Digital rights management

  1. DRM Was a Bad Move: Sales Found to Increase 10% After Dropping the Chains (Study)

    December 02, 2013 3:34 PM EST Digital rights management doesn't help the business of music -- at least according to a new study by a PhD candidate in Strategic Management at the University of Toronto named Laurina Zhang. Several years after the major labels removed DRM fr ...

  2. Japanese Labels Relaxing Digital Rights Management Copyright Protections

    July 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT The quickly evolving Japanese digital music market has taken another turn: Local labels are either removing or considering removing copy protection for digital downloads. According to reports, Victor Entertainment and Avex Group Holdings are plann ...

  3. Gee Beyond Can Buy Beyond Oblivion Assets, But Not Existing DRM Contracts, Says Court

    March 27, 2012 1:39 PM EDT The bankruptcy court where the case was heard is not usually bedecked in a flag, as it is here Gee Beyond, the company headed by former Beyond Oblivion CEO Adam Kidron, can buy the assets of the bankrupt Beyond Oblivion, a judge ruled on Monday. T ...

  4. Business Matters: How Rhapsody Got to 1 Million Subscribers

    December 22, 2011 4:32 PM EST Rhapsody Continues Rapid Subscription Expansion -- Music subscription service Rhapsody announced Thursday it surpassed 1 million subscribers, just one week after its tenth anniversary. This latest milestone shows the company has increased subscrib ...

  5. Tim Schaff, Chief of Sony Digital Music: Eight Reasons to Be Optimistic

    December 09, 2011 2:43 PM EST Anyone paying attention to digital music over the past ten years might wonder why Sony would ever bother with digital music again. The company's past is littered with abject failure and spectacular catastrophe - everything from MP3 players th ...

  6. Business Matters: What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference Next Week

    November 21, 2011 6:31 PM EST What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference -- Spotify sent out an announcement Monday morning for a "global press conference" that will take place on November 30 in New York. The event will be hosted by ...

  7. Steve Jobs: A Collection of His Classic Quotes

    October 05, 2011 9:57 PM EDT ( Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died today at the age of 56 , leaves behind a huge legacy on music, technology and modern culture. He also had a way with words, as evidenced by this collection of memorable quotes.) "Your time is limited, so d ...

  8. Steve Jobs 1955-2011: The Father of Digital Music, and His Legacy

    October 05, 2011 9:06 PM EDT That a man who never played an instrument or so much as sang a note professionally could be considered one of the greatest rock stars of this generation speaks to the impact Steve Jobs had on the music industry, and the legacy on it he leaves behi ...

  9. Canadian Government Reintroduces Copyright Modernization Act

    September 29, 2011 9:19 PM EDT In what is being painted as a controversial move by the Canadian press, the Canadian government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act on Thursday (Sept. 29), which provides a broad revamp of copyright law in that country. Among the most con ...

  10. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  11. Rick Riccoboo Responds to Jim Griffin's Call for WIPO to Create International Music Registry: Guest Post

    July 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT ( Rick Riccobono is an International Rights Licensing Consultant at the U.K.'s New Media Law .) An Open Letter in Response to Jim Griffin's Comments Regarding WIPO's International Music Registry It was with mixed feelings that I rec ...

  12. Apple Seeks FairPlay Antitrust Lawsuit Dismissal

    April 19, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Apple is seeking to have the antitrust lawsuit filed against it over its FairPlay DRM technology dismissed. According to Bloomberg , which is following the court case, the presiding judge expects to make a decision on the request by May. Earlier i ...

  13. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  14. Nokia Pulls Plug on Free Music In Most Markets

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  15. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  16. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  17. @CES 2011 Update: Time Warner CEO on Cord-Cutting; Rock Band For Smartphones, Home Video DRM

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Among the latest news coming out of CES are Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes take on the theory of cord-cutting as well as new product announcements like Rock Band for smartphones, the Ultraviolet digital rights management system for home video and Son ...

  18. Business Matters: WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded -- Both Warner Music Group and Live Nation have recently had their bond ratings downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. In other words, one of the ...

