Neowin: Snap signs music licensing deal with Universal Music Group. “Snap has announced that it has signed a deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) so that its artists can have their music included in Snap’s library and be used in Sounds, Lenses and more. Sounds is a fairly new feature on Snapchat that allows you to add music to your Snaps.”
Independent (Ireland): Claddagh reveals ‘treasure trove’ of music and poetry on website. “Claddagh and Universal are in the process of digitally remastering a ‘treasure trove’ of Claddagh material which has been stored in Bank of Ireland vaults for several decades. More than 600 products, including Irish music and poetry, will be available for sale internationally with plans for the Claddagh website to become a ‘go-to’ site for traditional Irish music and sound. “
Variety: Read Universal Music Group Chief Archivist’s Update on Damage From 2008 Fire. “The company’s chief archivist, Pat Kraus, sent the company’s staff a memo on Thursday updating progress on the inventory. Among other points, he says that the Times’ assessment may have been flawed due to its use of incomplete records — many of which were also destroyed — and insurance claims made by the company in the months immediately after the fire, which were at times general and based on staffers’ memories. He also provides specific numbers on the inventory, without naming artists.”
Billboard: Labels & Publishers Win $1 Billion Piracy Lawsuit Against Cox Communications. “Cox Communications was found liable for the piracy infringement of more than 10,000 musical works by a U.S. District Court jury in Virgina on Thursday (Dec. 19), awarding $1 billion statutory damages to plaintiffs Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI.”
Techdirt: Universal Music Claims Copyright Over Newly Public Domain ‘Yes! We Have No Bananas’. “One of the signature works of the public domain class of 1923 was the song Yes! We Have No Bananas by composers Irving Cohn and Frank Silver. As of January 1st, anyone was free to make use of that song. Indeed, in our own Public Domain Game Jam competition, we actually had not one, but two separate game entries based on ‘Yes! We Have No Bananas.’ But, of course, even if Hollywood wasn’t going to push for term extension, that doesn’t mean it won’t do what it always does, and pull other levers.”
New York Times: Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire. “The toll encompassed recordings made for several famous record labels: Decca, Chess, Impulse, ABC, MCA, Geffen, Interscope and Adams’ old label, A&M. A confidential document prepared by UMG officials for a 2009 ‘Vault Loss Meeting’ offered a bleak assessment of the damage: ‘Lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage.’ Today, The Times is offering a broader look at that heritage, publishing an expanded list of artists who were thought by UMG officials to have lost master recordings in the fire.”
Mashable: Facebook signs first-ever music deal with a record label. “Facebook is getting more musical. In what’s been quite the long-time coming for the social network, Facebook has signed its first-ever deal for music rights with a record label. Universal Music Group and Facebook agreed on a multi-year deal that lets Facebook host content with the label’s licensed music across its network, including the main app, Instagram, and Oculus. That could include Facebook and Instagram videos made by users with the music in the background. “
Techdirt: Another Day, Another Bogus YouTube Takedown Because Of A Major Label. “We’re constantly hearing about bogus takedowns thanks to bogus copyright claims, some more amusing than others. Last week we had Ariana Grande’s benefit concert in Manchester getting blocked by ContentID, despite being on her own channel. And now (via Sarah Jeong) we’ve got the band the Dandy Warhols rightfully complaining on Twitter that the video for the single ‘You Are Killing Me’ off of their 2016 album has been blocked on YouTube via a copyright claim from Universal Music Group.” Dandy Warhols aren’t on the Universal label. There should be financial consequences for this kind of stuff.