Facebook inks music licensing deal with ICE covering 160 territories, 290K rightsholders on FB, Insta, Oculus and Messenger

Facebook today took its latest step towards making good on paying out royalties to music rightsholders around tracks that are used across its multiple platforms and networks. The company has signed a

Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board

When he was still at Google Ventures, Bill Maris led a round of funding into music royalty collecting startup Kobalt, to make one of the VC arms bigger bets in the world of digital music. Now that he&

Lobster nets £1M to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace

U.K. startup Lobster is gearing up to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace, as it closes a £1 million Series A. It's expecting to have closed out the round next week, with 85 per ce

Meizu is the latest Chinese smartphone firm to sign a licensing deal with Qualcomm

Qualcomm was hit by a near $1 billion fine for violating China's antitrust regulations in 2015. That was rock bottom -- and another example of a U.S. tech firm coming unstuck in China -- but the chip-

Microsoft And GoPro Sign Patent Licensing Deal For File Storage Technology

Microsoft, though its Microsoft Licensing LLC, and GoPro today announced that they have signed a collaborative patent licensing deal for “certain file storage and other system technologies.&#822

As SoundCloud Signs UMG, CEO Ljung Says Subscriptions Are Coming This Year

As free music streaming continues to grow in popularity, one of the bigger services has hit an important milestone in its bid to build a profitable business. SoundCloud — the Berlin-based au

SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

SoundCloud, the user-created audio streaming platform currently used by 175 million unique listeners each month, confirmed today that it has inked its first licensing deal with one of the major record

Picfair Raises $520K To Take On Getty With An Image Marketplace

Sites like <a target="_blank" href="">Tumblr</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">Reddit</a> have taken the practice of sharing pictures and turning them into viral

Microsoft Said To Drop Windows Phone Fees For Some Smartphone OEMs

Microsoft has dropped its licensing fees for at least two smartphone OEMs, according to a new report from The Times of India (via Verge), making it much easier for those competing in low-cost markets

HTC Rebuts Report It’s Paying Apple $6-$8 Per Handset Under 10-Year Licensing Deal: “It Is A Outrageous Number”, Says Chou

Earlier this month Apple and HTC agreed to settle their legal differences by agreeing to a 10-year licensing deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but following the settlement, Sterne Agee analys

Google Strikes Licensing Deal With European Music Publishers, Gains Access To 5.5M Tracks Across 35 Countries

Google has reached a new arrangement with European music publishing entities which will give it access to 5.5 million tracks spanning 35 countries, including artists like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. The ar

Linux Foundation launches Open Compliance Program

<img src="" />Open source software has many benefits, but one of the greatest is the ability to not rei

EA's CEO: bad licensed games are bad, bad, bad

Here’s something we all knew but probably never expected to hear from the lips of John Ricitiello. He says in an interview with MTV Games that games that rely solely on the game of their license

Competitive eating, coming to a console near you

[photopress:Kobayashi.jpg,full,left]Forget Madden 08, the sports game you should look forward to for your console will feature Major League Eating. No, really. Major League Eating is the governing bod

International Pandora Listeners Getting The Shaft

For those of you unfamiliar with Pandora, it’s pretty much the best Internet radio service out there next to iTunes. It helps you find artists similar to those you currently listen to and it doe

Cisco iPhone In Violation Of GPL

A few days ago, I noticed some user on Digg pointing out that Cisco shouldn’t be suing Apple when Cisco is already violating terms of the GNU/GPL by using open source software (read: Linux) to p