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Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.
Is It Dangerous for Google to Engage in Issue Advocacy?
By Brian Proffitt -- Putting aside for a moment whether one agrees with Google's stance on the latest issues...there seems a very real danger when the largest, most influential company filtering the flow of information among billions of people takes a stance on anything beyond basic human rights.
UK's Brazen Copyright Land Grab Sneaked Into Enterprise Bill
By Andrew Orlowski -- A huge expansion of bureaucratic power over UK copyright has been smuggled quietly into draft legislation - giving civil servants the ability to sweep away copyright protection by statutory instrument rather than primary legislation.
Thou Shalt Not Lie: FTC Set To Hit Google For Millions Over Safari Incident
By Jeff John Roberts -- Another day, another privacy payout. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission has assessed Google with a $22.5 million fine to settle claims that it hacked users' iPhones in order to serve ads to them.
VIDEO: ESL Music on Being the "Evil Record Company," Creativity and Copyright
By Copyright Alliance
Would You Pay For Better Sound On YouTube?
By Eliot Van Buskirk
The Business Of iTunes Near-Name Knock Offs
By Jason Lipshutz -- ...covers have begun littering the lower reaches of the iTunes singles chart...And they're moving a substancial number of downloads.
Meet 7digital, The Latest Mobile Music Power Player to Challenge iTunes
By Robert Andrews
Pandora Growth Stalls As Dog Days of Summer Begin
By Glenn Peoples -- The growth of Internet radio leader Pandora is practically taken for granted as digital music gobbles up time previously spent listening to other formats. So it's a big deal when Pandora's listener hours actually take a step backward rather than forward.
Pandora's Survival Strategy Relies on Lobbying and PR More Than Ever
By Paul Maloney -- $50k spent on lobbying in Q1 alone shows "they've grown up Washington-style".
New Keyword Research Tools
By Bobby Owsinski -- Since every artist is an online marketer at heart these days, there's a great awareness in the importance of keywords when it comes to websites, videos and social media. The better your keywords, the more likely people will find you.
If You're Concerned About Privacy, Don't Use Your Cell Phone
By Derrick Harris -- Law enforcement and other government bodies, it seems, aren't shy about asking for or demanding data about users from wireless carriers. All told, wireless providers received more than 1.3 million requests for user data last year, and requests are increasing every year. Here are more details...
In Modern Scandal, An E-mail Is Forever
By Peter Apps -- In the 21st century anything written down electronically, even in confidence, can be stolen or subpoenaed and come back to haunt the writer - and others - years later.
The Definitive Guide To Facebook For Musicians
By Bryan Kim -- Facebook is the largest marketing channel for most musicians and bands. Surprisingly, it's also the one they know the least about. So in this guide, we're going to breakdown why Facebook is important, how it works, and most importantly, the specific steps you can take to make Facebook work for you and your fans.
When A 20 Year Old Hears Vinyl For The First Time
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's part of an amazing post from the British blog Q The Music, where a 20 year-old Caroline Bursell is exposed to vinyl and high quality audio for the first time. At that point, her entire perception of music changes.
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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