  19. Amazon Japan Launches MP3 Store

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Amazon MP3 store has launched in Japan - a market where labels have been holding out on DRM-free music. Japan's iTunes store is still DRM-enabled with Apple's FairPlay DRM system. So far EMI Music Japan is the only major to license i ...

  20. Danish Telecom Co Racks Up 250 Million Downloads

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Danish telecom company TDC has delivered over 250 million music downloads since launching its range of music subscription services in April 2008. News that TDC had reached the 250 million download figure was announced today (Nov. 10) in a statemen ...

  21. Echo Nest, 7digital Partner For New DIY Platform

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Echo Nest and UK music service 7digital have teamed up to give music app developers a comprehensive technology and music sales platform on which to build new services. The deal adds the ability to sell DRM-free MP3 files from 7digital to any a ...

  22. Business Matters: UMG, Ellen DeGeneres, Google and more

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. UMG SPENT $840K LOBBYING IN Q2 Universal Music Group spent $840,000 in Q2 to lobby the federal government, up from the $700,000 spent in the same period a year ago, according to BusinessW ...

  23. Judge Does Not Freeze Assets of LimeWire, Owner

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge ruled on Thursday that the assets of LimeWire and its owner will not be frozen, according to people familiar with the decision. The RIAA had requested the court to freeze the assets of the company and owner Mark Gorton, alleging that asset ...

  24. HMV To Launch Digital Service This Month

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV will roll out its digital service at the end of July as the U.K. entertainment retailer makes a concerted attempt to grab market share in music downloads. The hmvdigital.com site is currently in beta. It is selling the new MIA album for £7.99 ...

  25. Legit LimeWire Service Coming This Year?

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LimeWire has plans to create a legitimate music service which will tentatively arrive in 2010, Digital Music News reports. Major labels, which have won summary judgment against the company and are seeking extremely heavy penalties, are said to be ...

  26. French Data Regulator Green-Lights Three-Strikes

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French three-strike 'Hadopi' law, which was passed in September 2009, has passed a major hurdle for its actual implementation. Data protection regulator CNIL has authorized music rights holders' requests to automatically track I ...

  27. LiveWire Mobile Plans For Download Service

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Like pretty much every other ringtone aggregator that’s still in business today, LiveWire Mobile is getting into the full-song business. The company laid out plans for a DRM-free music download service that it says will be offered by two North Ame ...

  28. Study: Australian File Sharers Will Pay For Music, But Not Much

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yet another study indicates most digital pirates will pay for music – if the price is right. News.com.au and market research firm CoreData surveyed over 5,700 people who said they had illegally downloaded or streamed music in the previous 12 month ...

  29. In Memory of Lala’s Web Song

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lala’s surprisingly controversial web song experiment is coming to an end. The music service announced today it will cease operations on May 30th. Nothing is known yet about how Apple, which acquired Lala in late 2009, plans to incorporate Lala in ...

  30. Nokia's Comes With Music Launching In China DRM-Free

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia is to launch its Comes With Music service in China, a move which suggests the Finnish mobile manufacturer is looking to emerging markets to boost its unlimited download service. Last month the company confirmed it would launch in India and i ...

  31. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Bandcamp, Guvera

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Filmmaker and academic Kembrew McLeod, one of the creators of the music copyright documentary Copyright Criminals , is co-author of a book coming out next year titled Creative License about the law and culture of digital sampling. One of the au ...

  32. More Free Music: Guvera Launches In US

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guvera, a free, ad-supported music download site, quietly launched in public beta phase in the U.S. on Tuesday. The company launched in Australia last month. Unlike previous ad-supported models, which offer streams or tethered downloads, Guvera wi ...

  33. @SXSW: Spotify’s Daniel Ek Sits For Keynote

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : Keynote Interview with Spotify’s Daniel Ek Participants : Daniel Ek (Spotify), Eliot Van Buskirk (Wired.com) A next generation of streaming services are the newest hope for the digital music business. Will they attract mass adoption or fiz ...

  34. Napster Japan To Close

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan, a joint venture between the U.S.-based Napster and Tower Records Japan, will shut on May 31, drawing to a close the first digital music subscription service in Japan. Napster Japan released the information on its Web site, saying th ...

