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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
Publishers Crack Down On Pirates
By Sandra Aistars -- An international alliance of 17 publishing companies, with support of Copyright Alliance member AAP, took legal action against two rogue websites peddling pirated e-books. The website operators, who went to great lengths to conceal their identities and whereabouts, earned an estimated $10.6 million annually from their site, which offered more than 400,000 illegally obtained copyright e-books free to download.
BRUSSELS: EU Court: Social Networks Can't Be Piracy Brakes
By Foo Yun Chee -- Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe privacy, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing.
The $500,000,000 Cost of Google's Five Million DMCA Notices
By Chris Castle -- If I told you that the DMCA notice system at Google alone was taking $500,000,000 a year out of the already beaten down global creative community, would you say that is such a staggering sum it can't be right? I think you'll find that number is actually a low estimate based on Google's own figures.
Obama Rallies Hollywood Supporters on Fundraising Trip
By David Nakamura -- When President Obama arrived Wednesday evening in Hollywood for a pair of fundraisers, 1,000 supporters greeted him at the home of a soap opera producer. If Obama is suffering any lingering Hollywood blowback after his administration failed to get behind a pair of high-profile Internet piracy bills championed by the entertainment industry, it wasn't apparent.
This Is a UMG Executive Defending the Huge Upfront Licensing Fee...
By Paul Resnikoff
Spotify Warns Industry Off ‘Bad Deals' With Telcos
By Music Ally -- The Financial Times has an interesting piece on how streaming music firms are looking to do more deals with mobile operators, ISPs and hardware manufacturers to get their services in front of consumers. "Those deals with internet service providers and automotive manufacturers to distribute those services to their customers is the way to the mass market," says Rhapsody president Jon Irwin, before admitting that sealing these deals may involve some sacrifices.
HTC and Beats to Take on Spotify, iTunes to Boost Phone Sales?
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles -- HTC's $300-million investment in Beats Electronics has, so far, resulted in Beats earbuds being packed with Android smartphones. But the partnership may soon take a major step forward as HTC and Beats are reportedly looking to develop a music service that may end up challenging the likes of Apple's iTunes and Spotify.
Studies Find Internet-TV Trends 'Irreversible'
By Michael Humphrey -- Yesterday, Google announced that its next iteration of Google TV will land in the UK later this year. The search giant is getting ready for what could be an epic market-share battle with Apple, which again hinted at plans for a Smart TV push -- as well as Microsoft, which continues to add TV features to its XBox console -- and a whole host of start-ups seeking the Internet-based television viewing audience.
Loudlee Lets You Create an Online Library of Your Favourite Music Using YouTube
By Nancy Messieh -- There is certainly no shortage of ways to listen to music online. Between Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, or brand new options options like Monstro, users the world over probably already have a preference for where they go to get their online music fix. Loudlee, a brand new web-based option, has just put itself in the running, vying for music lovers' attention.
Music Smasher: Search Grooveshark, MOG, Rdio, Spotify and More, Simultaneously
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Music services sometimes issue press releases when their catalogs break certain thresholds. But they never mention it when a certain artist, album, or song disappears from their catalogs. How is a music fan to know where to go to hear what they're looking for? Music Smasher doesn't have all the answers, but it does pretty well.
This Week In Music Apps: Local Music, Sexy Sax Man, YouTube MP3s
By Connor McKnight
VIDEO: Father Shoots Daughter's Laptop after Disrespectful Facebook Post
For the one or two of you that haven't seen it...
YouTube's Nerdy Fiddlers Strike a Chord With Geeks
By Bryan Lufkin
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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