Digital rights management

  1. EMI Music Bites Into DRM-Free Burger King Promotion

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is to give away DRM-free downloads from its catalog in a U.K. promotion with Burger King. The record company has teamed up with Chicago-based digital agency VerveLife for the push, which is the first in a planned series of global campaig ...

  2. Virgin Relaunches U.K. Retail Website

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Virgin Megastores retail brand is revamping its Web site with enhanced existing services, increased user participation, plus new offerings linked to live music. The move to offer a more developed digital experience comes shortly af ...

  3. Sony BMG Sues DRM Provider

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music and BMG Music are suing two of the companies involved with the label's ill-fated effort to place DRM protections on its CDs. Amergence Technologies, formerly SunnComm International, and its sales agent MediaMax Technology, were ...

  4. Plugged and Unplugged

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Universal Music Group is playing an interesting game of chicken. In declining to renew its year-by-year music licensing contract with Apple in favor of an "at will" agreement, UMG is signaling that it may pull all or part of its ...

  5. Source: Universal Snubs iTunes Deal

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has refused to strike a long-term licensing arrangement with Apple's iTunes Music Store and will instead opt for "flexible," interim agreements, a source close to negotiations tells Billboard.biz. In recent day ...

  6. EMI First Major To Sell MP3s Via Individual Sites

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artists signed to EMI Music can now sell their music to fans directly from their individual Web sites or MySpace profile thanks to a deal with SnoCap. Central to the deal is SnoCap's MyStores service, a Web-based digital storefront that allow ...

  7. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Can anybody give AT&T a little love? I spend most of the last week doing countless interviews with the press who wanted to know how the iPhone was going to affect the music industry. My answer remains the same -- it won't. Not at ...

  8. HMV Enters SNS Biz, Offers DRM-Free Downloads

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British market-leading music and entertainment retailer HMV Group has unveiled plans to launch a social-networking site. The online service will form part of the firm's digital overhaul in the United Kingdom, which is expected to start from t ...

  9. McCartney Signs Up For iTunes Festival

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney is the latest big name to join the line-up for the new iTunes Festival, being launched July 1 by Apple's European arm. He will be playing on July 5 at the festival's London-based 350-capacity venue, the Institute of Co ...

  10. EMI Inks New DRM-Free Deal

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The EMI DRM-free train continues to roll, with PassAlong Networks becoming the latest digital music service to license the premium download offer. The deal enables all services using PassAlong's technology to offer the full EMI catalog at a h ...

  11. U.K. Firm 7digital Enters New Phase

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service 7digital has relaunched its offering with a string of new features, and is boldly setting its sights on the market dominance of iTunes. The enhanced, format-agnostic U.K. store goes live today with EMI's complete DRM and ...

  12. WMG, AnywhereCD Settle Dispute

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group and AnywhereCD have dismissed their respective lawsuits against each other and agreed to an early end to their relationship. Under the agreement, WMG will allow AnywhereCD to continue sell its music via the service -- which lets ...

  13. Lala Rolls Out Free Streaming Site, WMG On Board

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lala.com, a Silicon Valley-based digital music start-up, is launching an iPod-compatible online music service that offers free streaming song play in a bid to get customers to buy music downloads. The start-up is launching the service with Warner ...

  14. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: So, somebody finally snatched up Last.fm, the progressive and popular digital music social networking service based in England. This was an eye-opener in many respects, not the least of which that a successful technology play could emerge ...

  15. Apple CEO Talks DRM, Future Of Digital Music

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apples Steve Jobs sat down with the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg at the publication's All Things Digital conference, discussing the upcoming iPhone, DRM and the future of digital music. Check out the highlights here . Not a whole ...

  16. Digital Talk Takes Over Copyright Summit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The role of copyright in the digital age was top of the agenda during the morning session of Day 2 of the CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels. In a keynote address, Nikesh Aroha, Google's newly-appointed president for Europe, the Middle East a ...

  17. PayPlay.fm Goes DRM-Free

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Another digital music service is now offering DRM-free, higher-quality tracks at a higher price -- a model similar to one launched today by Apple . PayPlay.fm, which features a library of some 1.3 million tracks, was previously offering WMA-encode ...

