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Kanye West’s exclusive album just leads music back to where it was before: rampant piracy

Kanye West finally dropped his hotly anticipated new album, but it’s only available on Tidal—Jay Z’s somewhat-troubled music streaming site, which requires a monthly subscription service—and West has angered fans by refusing to offer the songs anywhere else.<p>The exclusive release bolstered Tidal’s …

New Albums

Muzit's Trace Platform: Did This Company Just Figure Out How To Monetize Music Piracy?

These days, discussions surrounding streaming have overshadowed talk of online piracy—a practice we used to label as the biggest threat to the music industry. But soon we might see file-sharing make the news yet again, though not in the ways we’ve come to expect.<p>Claims concerning peer-to-peer …

Online

Affordable-housing problem lies, in part, with government

It was a depressingly familiar sight: Rattled government officials — enlightened progressives all — in a desirable coastal city declaring an emergency over runaway homelessness and chronically expensive housing.<p>Yes, that city was Los Angeles, where last week Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to spend at …

Government Debt Isn't the Problem—Private Debt Is

The Roaring Twenties, the Japanese boom of the '80s, and the U.S.'s in the early 2000s have one thing in common: They were debt-fueled binges that brought these economies to the brink of ruin.<p>Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, discussing the financial crisis of 2008, wrote that “financial bubbles …

China Steps Up Fight Against Online Music Piracy

<i>(This has been cross-posted from WSJ’s Digits blog.)</i><p>China has long been notorious for rampant music piracy, but Beijing is now taking bigger steps to crack down on illegal online distribution.<p>Last week, the National Copyright Administration of China said 2.2 million songs have been removed from …

China

Piracy isn’t destroying musicians’ ability to earn a living

Many musicians understandably hate online music piracy but there’s no evidence that it’s turning them into starving artists. Timothy Lee at <i>The</i> …

Piracy Isn't Killing The Entertainment Industry, Scholars Show

Over the past years there have been ample research reports showing that file-sharing can have positive effects on the entertainment …

Norway Has Figured Out How To Solve The Problem Of Music Piracy

A new music industry survey asked people under 30 in Norway whether they illegally download music online. The study, carried out by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, revealed that there had been a substantial drop in the number of young Norwegian people illegally …

Music Industry

Spotify Helps to Beat Music Piracy, European Commission Finds

When Spotify launched its first beta in the fall of 2008 we branded it “an alternative to music piracy.”<p>With the option to stream millions of tracks …

Online

China Steps Up Fight Against Online Music Piracy

China has long been notorious for rampant music piracy, but Beijing is now taking bigger steps to crack down on illegal online distribution.<p>Last week, the National Copyright Administration of China said 2.2 million songs have been removed from online music platforms in China, after the government …

China

Fair use or fair dealing? Here's a fair case for postponing Hong Kong's new copyright law

In a rare display of leadership, the DAB's second-in-command has rallied his troops to support a proposed amendment to the government's copyright …

Spotify, Downloads and Piracy: How Streaming Affects Music Sales

Do artists and music-rights holders get their fair share from the music-streaming business model? Here’s what a new study suggests.

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