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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.
PETm: People For The Ethical Treatment Of Musicians
By Sam Rosenthal
Second Nyan Cat Award Goes To The Fake Thomas Jefferson And His Copyleft Creators
By David Lowery -- The Nyan Cat awards are given for outstanding achievement in disinformation, web myths and general web based idiocy.
[Canada turns its back on its heart and soul. Screws creators.]
CANADA: The Supreme Court Rules on Copyright
By Barry Sookman -- The (Canadian) Supreme Court released reasons in the five copyright appeals heard back to back on December 6 and 7, 2011...Here is a summary of some of the key legal principles canvassed by the Court.
European Commission Has 'Broken Promises', Say Artists
By Jamie Dunkley -- Artists from some of the world's best-known bands including Radiohead and Pink Floyd have accused the European Commission of breaking promises over musicians' missing pay.
Old Records Are Outselling New Ones For the First Time
By Chris Kornelis -- In the two decades since Nielsen Soundscan started to keep track of U.S. album sales in 1991, the company has seen the industry fold in half, digital sales catch up to physical, and vinyl mount a resurgence. But until last week, they'd never seen old records outsell new ones.
Tiny Antennas Save Streaming Internet TV Service
By David Kravets -- A federal judge on Wednesday refused to block a unique, antenna-based subscription service that enables the streaming of broadcast television to any internet-enabled device.
Vevo Founder Warns Google: Sweeten Deal or We'll Go Elsewhere
By Alex Pham -- ...That's a serious threat given that Vevo - which features videos of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and about 11,000 other artists - is YouTube's most popular channel, according to ComScore Inc. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
Facebook Adds Spotify Music Sharing Feature To Artist Fan Pages
By Clyde Smith -- Facebook keeps rolling out the changes, and in addition those that affect all uses, new features are starting to appear on the fan pages of artists on Spotify. In particular, the option for fans to search from a fan page for individual songs available and share them seems likely to increase music sharing as well as use of Spotify.
Audio Xciter Makes iPhone Sound Much Better with Something Called ‘Aphex'
By Aarti Kelapure -- When it comes to digital music, can portability and high quality sound coexist?
Nimbit Sold To PreSonus
By Bruce Houghton -- One of the first tech players to tackle direct-to-fan sales for musicians, Nimbit has struggled to stay relevant against competing D2F platforms including ReverbNation, Topspin and Bandcamp.
Top Songwriter Chart: June 2012
By Songtrust -- Our chart highlights the amazing versatility and creativity of the minds behind the music.
Rolling Stones Celebrate 50th, Hint About Tour
By Reuters -- Half a century after their first live gig on London's Oxford Street, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the Rolling Stones will mark the band's 50th anniversary
Higgs Boson Gets Set to Music
By Charles Cooper -- Scientists generate a musical picture of so-called "God particle" by attaching musical notes to each data point.
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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