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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
Sony's Tim Schaaff Answers Five Questions @MIDEM
By Andrew Hampp -- Sony's Music Unlimited, an iTunes-esque music downloading service, has been heavily scrutinized ever since its launch as Qrocity last year. Initially plagued by a hacking scandal that affected some 77 million accounts across Sony's PlayStation network, Music Unlimited has since fallen under the radar amid major user growth for similar services like Spotify, Mog and Rdio.
U2 Manager Paul McGuiness Calls Google a 'Monopoly,' Spotify 'Ultimately a Good Thing'
By Lars Brandle -- U2 manager Paul McGuinness picked up the copyright cudgel once again at MIDEM, this time directing his energies at Google... "Why are they not trying to solve the future in a more generous way?" "Ultimately it's in their interests that the flow of content will continue. And that won't happen unless it's paid for."
Uploading Rate on YouTube Soars
By New Scientist -- Google reports that one hour of video is now being uploaded to YouTube every second.
Facebook's IPO: Putting it in Context
By Hayley Tsukayama -- Facebook's rumored to be filing its paperwork for its initial public offering Wednesday and is reportedly trying to raise $10 billion, which would give it a valuation of $100 billion. How do these numbers match up to others?
Lobbyists 1, Internet 0: An Alternative Take on SOPA
By David Rodnitzky -- Was SOPA Blackout Day a grassroots movement? The SOPA blackout was about as organic as the masses of North Koreans crying in the streets upon hearing of Kim Jong Il's death. Behind the scenes, the SOPA protest was a well-organized campaign, fueled by the lobbying arms of major Internet corporations. [Thanks to Chris Castle for the link.]
UFC President Hacked After Scrapping with Anonymous
By Doug Gross -- Dana White loves a good fight. But the Ultimate Fighting Championship president may have second thoughts about mixing it up with members of the hacker collective Anonymous on Thursday night on Twitter, where he was on the receiving end of a brutal punch.
Google and Bing Caught In The Act of Directing Users to Illegal Content in 80% of the Cases
By Muztec -- In the case of Google and Bing, someone is getting paid royally: Google and Bing who both put sponsored links next to the results and on the websites themselves. You wouldn't want to know the number of illegal sites that have Google's adsense on them... millions.
AMSTERDAM: Dutch to Go after ISPs That Allow File Sharing
By Tjibbe Hoekstra -- The Netherlands plans to crack down on Internet service providers that allow access to file-sharing sites such as Pirate Bay, though it will not make it an offence for individuals to download from these sites.
Mark Mulligan Talks 'Agile Music' at Midem
By Stuartdredge -- Analyst Mark Mulligan bagged a slot at Midem today to talk about the concept of 'Agile Music' - how music products need to evolve in 'the age of mass customisation.' Mulligan said that the decline and fall of recorded music is why there needs to be a "format revolution" now.
Apps To Help You Deal With Too Many Apps
By Jon Mitchell
Audiences Flock to 'Difficult' Contemporary Classical Music
By Alex Needham -- The Southbank, Barbican, ENO and BBC4 are catering for the new-found appetite for sonic adventure.
Folklorist's Global Jukebox Goes Digital
By Larry Rohter -- The folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax was a prodigious collector of traditional music from all over the world and a tireless missionary for that cause. Long before the Internet existed, he envisioned a "global jukebox" to disseminate and analyze the material he had gathered during decades of fieldwork. A decade after his death technology has finally caught up to Lomax's imagination.
Algorithm-Powered Movie whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir Computes at Sundance
By Jason Silverman -- It's never the same movie twice. Eve Sussman's experimental cinema project whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir uses a computer to build a movie out of 3,000 video clips, 80 voiceovers and 150 pieces of music.
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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