How could blockchain technology disrupt the music industry?

What is a blockchain? At its core, a blockchain is a distributed database (meaning a database that is not stored centrally, with duplicate copies on thousands of computers across the world) and which can...

NEWSFLASH – Copyright infringement: The Pirate Bay does communicate to the public

The CJEU today handed down its judgment in the case of Ziggo which concerned the well-known peer-to-peer file sharing platform – The Pirate Bay. This is the latest in a series...

Dutch Court strikes down ban on ‘zero rating’ – a win for uncapped music...

Data Free Music & the ban on price discrimination On 10th October 2016, T-Mobile launched the service 'Data Free Music' (Datavrije Muziek), which is a (mobile) internet access service where data...

Will changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules impact the Media/Tech sectors?

The UK economy has recently been boosted by a number of media and technology businesses announcing that they will establish their main international headquarters in the UK. Indeed, Snap Inc, the...
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Video: The UK’s Industrial Strategy green paper – what does this mean for the...

  Following the publication of the Government's Green Paper on Industrial Strategy earlier this year, we've produced this short video focussing on the UK's creative industries and their role within this important...
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SXSW 2017 – our roving reporter discusses the highlights

Just back from an incredible week at South by South West in Austin. After the encounter with conversational robots from my previous post (the robots made the front page of USA...

‘Compensation’ versus ‘punishment’ in Polish copyright – a major court ruling ahead

Copyright enforcement laws specify the remedies that rights holders can demand in cases of copyright infringement. These include demands to cease the infringement, to compensate for the loss, and to apologise....

The ins and outs of geoblocking

Geoblocking has become a controversial topic... The European Commission sees unjustified geoblocking as an impediment to the Digital Single Market, whilst there is a broader perception that it contributes to an...
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Consent decree game changer? Music licensing developments in the US…

It all started in 2014 when the DOJ initiated a review of the antitrust consent decrees regulating the activities of the two largest music performance rights organisations (PROs) in the United...

Open Wi-Fi and copyright – the CJEU McFadden decision

Open Wi-Fi and copyright - the CJEU McFadden decision The CJEU yesterday delivered its judgment in McFadden, concerning the liability for user copyright infringement of a shop providing free Wi-Fi. The CJEU...

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How, What, When – Protection of musical works in Denmark

The How? How are musical works protected in Denmark? Original musical (along with other 'artistic') works are provided automatic protection in Denmark by virtue of...

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