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Creators are the messengers of humanity. Don't kill the messengers.
Appeals Court Revives Viacom Suit Against Google
By Jonathan Stempel and Yinka Adegoke -- A U.S. appeals court has revived lawsuits by Viacom Inc, the English Premier League, and various film studios and television networks accusing Google Inc of allowing copyrighted videos on its YouTube service without permission.
What is Technology?
By Terry Hart -- Discussions about copyright sometimes set up a dichotomy between technology and creativity. But is the gap between the two really so great?
The Musicians Pov: Occupy Artist Rights, Part 3-the Attack of the Homework Eating Dogs
By Chris Whitten -- Finally we come to a couple of ‘dog ate my homework' type excuses.
This Is How the Single Killed the Recording Industry...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The album bundles 10 or more tracks; the single is a one-off. Which means "cherry-picking," and far smaller per-consumer purchase bundles. And, a very basic reason why the recording industry (and broader industry) is in such deep trouble.
How Will Jimmy Iovine Fix Online Music? It's 'Magic'
By Ashlee Vance -- For a couple of weeks, rumors have swirled that Beats Electronics, the headphone maker, will acquire MOG, a music subscription service similar to Spotify (except without all the users). While Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and a Beats co-founder, decline to confirm the rumors, he's clearly ready to try his hand at the music subscription game.
Music Start-Up Strategy 2.0
By Mark Mulligan -- The music industry needs innovation more than most industries and yet the last two years has seen a slowdown in the number of new licensed music services coming to market and greater consolidation around the Triple A of Apple, Android and Amazon. In this brave new world music start-ups need an entirely new modus operandi.
Guy Oseary on Madonna's 'MDNA': The Art of the Album Roll-Out
By Shirley Halperin -- When Madonna's twelfth album, MDNA, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 today with Nielsen SoundScan-certified sales of 359,000, she'll not only have the biggest first week of the year, but will instantly reinstate her place at the top of the pop heap. That's right, in this digital age of naysayers, haters, critics and cynics, Madonna is on her third decade of relevance.
[Must be why SiriusXM is suing to reduce payments to creators!]
Sirius XM's Mel Karmazin: 'I'm One of the Most Underpaid Executives in the History of Executive Payment'
By Jeff Bercovici -- Huh? Karmazin has earned more than $37 million since he took the job in November 2004 and stands to clear another $125 million or so next month with a planned exercise of stock options. Meanwhile, the stock has gone from about $9 shortly after he took over, before its merger with XM, to its recent hovering in the low $2 range.
Merlin Settles With Sirius, Gets $1.6M For All Indies
By Bruce Houghton
High-Tech Features Transform TV Watching
By Consumer Reports -- You're in for some fun if you haven't shopped for a TV in a few years.
Indie Musician Dave Days Talks About Life As A YouTube Star
By Alex Knapp -- Dave Days has over 1.5 million YouTube subscribers, where he's had a home since 2007. He made his start parodying other YouTubers of the day, but then quickly branched out into music. He's most famous for his song parodies of artists such as Beyonce, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus. He just wrapped up his shows on the road with the Digitour, which was a travelling series of concerts featuring indie YouTube stars.
How Flexible Pricing Can Help You Sell More Merch
By Chris Robley -- Let's say you just started a hot-sauce business. The price of your product probably changes depending on the buyer...Musical products aren't that different; the value of your merch changes from gig to gig, and should (or could) be priced accordingly.
What's the Deal with Google's Crazy Augmented Reality Glasses?
By Taylor Hatmaker, Tecca -- Meet Project Glass: an augmented reality undertaking that's emerged out of the company's black ops innovation lab, known as Google X. With Project Glass, Google is taking a serious look at augmented reality. What would life be like if rather than reaching into our pocket for a phone, the data we need was fluidly woven right into our lives? (Includes VIDEO demo.)
The Musical Underground in the 21st Century
By Althea Legaspi -- Many of us grew up with a sense of identity and community through the music we listened to. Now, with fast-paced technology, the biggest global community exists online.Whatever you want is just a click away. But in a techie world, how has counterculture, and the discovery of new music taken new shape?
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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