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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
VIDEO: PBS Webisode On Music Curation In The Digital Age
By David Padula -- Do you feel as if you're consuming information without discretion? Are you interested in the hyperconnectivity the Internet allows? Are you at all intrigued by the fact that an unknown singer, songwriter or moviemaker can have his work find you from thousands of miles away, regardless of physical distance? Well, PBS' Off Book series took a look at the evolution of music (its business and its art) online, and you'll find it fascinating if you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above.
Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Law
By Mark Sherman
Bills to Stop Web Piracy Invite a Protracted Battle
By Jenna Wortham and Somini Sengupta -- When the Obama administration announced on Saturday its opposition to major elements of two Congressional bills intended to curtail copyright violations on the Internet, the technology industry, which has been loudly fighting the proposed legislation, could declare victory. But few people in Silicon Valley or Hollywood consider the battle over.
The Haves and the Want to Haves - For Free
By John Dupuis -- ...the question is will those who create and develop great inventions, or those who sing or act in wonderful movies, or those gifted individuals who write award-winning novels be allowed to be compensated for their work? Will rights holders have any real protection after this struggle finally ends? Or will Congress, led by people like Senator Ron Wyden, turn their collective backs on those who they do not consider to be innovators?
Developer Cries Foul at 'Anti-Competitive' Facebook/Spotify Partnership
by Eliot Van Buskirk -- On Thursday, Facebook announced its breakthrough real-time group music listening feature, which rolls out first for Spotify, with other services to follow at some point in the future. Today, Cole Flournoy, the developer of another real-time group listening app, LetsListen, claims that the cozy relationship between Facebook and Spotify is too cozy - in fact, he says, it's downright anti-competitive.
Number of Web Users in China Hits 513 Million
By David Pierson
Google Caught Pilfering Kenyan Business Directory in Sting Operation
By Peter Bright -- Google's "don't be evil" motto has already come under scrutiny once this week after the company was found to be profiting from advertisements placed by fraudulent retailers...
Web Gang Operating in the Open
By Riva Richmond
Personal Radio Gets More 'Personal' as Slacker Adds Weather
By Eliot Van Buskirk
Slacker Radio CEO Can't Say Whether Music Streaming Business Models Are Sustainable
By Austin Carr -- Searching for answers in the untamed wilderness of digital music with Slacker Radio's Jim Cady ... and realizing we're still very lost.
Hit Music Central USA Launches Live Performance TV Series
All Access Music Group -- NBC Nonstop Digital Cable Channel will debut Hit Music Central USA (HMC), a one-hour music series, in the largest television markets in the U.S. starting APRIL 2012. The show will spotlight live performances by artists in all musical genres. from those whose hits are currently riding the charts to select indie and developing bands, along with some legends who have written and performed timeless hits.
Mobile Marketing for Independent Artists: Strategy
By Jem Bahaijoub -- Let's start with the basics. What exactly is mobile marketing?
Live Music at Fresno's VA Hospital Makes a Big Difference
By Diana Marcum -- Musicians in the hospital waiting room were meant to provide simple distraction, but doctors noticed improvement in many patients, especially those with PTSD or traumatic brain injury. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
How to Book Your Band's Tour, Step-by-Step
By Simon Tam -- Once you've decided that you want to and are able to tour (and you've figured out the why's), it's time to plan the how, when, and where's. This is what I do...
[Only for the most discerning indie artists.]
Make a Serious Impression With These Exclusive Diamond-Encrusted $1,500 Business Cards
By Tecca -- If you think metallic business cards are posh, then you've never seen these ultra-fancy cards by Black Astrum before.
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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