As Internet users looked for alternative listening methods, online digital music sales in 2010 dramatically slowed but still offered higher single-track revenue than last year. The Nielsen SoundScan study analyzes the popular music industry that struggles to deal with slowing music CD sales.
A ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans may have a long-lasting effect on digital rights management (DRM) copy protection, even though the case wasn’t directly involved in a high-profile copyright lawsuit.
Radiohead may have given its 2007 In Rainbows music album away for free online, but music bloggers have recently received cease-and-desist notices to remove copyrighted music.
Microsoft's painstakingly-detailed and fascinating Building Windows 8 tell-all blog has covered USB 3.0 support, a new Explorer interface and an app store. In a new entry, the company explained its decision to revamp ISO access and management. Citing past customer requests, Stephen Sinofsky, Windows Live president, confirmed Windows 8 will offer native Explorer support for both ISO and VHD files.
A UK court sided on Monday with Sony Music, EMI and several other major record companies in a case against six major Internet service providers which could push The Pirate Bay further onto the fringes of the Internet. The London High Court's Justice Arnold stated that he believes the infamous Swedish torrent site actively engages in wide-scale copyright infringement.
In a move that may anger record labels, Apple has quietly enabled music streaming capability for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners.
MySpace today launched its music service to British members, as the company attempts to compete with Facebook and other social networking or music services in international markets.
Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the entrepreneurs known for creating Kazaa, Skype, & Joost are back in the spotlight with their new startup, Rdio, a subscription-based online music service.
Hungarian authorities raided locations tied to movie piracy group CiNEDUB last week, turning up startling evidence related to its operations. Hidden hard drives, a cocaine-laced snorting mirror, stacks of cash and over a dozen computer towers were among the materials seized by customs organization National Tax and Customs Administration (NAV) and local police. Footage from the raids was released this weekend.
Even though Spotify is perfectly legal, Oxford University has blocked the music streaming application simply because of the way it works.
Verizon will now reportedly forward copyright violation notices issued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to subscribers accused of copyright infringement.
2011 may be remembered as the year record sales stopped sagging and actually grew - a first for the music industry since 2004, said Nielsen. A report from the researcher's SoundScan service this week suggests the surprising turnaround can be chalked up to digital music, which many agree hindered record sales in the first place. 155.5 million albums were sold in the first six months of the year, marking a minor 1 percent boost over sales during the same period in 2010. Single-track downloads, rounded up to 10 to count as an album (their rules, not ours), balloon that figure to 3.6 percent, or 221.5 million albums sold.
Now that Apple is cashing in on the multi-billion dollar music industry with its iTunes store, popular peer-to-peer program Kazaa announced to re-launch as a subscription-based music service.
Music download client Mulve saw a drastic increase in users that drew the attention of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which quickly jumped into action. The music trade group issued a DMCA after finding Mulve was partially hosted by Hostgator, a company based in the United States and within the RIAA's reach.
Microsoft has removed one cumbersome step from its Zune online music store by letting people pay for MP3s with a credit card.
An increase in Internet piracy has resulted in the simultaneous growth of a new field: the online investigator. A code-name for what is ostensibly the anti-pirate, these cyber sleuths seek out copyright theft across the internet. The results of their findings are then likely handed over to lawyers for the next logical step in the battle against content theft: amnesty offers! Intrepid companies seek professionals to fill these positions just like they would any other job opening: online classified ads.

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