Setlist, the music business podcast from CMU, sponsored by 7digital. CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business.

In addition to the regular news reviews, we also publish special editions of Setlist where we tell the full story of key events, developments, disputes and legal battles that have occurred over the history of the music business. You can access all the past special editions grouped by series below.

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TOP TEN LEGAL BATTLES

The Blurred Lines song-theft case August 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at the ins, the outs and the technicalities of the big ‘Blurred Lines’ song-theft litigation.



Prince and the dancing baby September 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at the so called ‘dancing baby case’ and what it told us about DMCA takedowns and fair use in the US.



20 YEARS OF CMU

The end of EMI May 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the end of EMI, which began with Terra Firma’s acquisition of the British major music company in 2007.



The rise and fall of Grooveshark June 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the rise and fall of Grooveshark, which had big plans but ended up being sued into oblivion by the major labels.



The collapse of HMV July 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the collapse of HMV in 2013 after several years of financial troubles and failed attempts to diversify.



The evolution of NME July 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the evolution of the NME from a traditional newsstand publication to a freebie mag to an online-only media brand.



The impact of the death of Michael Jackson September 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the events that preceded and immediately followed the death of Michael Jackson and the resulting criminal and civil court cases.



The digital royalty lawsuits September 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the debate around download royalties and the legal action by artists who reckoned they were due a bigger cut of the digital pie.



The rise and fall of MySpace September 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the rise and fall of MySpace, from king of social media to Justin Timberlake-fronted flop and (amazingly) on to the present day.



A brief history of Napster October 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the rise and fall of the original Napster, and how both the service and the legal battle it sparked set the agenda for the next decade.



iTunes and the download boom December 2018 | LISTEN
This time we look at the story of the iTunes Store and how it kickstarted the digital music revolution, with plenty of challenges and debates along the way.



The music industry v YouTube January 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at the rapid rise and subsequent evolution of YouTube and the music industry’s love hate love hate relationship with it.



The business of talking about artists March 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at how CMU has always covered key artist stories too and discuss three of the big ones: Phil Spector, Amy Winehouse and Justin Bieber.



Spotify and streaming revolution February 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at the history of Spotify, from plucky young upstart to the thing propping up the entire recorded music industry.



The battle against secondary ticketing February 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at the rise of and debate over online ticket touting and the various efforts over the years to regulate the secondary ticketing market.



How web-blocking became the anti-piracy tool of choice April 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at the various strategies the music industry has employed to combat online piracy and the role web-blocking came to play.



The record industry’s love affair with DRM April 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at the record industry’s love affair with DRM technology and how it hindered the initial growth of the digital music market.



The rise and rise and rise of Live Nation May 2019 | LISTEN
This time we turn to the live industry – not the whole sector, but one company that makes up an increasingly large chunk of it: Live Nation.



The saga of MegaUpload and Kim Dotcom May 2019 | LISTEN
This time we discuss the dramatic takedown of MegaUpload in 2012 and run through all the various legal action that has followed.



The Pirate Bay, the piracy site that refuses to sink June 2019 | LISTEN
This time we look at what was once the biggest piracy site on the internet, and how it has survived where so many others have sunk.