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Proposal for Copyright Reform

This week the Government has proposed to introduce new legislation to amend the Copyright Act with respect to increased rights for copyright owners where rights are being infringed. There will also be provision for the implementation of a code governing ISP responsibilities with respect to the activity of third parties using their networks. The proposed…
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Merlin Sign Deal With YouTube

Late last week, YouTube unveiled their new paid subscription model, YouTube Music Key, which will offer higher quality audio and ad-free viewing. Whilst we had previously reported that YouTube had threatened to block independent content, Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, have since come to an agreement for their involvement with the service. “Although…
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AIR Announces New CEO

AIR has announced the appointment of Dan Nevin as the new Chief Executive Officer for the organisation. Nevin has a long and diverse history working in the music industry. Starting at indie retailer Radical Records, he then spent over 10 years at Shock Entertainment, working in and running their Export Division, garnering 5 Victorian state…
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AIR Announces Rdio as Major Partner of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

AIR is pleased to announce leading digital music streaming service, Rdio Australia, as a Major Partner of the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards. As part of the partnership, Rdio will present the Best Independent Album Award in 2014, further demonstrating the streaming service’s commitment to fostering local talent. “Rdio Australia is thrilled to be able…
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Online Copyright Infringement Update

By Stu Watters Earlier this year, the federal government released a discussion paper seeking input on Online Copyright Infringement Issues in Australia. The paper was a co-branded release between Senator George Brandis (Attorney General and Arts Minister) and Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Communications). AIR welcomes this paper and feels that this is an important step for…
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ANNOUNCING: Nominees for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

We are pleased to announce the nominees for the ninth annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. This year’s nominees include some of the country’s brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music. Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Album, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip…
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WIN Fair Digital Deals Declaration – Australian Independent Labels Pledge.

AIR was thrilled to see the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) launch the Fair Digital Deals Declaration last week. Countries across the world have teamed up for an initiative to ensure fair and transparent accounting of digital revenue to artists. There has been a strong response from labels and trade associations across the globe including Australia, the…
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Changes to AIR’s Staff & Board.

CHANGES TO AIR’S STAFF Nick O’Byrne has resigned from his role at AIR after more than seven years at the organisation, the last five of which he’s been General Manager. He will finish his full time engagement at AIR on June 30th to focus on his career in Artist Management and his role as Executive…
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YouTube Threatens To Block Independent Content

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation that represents the interests of the global independent music community has responded to news that YouTube intends to block the content of members who do not sign a new music streaming agreement describing it as ‘unnecessary and indefensible’ WIN was formed in 2006 to represent the global independent…
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