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Megaupload: UMG Claims Right to Take Down Anything Megaupload: UMG Claims Right to Take Down Anything
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Earlier in the week we brought you news of a growing conflict between Megaupload and Universal Music Group. Late last week Megaupload posted a video that featured a wide array of celebrities singing the praises of the online data locker …

Vevo Reaches Content Agreement With EMI

Online music video service Vevo, has reached a content agreement with EMI Music on the eve before its Tuesday launch.

EMI joins Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in what is being called the "Hulu for music videos." So far Vevo has not reached a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group.

Vevo Gets Official Launch Date

Vevo, the highly anticipated music video site from YouTube, Universal, and Sony, now has an official release date. Vevo was previously announced to be launching in December, but now the date of December 8th has been set.

Vevo is striving to be the Hulu for music videos. Watch this guy talking about the launch party (not the woman pictured):

Disney Acquires A Stake In Hulu

Disney has announced it has acquired a stake in Hulu that is thought to be as high as 30% according to the folks over at Mashable. Disney has now joined NBC Universal and News Corp. in this venture.

The momentum this gives the video site is very real as it looks to jump on a position in the market that perhaps YouTube may be too late to the game on. YouTube has just started to strike deals with the major media producers and their lineup of available programs to watch is not as impressive as Hulu’s.

YouTube and Universal Making a Music Video Site?
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Update: YouTube has officially announced Vevo.

Original article 03/05: The number one video site in the US and the world’s largest music label are said to be cooking up a deal and a new service. YouTube and Universal Music Group are reportedly in talks to create a premium online music video service.

YouTube is Going Through Changes
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There are some big changes happening with YouTube. You’ve probably read recently that YouTube has teamed up with Universal on a site called Vevo that is supposedly going to be the Hulu of music videos.

Major Labels At Odds With Music 2.0 Companies


UPDATED: Over what should have been a slow pre-holiday weekend two stories broke that again put the major labels at odds with several major Music 2.0 companies. Here are links to our updated coverage:


Meebo and Universal to Put Fans in Touch with Musicians
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Universal Music Group and instant messaging and group chat provider Meebo have partnered up to offer an interactive experience between users and musicians. If you are not familiar with Meebo, it allows users to sign in through other services like AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, and MSN Web Messenger.

Google Flies With Universal Search
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There’s no going back to ten blue links on a page of search results. People want more for their queries, says Google, and they want to give it to them.

Deep Linking Issues Return As Music Lawsuit Hits Baidu, Sohu
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Chinese search engines Baidu and Sohu face millions in penalties as Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music demand satisfaction over links to songs controlled by the labels.

MySpace Music On The Way

MySpace is set to launch a joint music venture with three of the major music labels, according to sources familiar with the deal.

CDs Get Environment Friendly Packaging

Recycle_2 The insert in more than 20 Universal Music Group titles being intro

Universal Search Is Good To Webmasters
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Google wants site publishers to understand the benefits to having more than just ten blue links show up in search results these days.

Destination Google, Thanks To Universal Search

Delivering search results beyond the ten blue links of yore on Google includes content from other Google properties in universal search.

NBC Universal’s Pure Content Company at CES
The International Consumer Electronics Show every January in Vegas is one of the largest trade shows in the world and usually the one event that drives the world gadget wild. 

Imb_ceslogo Featuring international debuts of all kinds of new products, some of the early buzz abou

Search Insider Summit – Dominate the Universal SERPs

Do we need to change our entire campaigns to capitalize on universal search? Find out what you can do to better dominate the universal SERPs and grab searchers’ attention.

Universal Strikes Deal with iMeem

The music industry has had a lot of shakeups recently, and here’s yet another. Social media community imeem has signed a licensing deal with Universal Music group, the largest music label in the music industry. Now you can listen to Universal’s streaming music and watch videos free.

Rather than make money on the music, they show ads and split ad revenues. This isn’t a new model, of course and I wonder what the artists make from it.

SES Chicago: Soaring Through Universal Search
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Searchers represent a valuable commodity to search engines, and the keen-minded technologists behind the algorithms want to make search sites as useful as possible, no matter what the query.

Universal DRM Free Music Speeding Up

The slow march towards universal DRM free music appears about to become a sprint to the finish line. 

Recent developments pushing Sony BMG, WMG and other holdouts to reconsider their protectionist positions include:

Structured Search Coming Soon from Yahoo?

Barry Schwartz reports that Yahoo plans to roll out a "structured search" functionality in the near future.

Yahoo’s Search Assistant and Universal Search

Yahoo is putting some extra heat on Google in the competition for best search engine.

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