File sharing networks

  1. Business Matters: European Study on Piracy Conflicts With Conventional Wisdom

    March 18, 2013 8:49 PM EDT A new European Commission study based on Nielsen data from five European countries found that online music piracy did not hurt digital music purchases. In fact, the study found a slight, positive relationship between visits to illegal download s ...

  2. Spotify Now With 5 Million Paying Subs; Adds Metallica

    December 06, 2012 1:56 PM EST Daniel Ek, the chief executive of Spotify, came a little closer to his ambitious goal of having all the music in the world on his digital service Thursday when he announced that it now had the entire Metallica catalog available for on-demand music ...

  3. Copyright Alert System Coming Within Weeks

    October 19, 2012 12:17 PM EDT American Internet users can expect to start seeing notifications from their Internet service providers if they trade files on peer-to-peer networks. A blog post by Jill Lesser, executive director of the Center for Copyright Information, revealed t ...

  4. Music Gets Analytical

    July 26, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Despite a widely held belief that the market for music-based analytic tools is already overloaded and has more than enough companies servicing the industry, relatively few options actually provide all the data needed to cover the expansive nature ...

  5. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site

    February 14, 2012 12:46 PM EST A Spanish court has dismissed a case against the popular peer-to-peer movie download site Cinetube citing legal precedents in concluding that redirecting online traffic is not illegal per se, even if it is to copyrighted content, according to the ...

  6. Business Matters: A New Look at an Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases

    February 02, 2012 9:11 PM EST A New Look at An Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases -- A controversial 2007 paper on P2P's impact on CD purchases has got a second look -- with conclusions the music industry will like. A new paper based on the same survey data used i ...

  7. This Week in Music: Mog CEO David Hyman on Facebook Integration, Why Streaming Is the Way to Go

    November 14, 2011 2:38 PM EST The newest episode of "This Week in Music" features Mog founder and CEO David Hyman in an interview shot live at New Noise Santa Barbara. Hyman discussed the evolution of Mog into a free, web-based music streaming service which has becom ...

  8. Streaming Services Are Cutting Big Checks for Rights Holders: Guest Post by Rhapsody President Jon Irwin

    October 25, 2011 9:00 AM EDT (The rise of the music-streaming market has brought with it apprehension about size of royalties paid to artists. People are simply concerned about the value of music, and it has been an increasingly common topic in news articles and blog posts in ...

  9. Business Matters: Spotify Already Has At Least 1 Million U.S. Users, Source Says

    August 05, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Spotify Already Has Around 1 Million U.S. Users, Says Source -- How is Spotify doing in the U.S.? One industry executive estimates the popular music service, which launched in the U.S. in mid-July, has amassed at least one million total users in j ...

  10. Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony

    June 17, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the Internet a felony in most ...

  11. YouTube Accounts for 12% of U.S. Bandwidth, According to Arbor Networks

    April 29, 2011 12:19 PM EDT YouTube accounts for 12% of U.S. bandwidth and is a factor in falling P2P traffic, according to Arbor Networks . Netflix is tops with 20% of U.S. bandwidth. HTTP (world wide web) sites are second with 19%. P2P has declined to 8% of North American ...

  12. Business Matters: New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law

    April 14, 2011 6:52 PM EDT New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law -- New Zealand lawmakers have passed legislation that outlaws file sharing and threatens repeat offenders with disconnection of Internet service up to six months. The new law will go into effect Se ...

  13. Business Matters: Shouldn't Usage Drop After LimeWire Goes Down?

    March 23, 2011 9:16 PM EDT Shouldn't Usage Drop After LimeWire Goes Down? -- What does NPD's study on LimeWire usage tell us about file sharing? Not enough, says Eric Garland, CEO of media measurement company BigChampagne. NPD noticed a 24 percentage-point drop in ...

  14. LimeWire Closure Leads To Drop in Music Piracy

    March 23, 2011 12:50 PM EDT The October 2010 shuttering of P2P service LimeWire had a noticeable affect on the rate of music piracy in this country. According to new data released by the NPD Group, music filesharing activity fell from 12% of U.S. Internet users in the third ...

  15. Music Piracy Ranks Distant Fourth Behind Porn, Film & TV

    February 07, 2011 1:42 PM EST In the "take this for what it's worth" category, it seems music is not the most popular type of media downloaded from BitTorrent trackers. Anti-piracy firm Envisional conducted a study on behalf of NBC Universal to see what type of ...