  18. China Won't Embrace DRM, Music Matters Panel Says

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital-rights management is not the way to go in the mainland China music market, according to members of a panel discussion on DRM held on the opening day of the Music Matters conference in Hong Kong. "DRM is never going to be successful in ...

  19. Apple Unveils DRM-Free iTunes

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple today introduced its DRM-free, higher-quality digital music store in an update to the iTunes service, called iTunes Plus. The new iTunes tier will feature music with no DRM protection technology and 256 kbps file sizes for $1.29 per track, c ...

  20. Berkowitz Named EMI N.A. Digital Senior VP

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music North America has named Lauren Berkowitz as its new senior VP of digital for the North American region. She reports to EMI North American head Roger Ames and Barney Wragg, global head of digital. Berkowitz comes to EMI from Sony ATV Musi ...

  21. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Attack of the Amazons It's a simple equation -- make digital music interoperable and more people will sell it. That's the message coming out of Amazon.com's long-expected revelation that it will soon launch a digital music ...

  22. EMI Strikes DRM-Free Deals Across Europe

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In addition to its just-announced partnership with Amazon.com , EMI Music Group has struck additional DRM-free licensing deals with several European digital music services. The retailers include VirginMega in France, and several Scandinavian servi ...

  23. Execs Discuss Amazon Store Details, DRM Challenges

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Now that Amazon.com has confirmed it is developing an MP3 download store and has signed up EMI as its first major label partner, questions will now begin to swirl about launch timing and specifics of the new service. Amazon confirms that the store ...

  24. Amazon Store To Sell Music Free Of Copy Protection

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. said on Wednesday the company will launch a digital music store later in 2007 with millions of songs, free of copy protection technology that limits where consumers can play their music. The Seattle-based company said music company ...

  25. Napster, Motorola Partner

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster and Motorola have teamed up on a co-marketing effort that in part will allow users to transfer, store, and play subscription music from Napster on their Motorola phones. To do so, Motorola is adding Windows Media DRM technology to select m ...

  26. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: It was a small story that passed virtually unnoticed this week, but you have to give props PassAlong Networks for its new freedomMP3 platform . To be sure, it's not perfect-limiting tracks to 20 transfers might sound great to labels ...

  27. Disney Launches Music, Video Service

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Walt Disney Company has launched an online digital music and video service called Disney Mix Central. The site features downloadable music and videos from both Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, as well as podcasts and video clips from ...

  28. EMI, TLC Marketing Team For Promotions Project

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music U.K. is attempting to tap new revenue streams through a strategic partnership with TLC Marketing plc, a leading international sales promotion and incentives company. Through a new online initiative, third party firms will be enabled to o ...

  29. Ad-Funded Music Services Are The Future, Says Jupiter

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Advertising revenue could become a vital lifeline for European labels, according to a new Jupiter Research report. Based on a qualitative analysis of the current market, the report -- "The Future of Digital Music: Fighting Free with Free" ...

  30. PassAlong Offers New DRM Option

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PassAlong Networks has introduced a new DRM option for its record label partners that tries to provide an element of control over the otherwise unprotected MP3 format. The company's freedomMP3 platform allows the sale of interoperable MP3 tra ...

  31. EMI Forges Mobile Deal In Vietnam

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI says it has become the first major label to sign a mobile-content deal in Vietnam. Effective immediately, Ho Chi Minh City-based mobile-content distributor and aggregator Mobile Solutions Services (MSS) becomes EMI's exclusive mobile serv ...

  32. NARM Coverage: 'Winning At The Digital Game'

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard's VP of global licensing Brad Navin called upon independent retailers to more aggressively launch digital download stores. Speaking on an indie retail panel at the annual NARM convention in Chicago, Navin observed that he hasn ...

  33. NARM Coverage: Majors Debate DRM

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT During the "2007 Digital Strategies" Q&A session, EMI's Barney Wragg -- the architect of the major's recent decision to drop DRM protection technologies from its entire catalog -- found himself defending the move while flan ...

