Peer-to-peer

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. France's HADOPI Study Shows Decrease in Piracy

    April 02, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Screen shot of a graphic from HADOPI's new report showing the effectiveness of its three-warning system. Seventeen months after issuing its first warning emails, HADOPI, the French governmental copyright protection body installed to administe ...

  5. Spotify Tops Survey of U.K. Media Agencies

    March 28, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Spotify's "freemium" business model got some good news this week. The company has taken the top spot in its first appearance in the Online Media Owner Survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), a professional bod ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: The Effectiveness of Anti-Piracy Strategies

    January 23, 2012 7:01 PM EST The main news to come out of IFPI's Digital Music Report 2012 is that digital sales and services grew by 8% in 2011 to $5.2 billion, combined with a slowing decline in the overall recorded music market, which fell 3% from a total trade value ...

  9. New Spanish Gov't Enacts Sinde Anti-Piracy Laws, Opponents Promise A Fight

    January 03, 2012 1:30 PM EST Spain will finally implement its controversial antipiracy act starting in March now that the new conservative government rushed the enactment of the pending codes. Its success though is sure to be tested in courts and on the streets. Jose Ignacio ...

  10. Is Pablo Soto Spain's P2P Robin Hood Or A Music Piracy Enabler?

    December 28, 2011 9:16 AM EST MADRID - Pablo Soto is a hero, a Robin-Hood of sorts, for the global peer-to-peer (P2P) community, a title he rejects even after his recent epic court victory against the American music and movie industries that have targeted him for years. His lu ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 'Rinse' Your Music Library Before Storing in the Cloud

    April 25, 2011 1:03 PM EDT The problem with many digital music libraries is that they're a disorganized mess, compiled from multiple sources over the years. Ripped from CDs. Downloaded from dodgy P2P services, bought from iTunes, Amazon, etc. And as we're approach ...

  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. @MEL: Kazaa Co-Founder Janus Friis 'It's Hard to Compete With Free'

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paid music subscription services have their work cut out for them amid free music options like YouTube, Pandora and the thriving peer-to-peer sector, said Janus Friis, co-founder of Skype, Kazaa, and new music subscription service Rdio. Friis open ...

  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. 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- ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Study: French Law Fails To Deter Piracy So Far

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A French academic study is casting doubt on the likely success of the French 'Hadopi' anti-piracy law. The three-strikes plan was voted through in France in September 2009, although has yet to be implemented. Hadopi is the name of the go ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. NPD Group: U.S. Record Industry Lost 24 Million Customers Over Two Years

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The NPD Group says 24 million fewer people bought music in 2009 compared to 2007. At the Digital Music Forum in New York on Wednesday, The NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick presented some insightful data on U.S. music purchases from 2007 to 2009. The pres ...

  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. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. FAC Responds To Lily Allen-Inspired P2P Debate

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After U.K. pop act Lily Allen hit out at "really rich and successful rock stars" who questioned the government's proposals to tackle illegal file-sharing, the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has responded to her comments. The singe ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Opinion: Spotify Succeeds On Simplicity, Not Discovery

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT P2P streaming music program Spotify is expected to launch in the US later this year - it is currently open to users in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain - but Billboard has been testing the service for the last few weeks. The servi ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Hunting Down Top Twitter Tunes

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT We Are Hunted has launched a new daily music chart (http://wearehunted.com/twitter/) which it says tracks the tunes people on Twitter are listening to and tweeting about. The online buzz aggregator samples Twitter through the day looking for tweet ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 : " ...

  39. Why The Pirate Bay Verdict Doesn't Matter

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Against the backdrop of tomorrow's decision in the lawsuit against torrent tracking site the Pirate Bay is the harsh reality that victories against illegal file-sharing may change the shape of P2P, but they will do little to solve the industr ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Poll: 45% Say P2P OK

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Forty-five percent of Canadians believe that those using peer-to-peer services to freely download music and movies are "doing what people should be able to do on the Internet," according to a poll by Canadian firm Angus Reid Strategies. ...

  43. Consultant Spills On Warner Music's ISP Plan

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A few more details about Warner Music Group’s proposal to issue blanket music licenses to ISPs trickled out at the Digital Music Forum East conference this week, where industry consultant Jim Griffin—the man behind the plan—was a featured speaker. ...

  44. Editorial: Why ISP Licensing Won't Help The Music Business

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Voluntary collective licensing" (or "ISP licensing" or "blanket music licensing") has been promoted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and its fellow travelers as a way to legalize file sharing on unauthoriz ...

  45. Report: RIAA Ends MediaSentry Deal

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST In addition to ending its litigation campaign against file trading music fans, the RIAA reportedly is ending its relationship with the controversial MediaSentry. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal , the RIAA will no longer use MediaS ...

  46. Koch Links With P2P Marketing Firm

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Koch Entertainment Distribution has partnered with peer-to-peer marketing company Fan2Band Inc. Under the terms of the deal, artists on Koch's distributed label roster will have access to Fan2Band's marketing platforms, which reach more ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Popkomm Day 3: The Second Coming Of Qtrax

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eight months after its abortive launch at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Qtrax is back on course according to New York-based CEO and chairman Allan Klepfisz. During the demonstration of Qtrax - a free, ad-funded "legal" hybrid P2P se ...

  49. Marillion Takes Free Road For New Album

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Long-standing British rock band Marillion is making its new double album "Happiness Is The Road" available for free, legal download via P2P networks from today (Sept. 10). The potentially controversial move sees Marillion teaming with In ...

  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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