Spotify launches a new website

Spotify recently launched a new website, which can be found here, with the aim of informing artists and the general public about their relationship with the music industry. One particular blog post on the website, titled “Spotify Explained” has garnered a lot of interest as of late. The blog post provides a lot of information…

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Facebook’s new patent

Recently, social media has been used more and more by people to share copyrighted material. In response to this, Facebook has patended a new invention which allows them to determine whether the files that are being shared are copyrighted. From what I can tell, Facebook is not actually reading the files that are being uploaded.…

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Does removing DRM increase music sales?

A new study by University of Toronto PHD candidate Laurina Zhang shows that removing DRM actually results in an increase of music sales overall in certain cases. The paper, which can be found here, studies how the music industry’s intellectual property strategy (specifically DRM) impacts the distribution of music. The paper takes a sample of…

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Streaming expected to be simpler in the EU

The European Parliament committee passed a unanimous vote this past Tuesday to allow service providers to obtain a new form of copyright license. This new kind of license will allow providers to legally stream music across EU borders, whereas previously a different license was required for each member state. Streaming is often touted as the…

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Malawi artists take to the street

While piracy is rampant in Malawi, it is not the only thing that is keeping money out of the pockets of their musicians. The artists claim that the distributors of their music, those who sell the music on the artist’ behalf, are guilty of making and selling illegal copies of the song without paying the…

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The height of arrogance (or ignorance)

The number of celebrity artists who have  been mentioned in this blog as being involved in copyright infringement is now up to seven.   Gospel singers Clara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary have filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, as well as four different celebrity artists, for infringing their copyright on the song…

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Goldie box & Beastie Boys

Goldie box is a toy company with a flagship product with the same name. What makes Goldie box (the product) unique is that it is a construction set targeted towards young girls. It seeks to provide a healthier alternative to the usual princess & doll subculture that many little girls are subject to. Recently, both…

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