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Press Release: The Orchard Expands U.K. Sales & Marketing Team

London, UK — May 24, 2016 — Today The Orchard proudly announces the arrival of two top music industry executives to its European Headquarters in London: Lucy Blair & Nikoo Sadr.

Samsung’s building the first national network dedicated to smart cities

The Verge reports "Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom just announced plans to build a nationwide network in South Korea to connect the intelligent devices required for the smart cities of the future. It’s hailing the new LoRaWAN-based network as the world’s first for commercial use (although KPN in The Netherlands says it will also have a nationwide network available by June, and Swisscom is deploying its national network this year as well). These are in addition to several community-based networks already taking root around the world."

Pan-European Licensing Hub ICE Strikes Deal With Google Play

Billboard reports "ICE, the one-stop pan-European online rights hub, has signed its first license deal in the digital market place, partnering with Google Play Music. ICE, or International Copyright Enterprise as it's also known, was formed by three of Europe's biggest collection societies - PRS for Music (United Kingdom), STIM (Sweden) and GEMA (Germany) - and officially launched earlier this year, having received clearance from the European Commission in June 2015."

Minecraft videos based on Super Mario DLC hit with copyright claims

GamesIndustry reports "Nintendo has been filing copyright claims against YouTubers again - this time, though, it's over videos created from the official Super Mario DLC created for Minecraft. The tense relationship between Nintendo and YouTubers wishing to create videos based on its games stretches all the way back to May 2013."

Oculus Rift update accidentally makes piracy easier

The Verge reports "Last Friday, Oculus released a software update blocking Revive — a piece of software that allowed users to port Rift games they'd bought from the Oculus store onto HTC's Vive headset. However, it seems Oculus's intervention may have backfired, with an update to Revive not only allowing users to port titles again, but also bypass the Rift's DRM in the process, opening the door to easier VR piracy."

The Oracle-Google Case Will Decide the Future of Software

Wired reports "THE LEGAL BATTLE between Oracle and Google is about to come to an end. And nothing less is as stake than the future of programming. Today lawyers for both companies are set to make their closing arguments in the fight over whether Google’s use of the Java application programming interface (API)—an arcane but critically important part of the Android mobile operating system—was legal. Regardless of how the jury rules, the case has already had a permanent effect on the way developers build software."

Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows

TechCrunch reports "A funny thing happens when the Federal Communications Commission moves to introduce competition into a consumer market. The industry, once so accustomed to acting the monopoly or duopoly in its sector, must suddenly “deal with” thousands if not millions of unhappy customers and a heated public debate."

Privacy guidance for drone operators issued by US agency

TechCrunch reports "Safety regulations for drone usage continue to be formulated, with the US Federal Aviation Authority last month proposing a four-tiered classification system with different rules for how drones can and can’t interact with crowds. The FAA also has a task force weighing in on the issue."

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China’s top Internet regulator this...

TechCrunch reports "Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China’s main Internet and telecommunications regulator this week during his visit to Beijing. According to a short statement posted today on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s site (link via Google Translate), its chief, Miao Wei, and Cook had a discussion on Tuesday."

Kobalt Launches ‘First of its Kind’ App for Music Creators

Billboard reports "Kobalt continues to position itself as a leader in transparency as it today made its music publishing portal available to be accessed by an app designed for iOS devices. Dubbed the Kobalt App, it allows creators to access their earnings on the go."
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