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Spotify to politicos: “No ads for you.”

Spotify has established a policy of no political advertising through the 2020 general elections, except for those running in podcasts distributed by the service. Spotify, which is following the lead of Twitter, had this statement: “At this point in time,…

Music group files massive infringement suits.

A group known as Pro Music Rights, which represents a number of songwriters, composers, and music publishers, has lodged 10 complaints against online streaming services for copyright infringement. The action tags some of the biggest players, including Apple, Google, YouTube,…

Entercom hack: happy ending.

As we reported in last week’s edition, Entercom had been hit for the second time with a ransomware demand: pay up or lose all your data. Now comes the good news that the company has recovered nearly all of its…

Justice reviews Liberty iHeart takeover.

The New York Post is reporting that John Malone’s play for controlling interest in iHeartMedia is being scrutinized by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, based on the fact that Liberty owns competing media, especially SiriusXM. The Post…

Don Imus, 79.

Just as we are putting this issue to bed, we receive word of the passing of the iconic personality. The cause of death has been undisclosed, but conjecture centers on the cancer diagnosis Mr. Imus received some years ago. Various…

Nielsen Music goes home.

What was once SoundScan, created in the early 90s to provide insights on music consumption for Billboard Magazine, was sold to Nielsen about 10 years ago and rebranded Nielsen Music. Now, the parent company of Billboard, Valence Media, is buying…

RMLC fires back.

Last time on Music Rights Battles: Global Music Rights won a round in court when the US Department of Justice interceded for GMR, urging the federal court hearing the case to reject RMLC’s arguments. This week, the RMLC filed an…

ISP held responsible for music piracy.

Cox Communications has been fined $1 billion for allegedly allowing its broadband subscribers to download music illegally. The suit, brought by 53 music companies, claimed, “Rather than stop its subscribers’ unlawful activity, Cox prioritized its own profits over its legal…

It can happen to you.

Entercom was the victim earlier this week of a ransomware attack – for the second time, despite beefed-up security measures implemented after the last one in September. The actual disruption only lasted a couple of days, but Entercom isn’t paying,…