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Radio trails streaming music for in-car listening in China

Strategy Analytics has released a study examining the outlook for terrestrial radio as alterative entertainment options take hold in cars. The survey of 4,790 car owners in the U.S., the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and China pointed to a downward trend for terrestrial radio in favor of streaming and satellite radio. Continue Reading

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Music bodies and other creative groups continue to push in favor of controversial EU Copyright Directive

Several parties in the European creative sector have launched another push on behalf of the Copyright Directive, a contentious effort to update and overhaul the EU’s legal framework for a digital age. A group of 256 organizations and trade bodies from many disciplines signed a letter encouraging the European Parliament to adopt the proposed set of rules when it votes in early April. Continue Reading

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Text finalized for EU Copyright Directive, potentially placing strict new rules on YouTube and more

The text of the EU Copyright Directive has been finalized, meaning the stage is set for a sweeping legal update that could have unintended consequences for online communication in the bloc. With the final language decided, new revisions cannot be made and the legislation will go to the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee ahead of a final vote, which is expected to occur in March or April. Continue Reading

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Changing interpretations of Article 13 erode industry support for EU’s incendiary Copyright Directive

Europe’s efforts for copyright law overhaul were controversial when they first progressed through Parliament, and the Copyright Directive measures have only become more contentious over time. Article 13 in particular could have far-reaching implications for not just copyright law, but the foundations of how people communicate and create on the Internet. Continue Reading

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European Copyright Directive controversy deepens as lawmakers and rightsholders dig in

The European Copyright Directive passed one big hurdle in the fall, but the fate of the contentious legislative overhaul is now in question. Two components of the legal package have raised debate: Article 11, which lets publishers charge a fee when online platforms like Google or Facebook show snippets of their articles, and Article 13, which makes platforms such as YouTube liable for user-generated content that infringes copyright. Continue Reading

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MIDiA Research explores YouTube, the value of advertisements, and the risk of EU’s Article 13

MIDiA Research has a new report examining YouTube’s impact on the international streaming market. Its assessment shares statistics from the video platform in Q3 2018 and shares insights as to how the recent legislation passed in Europe could have unintended effects on the music industry as a whole. Continue Reading

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Copyright overhaul succeeds in Europe’s Parliament, including controversial “value gap” measure

European Parliament has voted to adopt a sweeping copyright reforms, including big changes to enforcing copyright infringements and unlicensed music on digital platforms. Despite efforts to overhaul EU copyright law falling short earlier this year, the governing body voted heavily in favor of the changes this time, 438 to 226. Continue Reading

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European Parliament moves ahead with divisive copyright reform law, summer vote planned

Legislation that would mean massive changes to the financial and copyright responsibilities shouldered by YouTube and other user-generated content platforms is moving to a summer vote in Europe. A committee in the European Parliament has voted in favor of moving ahead with a potential new law called the EU Copyright Directive. Continue Reading

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YouTube may face liability for copyright infringement under Austrian court

YouTube may be facing a new legal challenge in Europe. The Vienna Commercial Court issued a preliminary decision that YouTube is responsible for preventing its users from uploading infringing content. The decision is not final, but it is maintained in the court’s final ruling, the result could have rippling consequences for the video platform. Continue Reading