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US Department of Justice files antitrust lawsuit targeting Google’s monopoly in search

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By Emmanuel LegrandThe US Department of Justice, joined by 11 US States, including Texas and Florida, have filed a complaint under Section 2 of the Sherman Act in the US Circuit Court in the District of Columbia, in which it claimed that Alphabet-owned Google has unlawfully maintained monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the United States, via "anti-competitive exclusionary practices." "Two decades ago, Google became t...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Meta threatens to pull out news content in California after the State Assembly passed the California Journalism Preservation Act

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The California State Assembly has passed the California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA) in a floor vote of 46-6. The bill would require platforms, reaching at least 50 million US-based users, "to remit a journalism usage fee payment to each eligible digital journalism provider."

The bill — sponsored by California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) — would also require an eligible digital journalism provider to spend at least 70% of funds received on news journalists and support staff ...

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Court in Sofia orders three ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay and Zamunda

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A City Court in Sofia ruled on 31 May 2023 that three ISPs in Bulgaria have to block access to BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay, local site Zamunda and all subsequent mirror sites, sub-domains and proxy sites.

The ruling follows action from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) alongside BAMP, the trade body representing music labels in Bulgaria, on behalf of its members and three member record companies of IFPI — Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and W...

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British music industry reacts positively to the IPO-coordinated agreement introducing a voluntary pan-industry code on metadata

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The representatives from the various segments of the British music sector have welcomed the Metadata Agreement announced on May 31 by the Intellectual property Office.

Silvia Montello, CEO of indie music companies' trade organisation AIM, which is a signatory to the agreement, said document is "a step in the right direction, creating workable industry-wide standards to help improve accurate payments and data flow in streaming."

She added: “AIM’s priority continues to be that artists are r...

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