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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.
CANADA: Harper Government Wages War On Music Business
By Mi2N -- According to ole, Canada's largest music publisher, the Harper Government has declared war on the music business...
Are SOPA Opponents Crying Wolf Over Attaché Act?
[Commernt by Terry Hart. Story by Tamlin H. Bason -- SOPA opponents are becoming very adept at fleeing from reality. The latest example is the minor uproar this week over the proposed Intellectual Property Attaché Act, which would realign a six year-old program under the auspices of the Patent and Trademark Office. Tamlin H. Bason at Bloomberg takes a look at just how wide the gap is between what the bill does and what folks at Public Knowledge, Boing Boing, and Techdirt say it does.
Did Social Media Kill The Rock Star Icon?
By Don de Leaumont -- I can't help but feel that the days of the larger than life rock god icons are a thing of the past.
iHeartRadio Music Fest Sells Out in Less Than Ten Minutes...Again
By Jeff Benjamin -- iHeartRadio is two for two for sold out music festivals selling all of the tickets for its 2012 show in just eight minutes on Saturday (July 14). Their inaugural show last year sold out in less than 10 minutes. [iHeartRadio Music Fest website.]
Sir Richard Branson Mulls Joint Bid for Virgin Records
By Telegraph -- Sir Richard Branson is mulling a joint bid for Virgin Records, the company he co-founded forty years ago from a music shop in Notting Hill, according to reports.
Who is Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's New CEO?
By Hayley Tsukayama -- Mayer, 37, is well-known as Google's 20th employee and its first female engineer. She's been at Google for 13 years and spent much of her career there heading up Google's search team.
By Adam L. Penenberg -- Amazon hasn't just evolved over the years. Jeff Bezos also conjured some masterful pivots.
Class Claims Major Music Retailers Sell Downloads Without the Rights
By Kevin Koeninger -- The sellers of "almost all the downloaded music in the United States," including Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft, "accept and sell unlicensed music" from "music aggregators," cheating thousands of artists of royalties, a songwriter claims in a federal class action.
Pirate Bay Block Effectiveness Short-Lived, Data Suggests
By Dave Lee -- A major UK internet service provider (ISP) said peer-to-peer (P2P) activity on its network returned to just below normal only a week after the measures were enforced earlier this year. Critics had warned the ban would prove ineffective. But the BPI, the music industry trade body, has defended the action.
Prosecutors Claim MegaUpload Had Enough US Connections to Face American Criminal Law
By CMU -- Government representatives in the US have told a court in Virginia that MegaUpload had plenty of business connections with America, and therefore the company should be made to face criminal charges in the country, even though it was incorporated in Hong Kong.
That's No Phone. That's My Tracker.
By Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan -- The device in your purse or jeans that you think is a cellphone - guess again. It is a tracking device that happens to make calls. Let's stop calling them phones. They are trackers. Most doubts about the principal function of these devices were erased when it was recently disclosed that cellphone carriers responded 1.3 million times last year to law enforcement requests for call data.
4 Keys to a Successful Mobile Strategy
By Bob Egner -- Most executives are quick to say that mobile apps are an important part of their sales strategy, but many don't realize how vital a robust strategy can be. EPiServer's Bob Egner outlines four key analytics to consider before you go mobile.
2 Powerful Facebook Music Marketing Tips: Take It Offline & Focus On Photo Galleries
By Clyde Smith -- Here are two useful ideas to consider for Facebook music marketing. One focuses on a simple offline approach for connecting with friends and fans on Facebook. The other is a way to increase photo views, improve edgerank and reach more of the friends and fans you already have on Facebook by using photo galleries.
["Ol' fashioned" and "rock and roll" in the same sentence? ... Well, yeah! Rock and roll is old enough to be on Social Security.]
Crash Course: Dealing With Electric Guitars
By Nathan Schied -- Electric guitars are one of the defining elements of good ol' fashioned rock and roll music. From roots rock to death metal, you'll run into electric guitars pretty much every day in the live sound world. A few simple tips will put you on a solid path to rock guitar (mixing) greatness.
Women Singers Dominate Highest Paid Under 30
By Bobby Owsinski.
Kitty Wells, Country Music Star, Dies at 92
By Tim Ghianni -- Kitty Wells, the "Queen of Country Music," died this morning at her home in Nashville surrounded by family members, of complications from a stroke. She was 92. ... She was the first female singer to reach the top of the country charts with her 1952 song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," an answer to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life," which made the argument God indeed makes such angels.
LA Singer Songwriter Resurrects 4-Track Recording Process With His iPhone
By Samuel Agini -- Not many iPhone owners are aware that they are carrying a potential recording studio in their pockets. However, LA-based singer-songwriter Chris Price recorded his full length album - Homesick - using an application available via the iTunes store.
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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