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Music Industry Halts Popular YouTube Piracy Service

Music studios have gained the upper hand in their legal battle with a “stream ripping” service known as YouTube-MP3, which allowed people to obtain pirated versions of songs simply by pasting a YouTube link into a website. In a proposed settlement filed…

Vivian Campbell Reveals the ‘Upside of Music Piracy’ for Def Leppard: Exclusive Interview

It’s now been 25 years since Vivian Campbell joined Def Leppard, stepping in after the death of original guitarist Steve Clark. Campbell spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock as the band was wrapping up a summer tour with Poison and a new album from his pre-Leppard project Riverdogs celebrates the…

Why Are So Many Heritage Artists on the Road Again? This Explains Everything.

When Glenn Frey died, Don Henley said that the Eagles would never play live again. So much for that promise. Why is Rogers Waters still touring at age 73? Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey would rather they never have to…

Nigeria Grants Tax Break to Music, Movie Producers, Others in Creative Industry

The federal government has granted ‘Pioneer Status’ to the creative industry, in a landmark move aimed at transforming the industry to a creative economy and creating jobs. In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Information and…

Google Is About to Kill Every Single Torrent Site

With Google’s upcoming ad-block feature, torrent sites are about suffer a serious revenue choke. Several weeks ago, Google unveiled plans to roll-out a built-in ad blocker in its Chrome browser.  The move will help internet users navigate safely without facing…

Cox must pay $8M in fees on top of $25M jury verdict for violating DMCA
A federal judge has ordered (PDF) Cox Communications to pay a bruising $8 million in legal fees to BMG Rights Management after the ISP lost a landmark case over Internet piracy. The legal case began in 2014, when music publishers BMG and Round…
Action Needed To Maintain DMCA Safe Harbor Protection
If your business lets third parties post content on your website – even a simple product review – please keep reading. Recent changes in U.S. copyright law require online service providers to take additional steps to avoid liability for infringing…
Strike Three! Copyright Alert System’s Out of Here!

So, as the Copyright Alert System goes to rest, will the MPAA and RIAA stop hounding users? Not likely. In good news for piracy users and willfull copyright infringers, the Copyright Alert System (or CAS) will finally go away. In…

How to Keep Your Music Safe from Hackers
You've spent hours writing, recording, producing and finally releasing your music onto the web, only to discover it's been hacked and distributed freely through multiple digital outlets. It can be so frustrating for the artist to see their hard work…
39% of Americans Don’t Care That Piracy Hurts Content Creators…

Despite the entertainment industry’s best efforts, most consumers just don’t really care about piracy problems. Piracy costs artists and content creators millions of dollars in revenue. Yet, a new study shows that although most consumers know content piracy is illegal,…