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Google buys Songza streaming service

Media | 07/02/2014 4:33 pm EDT

Google Inc. has bought Songza Media Inc., the music-streaming service said on its website Tuesday. "Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re becoming part of Google," Songza said in the online notice, adding that "no immediate changes to Songza are planned, other than making it faster, smarter, and even more fun to use." Though the price was not disclosed, the New York Times reported that Google paid more than $39 million US for Songza. The Associated Press reported that Google plans to blend Songza's technology with its existing music-streaming...

Music industry report takes aim at Copyright Board, piracy

Media | 06/12/2014 8:38 pm EDT

A House of Commons heritage committee report on the music industry released Thursday said the government should look at how long the Copyright Board, which sets the rates for use of copyrighted material such as music, takes to make decisions. This latest report follows a committee study into the Canadian music industry. The new report recommended the government “examine the time that it takes for decisions to be rendered by the Copyright Board of Canada ahead of the upcoming review of the Copyright Act.” The report noted that in discussions about launching new digital...

Canada needs more music streaming services: music exec

Media | 05/01/2014 7:58 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canada needs more online music streaming providers, though the regulatory environment here keeps them away, the president of Nettwerk Music Group told a parliamentary committee...

Streaming services need certainty to thrive: Songza exec

Media | 04/01/2014 9:23 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canada’s regulatory environment doesn’t promote technological innovation in the music industry, and that’s part of the reason why streaming services here are lagging...