  35. Business Matters: CRB, Nokia, Android, Peter Gabriel, Live365, Chris Walla and More

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- The third Jammie Thomas-Rasset trial is set for October 4. It will deal only with damages. Thomas-Rasset’s first two trials resulted in guilty verdicts. The first verdict was thrown due to misleading jury instructions. The second verdict was re ...

  36. Business Matters: Digital Music Forum, Lady Gaga, Sellaband, Napster and More

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- After EMI was acquired by Terra Firma , artists began to hesitate signing with the record label. Now, The Financial Times says the company's debt load is a hindrance. "It would be very difficult to say to your client you should sign t ...

  37. Leaked ACTA Draft Doesn't Call for Three-Strike Penalties

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A leaked draft of a section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) shows no intention to install the type of draconian punishment for digital piracy expected by many of its critics. Rather, the Internet section of the multilateral trade ...

  38. Plugged/Unplugged: CwF+RtB = WTF?

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Plugged/Unplugged is an online column by Billboard digital and mobile correspondent Antony Bruno. Follow him on Twitter here twitter/billboarddigitl . As my editor/boss was boarding a plane to return home from MIDEM, he shot me an e-mail linking t ...

  39. @MIDEM: Sony Japan's Morita Wants Tougher Piracy Law

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Masao Morita, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) chairman and representative director, used his MIDEM keynote to call for tougher government action on illegal downloading. The Japanese government introduced a revised copyright law to make unaut ...

  40. Omnifone, HP Partner On Unlimited Music

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST London-based digital music provider Omnifone and PC manufacturer HP have announced a partnership on a pre-loaded unlimited music offer for 16 HP models in 10 European countries. The deal was announced at MIDEM Jan. 25 and will provide unlimited ac ...

  41. OK Go Runs Into Label Policy - Again.

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has a knack for attracting attention on the Internet. First it was their innovative, cheaply produced videos . Now, the band is running into problems promoting its innovative, cheaply produced videos. In a post at the OK Go forum , singer Da ...

  42. Analysis: Recorded Music Forecasts And Their Spotty History

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week, two market research reports were released that forecast the trend of recorded music revenues. The reports are notable for two things: the dates when digital-physical equilibrium will be met and the errant forecasts of their predecessors ...

  43. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  44. The Billboard Q&A: MediaNet CEO Alan McGlade

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the early days of digital music, MediaNet (then MusicNet) seemed to be in a great place. Big brands of all types were rushing into the market with digital music stores of their own, and MusicNet was there to provide all the back-end technology ...

  45. Product Test: Free All Music (Beta)

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Free All Music (FAM) is the latest online start-up to offer ad-supported music to price-sensitive consumers. FAM has signed up Universal Music Group and EMI. As any student of digital music knows, a new business model can achieve media attention f ...

  46. Business Matters: FreeAllMusic, WMG, Ford Motors

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- While FreeAllMusic is in private beta, the New York Times offers some details on the latest music service to tackle ad-supported downloads. The ...

  47. FreeAllMusic.com Offers Songs In Exchange For Ads

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST An ad-sponsored digital music download service called FreeAllMusic.com began a private beta this week. The service's first sponsors include large brands like Coca-Cola, Warner Bros. Television, Zappos.com and LG, among others. The DRM-free di ...

  48. Business Matters: TuneCore, Lala, 2010 Trends To Watch

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- For getting songs immediately to download stores - rather than opt for a future street date - Amazon.com was found in one trial to be the faste ...

  49. TDC Play Adds Unlimited Streaming

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Danish Telco TDC has added unlimited streaming to its all-you-can-eat download service TDC Play. The DRM-enabled download service was launched 18 months ago, billed as the world's first unlimited music offering that was included within broadb ...

  50. PlayNow Plus Debuts In Brazil

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson has launched its PlayNow Plus music service in Brazil. Aliado Digital reports that the service, available on W508 Walkman phones via wireless operator Vivo, includes 1,000 pre-loaded songs and unlimited DRM-protected track downloads ...

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