  16. Business Matters: Radio Listening Dips, LimeWire Cuts Staff and more

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Study: Radio Listening Dips -- American youths are spending more time on the Internet and less time listening to radio, according to a new Edison Research study of 12- to 24-year-olds. Daily radio ...

  17. Mulve: Is It The Labels' Nightmare Scenario?

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nothing gets the digital music industry atwitter more than a new free music download service. This time it's a service called Mulve, which - when working - allows users to search for and download digital music for free. What's different ...

  18. Business Matters: Streaming Music Vs. Piracy, The Flip Side of the '6-Pack' Debated and more

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. -- According to a study commissioned by Aspiro, using a streaming music service cuts down on users’ illegal file-sharing while getting them to listen to more music and discover new music. ...

  19. NMP Chief Discusses Legal Success At Annual Convention Meeting

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the last five years, the National Music Publishers Assn. invested $39 million on legal fees and litigation to protect songwriters and music publishers’ copyrights and as a result of those efforts the music publishing community has received back ...

  20. Spanish Judges Compare P2P To Lending Libraries

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's anti-piracy campaigners have suffered a new blow following yet another court ruling that clears a web site that offered links to protected cultural content of infringing intellectual property legislation. Three judges closed the five- ...

  21. Billboard Q&A: LimeWire CEO George Searle

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite losing in court, the peer-to-peer executive says he still wants to work with labels. On May 12, the same day that LimeWire CEO George Searle turned 46, a federal judge found the peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing service and founder/chairman ...

  22. Analysis: The Real Story On Track and Albums Sales

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Any way you look at it, the album format is not dead. Relative to individual track sales, album sales are still dominant, important and necessary to record labels and publishers. Which is why these graphs on the decline of the album format at tech ...

  23. Spanish Judge Rules File-Sharing Not Illegal

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A legal twist appears to ensure that Spain will continue to offer massive headaches to anti-piracy campaigners and untold joy to the growing number of Internet users and operators who swear by what they call "free culture." A Barcelona j ...

  24. Business Matters: MOG, iPhone, Echo Nest, P2P and more

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- MOG is planning to unveil an iPhone app at a press event on March 15, right in the middle of interactive week of SXSW. Look for more coverage at Billboard.biz when the app is in the wild. ( Press release ) -- Echo Nest has received a $500,000 g ...

  25. RIAA To FCC: Don't Block Anti-Piracy Efforts

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST The RIAA today (Jan. 14) filed comments to the FCC encouraging the regulatory body to keep any Net Neutrality rules it may be considering flexible enough to allow for the enforcement of anti-piracy measures. January 15 is the deadline for submitti ...

  26. Napster Opens Service To Developers

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its ongoing effort to integrate its streaming music service to as many devices and applications as possible, Napster today unveiled its Napster Access program - a web portal where third-party developers can download the tools needed to add Naps ...

  27. BPI Says Non-P2P Web Piracy Growing

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI says that while levels of P2P file-sharing remained steady in 2009, alternative Web-based illegal services have grown. While the focus in recent years has been on tackling illegal file-sharing, there are now other online th ...

  28. Israelite Contract With NMPA Extended

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST The contract of National Music Publishers Assn. president and CEO David Israelite has been extended through 2014 by the group's board of directors. NMPA board of directors chairman Irwin Robinson said Isrealite has been "exceptional in s ...

  29. Pirate Bay Drops Tracker, 'Decentralizes'

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay service has been significantly altered with the operators of the BitTorrent tracker explaining that there is no longer any need for such a tracking service. However, the Pirate Bay will continue to host and index torrent files altho ...

  30. Analysis: The P2P-To-Streaming Migration Continues

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Good news for music companies: P2P traffic is said to be declining while streaming sites are growing in popularity and becoming more a more integral part of labels’ and publishers’ strategies. P2P traffic “is declining quickly” and losing populari ...

  31. Analysis: Recorded Music Revenue In Catch-22

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recorded music is caught in a catch-22. As products have become more innovative, revenue declines. Streaming services offer legal alternatives to piracy. Downloads offer an inexpensive way to enjoy digital music. Track prices top out at an afforda ...

  32. Japanese Labels Reach Settlement With File-Sharers

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A settlement has been reach between 23 record labels in Japan and two people found to have used WinMX software to illegally upload music files. The two were caught when the ISP they were using provided information about their activities to the aut ...

  33. Business Matters: YouTube, Spotify, Rhapsody

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Statistics revealed by TubeMogul show the dominance of music videos among YouTube ’s most-watched videos. Tracking all-time views for videos to ...

