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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…

Movie and TV industries launch global anti-piracy group

The worldwide movie and TV industries yesterday formed a new global coalition to campaign against online piracy. The coalition brings together 30 major movie studios and TV networks with a plan to speak out on piracy issues on a global…

Piracy Is Killing Music, Film Industries- Musician

Former Big Brother Africa star, Mimi Abu Andani, has expressed dissatisfaction with the way legal systems in Africa tackle the issues of piracy, saying the systems do not pay much attention to the menace. Mrs Andani, who is also the…

CD piracy soon a thing of the past, says Guitarman

Renowned musician, Olugbemiro Akigbogun, on Thursday said that piracy was gradually becoming a thing of the past, because of alternative means of listening to songs. Akigbogun, who is popularly known as “GT the Guitar man’’, said in Lagos that the music…

Record labels win fight to block music piracy websites

Record labels have won against internet service providers to have piracy website KickassTorrent blocked but will have to pay $50 per name to have the website’s domain names blocked. In Friday’s ruling, Justice Stephen Burley ordered ISPs including TPG, iiNet, Optus and Telstra to block…

Google Anti-Piracy Agreement Will Target Domain Hopping, Share Search Data

More details surrounding the voluntary anti-piracy agreement between Google, Bing, and major rightsholders have emerged. In addition to efforts to mitigate pirate sites’ efforts to jump domains to avoid downranking, the search engines will “exchange detailed information” with rightsholders “on…

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…