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NEWS BRIEF: U.S. ISPs Join Piracy Fight, Spotify vs GEMA, Streaming $, FB Timeline Fix, Rdio UK & More


RIAA chief says ISPs to start policing copyright by July 12. (CNet)  Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon are among ISPs preparing to implement a graduated response to piracy by July. 



  • Nimbit and ReverNation are both launching major changes to how they handle Facebook that take advantage of the new Facebook Timeline.
  • Is Rdio going to announce its U.K. launch next week? (GigaOm)
  • Deezer now covers all Eastern European countries from Iceland to Russia (46 countries). 
  • Hear It Local has launched a concert booking and crowdfunding platform that connects fans to local musicians. Smaller venues can also use it to fill their calendars. (Techdirt)
  • Joie Manda named President of Def Jam Recordings. He moves from Warner Bros Records' urban arm.
  • HMV confirms buyers interested in live music business. (Guardian) Struggling music retailer hopes to sell operator of Hammersmith Apollo and Kentish Town Forum to pay off some of its debts