Tag Archives: music

Record Industry Groups Take Action Against Fake Music Streams in Germany (Billboard)

Global recording industry trade organization IFPI has worked with the German national group, BVMI, to take action against five websites in Germany which manipulate music streams in... More

Music Piracy is Going Old School in the Age of COVID-19 (Rolling Stone)

When the global COVID-19 quarantine is over — cautiously, carefully, over — the dust will begin to settle on some dramatic changes in the music business, with some big question... More

IFPI Forces Closure of Site That Sold ‘Fake’ Plays on Spotify, YouTube (Billboard)

A legal injunction has been placed against one of Europe's leading "fake stream" sites, ordering it to close. The order was filed against Followerschmiede.de in the Berlin District... More

Piracy is Back (New York Magazine)

Piracy declined because the legal options for consuming media became easier than the illegal options. Now the legal options for media consumption are once again becoming overly bur... More

Radiohead and the Fine Art of Crisis Management (Sydney Morning Herald)

Radiohead beat the hackers at their own game, essentially, making the material — sonic sketches and works in progress from their trailblazing 1997 album, OK Computer — availabl... More

How China Weaned Itself Off Music Piracy (Inkstone)

In the not-so-distant past, almost everyone in China was a pirate. In 2011, China’s digital music piracy rate was 99%, according to a report by the International Federation of th... More

Research: The Best Way to Stop Music Piracy is to Scare the Hell Out of People (Quartz)

In Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables, a police officer named Inspector Javert endlessly pursues the hero, Jean Valjean, for stealing a loaf of bread. Javert would probably... More

Study: 38% of People Still Pirate Music (Pitchfork)

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)—a trade group representing the global record industry—today released its annual Music Consumer Insight Report. ... More

The Music Industry: From Piracy to Profits (Forbes)

Streaming is bringing money back to the music industry and affecting many related areas. After being crushed by piracy for almost two decades, streaming is allowing users to have t... More

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett: ‘We’re Still Right’ About Suing Napster (Rolling Stone)

Metallica's 2000 lawsuit against Napster, the pioneering and controversial file-sharing service, epitomized a disoriented music industry in the new millennium. As album sales have ... More