  34. Survey: P2P Popularity Dips Slightly In U.K.

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An annual survey of young people by umbrella trade group U.K. Music shows that P2P activity has dipped slightly, with 61% of those surveyed admitting to downloading music in this way. The result was down on the 63% who admitted to illicit P2P acti ...

  35. Briefs: Mobile Streaming Growth, Radio Is Dead?

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In its Global Mobile Broadband Traffic Report for Q2 2009 , Allot Communications says mobile HTTP streaming, with sequential quarter growth rate of 58%, is the fastest growing use for mobile data. HTTP streaming covers sites like Hulu, MySpace ...

  36. Kazaa Returns As Legal Subscription Service

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kazaa, the one-time rogue file-sharing application, is relaunched to the U.S. market today (July 20). Only this time it returns as an all-you-can eat legal subscription service, carrying a monthly rate of $20. It will initially offer one million m ...

  37. The Pirate Bay: The Next Chapter

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While Swedish gaming company Global Gaming Factory X bought The Pirate Bay with intentions of turning it into a legitimate enterprise, don't expect the notorious file sharing service to simply go away. What Global Gaming Factory X bought was ...

  38. Briefs: Live Nation, 'The Beatles: Rock Band,' MySpace

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's "No Service Fee Wednesday" is underway and people are finding out that "service fees" are separate from other fees consumers will still have to pay. This isn't much of a revelation. Live Nation said ...

  39. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  40. Napster Introduces $5 Unlimited Stream, Five Download Tier

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Napster subscription service introduced a new pricing tier that allows users to stream an unlimited number of songs and download five DRM-free tracks a month for $5. The offer does not require subscribers to download the Napster client, but ra ...

  41. Study: 86% Would Pay For Legal P2P

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Different study, similar results. The Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) has released a study titled "Pirates, File-Sharers and Music Users" ( download PDF here ) that reaffirms the lures of P2P and, for a change, attempts to put a ...

  42. Billboard.biz Q&A: Brand Asset Digital's Joey Patuleia

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brand Asset Digital, the company that offers brands the ability to market their products via P2P search terms similar to Google's AdWords service, came out with a new product this week called P2P Pulse. In a nutshell, P2PPulse allows labels a ...

  43. That Deal With Napster? It Never Was Going to Happen

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT People love scapegoats. A target for blame makes for an easy explanation of unfortunate incidents. This is common in the music industry. A frequent claim in the many assessments of today's music industry is that it should have made a deal wit ...

  44. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Verdict

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Internet is rife with opinions on today's ruling by a Swedish court to send four operators of the Pirate Bay Web site to jail for one year and fine them collectively $3.6 million. Here are some samples. Mike Masnick from TechDirt : " ...

  45. Spanish Man Behind P2P Site Jailed

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Spanish court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to six months in jail for operating an illegal file-sharing Web site. The verdict coincides with the April 7 appointment of new Spanish culture minister Ángeles Gónzalez-Sinde, who has voiced her str ...

  46. Report: Teen Music Spending, P2P Use Drops

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Teens are buying fewer downloads, using P2P less frequently and listening to more music streams, according to a new report by NPD Group. NPD found that CD purchasing declined by 26% in 2008 while download purchases fell 13%. In contrast, more than ...

  47. Analysis: Digital Music Ownership Vs. Access

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group executive VP of eLabs, Rio Caraeff, spoke about the concept of the "living album" during a keynote address at the Leadership Music Summit One in Nashville on Tuesday. TechDirt's Mike Masnick was drawn to that c ...

  48. SXSW Panel Debates Monetizing P2Ps

    March 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A rousing panel debated the merits of methods for montizing P2P networks at SXSW on Saturday. Speaking at the "Is Collective Licensing For P2P File Sharing A Future Source For The Music Industry?" discussion, Warner Music Group consultan ...

  49. Belgian ISP Scarlet Lands P2P Court Fine

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Brussels court has upheld its earlier ruling that ISP Scarlet must prevent users from infringing copyright on peer-to-peer networks. It follows the July 2007 Court of First Instance verdict where Belgian authors' rights association SABAM ob ...

  50. Mexican Authorities Shut Down File-sharing Server

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican authorities have shut down a file-sharing server that enabled the exchange of music and videogames online via DirectConnect, a worldwide peer-to-peer network that has been the subject of IFPI lawsuits and international police raids. The Me ...

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