Copyright & Media Update 9/27/2018

Apple’s Buyout of Shazam: 5 Reasons it Could Change Music Streaming Forever

BY MURRAY STASSEN: Apple is in a music-streaming arms race. It’s getting closer to 50m paying music subscribers worldwide, but remains approximately 39m behind Spotify’s premium global user-base. Does Apple’s acquisition of Shazam hold the potential to help launch it towards pole position? READ MORE…

Streaming now accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue

BY PATRICIA HERNANDAZ: The Recording Industry Association of America released a report today that details how the music industry has grown in 2018, and while the data isn’t surprising — the world still isn’t buying records — the specific numbers are still fascinating. Turns out, streaming makes more money than physical CDs, digital downloads, and licensing deals combined. READ MORE…

Laying Down the Law: How the Music Business Came Together to Score Two Policy Wins (Column)

BY ROBERT LEVINE: The recently passed Music Modernization Act and EU Copyright Directive show how the music business can still wield some influence in Washington and Brussels. READ MORE…

Breaking: The Music Modernization Act Is One Signature Away from Becoming Law

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: The U.S. House of Representatives initially approved the Music Modernization Act by unanimous vote, but the Senate crafted its own changes to the legislation.  Accordingly, the updated bill has been sent back the House, where it was approved on Tuesday (September 25th). That will sent the bill to the White House for presidential signature, the last step before becoming law. READ MORE…

With Sirius behind it, can Pandora now stage a comeback?

BY JEFFERSON GRAHAM: We’ve loved Pandora for years. Perhaps we forgot about her and moved onto new friends, like Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon. But can she now bounce back with a $3.5 billion investment? That’s the question many asked Monday, in the wake of Sirius XM’s proposed purchase of the struggling Pandora music service, one of the oldest Internet brands. READ MORE…

There’s More Behind Spotify’s Artist Direct Upload Strategy Than Meets The Eye

BY BOBBY OWSINSKI: In a surprise announcement, Spotify will now allow indie artists to bypass distributors like CD Baby and TuneCore and directly upload their songs to the platform. Best of all, there will be no charge to do so, relieving artists from paying the nominal fees that distributors charge for the service. The upload feature will be available via the Spotify For Artists section of the platform, which has about 200,000 users so far. An artist must have a verified account first before being able to join Spotify For Artists. READ MORE…

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