $250,000 Max For Copyright Statutory Damages

posted by: Sean F, 21:53 UTC, Sat November 23, 2013

Amid calls for reduced statutory damages for copyright offenses, the MPAA and RIAA have issued their support for the current system which saw a single mother fined $1.92 million for sharing 24 songs

News Icon RIAA, BPI Websites Guilty of Minor Copyright Abuse

posted by: Sean F, 21:40 UTC, Fri November 8, 2013

Both the RIAA and the BPI may have abused license terms of third-party code that was used for their websites

News Icon PS4 Surprises: No Audio CD, MP3 Playback, DLNA Not Supported

posted by: Sean F, 22:10 UTC, Sat November 2, 2013

Sony's PS4 can't play audio CDs, lacks MP3 support, and will no longer act as a DLNA client for home media streaming

News Icon MPAA Comes Out Swinging Against Brief That Shows Piracy is not Harmful

posted by: Sean F, 22:45 UTC, Thu October 10, 2013

MPAA criticizes London School of Economics brief that exposed the one-sidedness of the copyright debate in the political arena

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (6 October 2013)

posted by: Sean F, 17:26 UTC, Sun October 6, 2013

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 6 October 2013

News Icon Piracy Won't Kill Entertainment Industry

posted by: Sean F, 21:47 UTC, Fri October 4, 2013

The prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science has released a policy brief urging the UK government to ignore the dire predictions made by the copyright lobby, and instead embrace the sharing culture behind the piracy phenomenon

News Icon UK Record Labels Want Voluntarily Action on Piracy, Including Three-Strikes Database

posted by: Sean F, 20:38 UTC, Fri September 6, 2013

Copyright holders in the UK are pushing ahead with an industry-led graduated response system independent of any government intervention, including the creation of an offender's database

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (21 July 2013)

posted by: Sean F, 18:00 UTC, Sun July 21, 2013

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 21 July 2013

News Icon Web Advertisers Join Forces to Fight Piracy, MPAA Unimpressed

posted by: Sean F, 16:39 UTC, Sun July 21, 2013

The web's top ad networks announce plans to block ad money from going to piracy sites, but the MPAA says it's not enough

News Icon Music Piracy Down by 80% Thanks to Spotify, New Report

posted by: Sean F, 16:21 UTC, Sat July 20, 2013

A new report shows the number of pirated music downloads have decreased by more than 80% in just four years, thanks to legal alternatives such as Spotify

News Icon RIAA to Sued File Sharer: Be Our Mouthpiece and We'll Reduce the Damages

posted by: Sean F, 22:15 UTC, Fri July 12, 2013

The RIAA has asked Jammie Thomas-Rasset to make a public statement against piracy in exchange for a reduction to the $222,000 in awarded damages that she owes them

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