Music, Movie, ISP Industries Unveil Copyright Alert System

Music, Movie, ISP Industries Unveil Copyright Alert System

Music, Movie, ISP Industries Unveil Copyright Alert System
Companies representing the music, movie and Internet service provider industries today jointly announced the Copyright Alert System, a new framework designed to inform Internet subscribers when their accounts are being misused for online content theft and educate them on the topic of copyright. Under the system, ISPs will send subscribers up to six electronic alerts when their account may have been misused to illegally access content such as music, films or TV shows. While ISPs will not terminate service if misuse occurs, mitigation measures for offending users will include diminished bandwidth speeds and redirection to a landing page until the subscriber contacts their ISP. The system will be detailed at the Center for Copyright Information, an online tool designed to educate the public about content theft and highlight the difference between legal and illegal practices. Companies collaborating on the new system include the RIAA, MPAA, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable, among others. "As an organization that represents 20,000 artists, songwriters and studio professionals, we applaud any efforts made by ISPs to encourage consumers to use legal means of acquiring music online," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "The Recording Academy strongly supports the industrywide 'Copyright Alerts' initiative as an important method of curbing music piracy." (7/7)

U.S. Album Sales Up In 2011
U.S. album sales totaled 155.5 million units for the year-to-date ending July 3, an approximate 1 percent increase from the corresponding first half of 2010 and marking the first time U.S. album sales have shown an increase at the mid-year point since 2004, according to Nielsen SoundScan data. Digital album sales were up 19.3 percent to 50.3 million units, and digital track sales were up 10.6 percent to 660.8 million units. CD sales dropped 6.5 percent, a small decline compared to the 17.9 percent year-over-year drop in 2010, while vinyl sales increased 41.2 percent. Overall recorded music sales were up 8.7 percent to 817.7 million units. (7/7)

Music Apps Rank Fifth Among Consumers
Music apps accounted for 44 percent of mobile apps used in the last 30 days, ranking fifth among consumers, according to a Nielsen report. Game apps ranked No. 1, accounting for 64 percent of all apps used followed by weather (60 percent), social networking (56 percent) and the map/navigation/search category (51 percent). (7/7)

Spotify Announces U.S. Launch
European music streaming service Spotify has revealed that the service will launch in the United States. Details on an actual launch date or pricing were not disclosed, but individuals interested in receiving an early invitation can enter their email addresses through Spotify's official launch page. The news follows a recent report of Spotify's finalized licensing deal with Universal Music Group. (7/7)

Arcade Fire Among Polaris Prize Finalists
Finalists for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize were announced with GRAMMY winners Arcade Fire garnering a nomination for The Suburbs. Other artists nominated include Austra, Destroyer and Ron Sexsmith. The honor recognizes the best Canadian album of the past year across all genres and includes a cash award of more than $30,000. The winner will be revealed on Sept. 19 in Toronto. (7/7)


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