AM News: UK Overhauls Copyright Laws, VEVO Expands Syndication. Turntable.fm Gets $7M & More
(UPDATED) UK shakes up copyright laws, scraps plan to block websites. Will introduce digital exchange where licenses for copyright works may be bought and sold. (Reuters) The U.S. could learn from this.
- VEVO adds to a growing list of syndication partners: ArtistDirect.com/Rogue Network (music news), Batanga (Hispanic music news), Gorilla Leak (indie music), MeFeedia (video recommendations) and Canadian TV properties Entertainment Tonight Canada and AUX.tv (Glassbox.tv). Synacor, a white-label entertainment portal will also add VEVO in the coming weeks.
- Turntable.fm gets $7.5 million from Union Square Ventures. (BetaBeat)
- Developers believe Google+ can beat Facebook. (CNet) Google+ has signed up 25 million users in its first month but still not releases a brand/band friendly account.
- Why did Facebook just buy and ebook publisher? (NY Times)
- Deezer, the Orange-backed digital music service based in Paris, plans to launch the brand in the UK in the coming weeks, in a direct challenge to Spotify. (Marketing UK)
- Friday August 5 is the deadline for artists to sign up to win a chance to open for Ne Yo thanks to ReverbNation and Mission One Voice. Details here.