Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer Music Apps Sued for Infringing Patent

Patent owner MOAEC Technologies filed suits alleging patent infringement in the District of Delaware against a series of music app providers including Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer. The suits claim that music services offered by all three defendants infringe upon a patent covering a music library collection technology

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Spotify buys ‘cover song’ licensing firm to tackle copyright risks

LONDON/STOCKHOLM, April 12 (Reuters) – Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, said on Thursday it is to buy Loudr.fm, a San Francisco-based provider of licensing technology to help it to locate songwriters and pay them royalties they are due.

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Record-setting direct listing makes Spotify a $30 billion firm

LONDON/NEW YORK: Spotify Technology SA shares surged following the largest-ever direct listing on Tuesday, giving the world’s leading streaming music service a market value of nearly $30 billion. Shares opened at $165.90, up nearly 26 per cent from a reference price of $132 a share set by the on the New York Stock Exchange late on Monday.

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Spotify shares jump in record-setting direct listing

Shares of Spotify Technology SA ended up 12.9 percent on their first day of trade on the New York Stock Exchange, a smooth debut that could pave the way for other companies looking to go public without the aid of Wall Street underwriters.

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Major Pirate Site Operators’ Sentences Increased on Appeal – TorrentFreak

Two men behind defunct pirate streaming site Swefilmer have had their sentences increased by the Court of Appeal in Sweden. The main operator was originally sentenced to three years in prison but is now required to serve a four-year sentence and pay additional damages. The second man has had his conditional sentence augmented with a fine.

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Amazon’s music streaming service launched in India under Prime offering

E-commerce firm Amazon on Wednesday launched its online music streaming service in India under its Prime offering. Under Amazon Prime, the company offers a bouquet of services such as video streaming and faster delivery options for its online retail customers.

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US copyright board boosts songwriters’ music streaming fees

A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 percent to narrow the financial divide separating them from recording labels. The decision announced earlier this weekend by the National Music Publishers Association stems from a dispute pitting songwriters against steadily growing music streaming services sold by Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon and Pandora.

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U.S. to make streaming services pay more for music

(Reuters) – U.S. copyright authorities on Saturday decided to increase over the next five years the royalty payments music streaming companies like Spotify and Apple Inc () must make to songwriters and music publishers, a trade association for music publishers said. The Copyright Royalty Board of the U.S.

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Can Spotify Pull Off Music’s Power Move?

Nearly four years ago, an executive at Spotify, the Swedish music streaming giant, made what in retrospect may not have been the smartest statement. In a comment to the U.S. Copyright Office, James Duffett-Smith, the company’s head of licensing business affairs, said it was not always “possible or economically feasible to identify each co-author of a copyrighted musical work.”

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Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

(Reuters) – Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher.

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