In 2016, big data changed politics in the USA and the UK. Last year, it was the EU that felt the force of big tech as it tried to complete the Digital Single Market.

The big tech companies turned against the Copyright Directive because it aimed to reset the balance between creators and platforms. Until now, the platforms have used the ‘safe harbour’ provisions to argue that they had little or no res...

Consumers, musicians and the music industry are not the only ones affected by the ‘giant billboard in the sky and virtual jukebox’, read here. Legislators have been racing to keep up and reform seems to be perpetual.


In the early days, it was all so simple. Queen Anne published her Statute in 1710, replacing the print monopoly system with a copyright for authors in their books. That was the start o...

This ‘giant billboard in the sky and virtual jukebox’, read here, has been a bonanza for consumers and hugely disruptive for the music industry. But what about musicians?

 

The biggest impact has been connection with fans. Musicians can now have a direct dialogue with fans in a way that would be inconceivable before the Internet. Back then, an artist could communicate at a live gig, through recording...