News

  • CD sales aren't entirely dead, but they are heading towards niche status

    The mid-year installment of the RIAA’s outlook on how the U.S. music industry is performing created quite a stir when it counted sales of compact discs in the first half of 2018 at 18.6 million, worth $245.9 million.
  • YouTube download sites are biggest piracy threat to music industry

    Websites dedicated to “stream ripping” music from YouTube represent the biggest threat to the global music business, industry figures have warned, as a major crackdown seeks to address it.
  • Legal battle over whether Michael Jackson songs were really by superstar

    Michael Jackson’s record label Sony has been caught up in a legal battle over whether the singer really performed the lead vocals on three songs in a posthumous album released under his name.
  • Streaming now accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue

    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.
  • Music Modernization Act Passed: Industry, Politicians Welcome 'The Most Important Piece of Legislation in a Generation'

    In the end, getting together the Music Modernization Act might have been harder than writing a hit song. But after years of trying to get copyright legislation passed on Tuesday (Sept. 18), it finally happened, with now both the Senate and the House unanimously passing the legislation.
  • EU copyright law may force Google, Facebook to pay billions to music companies, publishers

    Facebook and Google could be forced to pay billions to media publishers, music companies and filmmakers if a proposed copyright rule is formally adopted in Europe. The proposed copyright directive could upend the internet as we know it.
  • Google: Sorry professor, old Beethoven recordings on YouTube are copyrighted

    Imagine you are a teacher at a public school and you want to use a free recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in your classroom. As an author of music textbooks and a music theory professor, I am always looking for creative ways to develop teaching materials as Open Educational Resources so that everyone can share and learn from these important recordings.