Twitch partners with indie music licensing group Merlin

Twitch will strike up a partnership with independent digital music licensing group Merlin, marking the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform’s latest effort to get cozy with the recording industry

GitHub defies RIAA takedown notice, restoring YouTube-dl and starting $1M defense fund

GitHub has restored the code of a project that the RIAA demanded it take down last month after finding that the group’s DMCA complaint was meritless. YouTube-dl, a tool that lets videos from the

The RIAA is coming for the YouTube downloaders

In ye olden days of piracy, RIAA takedown notices were a common thing — I received a few myself. But that’s mostly fallen off as tracking pirates has gotten more difficult. But the RIAA can st

Recorded music revenue is up on streaming growth, as physical sales plummet

With touring ground to a halt for the foreseeable future, 2020 has become the most difficult year for musicians in recent memory. One’s ability to survive on music depends on a variety of factors, o

Streaming services accounted for nearly 80% of all music revenue in 2019

Streaming music services’ share of total music revenues is bigger than ever. According to a year-end report from the RIAA, revenues from streaming services grew nearly 20% in 2019 to $8.8 billion, a

Paid streaming music subscriptions in US top 60M, says RIAA

Streaming music subscriptions continue to drive the U.S. music industry’s growth and revenues, according to a new report from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released this w

Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is the first album to go platinum from streaming only

Kanye West’s last album has just made streaming history. The Life of Pablo, released a little over a year ago, just went Platinum with over 1.5 billion song streams in the U.S. While popular alb

With A Budget Almost Cut In Half And 40 Percent Staff Cuts Can The RIAA Survive?

RIAA's budget comes from music labels and distributors because it represents the interests of the music industry. Therefore, it depends on their willingness. TorrentFreak obtained <a target="_blank" h

Keen On… Cary Sherman: How Should The Democratic Process Function In The Digital Age? [TCTV]

Earlier this month, <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/cary-sherman">Cary Sherman</a>, the RIAA's CEO, wrote a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/opinion/what-wikipedia-wont-tell-you.ht

How Does UFC's New & Improved Internet Pay-Per-View Stream Compare To The 'Real' Thing?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/ufcneu1.jpg" />NeuLion announced a deal a few days ago to bring “a brand new service for <a HREF="http://www.crunchgear.com/tag/ufc/">U

Shock: Music Industry Tops DMCA Takedown Notices In 2010

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/dmcatakedown.png" />Man, they're still fighting, aren't they? ChillingEffects' stats, by way of TorrentFreak, reveal that the “internat

RIAA Once Again Upset At LimeWire Over Limewire Pirate Edition

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/limewiredead.jpg" />The <a HREF="http://www.crunchgear.com/tag/riaa/">RIAA</a>, still fighting the good fight. LimeWire as you knew it <a

Will Apple Kill The MP3 Tomorrow?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/adiosmp3.jpg" /><a HREF="http://www.crunchgear.com/tag/apple/">Apple</a> has posted a cryptic message on its Web site, <a HREF="http://ww

RIAA Goes Offline, Joins MPAA As Latest Victim Of Successful DDoS Attacks

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/screen-shot-2010-09-19-at-11-53-42-am.png" alt="" />In an offense called <a href="http://torrentfreak.com/4chan-to-ddos-riaa-next-is-this-the

Three Years Later, Who Owns The Rights To Radiohead's In Rainbows?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/inrainbowss.jpg" />Famous rock band Radiohead <a HREF="http://www.crunchgear.com/2007/10/01/new-radiohead-album-costs-whatever-you-want-i

After all that fuss, RIAA doesn't create Chinese Democracy anti-piracy PSA

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/chinesedemocracy.jpg">Famous rock band Guns N' Roses released their latest album, Chinese Democracy, in November, 2008. It had been in de

Radiohead's Thom Yorke predicts end of music industry

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/thomyorke.jpg" />"It will be only a matter of time—months rather than years—before the music business establishment completel

RIAA, MPAA would like to scan your hard drive for infringing content

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/puppyriaa.jpg" />There really isn't any particular point to the following story other than to get you riled up as your begin your weekend

Reaping what they sow: Canadian record industry faces potential $6 billion fine for copyright infringement

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/irony.jpg" />Oh dear, oh <em>dear</em>. How utterly delightful! It seems that the major members of the Canadian Recording Industry Associ

I'm sorry, but we have to ban music. That's just the way it is.

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/bannnnnne.jpg" />It has come to my attention that the music industry now wants royalties for those 30-second clips of music you hear in i
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