Hamburg-based finetunes, one of the leading independent European distributors for digital music and audio content, have just called Last.fm to order. The obvious reason given is copyright infringement. Although we are generally big fans of the idea behind streaming radio services such as Last.fm, it seems a resolution to these ongoing issues between music makers and providers has yet to be reached.

Last.fm has been using music from the finetunes catalogue for their streaming services without permission or dealing with the issue through a local music royalty collecting entity. This stands in apparent contradiction with Last.fm’s stated policy that they negotiate lawfully with respective rights owners.

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