  34. NARM Coverage: AAIM's Membership Up To 121 Labels

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) president Richard Bengloff said the indie trade body has upped its membership to 121 labels. He revealed a slew of recent label additions at the annual NARM convention in Chicago. Among the labels who ...

  35. WMG To Sell Music On MySpace Via Snocap

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group will begin selling music on MySpace via a deal with the social networking giant's digital commerce partner Snocap. Fans looking to purchase WMG tracks from MySpace will be able to download content without leaving the artist ...

  36. Microsoft Exec Addresses Apple iPhone

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Perhaps the only person not impressed with Apple's pending iPhone launch is Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. In an interview printed in USA Today , Ballmer shrugs off the impact of the iPhone, saying it's high price will limit its appeal ...

  37. NARM Coverage: Touch & Go Launching Digital Store

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Famed Chicago indie Touch & Go Records will unveil a digital download store this summer. Label founder Corey Rusk tells Billboard.biz that the site should launch sometime in June. The site promises to carry Touch & Go's current and ca ...

  38. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: As a bit of a music industry outsider, I'm just absolutely flummoxed that it took this long to create a legal, licensed online service for music lyrics. Which is why I think the new service from Yahoo Music and Gracenote is a great s ...

  39. Nettwerk CEO: Drop DRM, Market Will Expand

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nettwerk Music Group head honcho Terry McBride gave the keynote speech at the Digital Summit in Nashville yesterday, reiterating his theme of giving control of music distribution to the fans. Music Row has a summary of the speech, which contains t ...

  40. Other Music Digital Store Opens

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent New York retailer Other Music has today launched its digital download store . The site, which the retailer says is in an email is a "work in progress," is offering DRM-free MP3 sales from what it says are "hundreds of la ...

  41. Soundbuzz, EMI In Talks On DRM-Free Tracks

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI and Singapore-based Soundbuzz are in negotiations concerning possible distribution by the digital music services provider of DRM-free EMI tracks in Southeast Asia, executives from the two companies tell Billboard.biz. "We've opened d ...

  42. Trans World To Launch Digital Service

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Another brick-and-mortar music retailer is entering the digital music space, this time Trans World Entertainment. The company has tapped PassAlong Networks to operate its online store, called fye.com. The service will feature DRM-free MP3 files wi ...

  43. WMG Issues Termination Notice To DRM-Free Service

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has sent a notice of termination to the recently launched DRM-free music service AnywhereCD. The service, which was formed by Michael Robertson, founder of the original MP3.com, is stocked with music from a variety of labels inc ...

  44. Analysts: Apple Poised For Mobile Growth

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Research Group Strategy Analytics says that EMI's recent decision to sell music sans DRM on iTunes could position Apple to take a leadership role in the emerging mobile music space. The group notes that 60% of the music-capable phones introdu ...

  45. Apple Rivals Get Boost From DRM-Free Deal

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc.'s decision to sell DRM-free downloads from EMI and indie labels in the AAC format rather than the MP3 format is creating new strategic opportunities for both rival device manufacturers and digital retailers. Come May when iTunes la ...

  46. EC Issues Anti-Trust Statement Naming Apple, Majors

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission says Apple Inc. and the major record companies may be guilty of violating competition regulations on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust authority -- confirmed today (Apri ...

  47. Will The Other Majors Ditch DRM?

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI is the only major label to pursue a DRM-free strategy so far , but the move places increased pressure on the other majors to offer their catalogs in a similar fashion. Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the company is reaching out to the other majors a ...

  48. Confirmed: EMI, Apple Offer DRM Free Music

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has agreed to make all its current digital repertoire available free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions with immediate effect. The move is groundbreaking for a major multinational music company, as all four majors had previo ...

  49. EMI U.K. Catalog Available Via Playlouder

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music U.K. has made its catalog available through the ISP and bundled subscription service Playlouder. The deal, unveiled today, will allow Playlouder MSP subscribers to access and share DRM protected music as part of their monthly subscriptio ...

  50. Point-Based Music Service Launches

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Another digital music service has entered the game, with NT Media launching an a la cart music download offering. The company has quietly struck deals with all the major record labels, as well as the larger independent digital music aggregators su ...

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